About oliviahm

Texas born and proud to live in the city of Austin. The world is amazing and great things happen everyday! I am a proud tree hugger. Be a proud tree hugger with me. facebook.com/oholguinmills

Help Me Pay for Mazda Wazda’s cancer surgery

Mazda had a rare form of mouth cancer that required half of his lower jaw to be removed to stop further spreading. Before the surgery he was in a lot of pain and was a completely different and generally aggressive dog. Now he is pain free and 100% different! The surgery cost over $3000. I maxed out my credit card and had to use a CareCredit card to pay for majority of the procedure. The card has a 24% interest rate. Because of my good credit I was able to qualify for the card, but at my current income there is no way I will be able to pay off the balance. Any help would be much appreciated!

Click on this link to find my YouCaring page.

 

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What is your life purpose?

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Here’s a segment of an article I read. This would be great for college students or anyone not sure of what they want to do for a living. Check it out!

Steps for Finding Your Life Purpose:

1. Make a list of everything you can remember that made you happy.
2. Highlight those items on your list that involve a skill, and identify that skill.
3. Rank the top 10 highlighted items in the order of joy they bring to you. Whatever makes you happiest of all gets 10 big points.
4. Now rank the top 10 highlighted items in terms of their income potential. The most lucrative skill of all is worth 10 points.
5. Total the two ranked columns. The highest score represents a potential main purpose in your life. Presto!

See more at: http://www.success.com/article/16-rich-habits#sthash.tKsPYeSu.dpuf

Opposing Muscle Groups: How to Do Weights Properly

Avoid a disproportionate body by making sure to workout all muscle groups. Whenever you exercise a muscle, make sure to also workout it’s opposite muscle. By evenly working out your body you will avoid muscle imbalances and injuries.

See the list below for common opposing muscle groups. 

1. Upper body, Lower body

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2. Hamstrings, Quadriceps

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3. Triceps, Biceps

4. Chest, Upper Back

5. Core, Lower Back

See more at: Friends Don’t Let Friends Skip Leg Day.

 

Ten Unusual Ways to Exercise

Studies show the numerous benefits of exercise: stress relief, longer lives, decreased risk for disease, etc.

Here are 10 Unusual Ways to Exercise:

1. Rollerblading– it’s not just for kids, mom and dad can do it too! Rollerblading is great for cardio and balance. Even if it is just for 10 minutes, your body will benefit from a short stroll through the neighborhood. 

by Dennis MacDonald

Rollerblading by Dennis MacDonald

2. Martial Arts– Many gyms offer classes for martial arts, and for all levels.  

3. Dancing- almost all forms! Hip-hop, salsa, country, ball room, you name it! Enjoy yourself as you burn calories and work your body. 

4. Paddle Boarding- talk about a killer core workout! This is great for anyone near a body of water. The harder/easier you work, the harder/easier it will be. 

Paddle Boarding

5. Kayaking– another great form of exercise for people living near water. This works more upper body.  

6. Wii Fit- a working mom of 5 children told me about this one! Wii Fit offers dozens of different games to choose from including yoga, Hula hooping, skiing, tennis, The Biggest Loser, circuit training, and a whole lot more. 

Wii Fit

7. Kickboxing– this one is especially great for relieving stress and agitation. Many gyms have classes for this. 

8. Trampoline Jumping– I discovered this one while babysitting. It is easy on the joints, and great for getting in short 10-minute bursts of exercise. 

9. Tennis- find a buddy, some rackets, and tennis balls and get to it! 

10. Swimming- this is a great low-impact form of exercise which you can easily modify to fit your needs. 

 

What unusual forms of exercise do YOU do? 

 

Upper Back Pain Relief

For those of us who work at a computer all day and sit most of the day, we get very tight shoulders and a tight upper back. Find quick relief by using Bruger’s Postural Relief. It only takes about a minute and it feels great!!

Steven Oldale Says:

“Here’s a simple exercise to help:

This exercise is called the Bruger’s postural relief, after Mr Bruger who first developed and recorded it.

First stand up tall, look straight ahead, and then retract your head so that it stays level. Try doing this in a mirror as you should still be looking straight at yourself. If you are doing this correctly you’ll feel tension under the jaw, you’ll have a double chin and if you talk you’ll sound a bit nerdy. See photo for poor posture and correct posture.

Typical slumped Upper Back Posture

Backing away from your hand can help achieve correct posture

It’s Time To Stretch

Now reach up with your arms going in front of you, not to the side. Reach as high as you can with one arm and hold it there, then do the same with the other and alternate until they won’t go any further. This releases tension in the upper back and mobilises the upper thoracic spine.

Reaching Up And Mobilising The Upper Back

Now lower the arms in front of you and rotate the shoulders outwards, then extend the wrists. This stretches the chest muscles, strengthens the upper back muscles and mobilises the nerves into the hand.

Arms are rotated back and hands extended

Note the shoulders are not pulled back, but only rotated

This will help to reduce the effects of creep on the spine, for a full guide on causes of back pain go to www.backinform.co.uk 

Instantly Reduce Belly Fat!

Belly fat got you down? Try standing up tall, bringing your belly button to your back bone, and looking straight ahead. Poor posture can make almost anyone look like they have more belly fat than they really do. Check out the girl below- she instantly looks thinner!

 

Practice this trick for several minutes a day. At first it will feel tiring to hold your belly button to your back, but after practicing it will become something you do not even notice! Even better, standing tall like the girl above is great for your back health and posture! 

 

 

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