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Dr. Mike Evans has looked at many studies regarding preventative medicine and determined what makes the biggest difference to your health.

The treatment has some startling affects, for instance:

  • 23% lower risk of death
  • Heart disease reduced by half
  • #1 treatment for fatigue
  • Anxiety reduced by 48%
  • High blood pressure decreased by 29%
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s progression is reduced 50 %
  • Depression reduced by 30% with low dose by 47% with increased dose
  • For Knee Arthritis, 1 hour treatment 3 times a week reduced pain and disability by 47%

This treatment has been proven to generally improve quality of life.

What is this miracle medicine you ask?  Watch this video to find out:

 

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Seriously people, the power of exercise is truly incredible.

 

“I watched the life come back into his eyes”.

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“After going there regularly, getting stronger, getting healthier, my body pain decreased tremendously.  My confidence changed. It all became more feasible.”

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“I can do this, this isn’t impossible”

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“Be a apart of a a collective group that has a community and this ability to push each other.”

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“Install some insane confidence and self worth back into you.”

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Although the main reason people exercise is to look good, there are many other benefits; some can be extreme, like this one:

Our bodies are made to move and they work best when they move a lot.  As a society in general, we tend to spend a lot of time inactive: sitting at the computer, driving, watching TV, etc. This inactivity is the hardest on our bodies. For instance, notice how stiff you feel after sitting on a long flight!

People tend to think they don’t have time to exercise but if you consider all the time that is spent dealing with ailments, that time could be much better spent pro-actively taking care of yourself. Of course always check with your doctor to get the go ahead before you start an exercise program.

Consider the effect regular exercise could have on your life and your health.

 

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As you may have read in my previous post I recently had little magic infused into my life and got to go a little adventure.

If you missed the original story, here it is.

Many of you have been asking how it went so I thought I’d share my experience with you.

I’m always amazed when I get on a plane, and in what seems like an instance, I’m in another world.

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I flew out Friday morning November 6th early and arrived in San Francisco by 8am. I rented a car and explored a little of the city before heading to Napa.  San Francisco is stunning!  Just beautiful, reminds me a bit of Vancouver.

I then drove to Napa and settled in at the hotel. That evening a group of us attending Elizabeth Gilbert’s workshop met up for dinner at the hotel bar. It was such fun meeting new women with similar interests. I really need to do this sort of thing more often! It fills the soul.

Dinner in Napa

Dinner in Napa

The workshop started at 9am Saturday morning. We were all very excited!  About 300 people attended, there were about 5 men.  The energy of the group was fantastic!

Liz is such a great speaker, so articulate and insightful. I hadn’t really considered that it was a writing workshop, I had thought more that she would just be talking to us.  She had us write six letters with different themes.  I really enjoyed it and found it very enlightening.  At the end of the workshop I got to meet her briefly.   It was very exciting! Unfortunately she did not allow photos.

Shortly after the end of the workshop I hit the road back to the San Francisco airport. My goodness, those American highways, wholly smokes they are big!

Oh la la! ;)

Oh la la! 😉

I traveled all night (13 hours door to door) and arrived in paradise the next morning: Tulum, Mexico.  I went straight to meet with my group.

I had a really wonderful week with some wonderful women! We ate incredible food, enjoyed the sun, went floating down a river, salsa dancing, walks on the beach, jungle adventures, exploring shops, did Pilates, yoga, stretching, had some really great sessions goal setting, spa treatments. It was all wonderful!

Our guide was a little Tarzan.

Our guide was a little Tarzan.

All in all, it was a dream!  I am so glad I went and it all worked out.

I invite you to think up an adventure for yourself, big or small, at home or away.  Think of something you can do to infuse a little excitement in your life, a little magic.  When you believe in magic it really starts to happen.

One thing I’ve noticed about an exciting event is that it lasts way past the event itself.  There is the anticipation leading up to the event, then the event itself and then afterwards there is an afterglow, the event stays with us in our memory where we get to relive it over and over. So really it becomes so much more than just the event itself.

Ah the fruit!

Ah the fruit!

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We all know that working out is good for us and we should do it more often but sometimes we just can’t find the motivation.  In my 30 years of teaching fitness classes I have noticed a few things that help in the motivation department:
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1) Enjoy It
If you don’t enjoy the exercise you won’t want to do it.  So find a physical activity you enjoy:
  • If you enjoy being outdoors do something outdoors like walking, biking, running, beach volleyball, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing.
  • If you love to socialize join a team: baseball, cricket, volleyball, basketball, soccer or exercise with a friend.
  • If you love dancing take a dance class like salsa, ballroom, hip-hop, ballet, etc.
  • Find an instructor you really like.  If you like their class you’re more likely to go.

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2) Attitude
Your attitude towards working out is very important.  If you have a negative attitude and consider it “work” that is how it will feel, difficult and unenjoyable.  You will basically feel what you think so regard it with a positive attitude and the positive feeling towards working out will follow.  This also applies to how you talk about your workouts.  Be positive!  Even if you don’t feel like working out don’t say, “Ugh, I should go to the gym now but I’m just so tired I don’t want to go”, you will invariably talk yourself out of it.  Instead say, “I’m off to my class, I always feel so good afterwards”.  Focus on the positive.
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3) Set a realistic goals and expectations
So often when people want to get in shape they set huge unrealistic goals and expectations.
For instance, you wouldn’t go out tomorrow and run a marathon.  It would be impossible and you would fail, not mention probably injure yourself.  Realistically you would make a plan.  You would start slowly; long walks at first, building up to walk/run intervals, then just running, then increasing your time, etc.  Each step of the way would empower you to move to the next step.
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Set small goals that you can easily attain and then when you attain them you can set the goal a little higher and then a little higher, etc.  As you attain each small goal you will feel good and this will fuel you to keep going.  When we set goals that are too big and unrealistic and then are unable to fulfill them we can feel like a failure and quit.
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In terms of expectations.  Know that it takes a lot of working out and eating right to look like the fitness models you see in magazines.  Don’t expect that by taking one “Six Pack Abs” class once a week will magically produce six pack abs overnight.  Also, people often come to class for the first time expecting to be able to do everything at the top level even though they haven’t been working out for while.  Patience and persistence is key.  Workout regularly and you will see changes in your body.  It won’t happen overnight.  Depending on how often you work out it will take at least a week (if you’re working out every day) up to a few months (once a week) to feel and see change.
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4) Convenient
Whatever you are doing, it must be as convenient as possible.  The more convenient it is the more likely it is to stick.  Make sure the time is a good time for you, make sure the location is convenient for you and make sure what you’re doing is also convenient.  For instance, I love hot yoga, but because after class I am literally soaked head to toe I need to factor in extra time to shower.  So it becomes a longer time commitment which at times deters me from going.  Whereas going for brisk walk down to the beach I can control the amount of time, it can be short or it can be long to suit my convenience.  Also if the location of your activity is far away, has limited parking or you do not like the feel of the location, all these things can deter you from going.  Take them all into account and try to have everything stacked in your favour.
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5) Commit
When people sign-up for a weekly class and put their money down they are  more likely to go then if they just have a vague plan.  Same goes when we make a commitment with a friend to meet for a walk or run at a certain time on a certain day every week.  Same goes if you join a team where other people are depending on you.  So make a realistic commitment and then stick to it.  And if you’re buddying up with a friend make sure it’s a friend who will help you, not hinder you.
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6) Make It a Routine
Humans love routine.  Whatever your form of exercise slot it into a routine at the same time same day every week and then make it a priority.  Put it on your calendar to ensure you don’t schedule anything else in that time slot.  Once you stick to your routine for a while it will feel second nature and you won’t question it you will just do it.
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7) Connect
Connect with how working out makes you feel.  Notice the changes in your mood and body as a result of the exercise you’re doing.  When you connect with those good feelings you will want to workout more often.
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Connect with the people.
If you go to a class every week, chances are you’re seeing the same people every week.  Yet so often people don’t acknowledge each other.  If you start to connect with other participants you are more likely to continue to go to the class.  Why not become friends?! You have something in common.
Start by simply making eye contact and smiling.  Then say, “hello” and acknowledge that you recognize your fellow participants from the week before.  Then, introduce yourself and make small talk.  Be friendly.  When the class is over say your good-byes and say, “See you next week”.  You may even make some new friends!
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I make a point of doing this in my classes; I introduce people to each other and facilitate this friendly exchange.  It’s wonderful to see a sense of community build in the class.  I have seen many friendships form and even some couples!
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7) Music
Music can be huge motivator when you’re working out.  If you workout on your own in the gym or go for a run find music that gives you energy and propels you forward.You can use this same playlist if you’re sitting at home finding it hard to motivate yourself to go workout.  I often do this when I’ve settled in for the evening but have to go teach a class but feeling low energy.  I put my music on loud and it totally wakes me up and energizes me, I continue with the music in the car and by the time I arrive to class I’m full of energy.

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It’s not too late to come on my RETREAT to Tulum, Mexico

just 9 weeks away!
November 8th to 15th, 2014
Know someone who would love to come?  Please share!

 

 

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Fifteen wonderful women, age 30 to 81,

joined me on my second annual Retreat to Tulum, Mexico in early November.

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It was a truly magical week .

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Our perfect little cove.

Our perfect little cove.

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Yes it is actually this beautiful.
Yes it is actually this beautiful.

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The Retreat was…

“A great pleasure because of the beauty of the place and the wonderful bunch who I shared it with.”

“Aaaamazing! Total bliss in every way. I loved the location, the food and the service was impeccable. I really needed the break and it was all I could have hoped for.”

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Life doesn't get much better than this.

Walks here are just, well, “aaah”.

The water was warm & sweet.

The water was warm & sweet.

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“I completely loved the retreat!! Just what I needed and am still missing it every day.”

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Hangin' around.

Hangin’ around.

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My favorite part of the Retreat was...

“Hmmm….that’s tough to answer.  I loved the feeling of no responsibility for one!  I really loved Ali’s classes. My body changed in the week. I loved the meditations and breath work too. Walks along the beach, not having to cook or drive…I really loved it all.”

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“Hard to say, however, I loved the routine of doing regular exercise every day. Made me feel good and I could see the improvement in my body.”

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Our lovely studio.

Our lovely studio.

“How I miss our group!  It was so very special for me.”

This cute little Iguana had his own spot in the Yoga Studio where he would watch out classes.

This cute little Iguana had his own spot in the Yoga Studio where he would watch our classes.

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A fun evening out dancing & watching the amazing locals Salsa dancing.

A fun evening out dancing & watching the amazing locals Salsa dancing.

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“Enjoyed meeting you and loved your playful and fun loving spirit. I also valued how much thought and energy you had put in to make everything appear relaxed and easy. I know that takes a lot of preparation and work!  I was very pleased to be in the company of a wonderful group of women and was delighted that we represented so many decades of living! 30 – 80 was such a great span of time.”

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Coffee grinds body scrub on the beach, so much fun!

Coffee grinds body scrub on the beach, so much fun!

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“I loved the amazing women that were there, it was such a great mix. I loved the food and the pilates. I loved the early mornings and the quiet, I slept amazing.”

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So much beauty everywhere.

So much beauty everywhere.

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“I enjoyed the goal setting and it has made me think more about goals and it’s something I’m planning to continue with your setup about breaking them down into steps. Makes me realize how little I think out of my box.”

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The food was… “very good. I ate and ate and lost 3 pounds.”

The food was… “very good. I ate and ate and lost 3 pounds.”

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“Fantastic food… my favorite were all the salads and fresh fruits, so colourful and tasty with all the different little shoots in them. Although I ate too much on many occasions, I didn’t go up in weight. Also good to have authentic Mexican food, tapas and tortillas which were as light as a feather. The dining room crew were very friendly and service was prompt. They went out of their way to help us.”

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The view from the Restaurant.

The view from the Restaurant.

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“Loved the excursions, it was nice to get out and mix with the knowledgeable locals. They do such a great job with it all and I love that about Mexico, they really want you to be there and enjoy their country.”

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Excursion to the Muyil ruins. Our guide grew up playing in the ruins and the secret tunnels underneath.

Excursion to the Muyil ruins.  Our guide grew up playing in the ruins and the secret tunnels underneath.

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Our excursion to the Sian Kaan Preserve.

Our excursion to the Sian Kaan Preserve.

Floating down an ancient Mayan Canal was nothing short of magical.

Floating down an ancient Mayan Canal was nothing short of magical.

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The ancient Mayan city of Coba with a climb up to the top of the Pyramid to the God of the Honey Bee.

Biking through the ancient Mayan city of Coba with a climb up to the Honey Bee God Pyramid.

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“I think you did the most incredible job I have ever seen for organizing a trip of 16 women, you thought of everything and answered questions before I could ask them. It is truly a gift. You are a great teacher too and I really enjoyed the classes. Thank you so much Ali for the whole week and the build up to the week, it was so special. XOXOXO”

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Lounging around.

Lounging around.

Little treasure everywhere.

Little treasures everywhere.

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“I think you were amazing Ali. I especially enjoyed meeting new people and they had such different and interesting lives.  I know I am one very lucky lady to have gone to the retreat and it is amazing how ONE WEEK can change one’s perspective on things.”

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Can't wait until next year!

Can’t wait until next year!

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“The retreat was a “10” for me.  Thank you for all thoughtful touches and hard work.  You made it very special and I am very grateful to have had the experience.”

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Registration is now open for next year.

I hope you will join me!

Nov 8th to 15th, 2014

Tulum, Mexico

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2012 Retreat Photos

*PS.  Big thank you to Sarah Lovely for her beautiful photos!

Some of these were taken by me, some by her.

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