Why Regular Exercise Is Such an Important Aspect of Personal Development

By Roz Jones

If you are on a quest to try and improve yourself, then you certainly cannot ignore one of
the chief aspects of personal development—exercise. You must have already heard the
adage A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. If you want to be really fit and become a
successful person, your body has to be just as fit as your mind is. Undermining any of
these aspects takes you away from developing your body fruitfully.
There are several benefits of regular exercise that are specific to personal development,
as you shall see…

  1. When your body is fitter, you look more attractive. A lot of people still equate
    a good personality with an attractive body. Hence, you are pandering to one of the basest
    definitions of personal development. And, who’s complaining actually? Who doesn’t
    want to have an attractive body anyway?
  2. A healthier body means that you have more energy to accomplish things. You are
    able to work faster and produce better results. You can go ahead of your competitors.
    This you won’t be able to do if you lack stamina and get breathless on your way to the
    top. A modicum of exercise is needed to keep you moving on.
  3. Another very important benefit of regular exercise is that it keeps diseases away if
    not completely avoids them. You don’t need to call in sick as much as a person who
    doesn’t exercise would. You are healthier not only in body but also in mind, and that’s
    the reason why you can think better. Your plans and suggestions have a better chance of
    being accepted because you have formulated them in good health, something that your
    exercise-shirking rivals have not done.
  4. Exercise helps free up your mind. If you haven’t exercised already, try it now.
    Exercise early in the mornings, which is the best time. Even if you just work out on the
    treadmill for 15 minutes in the morning, you will feel rejuvenated. You will feel as
    though you can just run out and grab what you want to achieve. Also, it gives you time to
    think, to plan out things, which is very important. While the blood is pumping in the
    body, it is pumping in the brain as well. It is filling up those little gray cells and ideas are
    generated.
    These are just four of the many benefits that regular exercise has. Invest your time
    wisely in exercise—if you are looking for personal development, you cannot afford to
    downplay its importance in your life.

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The Importance of Listening to Other’s Viewpoints 

By Roz Jones

When you disagree with someone, likely, you don’t want to waste your time listening to their viewpoints. Although listening to something you disagree with isn’t always fun, it is important to your future for several reasons.

You Will Learn Something New

When you take the time to listen to someone else and their viewpoints, you are exposed to thoughts that don’t exist in your mind and perspectives you may not have considered before. And even though you may not like what you are hearing, you often learn new things by listening to others. This also helps expand your mind to be more accepting of new thoughts, which could help you be more successful in the future.

Listening Helps You Develop Patience

As previously mentioned, being able to sit there and listen to someone you don’t agree with is difficult. You will have to have patience. And if you haven’t already developed the necessary patience for this task, just the practice of listening to others more often will help you to develop it. If you find you are struggling with the task, try to remember you are listening to learn something new. You can also listen with the intent to ask questions. This will help you focus on the words the other person is saying more carefully.

You Expand Your Network

People love when others listen to what they have to say, it makes them feel important. When you take the time to listen to someone else, even though you may not agree with what they are saying, you make that person feel better about themselves. And this can help you make a new friend or connection. This can help you on your path to success in the future as you never know when you may need to know someone in a certain field or area of study. And hey, expanding your network is always a good idea.

Overall, listening to someone else who has an opposing viewpoint from yourself will never be an easy task. But when you resolve to listen to someone else, this helps teach you new things and further develops your patience. Not only that, but it also helps you to grow your network which could provide unmeasured value to you in your future. Thus, it’s time to learn how to listen to others sooner rather than later if you want to succeed in life.

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When Mom or Dad or another older relative needs help, the whole family is affected. 

Flexibility, availability, and putting egos and family dynamics aside as much as possible are keys to successful caregiving – the kind that helps the individual who needs care – minimizes negative feelings, and often rebuilds or strengthens family relationships.

We continue our conversation with Dr. Herbert and in this episode, we talk about how caregiving is a family affair.

We highlight;
How to share the caregiving roles with family members
Transparency between the tension between family
Managing expectations while caring for family 

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The Signs and Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

By Roz Jones

As we continue with our men’s health awareness month. We continue to tackle those areas that men normally don’t discuss. Common to men who are young to middle age, testicular cancer is curable if detected early. However, if untreated it can spread to the lymph nodes in the abdomen, chest; neck; and finally to the lungs. There seems to be no connection between the two testicles and thus the disease is unlikely to spread from one to the other.

The symptom of testicular cancer is the detection of a lump in the testicle. Because the lump grows slowly, you may not be aware of it. Therefore, you need to perform a self-examination of the testicles regularly. After a bath or shower, hold each testicle with both hands and gently roll it between your fingers and thumb. Feel the surface of each testicle to search for any lump or swelling. If you find a lump or swelling, call for an appointment to see your physician.

Also noteworthy to mention is that swelling in the scrotum may not signify any danger. There is often small, insignificant swelling that occurs. However, a lump that is detected in the testicle is a matter that does require a biopsy.

If it is determined you have cancer of the testicle, surgery would be required to remove the diseased testicle. You need not worry about fertility or potency, as the other testicle is fully functioning. In addition, radiation or chemotherapy may be required as well. Moreover, if cancer has advanced to the lymph nodes, surgery would need to be performed to remove the nearby lymph nodes for further examination.

It should also be noted that there are other conditions that may cause lumps in the testicle. For example cysts, inflammation, or physical injury may cause fluid to build up in or around the testicles. So too, enlarged veins can cause swelling in the scrotum. A bacterial infection may cause inflammation of the testicle; or in some cases, having the mumps can also be a contributing factor. If you detect any abnormality, check with your doctor just to be safe.

While the cause of testicular cancer is not known, there are certain measures you can take to maintain your health and immune system after surgery. A diet filled with protein is essential; exercise regularly; and avoid stress.

When anyone hears the word “cancer,” it is most difficult to deal with; not just the word itself, but the anticipation of not knowing what may eventually occur. Cancer research has produced amazing results, and there is no reason to think that testicular cancer – when caught early enough – can’t be treated. For men especially, testicular cancer has different connotations which invite denial; worry; and questions about the ability to perform.

Once again, having testicular cancer neither makes you infertile nor impotent. Once you remove negative thoughts from your mind, you are well on your way to physical, mental, and emotional good health.

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Sometimes when taking care of a loved one, especially family there seems to be a lack of transparency on what is really going on. 

In this episode, we are back again with Dr. Herbert as we highlight the importance of being transparent.

We talk about;
Importance of full disclosure between the caregiver and loved one
Healthy boundaries 

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Heart Disease in Men: Signs, Causes and Other Facts About The Disease

By Roz Jones

Heart disease in men is the number one cause of death in the US, and around the world. Every day, you seem to read or hear about men in the sports area or in other noteworthy professions succumbing to heart disease.  One of the major diseases is atherosclerosis. 

Atherosclerosis increases as one’s diet contain large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat. If you have high levels of cholesterol in your blood; smoke; have high blood pressure or have diabetes; you are a candidate for this disease.

The symptoms accompanying this disease are not noticeable until the damage has already been done. Whether you have cramps in your legs during exercise; had a stroke; kidney failure; angina; or a heart attack – these are clear signs you are in the stages of atherosclerosis.  Once it is confirmed that the plaque has formed and your cholesterol is quite high, you will need to consult your physician as to the best form of treatment. For cholesterol, there are many drugs available that can reduce cholesterol by as much as 50%.  Crestor is one of them; Lipitor is another.  Cholesterol can be inherent in most people whose families also had this condition. Your doctor will most certainly suggest you cut down or stop smoking; begin a proper diet and exercise regimen, and may want to check your blood on a monthly basis.

Other tests your doctor might decide upon, specifically if your condition worsens, is an electrocardiogram or stress test followed by a heart sonogram; or an arteriogram. Today, there are more procedures available to detect heart problems than ever before. However, not all heart conditions require these types of examinations. 

Coronary artery disease affects men more than women. Unlike atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease is more treatable and can be prevented. Drugs or surgery, such as an angioplasty or coronary bypass may be indicated.   These types of surgical treatments have been very successful among the male population, however, the threat of heart attacks still exists. Prevention is the key; cease smoking; keep cholesterol levels down, and learn as much as possible about the heart and its function. Also key to preventing a heart attack is to know and understand the early symptoms and warning signs.

Here are the signs of a heart attack: pain in the center of your chest; neck; jaw; arms; and upper abdomen. A heart attack can also be accompanied by dizziness; shortness of breath, sweating; chills; nausea; and fainting. Sometimes, and more frequently among older men; it just happens without warning. For some, it could happen while exercising or under stress; for others, it could happen while at rest. Heart attacks do not distinguish between age and ethnicity; however, it does affect men more often than women. 


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We all know caregiving is hard. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. As caregivers, we are constantly being told we need to find time to take care of ourselves. 

We know that taking care of ourselves is essential for being a good caregiver. But most of us have a difficult time experiencing the ‘caregiver’ mindset.

In this episode, Dr. Herbert highlights how vital it is to have a positive mindset as a caregiver.

We talk about;
Self-care for caregivers
Focusing on what you can control
Getting over the guilt
Generational Gaps

The Causes and Symptoms of Hypertension in Men

By Roz Jones

A few years ago, the American Medical Association announced that normal blood pressure should be 120/80. This was lowered from the previous systolic and diastolic pressure considered to be within the normal range. Hypertension in men is a serious and often fatal disease. High blood pressure can lead to heart failure; kidney failure; or stroke. When you become a caregiver it’s even more important to monitor your blood pressure

The combination of hypertension and being overweight increases the chances of developing one or more conditions. In fact, the older you are, the more likely you will develop hypertension unless you take steps to prevent it.  If you are overweight when you are young, you may develop hypertension at an older age. However, it has been suggested that hypertension is also inherited, which doesn’t help the situation either.

You may not even realize you have this condition, as the symptoms do not reveal themselves.  However, you should assume you are a candidate for hypertension if you are over 40; if there is a history of this condition in your family; and you are overweight.

The first thing you need to do if you are in any way susceptible to this condition is to remove sodium from your diet. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a month, and avoid stress.  Let’s face it; however, we may work in an environment that breeds stress.

Whether it’s the job; money problems; smoking; overweight; alcohol; and other social and psychological factors which may contribute to the condition, it is important to understand it is not a curable disease, nor one which is tangible. Also, keep in mind; that hypertension is not exclusive to any one group. It affects people from all walks of life. To what degree it can cause damage to your heart, kidneys and brain depends on its severity.

If you find that you have taken every precaution and your blood pressure is still high, your doctor may prescribe medication only if he or she feels it is absolutely necessary. Some of the drugs have side effects, while others can be tolerated. While on any type of medication, do not fall under the assumption that because you may feel better you can stop taking the drugs.  This is a dangerous scenario as mentioned earlier; hypertension is a symptom-less disease. 

If you follow a proper diet that does not contain sodium; if you alter your lifestyle in order to ease the stress and other factors which contribute to hypertension, it can be controlled. Nothing in life is more important than your health; certainly, nothing causes physical or psychological elements which can raise your blood pressure. Hypertension in men is prevalent, yet over fifty percent of men do not realize they have the condition.

Take care of your health and it will take care of you.