Brain-Training Secrets of Olympians!

Brain-Training Secrets of Olympians!

The Brain-Training Secrets Of Olympic Athletes The Huffington Post  | by  Carolyn Gregoire With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics well underway, millions of spectators are marveling at the physical skill and talent of the athletes competing in the Games. But behind these athletes’ physical feats is an arguably even more impressive mental prowess cultivated through years of training the mind to tune out distractions, reduce stress and anxiety and build the focus and stamina they need to achieve optimal performance. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that great athletes succeed because they know how to stay at the top of their game mentally. Former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon runner Bruce Jenner once said, “You have to train your mind like you train your body.” He’s echoing an athletic maxim that’s practically a cliché: sports are 90% mental and 10 percent physical. “The physical aspect of the sport can only take you so far,” said Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shannon Miller during an interview with the Dana Foundation. “The mental aspect has to kick in, especially when you’re talking about the best of the best. In the Olympic games, everyone is talented. Everyone trains hard. Everyone does the work. What separates the gold medalists from the silver medalists is simply the mental game.” But you don’t have to be vying for a gold medal to benefit from training your brain.Here are five mind hacks from Olympic athletes that can help boost performance in any part of your life. Visualize the outcome you want. Many athletes have used the technique of “mental imagery,” or visualization, to up their game and perform at their peak. Research on the...
5 Tips For Kicking Butt During The Great American Smokeout! (Fox News)

5 Tips For Kicking Butt During The Great American Smokeout! (Fox News)

5 Tips For Kicking Butt During The Great American Smokeout! (November 21) 1. Stop arguing with yourself. (Write down reasons for quitting and the pain you will avoid from making this decision.) 2. Spend your “freedom” day engaging in relaxing activities. (Massage, self-hypnosis CD’s, watching comedies, hot bath, brisk walking, etc.) 3. Make cigarettes gross! (Break cigarette up in a glass of water, smoke through your nose, keep relighting old cigarette, wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever the thought of a cigarette comes into mind. 4. Imagine yourself already successful! (Most imagine themselves failing.) 5. Try hypnosis! (Still the #1 way to stop smoking!)   IndyHypnosis.com...
See How Smoking Prematurely Ages the Skin!

See How Smoking Prematurely Ages the Skin!

See How Smoking Prematurely Ages the Skin (Images) By Anthony Rivas Wed, Oct 30, 2013 There are so many harmful effects caused by smoking that it’s hard to decide where to start listing them. From health complications after surgery to brain damage, and even inflicting harm on our pets, the list can go on. Smoking is also believed to contribute to skin aging, and now a new study on twins shows that smoking can indeed cause premature wrinkling and other characteristics of accelerated aging. Researchers scouted for twins at the annual Twin Days Festival, in Twinsburg, Ohio, to find pairs in which one twin smoked and the other didn’t, or both smoked, but with a five-year difference between initiation. They found 79 twins, of whom 57 were women, altogether with an average age of 48 years old. Close-up photos of each participants face were shown to a group of plastic surgeons, who had no knowledge of each participants’ smoking history. They were told to point out “specific components of facial aging” that were related to smoking, and 57 percent of the time, they were able to spot the smoking twin. (Above: The twin on the left is a non-smoker. The twin on the right smoked for 29 years, as seen by aging around the eyes.) “Smoking makes you look old. That’s all there is to it,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, and who wasn’t involved in the study, told Reuters. Besides lung cancer, heart attacks, and strokes, just one more good reason to stop smoking is that it’s definitely making you look a lot older.” The various indicators of aging that...