If your intension is to create vitality and fitness, or burn fat and firm up, or maybe it's both of these things and maybe eve more, and you wish to achieve lasting results, then it can be of great benefit to you to be conscious of two aspects. Your breathing and your body.

1) Your Breathing

Be conscious that the way you breathe, as this can either vitalize or devitalize both your physical body, and your vital body. This can have a cumulative effect on both your "mental" and "emotional bodies". Give thought to this!

A vast majority of us are walking around, barely breathing in enough oxygen to blow up a balloon. No wonder the heavy feeling of depression is modern man’s new up and coming disease. I mean, we don’t even notice how we are holding our breath when we exercise, eat, and yes - holding on to our breath when we talk, not to mention when we are sitting at the computer or working behind a desk. This only exasperates the problem.

Breathing not only supplies oxygen, but as you breathe, the oxygen inhaled purifies your blood, by helping the removal of waste products.

Non-conscious, irregular breathing will severely limit the processes which play critical roles in your circulatory and respiratory systems. Your heart and lungs need to work harder. Your digestion and metabolism becomes sluggish and the faster you breathe, the less you are able to live a vital life.

Oxygen deficiency is a major contributor to the feelings of anxiety, stress and the onset of the disease process. In turn, this leaves all of your organs, tissues, and cells malnourished and devitalized. All 75 Trillion of them! It is a proven scientific fact that no disease can live in a purely oxygenated state.

Some benefits of "being conscious of your breathing", are…

- Conscious rhythmic breathing increases your rate of metabolism, which as a direct result, improves digestion and helps promote weight loss.

- Conscious rhythmic breathing calms and steadies your mind, which as a direct result, improves your focus and concentration.

- Conscious rhythmic breathing strengthens your immune system, which as a result, enables your body to live harmoniously within its environment, thus decreasing illness and disease.

- Conscious rhythmic breathing gives you the ability to lower or raise your blood pressure, which as a result, improves your quality of living.

- Conscious rhythmic breathing and an imposed rhythm on the everyday life, creates wellbeing, which as a result, creates space to experience joy.

As one of our most brilliant, creative and health conscious poets of the romantic period so eloquently put it: "He lives most life, whoever breathes most air" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If it is your intention to tone up and lean up, you first of all must realize that to burn fat you need fire and fire needs to breathe!

Three Points to Breathe ~ an instruction manual, say's...

More oxygen = more fire

More fire = more fuel can be burnt (fat)

More fuel can be burnt = more power

More power = the power to shape up the body

This is as true to the human body, as it is to the combustion engine. Sure you can lose weight by starving yourself, or by minimizing your fluid intake, yet with every action there is sure to be a reaction. If you evaporate one liter of water that your body is holding as fluid, you may have temporarily lost a kilogram of weight on the scales, yet as sure as the tide will turn, so will the fluid return.

After you have decided where it is you are going, choose the best path to get there and then choose knowledge as your companion.

2) Your Physical Body and Food.

Be aware that the food you eat can either vitalize or devitalize your physical body, which has an effect on both your mental and emotional bodies. Give thought to this!

Fats are good! Here are a few reasons why...

- Fats are accessed, consumed and used in the regenerative and healing process.

- Fats and oils are needed to renew and build new muscle tissue.

- Fats are the most concentrated sources of energy in the diet.

- Fats are fuels.

Eliminating fat from our diet does not ensure that we will lose weight and gain good health. Why is this? Because there are different forms of fat found in the foods we eat and by eliminating fat completely, we eliminate the most concentrated source of energy found in the diet. Eliminating the foods that contain fats associated with obesity and heart disease in your diet and eating the "power fats", that improve your vitality, is the way to go.

The singular distinction you must be aware of, is the difference between healthy "power" fats and unhealthy fats.

The two fats that you should try to eliminate from your diet, are saturated fats and trans fats.

Saturated fats are fats that stay hard at room temperature and are mostly sourced from eating animals and animal products. You find them in meat, whole-milk products, poultry skin, and egg yolks. Coconut oil also has a high amount of saturated fat.

Trans fats are man made fats and are produced through hydrogenation, that is heating oils in the presence of oxygen. Many products found on the supermarket shelf contain trans fats, because the fats help them maintain a longer shelf life. Margarine contains high levels of trans fats.

Unfortunately it is not law that product manufacturers tell you how much trans fats their products contain, but you can find out if it's in a product, simply by looking at the ingredient list. "Knowledge is king" and if the ingredients contain hydrogenated or partially shydrogenated oils, then it contains trans fats. If the consumers voice their opinions and do not buy these products, then the manufacturers will be required to change their ways.

The two fats that improve vitality and well being are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These fats come from the vegetable kingdom, nuts and seeds, e.g. linseed oil, olive oil and peanut oil, as well as cold pressed oils, coconut oils, avocados and soy-based foods.

These fats are necessary to your body for a variety of vital reasons: regulating hormonal production, improving immune function, lowering total cholesterol, lubricating joints, and providing the basics for healthy hair, nails and skin.

Do you chew your food properly?

Food needs to be mixed with the four types of saliva found in the body, for optimum absorption. It can then be easily digested by the body and the nutrients absorbed into the bloodstream. The body can only absorb liquefied foods, so if solid foods are not made into liquids by the digestive process, then the body cannot absorb the nutrients in the food.

To absorb these nutrients, the body uses four organs of digestion, via the four digestive juices.

1. the mouth secretes saliva (ptyalin)

2. the stomach secretes saliva (pepsin)

3. the pancreas secretes saliva (trypsin)

4. the liver secretes saliva (gall)

There is an saying, that states…"It's not what you eat, it's what you absorb!" So, chew your food properly!

3) Your Physical Body and Your Feet.

How do you treat your feet?

The condition of your feet has a direct effect on the condition of general health in your body and your metabolism. Located on the soles of your feet, are reflex points for all of the body’s organs. In particular, there is a point that relates to the kidneys.

The kidneys have numerous functions to perform in the body, with the most common and most understood function being the filtering of waste products, that are excreted in the urine. Another, not so well known function of the kidneys, is to store and distribute spiritual energy, or ancestral “Chi”. The kidneys are like a big battery, powering your body. Look after them!

So, look after your feet!

A favorite saying I use when I walk or run is: "I am as light, as a butterfly, my feet barely touch the ground".

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a contract to run the gyms on cruise ships. He has done a special higher level course and qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He works in 2 local gyms, assisting the staff with clients and training plans. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. Visit Clint's blog at http://www.fitnessandfatless.yolasite.com