Friday, November 15, 2013


"When things go wrong don't go with them" - Elvis Presley

Having a bad day usually will affect your mood in a negative way. Are the things that drive us into these bad moods really worth worrying about? Having confidence that things will get better is an extremely important outlook that I take on my life when things are not going so well. Always try to be optimistic in times of peril and you will see that this optimistic outlook will directly affect your mood.

Everyone knows certain people that just seem to drain the life out of every person they come in contact with. Anytime something goes wrong it is not their fault and conversely, every-time something goes right they take the credit. These blood sucking types of people are the types of people that if they were lit on fire you would go to lunch before calling 911. The main point of this post is to get you to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: are you the type of person you want to be?

Here are some points of perspective to think about every-time you take a turn to negative town.

  • If you can read this blog... you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

  • If you have money in the bak, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish or in your car... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

  • If you have food in the refrigerator  clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75% of this world.

  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Travel Stress: Fight it with Yoga

People who know me know that I utilize yoga in order to get rid of my stress and anxiety. This stress and anxiety can be attributed to many different things in my life, but traveling long distances gives me unbelievable anxiety. This is a problem considering my affinity for traveling across the world to see different areas of the world. Those who practice yoga already know the importance of maintaining their routine to stave off stress and enjoy the benefits of regular practice. However, many avid yoga practitioners tend to slack off of their routine when they are away from home. Unfortunately, this means that they are missing out on the physical and mental benefits that yoga can offer to the weary traveler. To help you stick with your yoga routine when you are on the road, here are a few ways you can work in a sequence or two no matter where you might be at the time.

Visit the Outdoors

When traveling, many people spend too much time in the confines of their hotel room, airports and other traveling stations. This can contribute to higher levels of stress as the noise and artificial light can become overwhelming. For this reason, travelers may get away from it all by stepping outdoors for a few minutes. Outside, you can soak up beneficial rays of sunshine while enjoying the fresh air as you move through a basic yoga sequence. If you do not have a mat, simply move through a standing sequence while practicing your breathing. After only a few minutes, you will be ready to tackle the rest of your trip.

Unwind on the Airplane

Often, a traveler may have very little time to sit down until they are already on the plane. Instead of putting yourself to sleep, use this time to work through a routine such as the one described in this article, anyone can work in a few poses, such as the cat cow, to relieve tension in their neck, arms and back. By releasing the tension in these key areas, you will feel more comfortable for the rest of your trip. It is also important to note that each of these poses can be done in any small area such as a train seat or a small hotel room.

Utilize Hotel Amenities

Many hotels are beginning to offer amenities that are designed to cater to those who are physically active. Although gyms are common in most hotels, others are beginning to offer yoga classes for their customers. No matter where you decide to practice your yoga, make sure to stay on top of your routine. By practicing your yoga on the go, you will be able to enjoy your trip while relieving the common aches and pains that accompany frequent travel.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hello Blogging World!

Hello all! My name is Michael Manning and I am an exercise junkie who believes in the added benefits of living as healthy as possible. I follow a strict paleo diet and try to stay away from my vice's in the nutrition area (fried food). The best way that I have learned to do this is to have a schedule of preparing meals so I do not have to go out to eat. This schedule has benefited my body and mind immensely.

My Hobbies include Basketball, Hiking, Traveling, and seeing all of natures beauty. I have a strict workout schedule that changes every month. I have seen significant improvements in my life since I started dieting and exercising and those improvements are not just in my body. Since this lifestyle change I have truly been in a MUCH better mood overall. My energy levels have increased, I sleep better, and I just have more motivation to get things done. I have struggled with bad anxiety for a while now and dieting and exercising have really helped me cope with that. I want to keep my first post short and sweet so I will sign off now.