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I have learned in life that my health is foundational to my success and happiness. A healthy lifestyle increases my production, produces a healthy mood, which results in healthier relationships. A healthy lifestyle increases my creative ideas and solutions for problems that I deal with on a daily basis.

Just think about this, when you are feeling at the top of your game, healthy, filled with energy and passion, how much can you produce? How is your attitude when you are at the top of your game? With these questions in mind, read about my recent mountain experience.

I was enjoying a hike in the mountains and watched an older man running through this mountain trail like a young teenager. I thought to myself, “Look at this man…many people find so many reasons to not be active, healthy, and do something productive yet he’s running up this mountain.” So we got an interview with him. I videotaped him to find out more about him and to see what motivates him to run up this mountain like he does.

This man inspired many people who were hiking there. A young guy saw me filming him and said, “That old man is a beast, he’s here almost every day”. I videotaped his story and him sharing his motivations, you can watch at This man was full of life and just exciting to be out there. Let us learn from the man in the mountains and reap the benefits of staying active, positive and working hard.

Here are some exercise benefits:

1. Keep you young
Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15 to 25 percent would be like shaving 10 to 20 years off your age. Aerobic exercise may also stimulate the growth of new brain cells in older adults.

2. Reduce infections
Moderate workouts temporarily rev up the immune system by increasing the aggressiveness or capacity of immune cells. That may explain why people who exercise catch fewer colds.

3. Prevent heart attacks
Not only does exercise raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure, but new research shows it reduces arterial inflammation, another risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Regular exercise helps to keep the heart muscle in shape and can ward off common cardiac problems. Cardiovascular training for the elderly increases respiratory intake and helps fight common illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. Vascular occlusion, or the blocking of arteries, can occur when you grow older. Exercise can help reduce the risk by lowering blood cholesterol.

4. Ease asthma.
New evidence shows that upper-body and breathing exercises can reduce the need to use an inhaler in mild cases of asthma.

5. Control blood sugar
Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and by controlling weight. Regular brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

6. Protect against cancer
Exercise may reduce the risk of colon cancer by speeding waste through the gut and lowering the insulin level. It may also protect against breast and prostate cancer by regulating hormone levels.

7. Combat stress
Regular aerobic exercise lowers levels of stress hormones. For many people, exercise helps relieve depression as effectively as antidepressant medication.

8. Relieve hot flashes.
Increasing fitness by walking or practicing yoga enhances mood and reduces some menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats.

9. Protect men’s health
Pelvic exercises help prevent erectile dysfunction and possibly benign prostate enlargement, a common cause of urinary problems.

10. Prolong life
Studies lasting many years have consistently shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 percent for men and women.

11. Mobility
When you grow older, bones can become brittle and the muscles shorten. An elderly person can lose the balance and coordination that they have had their entire lives. Staying active helps keep the body flexible. Stretching routines will lengthen muscle tissue and help prevent wasting and shortening. Exercise can reduce incidents of arthritis and osteoporosis by increasing bone density and joint range of motion. If you are currently being treated for any chronic illness, your doctor can advise you of safe exercises that will improve your health.

13. Mental Health
Exercise is a natural mood enhancer. When you work out, the body releases endorphins that make you feel capable. If you are elderly and fighting the psychological effects of aging, exercise may be the key to giving you drive and energy. A sedentary lifestyle can affect you at any age, but after retirement, the days may seem longer. Take part in an exercise program to help fill some of the hours. An ordinary walk when you feel blue will enhance your spirits. Exercise will also improve cognitive functions. As you age, your memory may not be as clear as it once was. Exercise can help improve mental focus.

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Everywhere I see and hear, “San Bernardino Shooting…”

Wow… what a tragedy. I can’t imagine being there to experience such a terrifying thing. I can’t imagine having my child, my father, my mother, someone I love being one of the people in that building on that day. It truly breaks my heart to think of the impact this made on many people lives.

I see and hear of death in Africa. I recently was contacted and told how a good friend of mine just died from sickness and how his family is left with a high medical bill. I hear how buildings are being burned along with the people in it due to a tribe and/or belief differences. I hear about the need of the orphans who have no support to live,
let alone get education or love. I hear from the Maasai people in Kenya that they are having the most difficult year because they have no water anywhere near.

I see right here in my own backyard of Los Angeles California, all the problems and need that people face every day. I hear from all the people I coach and counsel about the obstacles, struggle and pain they deal with on a daily basis.

I see and hear about spiritual struggle, mental and emotional instability, physical sickness and disease, financial hardships, business burdens and relational divisions.

I see and hear and have a choice. I can see and hear and choose to become a part of the problem. I can see and hear and choose to just sit and watch, avoid or go into denial. Or I can see and hear and be a part of the solution. I have the power and privilege to choose to become a victim or to live victoriously. I have a choice to either grumble or have gratitude. I have the power to choose to either complain about how we need a change in this world or to be the change that this world needs and influence those around me.

I see and hear therefore I choose to do my part. With RISE Programs, I have the honor of making a difference in people lives which in turn causes a ripple effect and makes a difference in their careers and homes. I am grateful to be transforming businesses by transforming the employees in that business. Coaching executives, parents, relationships, and organizations to be at their highest potential. I get to educate, equip and empower people all over the world one person at a time.

My name is Richard Martinez with RISE Programs and I see and hear and I am doing my part.

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Mexican Gisela Soto 33, 31 Laura Flores not know each other, but both attended the seminar self improvement entitled “Success or failure is up to you.”

At the end of Sunday event which attracted over five hundred people, mostly women at the Convention Center Long Beach, Gisela and Laura have well-defined and shared goals.

“I’m just in time to open my business next month now,” Gisela, originally from Guadalajara said. “When one goal is proposed, assess small successes”.

His first win on road to success has been to gather in one year $ 10,000 with which will open its office selling auto insurance in the city of Moreno Valley.

The figure has motivated him Adriana Gallardo, owner of Adriana’s Insurance.

Meanwhile, Laura, born in Chihuahua, looked at the conference where the engineer Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez personal motivation to give meaning to his life participated.

“My husband Maximum drives me to it be a better wife and mother of my children (Violet, 8 and Max, 6),” he said. “I understood that when you are able to love everything comes alone, even money … That’s me.”

Adriana Gallardo and Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez. Adriana Gallardo and Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez.
‘Success is no accident’
Considered by Time magazine as the most important “ethical cultural guide” today, Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez told his audience that there are no magic formulas for success.

“Nobody wins by chance … nothing is free,” said the author of over 30 best selling books on self-improvement, business leadership and family values such as “A Desperate Cry” or “The Force of Sheccid”.

“Every man is successful, but the difference is that some decide to do more in life … they are the result of their daily decisions; if you want to do well, think about how to do good to others. ”

Important to achieve balance
The difference between success or failure in a business, you know how to find the balance.

So defined Adriana Gallardo, owner of the emporium insurance Adriana’s Insurance, which has more than 300 employees, 60 offices in Southern California, one in San Antonio, Texas, and distance sales in four states, and has expectations to continue growing.

“I learned to not wanting to have control of everything,” he said the woman did not go to business school, but had life education to build a successful business for almost a quarter century. “I learned to seek balance, to let things flow by themselves and to trust other people.”

Turned into a figure who inspires all Latinos in the United States, successful woman wistfully remembers her mother Rosy, who was his most inspired to open his first business in a small room with two desks in the city of Fontana.

“She will be happy to see me happy, having achieved many successes,” he said. “What I have achieved is the result of his work in me, and I added to this discipline, courage and hard work.”

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Do you love music? I’m sure you at least like it, and at the minimal I’m sure it’s a part of your life to some degree. As for me music is a big part of my life. Growing up I was exposed to many types of music and for that I am very thankful. Through my love for music I became a dancer. I find that both music and dance (and many other types of Art) promote health and happiness in my life. Dance is a great emotional release along with its physical benefits. It’s a fun exercise that strengthens the emotional fabric of your being. Music can make us feel good but there is so much more to it.

Here are some ways that Music and Sound can benefit your life and how it can promote Healing, Health and Happiness:

Sound/Music Stimulates Brain Functions

1. Music triggers memories and increases memorization skills

How many of you heard a song come on and instantly that song takes into a past memory? Many times you can even feel the same emotions from that memory. Very powerful stuff if you think about it.
Think about how many of us learned our A, B, C’s through singing them. Music can stimulate our capacity to remember something. Therefore a great way to memorize any information is to sing it in song form. Try it!

2. Music triggers brain functions

Studies have found that listening to some Mozart will actually increase your I.Q. Wow! I’m so glad I enjoy Classical music. Not only does it increase your I.Q but it also increases your ability to retain and study. Why? There are a couple reasons:

1. Study’s show that sounds that are in the 3K to 8K range really stimulate the brain (K= Kilohertz). 3k and above come from instruments such as violins, flutes, piccolo which are often used in classical music.

2. On the other end low frequencies can actually dull brain function. Now being a dancer this struck me because it’s the low frequencies that get my body wanting to move! Ha! This doesn’t mean that the hip-hop or dance type music is bad because actually the low frequencies have some positive affect too. The difference is the high frequency affects the brain and the low frequency affects the body.

Sound/Music Stimulates Emotions

3. Music triggers Moods and Releases and/or Fuels Emotions

Music will either change the way you feel or make what you are feeling deeper and stronger. Music is a very powerful tool in our moods and emotions. Music influences moods. We can see how sound and music affects our whole being. They affect our brains, bodies & emotions. It’s so amazing how music can affect us on every level of our consciousness.

The power of sound and music have been used for good and bad but you can clearly see how they can be used to change people, atmospheres and even whole cultures. The Beatles actually did this; they changed the whole mindset with their music.

Sound/Music Stimulates the Spiritual

4. Music Can Trigger the Spiritual

I know from my own experience music has been used many times to lead me into something spiritual. Many religions around the world use some types of instrument during their rituals and worship.

Here is an example from the Bible of how music can trigger something spiritual.
2Kings 3:15-16 “But now bring me a minstrel.” And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the LORD…” He prophesied (spoke amazing truths and insights) after the music came. It has an affect in the natural but does it have an affect in the spiritual? Can a higher key draw people to a holy desperation, or repentance? Can a lower key draw people to begin to worship?

1Sam 16:22-23 “Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.
So it came about whenever the evil spirit came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him. Amazing! You can see how Saul was refreshed (emotionally), well (physically) and casted an evil spirit away (Spiritually).

Music/Sound affect and influence our whole being. It stimulates our brains, emotions and our spirit (life energy). What a powerful tool we can begin to use more intentionally especially now that you know more of the power of it.
Learn to utilize sound and music for your benefit. Learn to use it in a way that brings health and happiness into your life and into the life of those around you.
How does sound and music promote Health and Happiness in your life?

Richard Martinez

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