Change your posture and add years to your life!

Is this what you look like when you’re watching TV?

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Is this you when you’re sending emails or posting on Facebook?

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What do you look like right now as you’re reading this?

Read on…I’m going to tell you something that can help add years to your life.

I’m always ranting and raving about the importance of practicing good posture and lifting techniques in real life and outside your fitness routine. (And if you’re not a client or student of mine, you may not have heard one of my infamous rants yet, but you’ll sure read a plethora of them in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

For example:

  • Do you have the strength to lift yourself up from a sitting position?
  • Do you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you creak and crawl out of the car?
  • Does your body feel the worst after you’ve been on your couch, in your car, your chair at work, or your bed?

I’m always warning my students about the complications of sitting in a poor posture for long periods of time on your couch, in your car, chair, or bed.

Duh! Your muscles are not meant to sit in poor posture for long periods of time. That’s why you hurt more when you get out of your car than you do after a 30-minute walk!

I don’t care if you exercise for 2 hours a day, 7 days a week…you must be mindful of your posture when you’re performing any task, even sitting.

The less awareness and strength you have carrying your own body around, the more difficult it will be to get up, especially as you age.

When you’re sitting, instead of using that time to practice poor posture, you can use it to practice good posture — and strengthen your core.

Here’s how to watch TV with good posture :

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or this way:

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And here’s what you should look like when you send emails or post on Facebook:

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Or even better:

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I’ve written a lot of my book exactly like that — standing at my laptop.

Why is this important?

This is soooo important because:

1. You’ll eliminate needless aches and pains. (Sorry, I’m not referring to the one you’re married to, ha ha.)

2. You’ll look so much better.

3. You’ll be able to get up a lot more easily as you age and you won’t be trading in your G-d given body parts for a slow-moving motorized scooter. (Don’t get me started with those right now!)

And drum roll please…

4. You’ll lower your risk of death!

Research shows that the ability to sit and rise from the floor with one hand or no hands was closely correlated with a lower risk of death from any cause. You can read more here and also the original study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  I am worried about you and want you to be able to get off the freakin’ toilet in your “oldster” (the opposite of youngster) years. And by the way, (Bethy Tangent) because your such a germaphobe, you shouldn’t be sitting on a public toilet anyway! So practicing your sqatting now (like we did in Turkey and other countries) will not only keep you germ free but will help strengthen your assets (literally your “glutes”) as well as your thighs. And remember, stronger glutes means less work from your joints, especially you knees, hips and lower vertebrae.

 

So not only am I teaching you ways to feel and look so much better than you ever dreamed, but I’m also helping to add years to your life!

 

12 things happy people do differently

As part of the research I did for my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!, I found hundreds — maybe even thousands — of studies, research and articles that say “asset moving” is one of the ways to make you less stressed, happier and more kvetch-free (aka pain and ailment free!)Okay, okay, maybe “asset moving” wasn’t quite the wording I stumbled upon, but you know what I mean.

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There’s so much awesome research, in fact, that I devote an entire section in my book to share it — along with your amazing stories and tips.

It’s called, “Why should I move my assets when they don’t want to move?”

Admit it, you’ve asked that very question, right?

One of my awesome clients shared a list she found called “12 things happy people do differently,” compiled by Sonja Lyubomirsky, research psychologist and professor of psychology, University of California.

Of course, you know what made it to the list!

Check this out:

Happiness-Enhancing Strategies
from The How of Happiness: A New Approach to
Getting the Life You Want (Penguin)
by Sonja Lyubomirsky
www.thehowofhappiness.com

1
Counting your blessings:
Expressing gratitude for what you have (either privately through contemplation or journaling or to a close other) or conveying your appreciation to one or more individuals whom you’ve never properly thanked.

2cCultivating optimism: Keeping a journal in which you imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation.

3aAvoiding overthinking and social comparison: Using strategies (such as distraction) to cut down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others.

4bPracticing acts of kindness: Doing good things for others, whether friends or strangers, either directly or anonymously, either spontaneously or planned.

 

5cNurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening, and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying it.

6d
Doing more activities that truly engage you:
Increasing the number of experiences at home and work in which you “lose” yourself, which are challenging and absorbing.

7gReplaying and savoring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight, and going over life’s momentary pleasures and wonders –- through thinking, writing, drawing, or sharing with another.

8bCommitting to your goals: Picking 1, 2, or 3 significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursuing them.

9Developing strategies for coping: Practicing ways to endure or surmount a recent stress, hardship, or trauma.

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Learning to forgive: Keeping a journal or writing a letter in which you work on letting go of anger and resentment towards one or more individuals who have hurt or wronged you.

11Practicing religion and spirituality: Becoming more involved in your church, temple, or mosque, or reading and pondering spiritually-themed books.

…and a drum roll, please, for #12…

12aTaking care of your body: Engaging in physical activity, meditating, and smiling and laughing.

 

Let’s vow to move our assets, be happier, and kvetch and jiggle less!

 

Results ARE typical: FUNIQ total body reno M & W 9:30 AM

Peops are always asking me: Bethy, what do you do to stay so, uh, svelt?

You will have to order my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! to learn most of my deep dark secrets AND you can join me on Mondays and Wednesdays for:

FUNIQ Total Body Renovation

 9:30 – 10:30 AM  

Those three infamous words, "results NOT typical" in microscopic print on every ad, pic and infomercial for the latest and greatest "lose weight fast" diet, pill, potion and lotion motivated me to post these…

Exhibit A: Moi in my late 20s 

Bethy before 28

 

Exhibit B: Moi in my (very) late 40s

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Not only do the bodies of my clients and I jiggle less than ever, we also kvetch a lot less about chronic ailments and pains in the knees, spine and assets (sorry, can't help with that big pain you're married too :)!) 

Results ARE absolutely typical when you move your assets with me and I promise:

  • No airbrushing or editing in any of my pics, or my clients pics. I wish exhibit A was airbrushed 🙁
  • Never did I use the latest and greatest multi-level marketing pills, potions, lotions and injections of any type.
  • The only skin treatment I use is my own shvitz (sounds prettier than sweat) and my skin is like a baby's assets.
  • Never ever did I have anything surgically added or removed from my bod…except of course for a ruptured disc in my spine in my late 40s and one wisdom tooth in my late 20s. At 50, I can still fly around like Wonder Woman despite two back-to-back surgeries just two years ago.

 

So if you're ready to finally join me and get into awesome shape, whilst jiggling and kvetching less than ever, reserve your space now by emailing me at Bethanne@moveyourassets.com. Classes are only $60 for 5! Space is limited to 5 new participants so hurry! I will send you specific info when you email.

 

Your excuse, ooh I’m sorry, I mean…your “concern”

Your excuse, ooh I’m sorry, I mean…your “concern”:

“I don’t do push-ups BECAUSE my wrists hurt.”

My snippy, snappy, smart-asset answer:

“You don’t do pushups SO your wrists hurt.”

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NO, not THAT push-up, smart asset!

 

Oh doncha worry sista (or brotha)

I joyfully address many of your excuses, ooh I’m sorry again, I mean “concerns” on by blog and in my book: Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! But I have to give you a mental poch in tuchus (slap in your assets) now because you are still blaming that 16 second trek up the steps for that devastating injury to your knees rather than the 16 hours per day you spend off of your feet and on your seat…literally!

So many peops, kvetch about aching joints including knees, wrists, back and hips and are clueless to the fact that if their “shut down” muscles were woken up again, their joints wouldn’t be taken the brunt of the movement. HMM, are you one of these peops? I superbly address all of your gripes in my book, including “I can’t run BECAUSE my knees hurt” which of course should read, “I can’t run SO my knees hurt.”

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Texting Tendonitis? Wait…WHAT?

Even though I LOVE to elaborate on waking up sleeping assets (mainly the “glutes”) as a cure for most knee pain, I made the push-up the focus of this blog because most women will avoid it like the plague. In fact, I am usually the only woman in any class doing manly push-ups as well as planks on my hands. Too many women (and some men too) complain of “painful” or “weak” wrists and actually avoid exercises that will beautifully strengthen the muscles of hands, the forearms and upper arms allowing wrists to basically come along for the ride and be pain free. In fact, more doctors see WAY more sedentary peops with texting tendonitis than wrist pain due to push-ups, planks, or lots of “downward dogs” in Yoga. Ask your favorite orthopedist for yourself.

I couldn’t do one push-up in my twenties

You might have caught a glimpse of this beaut in a previous blog post

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No this is not a zoo creature, this is moi’ at 19.


And you can read much more about my transition from punk queen to Asset Queen in the book. At my ripe old age of 19 I was more likely to tattoo a skull on my assets than to actually move them. It wouldn’t shock you to know that I could not do one push-up for the first few decades of my life. I had lots of aches and ailments including meshuganitis, of course. Among other kvetches, I remember my right wrist always hurting in school and then subsiding in the summer. (HMM…writing rather than texting tendonitis.) Fast forward to fit and fiftyish Bethy…

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I can do dozens of push-ups and my wrists NEVER hurt! Of course, I make all of my clients do push-ups, planks and downward dogs and I don’t hear one kvetch about the wrists. Keep in mind, I am younger than almost all of my clients, including this legendary duo…

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet 79 year young Dots, the energizer bunny, and her studly 82 year young hubby Dick

 

There are 640ish muscles in the body…

…and many of us have literally “shut down” HALF of them by placing them up on cinder blocks for the past 30 years, kinda like that jalopy in your neighbors driveway. Practicing push-ups, planks and down dogs will not only get your arms fit and lean and diminish the appearance of upper arms that seemingly flap in the wind when there is no wind, they can literally STOP needless wrist and elbow pain. It’s time to stop using that horrendous hopscotch injury that you sustained in middle school as the culprit behind your current kvetching and move your assets NOW. Even if it means skipping the drive-thru and actually walking into Starbucks when you get your 800 calorie Mocha Choca lata yaya!! Don’t get me started about lattes, and drive-thrus, and shopping carts, OH MY!

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

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Asset Queen down but not out

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for almost 3 weeks and you haven’t heard hide nor hair from me.

Unfortunately I have a not-so-great reason for not posting, sharing, or motivating you to move your assets…I’ve been out flat on mine!

This Asset Queen has been down for the count. Ironically I shut down the same day the government did but I swear this is of coincidence only.

I’ve been in too much pain to literally move from my bed, get up and down off the toilet, put my clothes on, read, write or literally move mine or anyone else’s assets.

At the moment I can actually sit in a very strange position and alternate it with one legged standing and write about my mishap; a few days ago I had a 2nd nerve block injection into my spine…

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and I believe that has made me feel a little more human today…thank the good Lord above.

Hmmm and ironically, didn’t the government temporarily prop itself on its own two feet the very same day as well?…maybe there is a something to this, or maybe not since I am SO politically incorrect!

I am scheduled for surgery Tuesday, October 22, to remove a large 14mm-sized extruding disc from my spine. Unlike 98% of most back issues that require less asset sitting and more asset moving to repair, I comprise less than 2% of folks who truly need surgical repair.

I, the doctors, and basically everyone who knows me are 100% convinced that I will make a speedy and miraculous recovery thanks to the avid asset mover that I am.

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Even Wonder Woman is not invincible but I have not one iota of doubt that I will be up and moving my assets, better than ever not too long after my surgery!

This will just be another chapter to add to my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank. I will keep you posted with my progress.

Bethy’s question of the day: Name that benefit

Have you ever read any profound study or scientific literature that lists the endless benefits of sitting on your assets? Probably not.

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Can you name any benefit you will receive if you sit for a prolonged period of time? Even one? Probably not.

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Grab a blank piece of paper and pen and see if you can think of any benefits that sitting on your assets for a prolonged period of time can do for your body.

Thought of any? Keep thinking…I'll wait….

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Bethy’s deep thought of the day: The cure for early morning aches and pains

Bethy's deep thought 1Have you noticed that your chronic aches and ailments seem most severe when you wake up and (attempt to) get out of bed?

You can’t imagine how many people tell me that their stuffy noses, aching knees, backs, assets and other parts seem to ease up as they get in the groove and start to move…

DUH!! You’ve been in the same position for umpteen hours…especially if you were a pure couch potato, equipped with remote, before you actually went to sleep!

Why do you think I have spent five years of my life writing Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank? Because I (and my tribe of Better Butts customers) know firsthand that simply moving can cure most of your sedentary ills!

My own serious morning aches and pains

Just this morning I woke up with some serious pain in my right ankle. I could barely step on it to get out of bed. (You can read much more about my freekazoid feet in my book.) Being barefoot is a no-no for me. As soon as I put my sneakers on and walk on the trail, the pain actually subsides drastically and so do all my other ailments.

You are truly missing out on some joyous, energizing, creative and pain-free days if you begin your day by plotzing down with newspaper and breakfast without allowing movement to cure you. I especially feel sorry for folks who do that and then step into their car to sit, even longer, and in a terrible posture…OY VEY!

Treat yourself right

Do yourself a huge favor and devote even 20 minutes to a walk or any activity of your choosing — even Windex every freakin’ mirror in the house, I don’t care what activity you pick — before breakfast (and with your morning coffee, of course).

Don’t worry, smart asset; you have enough energy storage in your body parts to get you through this 20 minutes. You don’t have to eat the moment you roll out of bed! (Though to me, the coffee is a necessity!)

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Luv, @AssetQueen AQ-Crown-Only

 

 

Bethy’s deep thought of the day

Do you notice how the words “endorphin” and “morphine” both curiously have the “phine” suffix?Bethy's deep thought 1

Interestingly, endorphin is a contraction of the two words “endogenous” and “morphine” intended to mean "a morphine-like substance originating from within the body."

Wow! So moving your assets can actually get you “high”?

Why would you choose to sit on your assets, which cannot possibly evoke this type of feeling, could it?

I'm just sayin'!

You will learn much more about endorphins and other stress-reducing, feel-good chemicals that are supposed to be produced by your body when you read my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! Stay tuned!!

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Bethy’s tip of the day: The best 20 cents you may ever invest!

I was at the airport a few weeks ago and I got into a conversation with a woman from Jamaica (the island, not Queens NY LOL).

She told me she misses the fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that she ate in her hometown.

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She said that in order to remove the smell and taste of pesticides (EWWWWW) off the lovely fruits and vegetables produced in the US, she sprays a concoction of water and vinegar (HMMM!).

So I googled this and she's absolutely right. Not only does a 3-to-1 ratio of water-to-vinegar help remove pesticides that are on the outside of fruits and veggies, but it also KILLS 98% of bacteria. Holy crap!!

And each bottle of water-and-vinegar mix costs you about 20 cents!

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That's a fraction of the cost of those expensive concoctions you buy in the grocery store.

Check it out here and here— complete with "recipe" and instructions.

Hey, if something completely edible and non-toxic is that useful, it sounds like a no-brainer to moi!

OK vinegar may not help you move your assets but it also kills toenail fungus so your feet will be prettier when they move your assets all over town!

And since my goal in life is to get you to "move more and eat less (crap)," if I can convince you to reach for a healthy, yummy apple instead of a bag of fat-laden chips or cookies, my job here is done.

Well, not quite done. I have lots more tips for you coming right up. Watch this space….

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Human sweat: A natural antibiotic???

That got your attention, didn't it! You know I don't shy away from any subject LOL. I mean, who else is gonna tell you about sweat? Sweat 1

Since I’ve been an avid asset mover, I rarely get sick, even when I’m around sick people. (That's another of my awesome motivations for writing my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank.)

If I do get sick, it's very short lived. It seems that most of my clients and other avid asset movers have the same claim to fame.

Hmmm…!

I always sensed there was a really “scientific” basis for feeling awesome after sweating out the sickness.

I just knew there had to be some logical reason, besides just some good mood-producing drugs, that people like my client Robin Lerner tell me her workout with me last week cured her of her ills.

Why, I wondered, do I (and so many others) feel like we sweat the sickness out? 

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And then 1 week ago an answer came to me in the form of an email from Diana Scimone, one of my amazing clients, friends and the person who kicked my assets to write this book. 

The subject line read, “Human Sweat: A Natural Antibiotic” and she prefaced her email by saying, “This is amazing — and one more reason why it's so good to sweat when you feel icky!”

She included a link to an article in Science Daily that quoted doctors and scientists doing research on human sweat. They found that sweat acts as (wait for it) an antibiotic and it's called Dermcidin.

Yes, that sweat that pours off you when you're moving your assets actually fights off "bacteria, fungi, and, viruses."

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

You know me by now…I cannot get enough of this stuff! Here are some excerpts from this amazing report:

"An international team of scientists has discovered how an important natural antibiotic called dermcidin, produced by our skin when we sweat, is a highly efficient tool to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous bugs…

"Sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin, which protect us from dangerous bugs."

When I stumble across research that substantiates all the findings that Grandpa Sol and I just seem to inherently get, it makes me so excited to be able to share with you!

What, you don't know who Grandpa Sol is? Oh, you'll meet him in my book — and you'll love him!

Meanwhile, here's the amazing article that will tell you why, when you feel sick, you  need to move: Human Sweat: A Natural Antibiotic

Bottom line? When you feel sick, move those assets and sweat! You'll feel a lot better!

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