Happy Halloweeny….




Happy Halloweeny

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans!

As we don our silly and sexy costumes, eat candy until our stomachs burst (not me mind you, I have a declared it a carb free weekend!)  It is my duty to remind you that it is cold and flu season here in Chicago and most places in America.

While everyone is shaking in their boots about Ebola, the real threat is right under our noses. Common illnesses like the cold, the flu (yes two different things) and pneumonia are in fashion, highly contagious and can do everything from ruin your weekend to have you hospitalized.

Should you worry about Ebola?

No, not unless you have been to western Africa or have been in contact with someone ill with it. God bless the nurses and doctors who got ill caring for others. It’s online with SARS, the bird flu and every other dooms day disease we hear about. Yes it can kill you; however your chances are far better dying from a drunk driver on the expressway. Yeah, sorry I know that doesn’t make you feel better before the morning commute. It is just that some diseases get a lot of press and scare people or make folks money while scaring people and I personally feel it is unnecessary. Keep your hands and face clean, try not to touch your face and mouth out in public, and seek medical attention if you feel bad or find that you have been exposed. I read that some nurse said she refused to be quarantined and that she felt fine. Well if she has been exposed to a deadly disease, she should take the break, get some books, and chill for a bit. I certainly do not want a nurse treating me who is supposed to be in quarantine.

Should you get the flu shot?

My doctor says yes. If you have a medical condition, are very young or very old, a weak immune system, or you are prone to catching the flu. It is not a magic bullet. Like the cold, the flu has many variants and the shot fights the most popular ones. Which ones you ask? I do not know! However, I have a tendency to get the flue 1 or two times a year when the seasons change and it has knocked me out for up to two weeks. Last year it was 2-3 days of watching tv and eating chicken broth. So ergo and therefore, yours truly has had one.

Should you cover your cough with your hands?

Silly question huh? Yes and no is my answer. If you are contagious coughing into the bend of your arm is best. If you use your hands you go around touching stuff that other folks touch and just spreading your dang cooties. Try to keep your hands off your face out in public period. On the bus and then rub your eyes, nose, dig out breakfast from the back tooth? Ewww, I can literally draw pictures of some of the germs you just exposed yourself to. Keep some clean tissues or a clean handkerchief. When you get home toss one and bleach the other.

Feed a cold vs starve a fever…

If you are hungry and ill, eat something light. No one wants to barf up mom’s meatloaf and potato surprise. Chicken soup is always a winner, saltines and mild temperature ginger ale if your throat is ok. Your body needs some form of energy to help heal itself. However, on the flip side, you don’t want all of the bodies resources going to the digestive system to break down the deluxe super nacho supremo. A light meal and plenty of cool.. not cold… water is on the menu.

I am busy working on a crowdfunding idea for GlobalMusic4 Life and trying to find sponsors so we can give away our book; Save Your Own Life Mini Medical School Mini Book II. If you would like to buy one, please visit the apple itunes store or hey eliminate the middle man and visit us directly. We are at www.globalmusic4life.com   http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/


I am jamming to our tunes as well, what else is new? https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-god-we-trust/id767428582

In God we trust… Hmmpft! Enough said !

Love and Light!


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Cardio work out tips from a big girl…

I love aerobic exercise!!!!! 

I love aerobic exercise! Uh, ok I’m lying. That stuff kind of sucks for us big girls. However, I do love my old pants sagging on me, the hoorahs from my friends on the same healthy lifestyle path, and the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a class or a good set in the gym without passing out or calling my teacher out of her name. ( I often refer to her as Mistress Vickie, the aerobic …. Well let’s keep this g rated)

Starting off was tough for me. It is for most people. In my fevered state off mind I often laugh at women who look fit but who can’t keep up with “me”. “Way to go skinny let’s see some sweat!” All jokes aside, we all try to support each other and that’s a good thing. Nothing has helped me more than the great support I get from others, often complete strangers, who cheer me on when they see I am trying.

Why cardio exercise?

Well that is a great question. Most folks know it is good for you but let me be more specific.

  1. Because I said so! I do research on this stuff, I would not lead you astray
  2. It gets the heart rate up, exercising one of the top muscles in your body, the HEART
  3. Helps reduce joint pain
  4. Helps fight heart disease
  5. Helps fight diabetes…. Burns off that extra sugar and kills off some of those carbs then it gets to the extra adipose tissue ( that’s fancy talk for fat)
  6. Helps manage high blood pressure
  7. Helps you sleep better at night
  8. Helps strengthen muscles
  9. Helps to reduce weight – a lot!
  10. Fights off depression with endorphins… “natures little happy pill”

How much is recommended?

Ok ask your doctor because each person is different but in general try to get in:

  1. A warm up of ten to fifteen minutes, start off slow, give the muscles time to warm up
  2. Conditioning phase: Burn baby burn, this is where you go for a good thirty minutes of churn and burn, whatever exercise you are doing
  3. Cool the muscles down for 10 to 15 minutes, give them time to relax… um sometimes I am in a rush and skip this step, hmmm my body reminds me with cramps the next day, please try to do at least 10 minutes cooling down, stretching the arms, back, legs, even the chest just a few minutes each, cramps in your arms after a work out are not cute, and cramps in your legs are horrible.

That is what an hour a day? What you are special and important and don’t have the time? Yes you do. Stop that crazy talk. Exercise while watching Scandal, or your favorite tv show. Exercise on the way home from work and then cool down and hit the showers. Get in a little quickie at lunch, 5 minute warm up by walking 20 minutes power walking, 5 minute cool down or just walk around the office a bit. Take the stairs and stretch the legs a bit for a cool down. ( You warmed up walking to the stairs!)

I love to work out to my favorite GlobalMusic4 Life song “Heart Attack” It is kind of crazy because that is what my mom passed away from, that and a stroke, and she wasn’t much older than I am now. Hmmm maybe that and “I can’t go out like that”

Here are the links so you can download them to you mp3 player.




And here are some Youtube videos of nice workouts…




How do you get your sweat on? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and light,

Melissa Mitchell

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Their purpose is to promote healthy lifestyle and educate the public about health related issues. They do it via media. ” Providing health care through social media”. That includes me and my blogs!

They also have music available on itunes and google play, videos on Youtube, music on cdbaby, and we have just released our new book “Save Your Own Life”  Mini medical school volume II available as a pdf from the site or as an ibook from itunes.

Check out our new games! It is all about health and the body! Fun and educational! Available for ipads, iphones, android phones and pads!

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