Posts tagged ‘exercise’

March 17, 2012

What Motivates YOU to Mooooove??

If you look at the leading cause of death in the USA and the UK, you will find ailments such as cancer and heart disease at the very top of the list with most of the reason behind their existence tied to  stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.   The number of deaths by these two leading causes have also increased by much in the last two decades.  To the point of being alarming.  So what can you do?

Besides eating a nutrient dense meal and keeping your stress levels in check which is something we most often talk about here, it is equally important to get in regular physical activity.  Yes, that means scheduling in time to get your body working out and your heart pumping.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the top 7 benefits of regular physical exercise of 30 minutes a day are:

  1. Controls your weight
  2. Combats health conditions and diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
  3. Improves your mood
  4. Boosts your energy levels
  5. Promotes good rest and more peaceful sleep
  6. Positive effect on sex life
  7. Fun way to spend time and unwind

This may seem like a simple list but it illustrates how crucial exercise is to your overall health and wellness.  Yet, for such an obvious solution, it can be the hardest activity to incorporate into your day.

Through moderate to vigorous movement, you are directly targeting 3 specific aspects of your heart health that are key to your overall wellness: cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.  Any time you exercise, your heart has to pump 10 times more blood to a muscle group that is being exerted.  Through repetition, your heart muscles get stronger and that supports your blood flow.  This effect also prevents buildup of fat on your artery walls which is a dangerous result of being sedentary.  Exercise lowers the bad cholesterol and raises the good which has positive effects on people with high blood pressure or any kind of coronary artery disease.

As you can see, there are many motives for exercising that are mostly obvious but not often taken seriously until it is too late.   The best way to create a reason to exercise is to think of it in terms of what really matters to you most. The meaning of the word Motive as stated in the dictionary is “something that causes a person to do a certain thing; incentive” So whether your incentive to move is to live a pain free life, to see your grandchildren grow up, to have more energy, or to live happier in this moment, you can bet that if you create a motive that really means something to you and your health, you will more likely commit to that workout becoming a part of your life – for life!

August 4, 2011

3 Keys to Keeping Your Balance Powerful

Falling is more than likely something you think of as an “accident”.  Something that randomly happens when you least expect it because of a trip, slip or bump that you did not see coming.  However, did you know that in reality, falls are a leading cause of injury and hospitalization amongst people 65 years of age and older?  Many of these falls result in hip fractures, head injuries and, yes, even subluxation.  But did you also know that many of those falls could be prevented with one simple examination of your balance?

Chronic health conditions and persistent dis-ease can lead to risks of falling later in life.  (Falling being the result.)  Take two of the most common forms of preventable disease today: diabetes and hypertension.  Some of the symptoms of diabetes are vision impairment, desensitized nerves in the limbs (especially the legs and feet) that are both known and obvious factors in a person’s balance.  Hypertension drugs have known side effects that may cause drops in blood pressure and dizziness.  (Also known and obvious factors that affect a person’s balance.)  Many brain targeting drugs, especially sleep aids can affect balance.  Other factors that contribute to balance are muscle strength, posture, gait habits, inner ear function, nutrition, and flexibility.

Because we know that many factors can lead to unsteadiness or unexplained falls, it is important to examine if there is a negative health issue that is causing it.  It also puts one on notice that paying attention to and caring for ones health from the earliest possible age will result in preventative measures that keep you from avoiding any unnecessary missteps and falls throughout your life.

3 Keys to Proper Balance

1. Regular Chiropractic Examinations – If you are experiencing any on-going or persistent balance or reflex issues, bring it up with your chiropractor.  They will take you through a battery of neurological tests that will help you to understand your symptoms better and determine a prevention plan.  Chiropractors are trained to detect subluxation which affect your coordination, reflexes and your footing.

2. Get Your Move On – The power of regular exercise can do wonders for your body and brain. If you do at least 10 minutes of a vigorous movement (like a brisk walk or treadmill) and 10 minutes of purposeful stretching (like yoga or tai-chi) it will do wonders for your stance. This will help you to strengthen and lengthen your muscles, which will bolster good balance for years to come.

3.  Power EatingNutrition is the best way to enhance your overall health.  Feeding your brain, muscles and organs the right foods will help you to reap rewarding benefits of a steady step and a strong posture.  Be sure to add in lots of water and a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains that are as close to nature as possible to give you sustained energy, strength and stamina.

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