Another Unexpected Benefit of Exercise

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Consistent, easy on the body exercising will help out most health issues. Almost any health issue will be less reactive, less irritated, and recover quicker, when someone is exercising consistently.

Recently, a study came out proving the benefits of exercise on depression. The study is going to be published in the journal Cell.

It has been known anecdotally that exercise helps improve our mental outlook. Its effects on mood elevation are well known. Exercise releases endorphins and other feel good hormones that are responsible for the “runner’s high.”  This runner’s high can keep people exercising for years. Continue reading Another Unexpected Benefit of Exercise

Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

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Anti-aging, as a term, or concept, is thrown around very easily these days.

It can be used as an adjective, like “This hemorrhoid cream is amazing, it has anti-aging effects if applied to the face.”

This describes retin-A, a prescription hemorrhoid cream that was found to reduce puffiness and wrinkles in the face. The cream itself does not have anti-aging properties, it just makes one appear younger by temporarily reducing wrinkles.

It can also be used as a concept, in that eating healthy and exercising has anti-aging effects on the body. Leading a healthy lifestyle slows down the aging process. Continue reading Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

If I Had Known I Was Going To Live This Long Then I Would Have Taken Better Care Of Myself

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Worldwide, the number of people who are living over 100 is growing. There are predictions that within our lives people will be living to over 130.

Our life spans are increasing as our knowledge of health and how to take care of the body increases. Technological advances such as MRIs and CT scans have helped medicine advance into the 21st century.

Unfortunately modern medicine has advanced to the point that some of the population feels that they don’t have to take care of themselves. Some feel they can rely on medical doctors and other health care practitioners for every health ailment. Unfortunately this mindset leads to letting health issues linger until they get so bad that they have to get them taken care of. Continue reading If I Had Known I Was Going To Live This Long Then I Would Have Taken Better Care Of Myself

Exercise To Age Well

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For many years the association between aging well and exercise has been known, but was never 100% proven. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association that proved exercising helps to prevent age related decline.

Dr. Marco Pahor is the director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida and the lead author on the study. He said “For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people.” Continue reading Exercise To Age Well

Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

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“If I had known I was going to live this long then I would have taken better care of myself.”

“Getting old isn’t for sissies.”

“This pain is just due to getting old.”

These are all common sayings I hear around my office.

I am here to tell you that just because you are aging, doesn’t mean that you have to be in pain. Aging doesn’t equal pain. Continue reading Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

Exercise At Any Age

stretchingExercise at any age is possible and necessary. The proper exercise routine will give you the best chance for aging well, and aging gracefully. Exercise is not just for the young. I have read studies that show that even those who are over 90 years old will still benefit from exercising. It just has to be low weight, low intensity and low impact exercising

As you age though, your exercise and nutritional needs change. You can’t exercise and eat the same way when you are 60 as you did when you were 20. If you did, then you would injure yourself and gain a lot of weight. Continue reading Exercise At Any Age

Anti-Aging Through Exercise and Healthy Living

Anti-aging is a very popular topic. There are so many gimmicks out there claiming to reduce wrinkles and cellulite. They promise that you will look and feel like you did 40 years ago and you won’t have to do anything except: eat specially formulated cookies or drink a shake, or take this fat burning and energy increasing capsule, or take a specific vitamin, or something else equally unrealistic. There is no miracle pill, and there is no substitute for exercising and eating right. Continue reading Anti-Aging Through Exercise and Healthy Living