Holiday Crack Attack Words of Wisdom

December 15, 2011 by  

With the New Year upon us, there has never been a better time to pursue a “New Lifestyle” of optimal health, peak performance, ideal weight, maximum vitality and positive a attitude!

Six Benefits of Exercise

     1. Wakes You Up. If you feel too fatigued to do anything after a long day of work, spending 20 minutes just two or three times each week performing some form of exercise will increase your endurance and your energy will skyrocket.

     2. Exercise Makes You Smile. Reach for your sneakers instead of a Snickers when you’re feeling down, stressed or angry. A study performed at Duke University shows that just eight to ten minutes of strenuous exercise can dramatically reduce negative feelings and make you feel better. Exercise releases chemicals from the brain known as endorphins, which naturally make you feel good.

     3. Exercise Helps Prevent Cancer. Regular exercise proves to be a key factor in cancer prevention. Research continues to confirm that exercise reduces the risk of developing cancer. Researchers theorize that it may boost the immune system’s ability to detect and kill cancer cells.

     4. Exercise Soothes Arthritic Joints. Stretching exercises, swimming and range of motion exercises all help to reduce arthritic pain and increase joint mobility. Strength training builds muscles and keeps joints moving well.

     5. Exercise Keeps You Young. As we grow older, our bodies manufacture less human growth hormone (HGH), a substance that improves our immune system, builds muscles, burns fat and contributes to our general feeling of well-being. Lower body exercises with weights can help slow down age related decline by stimulating the production of HGH.

     6. Exercise “Knocks You Out.” Exercise helps you sleep better. Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson, found fewer sleep disorders among young men and women who took exercise classes or who walked briskly at least six blocks each day.

Fascinating Facts To Think About…

An active lifestyle has many benefits. People who devised ways to integrate activity into their daily life, such as briskly walking the dog or frequently pulling weeds made fitness gains similar to those put on a specific exercise regimen, according to The Cooper Institute for Aerobics.

Naturally lowering blood pressure is possible through good nutrition. A low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure significantly, according to studies done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Sleep stabilizes appetite-regulating hormones, according to a study in the Annals Of Internal Medicine. In subjects who slept four hours on two consecutive nights, levels of lepton (the stoplight for eating) were 18 percent lower and levels of ghrelin (the hunger trigger) were 28 percent higher than when they spent ten hours in bed. The sleep-deprived group reported feeling hungrier for calorie and carbohydrate rich foods. Source: Natural Health, May 2005

What not to do for the flu. Taking aspirin or acetaminophen may prolong the flu up to three and a half days, according to the study in Pharmacotherapy. It’s reported that the drugs interfere with the body’s infection-fighting power. Researchers recommend sticking to time-honored cures instead: bed rest and lots of liquids.

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