Monday, May 23, 2016

MusculoSkeletal Maintenance

Did you know leading an active lifestyle may reduce the risk of just about every malady from Alzheimer's to Osteoporosis? 

If you search for 'exercise disease prevention' you'll have your pick of over 11,000 related studies.  We've already talked about the importance of exercise to endocrine health--including Testosterone production, bone mass, and metabolism and weight control.

So....why is it that 50% of Americans don't exercise in any useful amount? (1)

Want some other troubling stats?
  • Only 20% of Americans meet minimal aerobic and muscular strengthening benchmarks
  • The demographic most likely to work out is the 18-24 year old.  After 24 the likelihood of exercise participation falls off dramatically. 
  • Women are far more likely to Not Exercise than are men.
  • Whites are more likely to exercise than are Blacks or Hispanics.

CDC, 2014
Isn't it sad that we spend our adult years unable or unwilling to be active the way we once were?

It appears we let life (ie work, family, ministry, etc.) get out of balance.

If the word, "Exercise" gives you flash backs to junior high PE class--it's time to retrain your brain! Everybody knows that feeling often follows action.  For instance, if you want to be a more caring person--what do you do?  You ACT in caring ways.  Even if you don't WANT to at present!  This is a very well known principal in intentional living.

I suggest there are a number of reasons most Americans don't exercise:

  • "It takes too long"
  • "It doesn't feel good (I hate being sore)"
  • "It's embarrassing to try to get back into shape"
  • "Memberships are too expensive"
  • "We don't have room for all that equipment"

This is what plays in my head when these excuses worm their way in, "Just Do It".

Tabatas, a jump rope, and a little ingenuity can overcome all these objections, but I'd like to focus on the issue of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

Current research proves that Lactic Acid is not the all-purpose scapegoat that it used to be.  DOMS, like all bodily functions, is a complex and interrelated process that science doesn't fully understand. Much data suggests cytokines and free radicals interact in the inflammatory response, causing pain. A recent study suggests, 'supplementation with polyphenols improves post-exercise strength recovery and muscle soreness'. (2)

According to a recent paper, "Polyphenols are abundant micronutrients in our diet, and evidence for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases is emerging. The health effects of polyphenols depend on the amount consumed and on their bioavailability." (3)

Ningxia Red is one of the most polyphenol rich products of comparable price and shelf life. The Grape seed extract contained in Ningxia Red, along with the citrus essential oils and Ningxia wolfberry make this a truly unique product from a company with 22 years of customer satisfaction and industry leadership. (4)

Some other ideas to reduce DOMS:

  • Warm up and cool down--the older I get the more this helps during workouts and for recovery.
  • Use a foam roller--these are inexpensive and very effective for self-massage.
  • Switch to a diet that reduces inflammation (less  processed and GMO foods).

The other parts of the MusculoSkeletal system are the bones, ligaments, and connective tissues. 

BLM™ supports normal bone and joint health.* This formula combines powerful all-natural ingredients, such as type II collagen, MSM, glucosamine sulfate, and manganese citrate, enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils.

These ingredients have been shown to support healthy cell function and encourage joint health and fluid movement.*

Want another testament to the support of normal exercise recovery Young Living products can be a part of? Check out the Iron Cowboy. 50 Full Length IRONMANs--50 consecutive days--50 states.  Yes way.

How will you test out Young Living products?

The Iron Cowboy from Young Living on Vimeo.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This info is for education. You should choose for yourself what products you use in, on, and around your body. No one cares about your health more than you do.


2. Food Nutr Res. 2015 Dec 18;59:30034. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v59.30034. eCollection 2015.
Supplementation with a polyphenolic blend improves post-exercise strength recovery and muscle soreness.
Herrlinger KA1, Chirouzes DM2, Ceddia MA2.



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