Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

Step On It

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

A wooden plank, a slab of concrete, a piece of carpet, no matter step on it. USE THE STAIRS
Studies have shown that climbing stairs for just ten minutes a day can get you ten pounds lighter by the end of the year.
It is estimated that six in ten people don’t exercise. We use the elevator, the remote, someone else to change the channels, we do all kinds of things so we don’t need to exercise.
For you health, unless you’re in a wheelchair, walk up those last few stairs.


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

“Baby boomers led an unprecedented fitness revolution, into a kind of golden era of health,” Kenneth H. Cooper.
In 1986, less than 24 percent of American adults exercised regularly; by 1984, that figure had risen to 59 percent. The average life expectancy jumped from 69.7, for those born in 1960, to 75.4 for those born in 1990.
President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and then President Johnson encouraged Americans to become more fit. In fact President Johnson established the first Presidential Physical Awards.
Exercise came into the social scene.
It was the golden age of fitness, but it peaked in 1987.
Boomers, once the peppiest generation, devolved from fit to flabby.

What happened? Len Kravitz, an exercise researcher blames in part the technology boom where you could play with small devices where you could get your work, play, entertainment and communication all while sitting in the same chair.

You can read the rest of the story in the AARP Magazine, April-May, 2014


Monday, March 5th, 2012

Physical inactivity is the fourth most common preventable cause of death, behind smoking, hypertension, and obesity.

Dr. Daniel Amen

Protecting Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s Dementia

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise. The pharmaceutical companies have not found a drug that cures a person. What’s the answer?

It’s so simple that most people don’t know about it. It’s getting proper cellular nutrition.

Studies have shown that one of the largest if not the only cause of neurodegenerative diseases is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is simply the damage made to our cells by the normal process of metabolism, which creates free radicals.

Antioxidants to the rescue. But some antioxidants don’t pass through the blood brain barrier and then the cells begin to die. To keep a healthy brain we need a good diet, exercise and quality nutritional food supplements. A major factor in the death of brain cells are the statin drugs which take the cholesterol from the body. Without cholesterol, Co-Q10 and other nutrition, the brain cells die and the loss of mental capabilities sets in.

Studies today are showing with proper supplements which will pass through the brain blood cells some of the damaging effects can be reversed.

Again, eat good nutritious food, meditate, exercise regularly and take quality supplements.

The High Cost of Health Care

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that heart disease will cost  us $475 billion in 2009. Yet many heart conditions are avoidable with low-cost measures such as diet, meditation, and exercise. Some doctors are saying that 70 percent of our surgeries are unnecessary.

The U.S. is a leader in many areas of medical research but we rely too heavily on treatment rather than prevention. As many people say we have a health sick program. Doctors are not paid to prevent sickness they are paid to supply the drug companies with patients who will continue to need the drugs. As I have said before I weaned myself off of the drug Lipitor (a $22 billion a year income for the drug industries). I was given Lipitor for my high cholesterol. Omega-3 does a better job of lowering cholesterol at a fraction of the cost. But the drug companies don’t make money off of fish oil.

Lipitor and other statin drugs are recommended for millions of healthy men and women over the age of 69 but a 2007 analysis in The Lancet found that these medications did not reduce premature deaths in these groups.

I heard at a Town Forum last Saturday, August 1, 2009, that we had the best health care system in the world. The World Health Organization rated America 37th in the world.

As the United States looks to reform the health care system organizations are spending over $1 million a day to keep the status quo – a broken health care system. No one questions that our system is broken but the organizations making big profits from our current system are not concerned about the common person they only want to keep making money.

You can have a voice if you contact your elected government officials and say you want a change.

The Surge to Obesity

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

It was after World War II (ended in 1945 for you youngsters) that the edible oil companies took over our food supply. As they learned that refining food products, literally taking the nutrition out of our food and substituting placebos that obesity began to occur. By 1959 the fast food restaurant came into being and hydrogenated oils replaced lard, butter and tallow. They told us that margarine was better than butter, transfat better than saturated fat; eggs were filled with cholesterol and therefore unhealthy. All the real foods were being replaced with artificial ingredients that were supposed to save us from getting heart attacks and strokes.

The reality is that since WWII diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest have increased. Dementia, Alzheimer, fibromyalgia spread among the population as people got away from “real” food and ate the plastic food off the shelf. This food had most of the nutrients taken out and preservatives added so that they had a longer self-life and it didn’t matter if you ate it this year or next. It was indestructible and indigestible.

Our human bodies are quite amazing and are capable of  overcoming many obstacles but continued abuse with poor diets and lack of exercise are taking its toll and so more than half of US citizens are obese. When we look at other countries who have not taken on Western ways we find they are much healthier.

Unfortunately we have been sold a bill of goods and only now people are beginning to realize there is a better way – there is a way to eat healthy. As scientific studies have shown we need food supplements to get the nutrients we need for a healthy body. Exercise and diet are the two main ingredients for a healthy llife-style.

Live life as it was meant to be.

A Balanced Life

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The most creative thing we can do is to bring balance into our life. As we learn that process we will also bring quality and longevity into our life as well.

Business analysts estimate that the antiaging industry generates $50 billion a year in sales. It does this by offering remedies for the effects of aging – creams, lotions, injections, surgeries, and food supplements. The end result is that in these offerings of products you can never stop buying the products.

Dr. Thomas Perls of Boston University School of Medicine and his team, who are studying centenarians, found a region on chromosome 4 that is linked to exceptional longevity. If you have one of these 200 genes which slow down the aging process you can expect a longer life. But nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and environment play a 70 percent chance in longer life while genes play only a 30 percent chance.

Good healthy living plays a large part in how long we live and the quality of life we live.

You can read more in Dr. Joseph Maroon’s book, The Longevity Factor, Chap. 20

What makes us age?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

As we age we see a loss of organ reserve, not only do our muscles get weaker, many other factors play in as well as our bodies seem to grow old. But the biggest factor contributing to the deterioration of our body is nutrition. Most people still do not eat a good diet with the food that is responsible for building us up. We consume too many omega-6 oils (safflower, sunflower, corn, soybean, cottonseed as well as others). We need to increase our consumption of omega-3 oils (fish oil supplements, flax seed, and others). Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory essential fatty oil which improves the elasticity of every cell in our body. Cells that are hydrated and oxygenated work at an optimal level and reverse the aging process. With a smooth functioning, healthy body we see our energy levels rise. More and more studies tell us that as we take the proper nutrients, and not drugs, there is less likelihood of disease. Disease is not natural or normal. We bring it upon ourselves by improper eating and taking too many drugs. Drugs are sometimes needed in some cases but the widespread use of drugs in America is making us a sicker nation than any other industrialized nation in the world.

If you want to live a long healthy life examine what you are doing—eat properly, meditate, exercise, and breathe deeply.

Supplementation For The Person Beginning An Exercise Program

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I have been reading the emails from Better Life Institute for years. Here is some excellent advice for the beginner of an exercise program. If you would like to receive these notices on a regular basis you can subscribe to

Supplementation For The Person Beginning An Exercise Program
The Better Life Experts | March 12, 2009

“Tell me what supplements I should be taking when I start an exercise program that will benefit my body yet not break the bank.”

We at BLU get asked this question very often. So to get you “the most cluck for your buck” we suggest the following:

    * Start with a high quality Multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure you are not like most individuals and deficient in Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, vitamin D, and certain B vitamins, while starting or continuing an exercise program. This will a help you avoid essential nutrient deficiency related problems/health issues. Most of the essential nutrients should be at the 100% level of RDA’s with the exception of calcium and magnesium which are usually at a 15 to 20% level of the RDA due to their large size. It is best to add a separate Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D supplement to your one a day daily multi for this reason and at a level of 500mg to 1000mg per day.

    * A broad antioxidant formula with things like vitamin C between 250-500mg, grape seed extract, pycnogynol, quercitin, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), mixed carotenoids, and green tea extract, to help with tissue protection and repair. Also because most folks are not eating the required fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants on a daily basis.

    * Omega 3 fatty acids to assist with cell structure and help prevent inflammation. Shoot for 500mg to 1000mg per day of DHA and EPA.

    * An optional B-Complex supplement (that includes all the B vitamins not just one or a few of them) may be in order for those of you with nutritional support needs pertaining to your nervous system, energy and endurance, digestive issues, heart, liver and muscle cell support as well as a good working metabolic system.

In summary, if you are going to supplement daily and we do recommend that most of you do so, start with “The Big 3” needs for supplementation then add to them on an individual basis depending on your needs. Get your personal NHA recommendations. Also, depending where you shop, the above listed supplements can be purchased in a local vitamin shop or drug store. Look for special sales and while you are at it, don’t forget the importance of a good protein powder to insure adequate protein intake for tissue growth and repair (BLI Paper on Protein for Peak Performance). In an upcoming issue we will give you some names and suggestions for products that meet the “Big Three” supplement needs for most of you, so stay fit and tune back in.
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A Better You

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Many people put off the thought of exercise but physical fitness affects every aspect of our lives, from bodily health to mental and emotional wellness.

During exercise you brain releases chemicals that reduce depression and helps with a relaxed positive state of mind. So when you’re feeling down, get up and exercise. If you watching TV, lie on the floor and do leg raises or pushups. Jump up and down for 10 seconds and get that blood flowing again. It also raises your self-worth and confidence. Exercise makes you feel more energized and enthusiastic.

In my last blog I mentioned those 80+ year olds who after 14 weeks of controlled strength training were able to get out of their chair unassisted or walk without someone to hold on to. My doctor on Monday told me I needed to keep up with three things: flexibility, strength, cardio conditioning.

Enjoy your life while you can!