THE ONE THING THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY AREA OF LIFE

There is one thing that will affect every area of our life and that is our health. Whether it is finances, happiness, relationships, or the ability to function the way we want, health will have a major role in our lives.
1.Our health can cost us money or make us money. Being strong and healthy is vital to how well and long we can produce the income we need to live the way we want. Being in the health span is less expensive than being in the disease span of life.
2. Our health will affect our happiness and research clearly shows that the more disabilities we have as we age, the more depressed we will be. I have witnessed people who have worked so hard to generate a great retirement only to be miserable and not able to enjoy it because of lifestyle choices. Lessen your health problems and increase your happiness.
3. Relationships are also affected if we are healthy or unhealthy. While it is important to focus on how lifestyle choices will affect us personally, it is of at least equal importance (if not more) to remember that our lifestyle choices affect those who love us. This includes both humans and animals.
Please do your best to stay as strong as you can in your muscles, heart, brain, bones, and joints. If you struggle like many of us do, it is okay and we understand. The importance of exercise cannot be overstated, especially if you struggle. IT IS SO IMPORTANT! Begin as soon as possible. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF

There is nothing more important to our lives than caring for our health. With each passing year we lose strength, muscle mass, brain neurons, and the ability to acquire knowledge. Medications do not always work to retain muscle mass and brain health. There is one treatment that is far more effective than meds and that is exercise. Resistance training (weights) is the most effective way to retain our strength and muscle mass no matter our age. Research has shown and I have personally witnessed people as old as 92 become stronger and retain the ability to function in a strong way. I regularly witness people in their 50’s. 60’s, and 70’s increase strength levels by triple digit percentages. There is nothing more important to our lives than keeping our strength.
We also lose our brain neurons and cognition as we age and again medications are not always effective. Brain research shows that we do not have to accept the fate of brain decline and there is a way to create neurogenesis, or the building of new neurons. Yes, you can re-build neurons and prevent brain decline! The treatment found to be most effective in rebuilding lost neurons and IMPROVING brain function is aerobic exercise. As little as three hours a week of brisk walking has been shown to halt, and even reverse, the brain atrophy (shrinkage) that starts in a person’s forties, especially in the regions responsible for memory and higher cognition. Exercise increases the brain’s volume of gray matter (actual neurons) and white matter (connections between neurons). Our overall quality of life and happiness is determined by our ability to retain brain function and neurons.
Many people are looking for the magic pill that will help them live healthy, happy, and strong for decades. The magic pill is exercise and the wonderful thing about it is that you do not have to do crazy workout routines or be sore for days to see the positive results. Less than 30 minutes a day can yield benefits that could last a lifetime. You do have to do both strength and aerobic exercise to see the results and the sooner you begin, the sooner the positive results begin. If you need help or safe instruction email is at miraclesfitness@gmail.com There is nothing more important. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!

STATS ON PREMATURE DEATH DUE TO LIFESTYLE CHOICES

“Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading                           causes of  death – yet 20 percent to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause                         could be prevented, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control                     and Prevention.

 The five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer,                     chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. Together                   they accounted for 63 percent of all U.S. deaths in 2010, with rates for each cause               varying greatly from state to state. The report, in this week’s issue of CDC’s                           weekly journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, analyzed premature                       deaths (before age 80) from each cause for each state from 2008 to 2010. The                       authors then calculated the number of deaths from each cause that would have                   been prevented if all states had same death rate as the states with the lowest                       rates.

             The study suggests that, if all states had the lowest death rate observed for each                   cause, it would be possible to prevent:

  • 34 percent of premature deaths from heart diseases, prolonging about 92,000 lives
  • 21 percent of premature cancer deaths, prolonging about 84,500 lives
  • 39 percent of premature deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases, prolonging about 29,000 lives
  • 33 percent of premature stroke deaths, prolonging about 17,000 lives
  • 39 percent of premature deaths from unintentional injuries, prolonging about 37,000 lives”(Source CDC.gov)

Please know the impact you are having on yourself and those who care about you. Our health and lifestyle decisions will impact everything; finances, loved ones, happiness-everything. If you struggle to do so, please get help as soon as possible. Your change can begin as soon as today. You can BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!

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DID YOU KNOW THESE “OTHER” BENEFITS OF EXERCISE?

Most people know common exercise benefits such as improved strength, endurance, and weight management. Researchers now are discovering that exercise has far more benefits than just the traditional beliefs. In fact, I read somewhere that if exercise were a pill, it would eliminate many medications people use and would be worth more than any pill on the market. There is nothing more important that we could be doing for ourselves than staying strong through exercise. Here are some little known benefits of exercise.

    1. Exercise benefits the gastrointestinal system.  Exercise can relieve constipation and promote healthy digestion when you are at rest. In fact, exercise over time will even strengthen the digestive tract.
    2. Exercise helps slow brain decline. People who reported doing more physical activity showed higher scores on cognitive tests—consistent with previous studies linking more exercise to better brain health. But when the researchers adjusted for the effect that factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease can have on brain function, the link disappeared. Conditions like these could impair blood flow to the brain and therefore compromise cognitive functions, says Dr. Clinton Wright, associate professor of neurology and public health sciences at University of Miami and senior author of the study. “That suggests that people with low physical activity levels also had a greater burden of those risk factors,” he says. (Time)
    3. Exercise can decrease pain.  Exercise can help lessen chronic pain in several ways. Research is showing neuropathic pain is reduced with exercise because it helps to lower inflammation in the body. Exercise has also shown to reduce joint pain, lower back pain, and other pain associated with aging. But you must be careful and seek professional advice before beginning.
    4. Exercise can help finances. We know that exercise can reduce our chances of getting many forms of cancer, colds, heart problems, immune system issues, bone degeneration, brain decline, and depression. Disease and poor health can cost us a lot of money out of pocket in both lost income and dollars spent on co-pays and doctor bills. Our goal (I hope) is to reduce the amount of time we are in life’s disease span and increase the time we spend in a healthy life span. Exercise is the key to this.

Exercise has ENDLESS benefits and the importance of staying strong in every way possible cannot be overstated. If you are a beginner to exercise, find someone who can help you learn how to do strength, flexibility, and aerobic training. It could be the most important decision you ever make. Begin as soon as possible. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!

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