The key to healthly exercise is just that.Let’s take another look at why we should exercise so we can hold a green fitness key.Today I find that humans are far too sedentary, all too
often sitting in front of a computer by day, followed by
sitting in front of a TV at night. This lack of physical
activity causes emotional and physiological imbalances,
but we can change this by looking at how we exercise; improving your
fitness changes your chemistry, acts as a powerful antidepressant, promotes
mental clarity, and reduces the likelihood of cancer.
If you’re not happy with either how you look or feel about your weight,
then with correct guidance, you can break out of inactivity and be rewarded
by smiling at yourself whenever you see your reflection. I will guide you towards 4 green keys to health and tonight is fitness.
You can learn more about how and when you should
exercise, as getting the correct mix can extend your life.
When I am working at my clinic, I hear echoing around the walls: I am too
old to exercise, too old to work. Are you too old to exercise? Well, no one told
Jiroemon Kimura (born 1897) that he was too old. He passed away recently
at age 116, farming until he was 90 years old. Remember the Carry On films?
Well, did you know that Barbara Windsor carries on exercising in her late 70s?
You can find her in her gym wear keeping fit outside in Hyde Park.
Over 450,000 people in the USA and over 70,000 people in the UK risk total
knee replacement every year. Want to talk pain? Then talk TKR. What’s
worse is that it is unsuccessful 10% of the time, and you can even die from
having total knee replacement. Furthermore, the age for TKR is constantly
dropping. Why? Anybody want to hazard a guess? That’s right: obesity.
Now, this isn’t proven yet, but it is most likely the biggest cause.
So, what happens when you get fat? Ladies, take the ‘C’ off chips and you
know what you get! Guys, you put it on around the waist and lose sight of
your favourite toy! What you probably don’t know is that your knees are
loaded with up to four times your weight, so every extra stone (14 lbs) is
an extra four stone (56 lbs) on your knees – that’s why knees are so often
the first casualty with OA. If you want to know why the four times multiple
occurs, it’s because of leverage. Now, you are intelligent people, and you are
surely interested in health or you wouldn’t be here. So, why have you made
the decision to get arthritis? Made the decision to get lots of pain? Made
the decision to risk surgery and even death? It’s because much of the pain
associated with the pleasure of eating too much is too far away, and anyway,
going to the gym is a pain for most. We need to change the way we think
about exercise, and hopefully this chapter will go some way to doing that
Here’s some more cheery news: an in-depth study into retirement found
that men in their sixties are every bit as good at driving business than those
physically and mentally in their prime. In later life, prescriptive exercise is
more effort than swallowing a pill, but it is well worth it; in a nutshell, you get
less senility and less pain. Exercise weaves its magic, strengthening the heart,
releasing more neurotransmitters for cell communication, boosting BDNF
for improving neural connections in the brain, aiding metabolism, improving
blood flow, stimulating toxic disposal systems, and strengthening bones.
This next fact gets me out running in howling gales and rain: current research
in Sweden shows that exercise alters the way genes work in the tissue that
stores fat, and changes in adipose tissue storage sites were measurable even
with just two workouts a week. Epigenetics has always fascinated me since
studying biology, and this is the study of how chemical alterations will
change how genes work in a cell. This allows us to fine tune our body to a
Exercise alters this process in muscle cells and improves how sugar is
processed. Furthermore, adipose tissue (fat cells) is an organ in its own right, producing active chemicals that have profound effects on the body. In
this tissue, 18,000 markers were found on 7,663 genes! This is leading to a
greater understanding of why exercise helps fatty tissue do its job properly,
which means that as we get older, we don’t have to have such a lumpy,
bumpy body. This smooth body needs a good structural support.
Being aware of the role that the seasons of life play in how we feel, act, dress and look is important, so that we can become more powerful women. I feel the seasons are akin to four key phases of our lives.This article is aimed at the autumn of our lives.
Spring represents the first quarter of our life; our physical bodies are growing, able to repair and produce cells at a fast pace. We take good health for granted. Our minds are loaded like a computer with language and knowledge about the rules of the world, with very little maturity to question anything.
Sound research from a new branch of science has shown how our belief systems are embedded in our minds, much like implanting a virus into the mind. They call this mind virus a MEME. Our belief systems are embedded with cultural memes to program us as to how a woman should behave and dress at certain ages, often with a disempowering motive. It is how we learn how to behave in the roles of a daughter, wife, mother, lover, friend, worker and boss. This learnt behaviour will shape future genes.
Summer, typically spans 20 to 40, those years demanding a multifaceted role with reasonably sound health.We ladies are running from pillar to post with studying, careers, marriage and parenting. This busy time calls for survival and giving, rather than reflection on our own lives.
The Autumn of our life, from 40 to 70, brings the time when young families have flown the nest. Hormones are changing as the child bearing years recede, but this phase in our lives no longer needs to lead into a difficult menopause, that’s all old hat. Healing is slower, the body needs nurturing to fire it up, we have to put effort into staying physically strong and supple, and yes exercise is needed for weight control and looking good. The face needs careful attention to retain a youthful glow. Raw vegetables, plenty of water, supplements, face crèmes, and ladies we can and do look stunning.
The mind is key at this stage in life. It can be when women are most successful with their careers. Louise Hay at 62 launched the most successful publishing house for example. The mind, or more importantly our cultural beliefs, can also be our worst enemy. I meet women who say ‘I’m 60 , I need to slow down’. If you see yourself as getting old at 60, that’s exactly what you will be.
Yet, here has never been such an exciting time for this phase of our lives. Given the vote in the 1920’s, we now stand strong, able to command very rewarding jobs. By the 1990’s, women in the USA owned around 40 % of the companies, and being more people orientated bosses, supplied work for many.
As has been true for thousands of years, good preparation is Autumn is vital for how well we cope, or survive, in Winter. And so it is in the seasons of life, we can now enjoy much better health and companionship, only if we prepare well in the autumn of life.
Only in very recent years have women again started to wonder where the memes of male dominance arrived. Woman used to be revered staying in safe caves whilst men went hunting. Spiders haven’t been told about the relatively recent male dominance, they mate, and then she kills him, and makes sandwiches with her lover’s dead body. Food for thought!
So ladies, please take some time out to reflect on your lifes’ purpose and future health and happiness. Then take action; eat well, exercise, look after your skin and body, study new exciting interests and remember to laugh a lot. Above all, shed those antiquated negative and limiting memes and believe you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
My resolution is that I am creating a healing, womblike room within the new part of my clinic, with a warm couch for us ladies to repair our weary souls and reflect on healing whilst our bodies are massaged. My aim is to help you wake up from all the negative media memes and quick fix drugs, and powerfully drive our lives into health and happiness for ourselves, our men folk, and generations to come.