Ever think you have such an active lifestyle that sometimes you don’t know if you are coming or going? Well, when it all seems too much to juggle, you might want to cut back a bit and save yourself some stress, but staying active is actually a good thing, especially as you get older. Once you hit your senior years, you’ll find it especially important to keep an active lifestyle going and that it will pay off in health benefits. If you are not leading an active lifestyle now, it’s never too late to start. Get up and get moving now and you’ll find yourself at less risk later for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. You’ll also sleep better, be less stressed, have better cognitive functioning, avoid being overweight, and balance your mood. Sitting around on the couch or in your recliner watching TV all day on the other hand will do just the opposite as you age. If you are in the 40% of adults that report they don’t engage in physical activity in their time-off, you’ll be paying for it with your health in your golden years. Studies on participants engaging in an active lifestyle versus those not active found that inactivity contributes to 6% of heart disease statistics, 7% of Type 2 diabetes statistics, 10% of breast cancer statistics, and 10% of colon cancer statistics. Inactivity as you age is thought to affect the metabolism in ways that increase the risk of these types of diseases and conditions. So even if you are really bad about exercising, doing something to get active is better than sitting around doing nothing. Just taking a 30 minute walk everyday will pay off in health benefits.
Stay Active – No Excuses
With everything else there is to do, I know it can be difficult sometimes to work in the time for exercise. The good news is that you can find lots of things to add into your day that count in being active. Mow your lawn yourself instead of hiring it done, ride your bike whenever possible instead of jumping in the car, use part of your lunch break to take a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take the dog for a walk, join a sports team or take up a new sport. All of these ideas and more can be worked into your regular day, get your regular chores done and will increase your activity level.
Then of course there is the excuse of the weather interfering with getting your exercise – it’s too hot, too cold, or too rainy. There are also ways to get your exercise and physical activity in working around the weather. When the weather is bad or too hot, do your exercise in the house, or join a gym with air conditioning, take up sports that can be played indoors like racquetball, do your walking or exercise in the early morning before it gets too hot, take up water sports to stay cool and active at the same time, join a sports team with games in the cooler evening hours and go for a walk at a mall or department store. If you want to insure healthy aging, it’s time to really think about making an active lifestyle a priority and get going with it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so get creative with looking for ways to stay active instead of excuses to skip activity. Besides the benefits for the future, you’ll feel better, look better, and have more energy now.
Supplement Your Active Lifestyle
Your 75 trillion cells are constantly under attack from free radicals which results in aging. Free radicals can react with your cells’ DNA and RNA, the blueprints by which your cells duplicate themselves causing heart disease, chronic pain, and other ailments related to aging. Your own natural adult stem cells have the remarkable ability to repair and regenerate your body. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a skin cell. New stem cells can migrate to the areas of the body where they are needed most as we age thus serving as a repair system for the body. You can give your adult stem cells a boost by keeping them nourished. One way to do this is by taking a stem cell support supplement that has been shown to increase the growth of adult stem cells in in vitro laboratory studies, that supports the body’s natural renewal system with nourishing ingredients, that provides nutrition that enables stem cells to flourish, and that protects existing stem cells from the harmful effects of free radicals.
Antioxidants also help in the fight against damaging free radicals. A good way to supplement your body with antioxidants is with blue green algae. Blue green algae contains a wide range of antioxidants in the form of specific trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins and especially pigments – an impressive variety of carotenes along with potent green and blue pigments. Replicated studies have shown the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of phycocyanin which is found in blue green algae. (Bruno, Edible Microalgae)
Regular exercise and staying active also helps keep your digestive system working well. A healthy digestive system not only helps your body absorb nutrients it needs, but also boosts your immunity. To keep your digestive system in tip top shape requires healthy colonies of friendly bacteria or probiotics in your gut and digestive enzymes. Enzymes are necessary to aid digestion by metabolizing fat, proteins and carbohydrates and to be absorbed into the blood to clean long-term residual food particles. Most people don’t get enough enzymes or probiotics from the foods they eat and this is where supplementation can help. You can get the nutrition of AFA wild bluegreen algae, probiotic power of acidophilus and bifidus and a high quality digestive enzyme all in one convenient packet for each day of the month. If you really want to up your enzyme intake, this enzyme/algae supplement gives you a combination of plant-based proteolytic enzymes, bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase, as well as bluegreen algae. Not only do these enzymes help digestion, but bromelain in particular has been found to reduce inflammation. Enzymes make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly and help your body break down foods more quickly and efficiently, so your body doesn’t have to work quite as hard to process your food. When you are feeling burned out or stressed, it is especially helpful to help your body save energy. With all this antioxidant protection, this supplement can also support the body as it deals with inflammation which can result from stress weakening the immune system.
If you lean towards a couch potato lifestyle, hopefully this article has given you something to think about in how important it is to get up and get moving. For those already engaged in an active lifestyle, good for you, keep it up. You’re getting the health benefits now and investing in the benefits you’ll have to slide into healthy aging.
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Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey Bruno