So why wait until you have been diagnosed, or in the early stages of a problem to try and fix it? Start now and feel the results for the rest of your life! Here at Skinny Ms. we love to work out and eat clean, but we do know it isn’t always easy to get motivated. So if you haven’t found a good enough reason to invest time in exercising and eating healthy, hopefully one of these will inspire you!
Smoking… Unfortunately exercise can’t reverse the damage that is done to your lungs, but it may be able to stall some of the harsher effects. We found a “study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, women who were current or former smokers and had high levels of physical activity were less likely to develop lung cancer than those who were more sedentary”. (1)
Alzheimer’s… We found the fact that exercise can reverse the effects of a very detrimental disease exciting to say the least. There is strong evidence to suggest that cardiovascular type exercise may actually increase the speed in which our brains think and reverse its mental decline. (2)
Age… There actually is a way to slow your body’s aging process. The key is that it occurs on a cellular level. People who exercised regularly (this includes resistance training) kept their mitochondria active longer than those who didn’t exercise regularly. The mitochondria are the “powerhouse” of each cell, and it provides energy for your body. The older you get, eventually the mitochondria starts to dysfunction which leads to loss of muscle mass and to impaired movements. However, this study proved that older adults who performed resistance training regularly kept their mitochondria functioning properly significantly longer, therefore dramatically slowing the aging process. (3)
Stress… Stress is also a major catalyst for the aging process as well. Studies have shown that the more you stress, the faster you age. Stress is actually one of the most underestimated factors in the aging processing. Exercise is a very popular stress-relief for some people. It releases these feel good chemicals called endorphins that give you that post-workout high. Make exercise your new stress reliever and not only will you kick stress to the curb, you can also slow the aging process!
Foods… If you want to live longer, maintain good health and slow the aging process, your diet must contain copious amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Antioxidants protect your cells from the damage brought on by free radicals in the blood stream, including perhaps protection from cancer. Anti-inflammatories are enormously important because inflammation is the major driving force of chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses are for most people the biggest reason for ill health. The best way to get large amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories is to have a diet rich in whole foods, including green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, whole grains including quinoa, live culture yogurts and fish.
Skinny Ms. provides plenty of different types of exercises. We have Daily Workouts posted on our website, as well as 4 Minute Fat Blasters, also known as Tabatas, and some awesome Challenges! Or, Transform Your Body with an effective 12-week program designed for all fitness levels!
Whichever way you choose, we just encourage you to get active, eat whole foods and reap the age reversal benefits!
1- Los Angeles Times “Exercise can do a Smoker’s Body Good”
2-Alzcare.net “Exercise can REVERSE the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease”
3-Arthritis.org “Exercise Reverses Aging in Muscle”
4-Web.MD “High Cholesterol”
None of the information contained in this article is intended to replace qualified, medical advice. Please seek qualified advice from your doctor before beginning an exercise program.