Subject: Does your exercise do anything for you, Heather?

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Does your exercise program really do anything for you, Heather?

Many people think that just putting in the time on a bike, treadmill, or elliptical is a great way to exercise and keep their body strong. Some people will walk at the mall or hike on the trails. But, that alone is not enough.  You may not be as prepared as you think for aging!

The two things that I consistently tell my clients that they must contain in the exercise program:
  1. impact
  2. unusual movements (out of the norm)
Impact:  your bones must perceive an impact with a hard surfac in order for them to build stronger bones.  You can take calcium, but without enzyme activation that is triggered by impact, that calcium will not be used to build your bone strength.  Sorry, there is no way around this.  So build impact activities into your routine before your bones become brittle and you are told to AVOID it!

Movement:  your movements that you use for exercise should be completely different that those that you do ALL DAY LONG!   We all sit, walk, and stand all day long.  When our exercises are structured around these same activities, we are simply strengthening our most overused movement pattern.  This leads to failure of other patterns and eventual breakdown!  So running, cycling, elliptical is not a good plan if you don't supplement it.  You need to keep your brain active and strengthen other movement chains that you do not use all day long.  Do HARD movements that require you to learn NEW motor planning and take some practice.  This will not only work neglected areas of the body, but it will also challenge your brain and keep it young!  

Here is an example of me doing some of my exercises and the types of things you need to think about doing.  

Use caution and work with a professional.  Make sure you do not hurt yourself and slow the movements down until your body knows how to motor plan them.  Doing harder movements means that you will get tired with just 1 or 2 and not 30 minutes worth, so start slow and work your way up!

(click on the picture to see the video)
You have got to MOVE your body!   There is no way around this.  If you don't, you will lose it.  If you plan to enjoy your retirement, you need to prepare your body.  

I have to keep my body strong in order to do the work that I do and not break down.  I can tell you from experience that these techniques work.  

Richway  Biomat  and   Young Living Independent Distributor

Heather Arlinghaus, PT, MT
(317) 690-7646
13295 N Illinois St, Ste 135, Carmel, Indiana 46032, United States
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