Winter is fast approaching.
Just like we need to get our furnaces ready to handle the impending cold, we need to get ourselves ready for the demands that the cold weather puts on our bodies.
“If I had known I was going to live this long then I would have taken better care of myself.”
“Getting old isn’t for sissies.”
“This pain is just due to getting old.”
These are all common sayings I hear around my office.
I am here to tell you that just because you are aging, doesn’t mean that you have to be in pain. Aging doesn’t equal pain.
Our overall health is related to how we take care of ourselves, rather than related to how big or small our waistlines are.
Pain Free Lifestyle exercise and nutrition programs are designed around the principal that it is more important to take care of yourself, be healthy and feel well, than it is to lose weight and be thin. The program is designed around the belief that it is more important to be healthy, than it is to look healthy. The program is comprised of exercises that are designed to make you feel better, rather than to get skinny. Pain Free Lifestyle is not a get thin quick scheme.
A new, anti-diet book came out that reinforces this approach to exercise and nutrition. It is called “The Obesity Paradox,” and it is written by Cardiologist Carl J. Lavie. Lavie, who is a cardiologist at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, said it very succinctly: “looks can be deceiving.”
A study out of McGill University of Canada concluded that obesity not only shortens one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the quality of one’s lifespan as well.
Western society has been suffering from an epidemic of obesity. More than one-third of all Americans, or 78.6 million people, are overweight or obese.
The research out of McGill University proved that being obese will shorten your life expectancy by 8 years. Being obese will also reduce the quality of the last 2 decades of your life, primarily due to managing the health effects of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteo-arthritis (the long term health effects of being obese).
As anyone who reads my articles can attest, I am a big fan of vitamins and supplements.
I believe that when they are taken as designed, as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle, they have a positive effect on our health.
People get in trouble when they take vitamins and supplements as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. I have heard the mindset of “I don’t have to exercise or watch what I eat since I take vitamins.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
It is easy to scare people with the unknown. Even if you have training in exercise or nutrition they can be confusing, intimidating, and create a sense of the unknown.
To complicate matters, there are many charlatans and snake oil salesmen who create misinformation to sell people their usually worthless, products.