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I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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I can't believe the Olympics is already over :(
I'm in a post-Olympic withdrawal right now, but life with kids' activities is on overdrive again (I have 2 children in 3 different tournaments this weekend) so I'm sure by this time next week it'll feel like it was forever ago.
Happy to see Canada finish strong- we started out so well in the first 5 days but the middle was disappointing. I felt the heartbreak for them when all that training resulted in one slip that cost them their dreams. Imagine the frustration of doing it perfectly a million times but not when it really counts.
What an inspiration watching those athletes though. Such dedication and determination and man are they in shape!
Watching all of those amazing athletes, I thought it only fitting to dedicate this week's e-zine to sports and exercise.
Everyone Who Exercises Needs To Know This...
Most of us aren't professional athletes (unfortunately) nor do we train our bodies to the same extent (again, unfortunately. Don't we all want to be that strong and look that great?)
Hopefully we all engage in some sort of regular exercise or activity though. There's something you need to know about exercise though, regardless of your level of activity and intensity.
The paradox of exercise: There is no doubt about the many health benefits of exercise. However, exercise is also a major source of free radicals. This makes sense if you think about it, because exercise is just an accelerated version of your normal metabolism. Remember, just the normal acts of breathing and making energy create free radicals. Therefore, the more breathing and energy creating your body has to do, the more free radicals are produced and the more oxidative stress (damage) is being done to your cells.
So ironically, this
exercise that you've been doing to improve your health is also damaging it at the same time.
The more intensely you exercise, the more free radical damage is being done to your body. That's why you hear about the marathon runner who drops dead of a heart attack. Everyone is so surprised. "He was so healthy and exercised all the time" they think to themselves. Unfortunately, it was likely the intense exercise that led to his early demise.
It's the free radical damage that also leads to the wear-and-tear injuries.
Because the area of the body that is used the most is generally exposed to the most free radical damage and is the first part to wear out. For example, if you're a mogul skier, you're using your knees pretty intensely. What's usually the career-ending injury of a mogul skier? You guessed it- knees.
That's also why those who were very active in sports when they were younger get osteoarthritis in their knees and hips so much younger than their less active peers. Especially if they have
continued to be active into adulthood. They've accelerated the "normal" wear-and-tear on their bodies.
That's my story: I was into just about every sport when I was growing up. You know how it is when you're young... you abuse your body and barely slow down for injuries, etc. I have continued to play semi-competitive basketball since high school. When I hit my 30's, my knees started to bother me. I did not expect that at such a young age. Let me tell you, it's a humbling experience to realize that you may not be able to do things to your full potential for much longer.
Great! Another excuse to not exercise right? Wrong!
Tune in next week to find out how to reap all the benefits of exercise while avoiding the accelerated damage...
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I was living the average "Mom" life: working full time at my job, keeping a household running, raising my children and just trying to be the best Mom I can be, trying to keep myself and my family as healthy as possible... pretty standard women stuff, which is usually taking care of everyone else except yourself.
Lo and behold, I started having some health problems that were affecting my quality of life and what I was going to be able to do. It started much earlier than I was expecting and I was devastated- working was causing me to have knee pain everyday and it looked like I was going to have to give up playing basketball, which is a major passion for me.
Thankfully, not long after that started, I discovered these supplements. Since I've started them, my knees no longer bother me, I have better endurance than my (much!) younger teammates and I recover much faster from injury. Aside from the other health benefits
I've noticed, it's been worth it just to get rid of the knee pain!
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See you next time...
Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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