Movement is Life 

Go exercise. Maybe your doctor, doctor, friends, family, or coworker has told you this before. We have heard it over and over again. We know it’s good for us. But why? According to the American Heart Association regular physical activity helps lower blood pressure, decrease LDL bad cholesterol, improves blood sugar, reduce feelings of stress, control body weight, improve quality of sleep, improves memory and reduce the risk of dementia and depression, and makes you feel good about yourself. So basically exercising is so good for you for so many reasons. We know that exercise should be valued and a commitment in our lives, however, do we treat it this way? I am sure we all try too, but we may fall short. How do we implement exercise into our lives? 

When we plan to exercise the last thing we want is an all or nothing attitude. So being realistic with yourself is something to consider when you are planning your exercise routine. According to the American Heart Association we should aim to work up to at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity activity (or an equivalent combination) each week. Preferably, activity should be spread throughout the week. Even greater benefits can be achieved at up to 300 minutes (5 hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of vigorous-intensity activity each week. 

So best thing to do when it comes to exercise is to just start. Start with something simple. Implement 10 minute walks apart of your daily routine 2-3 times a day. Always, talk with a health care professional or physical activity specialist about the types and amounts of aerobic activity appropriate for you. My best advice is to start! Find an activity you love doing and make it into an exercise. Example, if you love the outdoors take up hiking. If you love the beach, go walk by the ocean. There are plenty of ways to make exercise fun. 

After work outs how do you deal with post muscle soreness? Turmeric and collagen. Implementing turmeric into you diet is a great way to deal with post muscle soreness. Turmeric root is made up of curcumin which is the spice used in a lot of Indian dishes. This herb has been used for its anti-inflammatory, anticarginogenic, and antioxidant properties. In a recent article, it was shown that churchmen (turmeric) can likely reduce pain associated with delayed onset muscles soreness. [1]  Supplementing turmeric in conjunction with a balanced anti-inflammatory diet can significantly make a difference when dealing with inflammation and soreness in our body. 

Collagen. Collagen is a great aid to use while working out and especially in conjunction with resistance exercise. Research has shown that a collagen supplement in combination with resistance training improved body composition by increase fat free mass, muscle strength, and the loss in fat mass. [2] Specifically type one collagen is what makes up the skin, tendons, bone, ligaments, dentin, and interstitial tissues. [3] It’s important to implement this into our daily regime so that our tendons, bones, and ligaments are strong and at its best, especially when we work out. 

BOTTOM LINE- Exercise its AWESOME FOR YOU, supplement with collagen and turmeric to help support your body and keep it well! 

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