By CEO Robert Forster, PT
We now know, from undeniable and wholly accepted scientific research, that lifestyle choices are the difference between good health and bad health. We know unequivocally that an active lifestyle with low intensity exercise and the simplest nutrition guidelines are the keys to good health; and that being inactive and eating too much processed foods is the path to disease and joint related ailments which complicate the later decades of life with physical and metabolic ailments.
After decades of misinformation ( I.e fats make us fat, high cholesterol, high sugar levels and high blood pressure are easily corrected with medication, high intensity exercise is needed to create fitness ), we now have an unambiguous paradigm for achieving good health: be active, eat a fresh, “close to the ground” diet of unprocessed foods, and practice at least a basic body maintenance program of stretching and strengthening, and then you’ll have the best chance to have a pain free and productive life in your later decades.
This is what you need to know:
Joint health is the limiting factor to remaining active and mobile as you age. Once your joints stop working well and it becomes difficult and painful to exercise and stay active, your health is in great jeopardy. With a simple program of stretching and mobility exercises you can assure your ability to keep moving as you age, which in turn, solves so many of metabolic diseases that plague our modern world population.
Metabolism is the sum of all the processes that turn the calories you eat and drink into energy to perform body maintenance and to fuel your activities. A healthy metabolism is created and maintained by an interplay of nutrition and exercise. We need uninterrupted movement for an average of about 60 minutes a day. Some call this exercise, and others: activity. Walking the dog, riding a bike, vacuuming the house, jumping on the elliptical machine, or shoveling the snow, all qualify for the active lifestyle merit badge. Add up your hours of continuous movement through out the week (any steady state activity you do for at least 20 minutes counts) and adjust accordingly.
We know now that being a good Shepard for the millions of bacteria in our gut, known as the “human micro-biome” is critical to good health. We know these friendly bacteria can provide for great health if treated well; or cause disease, if abused with processed foods. We now know that a diet heavy in processed foods, especially the processed carbs in bread, pasta, rice, and baked goods, as well as the sugar in sodas, candy, and deserts, including fast foods and other foods laden with preservatives, create a dysfunctional biome with consequences for your health. We now know, alternatively, that eating a “close the the ground” diet of unprocessed foods and avoiding sugar creates a healthy partnership with the gut bacteria we all host.
To find your path to a healthier 2019, Please call for a complementary PHASE IV health and fitness consultation.