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Healthy Cell Concept

Part 4 - Cell Exercise

Cell Exercise

Cell Exercise

Cell exercise is seeing that your cells get exercise, that is, that you exercise. This can take the form of workouts at a health club, group sports activities, after-dinner walks, gardening, or simply walking when you run errands.

Why Bother?

It seems that every passing month research gives us more reason to exercise. Studies show that regular exercise leads to better physical and mental health and an overall improved lifestyle.

Exercise helps us physically. When we exercise routinely, our bodies work more efficiently - we use less energy to get better results. This pertains not only to physical movement - we can walk further, shop longer, play wit the kids more energetically - but also to fighting disease. When we are in shape, we better use our energy when fighting disease or stress, or in the healing process. This can result in a faster recovery time, less stress, and a more powerful immune system.

More specifically, Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General lists the following benefits of exercise.

Exercise:

  • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely and from heart disease, and of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer.
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety; promotes psychological well-being.
  • Helps control weight.
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
  • Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.

The report also notes that you do not have to turn into an exercise fanatic to obtain these results. People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis, and physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits.

Exercise helps us mentally. We often hear about athletes who win through brainpower, not strength - in other words, mental sharpness enhances athletics. What we don't consider as often is the opposite: that exercise enhances mental prowess. This may be partially due to the relaxing and stress-busting effect of exercise. Exercising releases hormones, neurotransmitters (which help the brain communicate within itself), and other substances that help the body relax.

Brain researchers are beginning to speculate on the link between movement and learning, and are beginning to believe that exercise not only shapes up muscles and expands the lungs, but also buffs up the cerebellum, an important part of the brain.

It appears that exercise feeds the head with a better supply of neurotrophins, important substances that increase brain cell growth. In a study published in the Jan. 12, 1995, issue of the journal Nature, rats that ran - that exercised - had more of these important growth factors than couch potato rats.

When more complex movements are undertaken, be it jazzercise, cross over dribbles, or ballet, the brain produces a greater number of connections between its neurons. William Greenough, Ph.D., of the William T. Greenough Lab, investigates the effect of physical exercise on the cerebellum and other brain regions. One of his tests on exercise and movement shows that rats that exercise in any way have more capillaries around the brain's neurons than sedentary rats, which indicates an increased supply of nutrients to the brain. More than this, the rats that also work on coordination and dexterity show more connections between neurons.

What Can You Do?

If you feel that you need to start, or expand, an exercise program, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Find activities that you enjoy. Participating in an activity only because "it is good for you" is probably not going to result in a long-term commitment.

Make the exercise convenient. If you have to drive across town, or spend a half hour getting ready, you will be less likely to make exercising a regular thing. This is why exercise such as walking or cycling is good: all you do is walk out the door and begin.

Vary your activities and how you do them. Doing the same thing over and over gets boring. The solution is to vary your activities. Walk one night, cycle another. Go bowling. Also find variation in what you do. Take a different route on a walk, or set markers ahead of you and see how long it takes you to get to them.

Keep track of progress. Improvement is great motivation, so keep track of it. This could be how long an activity takes, how long you can do it, or just how you feel afterward. Develop a system and keep track.

Lighten up! Not your weight, your attitude. don't become obsessed with exercise: this can lead to exercising too much (and to a sudden loss of friends). Nor do you have to work too hard. Recent studies show that even "light" exercise is beneficial. something as simple as a walk once a week has health benefits.

Don't give up. If you are exhausted after your first try, and see no improvement after subsequent exercise attempts, don't give up. Remember, it may have taken years of inactivity to get into the bad shape you may be in; it will take more than a few days, or weeks, to get out of it.

Make exercise a part of your day. A set exercise regime is great, but also get exercise whenever the opportunity presents itself. Ditch your car and walk or cycle when you run errands. Walk up stairs and forego the escalator. don't look for the closest parking place, look for the farthest. Don't call someone in the office, walk down the hall to deliver the message. AIM Products

The AIM Products

All AIM products conform to the "Healthy Cell Concept", and some of them are very good for cell exercise. AIM Metabolite™, the AIM weight-loss product, is great to use when you exercise. Metabolite not only helps you lose weight, but also helps your body burn fat more efficiently, which exercise can enhance.

Bee Pollen and Coenzyme Q10, found in AIM Mountain Meadows Bee Pollen™, and AIM's Coenzyme Q10 products (AIM Coenzyme Q10™, AIM CellSparq Q™, and AIM CellSparc 360™) both have a history of use by athletes for enhanced performance. AIM Barleygreen® provides you with more energy for better exercise, and, along with AIM Proancynol™ and AIM SuperZymes®/Wheatzymes, helps fight the free radicals produced by exercise. Athletes have also used aloe vera for muscular aces and pains, and aIM Aloe Natural™, AIM AloeGold®, and AIM Aloe Fresh™ are three of the best aloe products there are.

Of course, any exercise routine is enhanced by a healthy diet, so AIM's concentrated juice products (AIM's Garden Trio) are also valuable in cell exercise. Knowledge

Using Your Knowledge

Now that you have a good understanding of the importance of exercise and how the AIM products fit in to cell exercise, what are you going to do?

You may want to start with family members and a friend. Point out the importance of exercise to them. It helps, as always, if you have personal experience to back up your words. This might mean going at it alone at first, or with a spouse or family member(s). When you begin experiencing the benefits of exercise, spread the word. Remember, actions speak louder than words, so "talking the talk" without "walking the walk" will not help you, and may even destroy your credibility.

Once you have an exercise routine, join others, or start your own exercise group. If you take part in a certain activity, find others who do, too, and join in! If there is not already a group, start one. Put up flyers in likely places, or even an advertisement in your newspaper. "Local" sections of papers will often run stories on local people who have formed an exercise group. Getting involved in rebounding - an exercise utilizing a "mini-trampoline" - may be advisable, especially if you are targeting the aging baby boomers. AIM sells an excellent video on this type of program.

You could also combine exercise with other activities. For example, plan a bike ride to a park or other recreation area, and then have a picnic.

Think About This

  1. What effects do air pollution and water pollution have on our health? What are their costs to society?
  2. Does being indoors guarantee no air pollution?
  3. Why is water important to us?
  4. What actions can we take to guard against and diminish pollution?
  5. Which AIM products would you recommend in connection to cell environment? Why?

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