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The True Value of Exercise

ExerciseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The true value of exercise can be measured by weight loss, improved fitness, stronger bones, increased energy, better quality sleep, elevated mood and enhanced mental function, as well as reduced risk of many age associated health conditions. Exercise is one of the most frequently prescribed therapies for the prevention and treatment of certain chronic diseases. Research suggests that even a modest increase in physical activity is associated with a 42 percent lower risk of heart attacks and a 22 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have linked total energy expenditure to improved cardiovascular health regardless of exercise intensity. Every little bit of activity helps, as even low-key movement is beneficial to overall wellbeing.

Daily life activities and movements that we don’t necessarily think of as physical activity all add up to daily exercise. Although the biggest health boost of light activity occurs when one is active for at least five hours daily, increasing the amount of movement by 30 minutes each day can reduce the risk of early death. Adding in one extra hour of light movement each day brings about a 14 percent drop in coronary heart disease risk, as well as an eight percent drop in cardiovascular disease risk. There is clear evidence that regular physical activity results in improved health and reduced risk of premature death from any cause, and in particular, cardiovascular disease among asymptomatic adults.

As a therapeutic agent, exercise contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of pulmonary diseases; cardiovascular diseases and hypertension; metabolic disorders including diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance; muscle, bone and joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and osteoporosis; as well as depression and cancer. A study geared towards older women found that the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week was daunting for many. However, spending time in motion for as many daily minutes as possible is not only manageable but also equates to the current recommendation to “move more and sit less.”

Benefits of regular exercise by the numbers:

  • Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  •  A 30% lower risk of early death
  • Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  •   Up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Despite the overwhelming evidence that exercise exerts a powerful influence on health, physical inactivity remains a public health issue. Per the CDC, approximately 50 percent of Americans aged 18 and older do not meet federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity each week, and only 23 percent meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities, potentially setting themselves up for future health problems. When broken down, 150 minutes of weekly physical activity equates to 30 minutes of daily exercise five days every week. Incremental movement can be interspersed throughout the day. As a rule of thumb, two minutes of moderate intensity exercise provides the same health benefits as one minute of vigorous intensity exercise.

The benefits of regular exercise include improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar; reduced blood lipids; better bone, joint, immune and digestive health; and long-term preservation of neuro-cognitive function. While rigorous exercise may not be appropriate for seniors, exercise can be modified to suit anyone’s unique stamina and abilities, even those who are limited by medical conditions or frailty. While inactive individuals are more prone to the risk of obesity, illness, falls and broken bones, making a concerted effort to get up and move can improve mobility, flexibility and strength. Inactive adults should strive to break up long periods of inactivity with light activity, such as moving or walking around for 10 minutes each hour of the day.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements to support physical activity for overall wellness:

BCAA CapsulesBCAA Capsules by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula provides essential free-form branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA’s promote muscle function and recovery, as well as provide nutritional support for athletes seeking optimal lean muscle mass. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

D-Ribose PowderD-Ribose Powder by Protocol for Life Balance®: Naturally found in all living cells, D-Ribose supports energy production and storage, muscle recovery and the maintenance of healthy cardiac energy metabolism. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and tree nuts. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Energy/Sports...Energy/Sports Formula™ by Douglas Laboratories®: This carefully formulated synergistic and comprehensive vitamin, mineral, enzyme, botanical and antioxidant blend assists with energy metabolism during sport and exercise, offers potent antioxidant protection and promotes healthy functioning overall. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.

Athletic NutrientsAthletic Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: This high potency hypoallergenic blend of highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral co-factors is formulated to support physical training, endurance, energy, performance and recovery. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

References:
Exercise acts as a drug; the pharmacological benefits of exercise. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448908/
Physical activity guidelines for adults. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/#guidelines-for-adults-aged-19-to-64
Every Little Move You Make Can Help Your Health, Study Says. http://time.com/5550764/light-exercise-heart-health/
National Health Interview Survey. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases/released201806.htm#7

EBOOST® – Featured Brand

EBOOSTSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now offers EBOOST®, a line of clean, unique formulations designed to energize, replenish and feed overall wellbeing. Founded in 2007, EBOOST® provides premium products that help busy, active individuals power through their day, their exercise routine and all the moments in between. Specific ingredients help to maximize workouts, aid muscle recovery, promote better digestion and provide natural energy through nutrition. Products are manufactured in the USA utilizing high quality ingredients. All are Non-GMO, gluten, soy, lactose, peanut and yeast free, are low in sugar and contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or banned substances.

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POW Pre-Workout...POW® Pre-Workout Crusher:  Maximize your workout with POW®, a natural pre-workout powdered effervescent performance enhancer. POW® provides clinically tested ingredients that support muscle strength and endurance, promote healthy circulation during exercise and provide joint flexibility and comfort, as well as steady energy and focus without a jittery feeling. Ingredients include electrolytes, amino acids, 5-HTP and organic beet root juice.  Also available in convenient individual packets. Gluten, soy and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

SUPER POWDER Mind...Super Powder™ Mind + Body Energizer: This daily power-up formula provides essential vitamins and minerals, natural caffeine, electrolytes and antioxidants in support of steady energy and focus, hydration and elevated mood. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or an any time energy boost. Flavors include Acai Pomegranate, Pink Lemonade and Orange. Each box includes 20 individual packets. Free of gluten, soy, added sugar and artificial ingredients. Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

SPRUCE Daily Green...SPRUCE® Daily Green Powder: Each serving of antioxidant-rich SPRUCE® green juice powder provides the nutritional goodness of blended juice without the blender. Naturally energizing ingredients include freeze-dried green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, ginger root extract, patented coffee fruit and prebiotic fiber. Green Apple Ginger flavor. Gluten, soy, allergen and artificial ingredient free. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

SHOT Energy plus...SHOT Energy + Vitamins: Formulated to boost focus, elevate mood and support steady energy, SHOT provides vitamins and minerals, natural caffeine from green coffee and green tea, and a coconut water base comprising antioxidant superfruits such as acai, pomegranate and cherry. Gluten, soy and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Sunfood™ Superfoods – Featured Brand

Sunfood SuperfoodsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Sunfood™ Superfoods was born of the belief that diet and nutrition hold the secrets to health, energy and longevity. Since 1995, family operated Sunfood™ has led the charge to discover the science behind the wide ranging powers of diverse, nutritionally rich plant foods to rejuvenate health and wellbeing. Products are manufactured in a 40,000 sf gluten-free facility located in San Diego, California. Sunfood™ partners with farmers worldwide to secure high quality raw materials, as well as support long term, fair-trade sustainable organic farming. Raw materials are held to an exceptionally high standard of acceptance by their internal quality assurance team.

To aid nutrient retention, raw foods are not cooked, baked or roasted but are safely harvested and processed to retain their enzymatic activity and boost nutritional potency without heat or chemicals. Sourced from organic, Non-GMO farms, their non-raw superfoods provide the highest quality superfood nutrition. Packaging is light, moisture and oxygen proof to aid nutrient retention and keep the ingredients fresh and delicious. A superfood is a nutrient-dense, low calorie food that is naturally high in antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients. Superfoods are considered a natural solution for improved energy, immunity, longevity and overall wellbeing.

Professional Supplement Center now offers these and other products from Sunfood™ Superfoods:

Chlorella TabletsChlorella Tablets: Chlorella tablets are processed from pure, gently dried broken cell wall  chlorella powder that is pressed into tablets without the use of binders, fillers and additives. A detoxifying and alkalizing multifaceted potent superfood, chlorella provides protein and an array of vitamins and minerals. Chlorella is grown indoors in a controlled environment and is tested to ensure purity. Gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan formulation.

Maca PowderMaca Powder: Vitamin and mineral rich maca has been utilized traditionally for centuries to enhance strength and endurance. Sunfood’s raw maca powder is sustainably grown at high elevations untouched by pollution, where it is sundried and low temperature processed to retain the quality of its natural nutrients. Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Organic, kosher, gluten-free vegan formulation.

Organic SupergreensOrganic Supergreens: This dynamic, raw whole-food formula provides 19 vegan, organic and wild-crafted green superfoods. An alkalizing and energizing nutritional blend, Organic Supergreens features grasses, dark leafy vegetables, herbs, algae and sea vegetables, as well as enzymes and a probiotic complex, in support of proper digestive health, immune function and overall wellness. Free of gluten, grains, additives, fillers and preservatives, Non-GMO, USDA Certified Organic, vegan formulation.