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No Excuses

ExcusesExcusesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

For far too many of us, the most challenging part of our daily schedule is prioritizing the time, as well as finding the energy and motivation to exercise. While we may convince ourselves that we are just too tired or too busy to workout, are we really just procrastinating? If you adhere to the philosophy that if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would actually be accomplished, it may be time to re-evaluate your time management skills. If you often wonder why busy people seem to get so much done and still manage to find time for physical activity, a faulty sense of time may be to blame. It’s true that many with free time on their hands, often accomplish less than those who are busier but use their time well. When the idea of going to the gym or outside for a brisk walk seems overwhelming, excuses often follow. Breaking physical activity down into smaller segments of time may be one way to gradually increase the level of activity, as well as build energy and stamina.

Failure to exercise can also be attributed to low energy, physical or mental fatigue and poor self-image. While low energy levels can have various causes, such as medications, thyroid dysfunction, medical issues, depression, vitamin deficiencies, poor sleep quality, and unhealthy lifestyle habits, it can also be the result of a sedentary existence. A consult with a healthcare practitioner can determine if a medical condition is responsible for persistent tiredness. Those  deemed healthy overall, but not physically fit, can help boost energy levels, improve mood and elevate self-esteem by making physical activity a part their daily routine. Enhancing the diet with nutrient dense energizing antioxidant fruits and vegetables, sufficiently hydrating and prioritizing sleep are good ways to support a quest for improved health and fitness.

Barring a medical diagnosis, unusual time constraints or unforeseen circumstances, procrastination may be all that’s preventing exercise from becoming part of a healthy lifestyle. When making the commitment seems daunting, place the focus on the health benefits of small amounts of daily exercise, rather than the intimidation of unrealistic lofty goals. Adjust your mindset and concentrate on the now to get past mental roadblocks preventing you from taking those first small but significant steps toward improved energy, mood and self-esteem. There are many different ways to be active, and you have the freedom to choose any activities that you enjoy. Whether your eventual goal is to run a 10K, lose weight or reduce chronic disease risk, set yourself up for success and address complacency by scheduling specific times for exercise that work with your regular daily schedule.

Motivation doesn’t happen on its own; it has to be created by you. Don’t set yourself up for failure by scheduling an early morning workout if you’re more likely to hit the snooze button than make it to the gym. If you often work late or have a tight schedule of family commitments in the late afternoons, perhaps a regularly scheduled twenty minute walk with a coworker or friend during the lunch period would work best for you, as well as hold you accountable. Accepting exercise as a necessary part of health maintenance, acknowledging your own responsibility, and realizing that all exercise has value provides strong motivation for a positive and rewarding approach to physical fitness and overall wellness.

Exercise promotes restful sleep, improves circulation, strengthens muscles, provides more oxygen to cells and organs, supports increased energy production, relieves stress and releases hormones that support positive mood. Simply by banishing excuses and making some smart health supporting choices each day, many achieve a higher lever of  satisfaction and happiness, as well as improved vitality and overall quality of life.

Supplements such as CoQ10, ashwagandha, cordyceps and ginseng may help to reduce stress, as well as support cellular energy production and healthy mood. CoQ10, or its reduced form ubiquinol, is central to energy production, especially for seniors as we produce less of this vital substance as we age. Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, aids a normal stress response and supports restful sleep. Cordyceps appears to facilitate oxygen intake, helping to increase endurance. Ginseng helps to boost energy production and supports healthy mood.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products in support of overall health and vitality:

CoQ10 100 mgCoQ10 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics®: This easy to swallow softgel provides 100 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinone per serving in support of decreased fatigue and energy production. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, preservatives and artificial coloring and flavoring.

Ayur-Ashwaganda 300...Ayur-Ashwagandha 300 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Utilized as a general tonic in Traditional medicine, Ashwagandha is believed to support energy production, as well as mental and physical performance. By supporting a healthy adrenal response, it provides calming support during stressful times. Free of wheat gluten, soy, dairy, yeast and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

Super CordycepsSuper Cordyceps by Mushroom Wisdom: This medicinal mushroom mycelium extract is known to support stamina and endurance. It contains a wide variety of active bio-metabolites with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomodulating, anti-viral, neuroprotective, anti-fatigue and many other health benefitting properties. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Ginseng PlusGinseng Plus by Pure Planet: This minimally processed White American ginseng extract supports a balanced stress response and promotes increased energy, stamina and endurance without jittery side effects. Contains only American ginseng and California grown spirulina. Non-GMO, vegan formulation.

References:
11 Ways to Fight Fatigue. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/quiet-your-mind-and-get-sleep/201501/11-ways-fight-fatigue
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/better-perfect/201703/11-ways-overcome-procrastination
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
6 science-based secrets to staying motivated at the gym. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/pop-culture/how-motivate-yourself-get-out-bed-work-out-today-ncna743006
Why Aren’t You Motivated to Exercise? https://www.verywellfit.com/why-arent-you-motivated-to-exercise-1231389

About Adaptogens

AyurvedicMedicineJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Considered by many scholars to be the world’s oldest and most sophisticated mind-body healing science, Ayurvedic medicine originated in India thousands of years ago. It continues to be one of India’s highly respected traditional health care systems. As a widely accepted and renowned medical approach that has survived and flourished for centuries, Ayurveda encompasses an enormous knowledge of nature-based medicine. Based on the relationship of the constitution and function of the human body to nature and the elements of the universe, this wellness approach is expected to continue to grow and increase in popularity as it gains awareness and acceptance in western cultures.

Ayurveda’s complex approach to treatment is based on each individual’s distinct pattern of energy, as well as their specific combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. However, the basic principles of Ayurveda are simply to prevent and reduce the risk of illness by restoring and maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness though proper diet, lifestyle, and the use of herbal remedies. More than a system of treating illness, Ayurveda is guided by the belief that the mind and body are inextricably connected, and that the mind has the power to heal the body through awareness and restoration of mind-body balance. Meditation is one of the powerful tools prescribed for expanding self-awareness and inner calm in order to cultivate an innate state of balance to allow one to thrive and enhance wellbeing.

Those familiar with Ayurvedic medicine may be aware of the extraordinary benefits of adaptogenic herbs. These healing plants help to balance, restore and protect the body, and have the unique ability to adapt their functions in accordance with an individual’s specific needs. Their normalizing influences on the regulation of various metabolic processes improve hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) functioning, and counter catabolic processes associated with enhanced oxidative stress. Adaptogens form a unique group of nontoxic nutraceuticals that support the health of the adrenal system, and help to normalize the physiologic disturbances resulting from chronic stress by correcting imbalances in the neuroendocrine system and alterations in immune functions.

Safe for long term use, adaptogens calm the body and simultaneously boost energy without overstimulating. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress, and enable efficient oxygen utilization without disturbing normal biological functions.

Ashwagandha – Prized for its restorative properties, ashwagandha is an ancient and powerful therapeutic herb that has been utilized for centuries to tone, support and rejuvenate bodily functions. It is perhaps most commonly known for its ability to support the body’s resistance to the negative effects of physiological and psychological stress. Ashwagandha helps the body to cope with external stressors such as toxins in the environment, as well as internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha can help alleviate symptoms of stress, fatigue, low energy and difficulty concentrating.

Rhodiola rosea – Rhodiola is a potent adaptogen that contains phytochemicals that help to relieve anxiety and combat stress-related mental and physical fatigue. Described as a versatile adaptogen, rhodiola helps to increase the body’s stress resistance by balancing stress hormone levels, raising or lowering cortisol as needed. Rhodiola has demonstrated the ability to support cellular energy metabolism, and positively affect brain function and heart health. Studies on rhodiola suggest that this adaptogen holds promise for increased mental and physical performance.

Holy basil – Many studies support the use of holy basil as a therapeutic tonic for the mind, body and spirit. In addition to its adaptogenic properties, holy basil has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds. Research has shown that holy basil can help to reduce symptoms of stress, forgetfulness, exhaustion and sleep issues. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend holy basil to foster relaxation, mental clarity and a sense of overall wellbeing.

It is recommended that those who are pregnant, lactating, or taking medications consult their healthcare practitioner before staring on any supplement regimens.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of overall wellness:

Ayur-Ashwaganda 300...Ayur-Ashwagandha 300 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: One serving provides 300 mg of standardized ashwagandha root extract in support of a healthy stress response, energy production, improved mental and physical performance, and overall wellness. Gluten, soy, dairy, yeast, wheat and artificial ingredient free formulation.

Rhodiola RoseaRhodiola Rosea by Pure Encapsulations®: Each capsule provides 100 mg of standardized rhodiola rosea extract in support of occasional mental and physical stress, cellular health, and cardiovascular and metabolic function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Holy BasilHoly Basil by Himalaya® Herbal Healthcare: This certified organic, broad-spectrum herbal adaptogen provides support for stress, emotional wellbeing, and relaxation. Holy Basil supports proper adrenal function and a healthy stress response, and promotes restful, rejuvenative sleep. Gluten and additive free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

HPA AdaptHPA Adapt™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This stress resistance complex provides five powerful adaptogenic herbs in support of healthy stress hormone balance via the HPA axis. This non-stimulant nutraceutical reduces mental stress and fatigue, improves mood, calms occasional anxiety and supports cognitive function. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, sugar, preservative, and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

Adaptogen Support...Adaptogen Support Complex by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This adaptogenic herbal complex provides phyto-synergistic and nutritional support for a balanced stress response and overall wellness. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
Ayurveda. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/ayurveda
A glimpse of Ayurveda-The forgotten history and principles of Indian traditional medicine. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411016000250
15 Surprising Benefits of Ashwagandha. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-ashwagandha-or-indian-ginseng.html
The Health Benefits of Holy Basil. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#benefits1
10 Amazing Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. https://www.organicfacts.net/rhodiola-rosea.html