The Power of Exercise

Do you want a body that can execute your emotions and ideas?

What I mean by that is, for most people, a body becomes a prison, being without a vessel for expression. I would love it if our community of patients and staff all thrived in a state of feeling good, strong, and healthy; because what’s the point of living a long life if you can’t enjoy it?

Take care of your body and CONDITION it. There’s an old quote I’ve kept around that I’d like to share:

“When we’re young we sacrifice so much of our health in the pursuit of wealth. When we get old & wise, we’re willing to sacrifice every bit of wealthy for even one day of good health. But by then it’s too late. Don’t let that happen to you.”

Whether you’re a cross fit junkie, power lifter, track star, or pilates fiend, for the sake of this discussion it does not matter what kind of exercise you engage it; THEY ALL RELEASE ENDORFINS!

There’s no other one thing that can improve people’s lives.

It offers physiological benefits (i.e. blood profiles, reduces stress-related hormones), cognitive benefits (mood, attention span, perceived well-being, decreases anxiety, gives a sense of accomplishment, increases cognitive processing speed and improves sleep).

It improves our functional capacity by allowing us to move better. It has a hand in bone health, body composition, and fall prevention.

 

For the wiser and mature members of our community:

While peak strength tends to decline by 15% per decade after one reaches 50 years (for those sedentary), resistance training in the elderly can improve strength by 10-30%!! Muscle mass can increase in cross-sectional area at any age! A 20% strength increase is attributed to a neurological component alone.

In a previous blog we discussed resting metabolic rate and how it represents 60-65% of the daily energy we expend. Resting metabolic rate simply refers to the amount of energy your body uses while not actively engaging in activity throughout the day.

While hormones play a role in this number, the more lean tissue (muscle) we have, the greater our RMR is. So, that being said, let’s stimulate some muscle!

Dr. De Geer was a scholarship athlete at a Division 1 school and has coached gymnastics and for over a decade in the US and Sweden. He is a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and NASM Certified Personal Traininer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.