Living Magazine Winter 2014 International - Page 8

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AND INJURY PREVENTION A healthy diet with a well-balanced, regular exercise regimen has become a priority for those who desire an active lifestyle with greater mobility and a sense of well-being. We are witnessing an unprecedented interest in gym memberships and participation in community running, swimming, and cycling events. Some may ask if there is a potential for increased incidence of injury or potential health risks that accompany such active lifestyles. Prior to initiating a regular rigorous exercise regimen, consultation with your primary care physician or cardiologist should be sought especially if there is a history of heart disease or other health issues. Impact of Physical Activity on Well-being Creating a Balanced Exercise Routine Mental health and "well-being" is perhaps the greatest outcome sought by the exercise enthusiast. The human frame and biochemistry is designed for activity. Our central nervous system has opiate receptors that are not particularly designed for intake of external opiates and narcotics. Rather, these receptors exist to react to the natural opiates, also known as endorphins that our bodies produce with increased physical activity. The interaction of these exerciseinduced pleasure chemicals and receptors results in the profound sense of well-being. A well balanced, "cross-training" approach to exercise will help avoid tendon, joint, or lower back injuries that are associated with repetitive cardio or resistance workouts. The cartilage cushions that line our joints have no blood supply; therefore, motion with exercise assists in delivery of supportive nutrients and oxygen to the cartilage cells, similar to a sponge that moves water when compressed. For those individuals with a family history of joint problems, exercise in low gravity settings such as swimming, bicycling, and elliptical cross trainers, is recommended. These forms of exercise will help avoid wear and tear to less durable cartilage that may have been inherited. The Dr. Recommends: • Lifelong Vitality (Item No. 34210001) • DDR Prime Cellular Complex Softgels  (Item No. 41740001) • Slim & Sassy TrimShake (Item No. 35180001) When joints wear out, total joint replacement surgery can positively transform the life of the patient. Nonetheless, the metal and plastic components undergo wear and loosening, often at a rate proportional to the weight and activity level of the recipient. Joint replacement surgery should be performed only on appropriately screened patients whose symptoms warrant such invasive surgery. The optimal candidate is a patient whose symptoms limit the ability to walk no greater than three to four blocks. Excessive weight will cause early wear and loosening of the artificial joint; therefore, an aggressive weight loss regimen should be considered, if warranted, prior to joint replacement. A candidate A commonly quoted weight lifting regimen includes three sets of 10 active muscle group contractions. The trainer should use enough resistance that the muscle group will be tired by the tenth repetition. Each muscle group should be worked out no more than two to three times a week to avoid injury. Athletic trainers can be very helpful in creating protocols particular to your individual needs and capacity. 8 / winter 2014 living magazine