Living Magazine Winter 2014 International - Page 9

may rationally conclude that successful weight loss through exercise will only be achievable after the joint is replaced. Our orthopedic data suggests otherwise. The joint replacement recipient will gain on average 50 pounds following the procedure; therefore, the patient should prepare for surgery with exercise. Any balanced exercise regimen should include resistance training and lifting weights. Such an approach will build muscle mass, which prevents injury by improving joint stability. Likewise, increase in muscle bulk improves one's capacity to burn calories. To avoid injury, excessive repetition and weight should be avoided. Developing a Healthy Diet Plan Any exercise regimen must be accompanied by a healthy diet and supplements. Our human frame was designed to consume whole foods, fruits of the vine and roots, vegetables and legumes, with small portions of meats for flavor. Reasonable portions are the key. Given that 75 percent of our body weight is water, maintaining adequate hydration is also critical to cellular health and distribution of oxygen and nutrients to every part of our body. Finally, the "Western Diet," high in saturated fats and refined, mass-produced food, is notorious for its side effects of obesity with resultant diabetes, hypertension, gravity-induced degenerative joint and spine disease, and early death. Seventy-five to 80 percent of human maladies are preventable. "A stitch in time saves nine." "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." A lifestyle of activity and healthy diet is the key. on Preventing Exercise-Related Injuries 1.  ake the cross-training approach to exercise to T help avoid tendon, joint, or lower back injuries Supplements, such as dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality, DDR Prime Cellular Complex, and Slim & S