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Exercise Tips for Building Strong Bones

bonesImpact.  To build strong bones our body needs impact!  And sadly, the older most of us get, the less impact (or stress) we place on our bones, bodies, and joints.  It seems like one day, (perhaps in your mid 30’s, or early 40’s) all of a sudden high impact aerobics class, or jogging doesn’t seem like such a smart idea, and we stop ALL impact activities in an effort to avoid injury and “protect” our health.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, worldwide, one in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures.  And can you believe that in women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in a hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer!

I’m not saying it’s a smart idea to push through the pain and bash your aching knees, hips, and back into submission to build better bones.  But if you’ve stopped exercising or doing any impact activities as you get older, you’re increasing your risk for fractures and broken bones. 

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Keep Your Kids Active For Better Bone Health

kidsDo you worry about bone health for your children?  If you haven’t ever given it a thought – you should.

There are lots of good health reasons to keep your kids active, and in our current fast-food, computer driven, sedentary society it is becoming harder and harder to get kids to move.

Participating in the right types of exercises and sports are critical for better bone health.

Not only is exercise necessary for healthy brain development  and a strong body, but the foundation we build  as children directly affects how healthy we will be later in life.

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Health and Hypothyroidism

Medical Labwork

Well after months of dragging my butt around and feeling like crap, weight gain, extremely low blood pressure, a serious bout of depression, lack of enthusiasm for life and only doing low intensity exercise – because anything vigorous really hasn’t been an option…  I’ve finally have found a health-care provider with enough brain-cells to start seriously looking for the root of the problem.  It’s almost a relief to know that my mood swings, and symptoms are not just “all in my head,” but there is an actual medical reason why I feel so out of balance – Hypothyroidism.

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Living a Happy Life with Depression

A Year-End REVIEW of My Achievements
(and Mental Sanity)

Learning to live a happy life with depression can be a really big challenge.  As I reflect on my own personal Woo-Hoos and Boo-Hoos for 2012, I’ve got a lot to celebrate!

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Mind-Body Health.

How Do I Get Rid of Knee Pain?

Are you one of the millions of people who are searching for relief for knee pain?

Who would have known that when I posted the Knee Cap Dance exercise video on YouTube two years ago that so many people around the world would be seeking help for knee pain!

I’ve appreciated the comments and questions that have been sent to me since this video posted. I think it’s important that EVERYONE has the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life, and dealing with knee pain is no fun.

I recently received a question from a viewer of my YouTube video – Knee Exercises to Strengthen Muscles Around the Patella to Avoid Knee Pain.

He writes,

“Two years ago my right leg knee cap got a minor fracture and the doctor operated & applied plaster. I took nearly 6 months of bed rest.  After it healed, the doctor told me to do some exercises but did not insist that I go to physiotherapy.  Now my knee cap area is having pain & during cold days it hurts a lot!  I saw your video on YouTube regarding knee cap it was really nice.  Please can you help me get rid of this knee cap pain?

Posted by Aliesa George in Functional Movement, Health.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep To Maintain Your Good Health?

Have you seen this interesting Wall Street Journal article and video interview of author David K. Randall by Ryan Sager on sleep, and why we’re not getting the rest we need.

How much sleep do you get every night?  Is it enough to wake-up refreshed, re-energized, and ready to start your day?

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Rejuvination.

Health and Fitness Success: 6 Simple Strategies To Build a Strong Foundation

(part 1 of 6) What Are Your Specific Health and Wellness Goals?

The foundation of achieving health and fitness success involves several key strategies to ensure your workout program is lifestyle friendly and effectively getting you the results you desire.

Whether your goals are to lose weight, get stronger, more flexible, run farther or faster, participate in a marathon, fun run or triathlon, or be competitive in sport you enjoy…  there are sport-specific exercises that will be helpful to include in your training plan, but there are also a few foundational principles that  can be instrumental in helping you achieve health and fitness success.

For everything we do in life, finding balance, and developing good cross-training strategies can help improve motivation and keep our burning desire to do what it takes strong.

Whether you’re an Olympic athlete, excel in your sport professionally, enjoy participating in recreational fitness activities, or are just getting started and in the beginning stages of developing your exercise program and training plan, taking a few minutes to evaluate your strategies and confirm that you’ve got the right foundation for success can keep you on track to reach your goals. 

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Goal Setting, Health, Motivation, Inspiration & Goal Setting.

Reduce Weight, Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Reduce Risk of Cancer

I was sitting at the gym waiting for my sweetie to finish his workout and picked up a copy of the June 2nd Science News magazine to read.  Found a really interesting article by Nathan Seppa, “Weight Loss May Cut Cancer Risk.”

Since I’ve been dealing with chronic inflammation issues my entire life… and in the past 7 months have completely changed my diet to help reduce systemic inflammation caused by food allergies.  The result has actually been a significant change in size and shape.  Not as much actual weight loss as I’d love to see yet – but 15 pounds in 6 months for someone who has never been able to lose weight is something I’m quite happy with.

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

A Motivational Tip for Personal Growth & Wellness Success: BECOMING

Here is a motivational tip for personal growth, development, and self-improvement.  Are you ready to BECOME the Change you want to SEE for health improvement and wellness success?

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Motivation, Inspiration & Goal Setting.

The Importance of Form for Functional Movement and Whole-Body Health

Are your daily habits helping or hurting your body?  Do you want to feel great and can’t figure out why you don’t?  Is form and functional movement something that you focus on during your workouts and daily-life activities?

Posted by Aliesa George in Functional Movement, Health.