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At some point in life, an acute injury is imminent; if you are cleared for exercise, mindful resistance and cardiovascular training will bring a host of benefits.
Injured or not, we sometimes forget that exercise is a way of life. In fact, it is essential to life. Exercising will not only help maintain fitness but also, in the long run, increase your chance of survival. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that cardiovascular fitness is more important to survival than any other risk factor- including blood pressure and cigarette smoking! This reason alone should motivate you to exercise.
Another benefit of continuing cardiovascular exercise while injured is that it increases blood flow, which helps deliver nutrients to cells that repair the tissue. The increased amount of blood flow will carry the debris away from the injury into the liver to get processed and discarded. These two aspects can help to speed up your recovery time.
Resistance training during this time can provide equally important benefits, such as preventing muscle loss. This is important because muscle loss due to cessation of exercise could result in a lower metabolism.Therefore, maintaining muscle mass during injury can in turn fend off unwanted weight gain due to a reduced metabolism. So how can you prevent this from happening? Exercise!
They key to overcoming setbacks is to become creative in the gym. There are many ways to work the muscles you’re accustomed to without compromising the injury or any other safety aspect of the exercise.
First, make sure the injured joint has been properly stabilized by a physical therapist or specialist, and take their advice seriously so as not to jeopardize your injury. The next step is to select exercises that target the muscles you are trying to work but does not require the injured joint to move.
If you find this part difficult, ask our Exercise Physiologist, Joel Woldt MS for help at: email@example.com to learn more about specific exercises to perform with an injury.
Remember, it is better to exercise with limitations than to stop exercising all together. The science doesn't lie: exercising is essential to life.
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Don't think you must be a healthcare professional or a PhD to read this. Dr. Ratey has written this book for all of us to understand and appreciate the relationship of exercise, nutrition and improvements in brain function . Through very interesting and easy to understand studies and examples, he takes us through the process of how exercise helps our brains literally grow and we become smarter!
His premise that exercise is medicine is Revolutionary. Dr. Ratey discusses comparisons of exercise versus medication in treating depression. The studies suggest strongly that exercise does have a significant effect equal to medication. However, he does stress to never make changes in your medical care without discussing this with your doctor.
I highly suggest you take the time to enjoy this book. It's an exciting step toward anyone's healthy changes in their lives.
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