Working Out as a Daily Habit

Even though a lot of us think about tackling a new exercise program when the new year starts, summer can also be the perfect time to build new simple exercise habits. The nicer weather can make it easier to start moving more throughout the day. Maybe take a few breaks from work, enjoying a stroll around the block. Maybe plan some new fun outdoor adventures on the weekend that you meant to do a long time ago. With its numerous health benefits, exercise is a powerful tool at your disposal, not to dismiss.

Exercise Health Benefits

  • Enhances your happiness levels
  • Helps lessen your risk of heart disease
  • Can help you sleep better
  • Gives you an energy boost
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Helps better memory
  • Can boost self-confidence and increase performance at work
  • Helps strengthen your immune system
  • Can help improve your life span

On a Final Note

Working out can be so beneficial to your health and wellness. Don’t forget that in order to build a new habit for good, you want to take steps that are easy to implement on a regular basis. And of course, consult your personal physician to make sure the exercise regimen you want to do is the right one for you. As Stanford professor Andrew Huberman recently stated in a Joe Rogan podcast, “Being physically active is superb at extending your life and improving your life.”

Until next time!

References

“#1842 – Andrew Huberman. The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.” Open.spotify.com, 12 July 2022, open.spotify.com/episode/2BGyj7ukaq8aA29BsA1Yuk. Accessed 16 July 2022.

Dr. Axe. “11 Benefits of Exercise … Start Working out Today! – Dr. Axe.” Dr. Axe, 12 Sept. 2017, draxe.com/fitness/benefits-of-exercise/. Accessed 16 July 2022.

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The Health Benefits

Proteins, these long chains of amino acids, are indispensable for all metabolic processes. Consuming enough protein every day provides a host of health benefits. Among other things, it boosts healthy brain function and learning, aids with maintaining strong bones, protects heart health, slows aging, and helps with longevity.

Boosts Healthy Brain Function and Learning

Proteins are necessary in order to make enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters – all crucial for cognitive function. The brain needs a number of amino acids to perform at its best – concentration, focus, and energy-wise.

Aids with Maintaining Strong Bones

When we eat enough protein from good-quality, whole, nutrient-rich foods, this supports the prevention of bone weakness, fractures, and also osteoporosis by enhancing calcium absorption and aiding with bone metabolism.

Protects Heart Health

As mentioned in the previous post, when we consume foods with enough protein, it increases satiety to a greater extent, along with having a minimal effect on blood glucose levels – it can actually slow down the absorption of sugar during a meal. This aids with preventing heart disease-related causes such as diabetes and obesity.

Slows Aging and Helps with Longevity

High-protein foods aid the body synthesize glutathione, the “master antioxidant.” Glutathione, found in our cells, aids with detox and with lessening carcinogens that age us.

In older adults, amino acid deficiencies can eventually give rise to eye problems like cataracts, heart problems, muscle loss, weakness, and mood changes. 

In Summary

Making sure to consume enough protein-rich foods is of primordial importance if we want to maintain a healthy body weight, increase muscle mass, support strong bones, and preserve high cognitive and immune functions. 

Stabilizing our blood sugar levels and bettering our mood go hand and in hand with keeping our energy levels up. Protein intake also impacts our heart health and how well we may age.

All you have left to do is to see how much protein is ideal for you to consume depending on your body weight, gender, age, and level of activity or exercise. And don’t forget to ask your personal physician for advice!

Until next time!

Reference

Dr. Josh Axe. “23 High-Protein Foods (for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain).” Dr. Axe, 6 Apr. 2021, draxe.com/nutrition/protein-foods/. Accessed 25 Sept. 2021.

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