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Check into the gym like you’re checking into a health clinic……..

on May 23, 2013

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As the saying goes…”Use it or lose it” That goes for everything from physical fitness, an active healthy body, any skill that you’ve worked to perfect to an active healthy mind. You can never assume that what was once there will stay there unless you pay attention to maintaining it. Same goes for your body’s ideal weight.
Ever wonder how it all ties together?
Exercise can be helpful in ALL of these areas. Aerobic exercise, resistant training, yoga, circuit training all are beneficial by increasing oxygen levels and fat burning hormones, enhancing blood flow, adding bone density, increasing strength, reducing stress, the list goes on and on. A person engaged in physical activity has a sense of empowerment and control over their life. Motivation is a natural side affect. 🙂
I think the benefits to the brain are particularly interesting. The release of endorphins decrease cortisol levels and improve mood. Exercise has been recognised as an effective treatment for depression and actually unblocks neural pathways to effectively “re-grow” the brain.. Studies show that activities such as boxing have a positive physiological responses when given the opportunity to punch something, yoga an ability to relax and focus, group classes a sense of community and social interaction. Water exercise has a lot to offer since the buoyancy lifts the body as well as the senses. The properties of being in water stimulates the skin, conducts excess heat away, provides multi directional resistance and gives a feeling of lightness! Whatever activity you chose, make it something you enjoy! When you are active and working toward physical goals you feel like you can achieve anything that you set your mind to and your waist-line shrinks too!!
Exercise truly is medicine.
If doctors prescribed exercise in the same way as pharmaceuticals, we would all be a lot healthier 🙂
I recommend a post work-out treat this week 😀

Fast Salmon with a Ginger Glaze
4(8 ounce) fresh salmon filletssalt to taste
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh Basil
1)Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
2)Season salmon fillets with salt.
3)Place salmon on the preheated grill; cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
4)Combine water, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chile paste, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until barely thickened, about 2 minutes.
5)Sprinkle basil on top of salmon; spoon glaze over basil.

If you’re pumping iron salmon could make you stronger. With 22 grams of high quality protein per three ounces, this smart catch provides the building blocks your body needs to re- synthesize muscle tissue after a tough workout. And that’s not all. Salmon is also nature’s number one source of vitamin D, a nutrient that many of us don’t get enough of. That can make it harder to build muscle according to a 2010 Osteoporosis International study which links low vitamin D levels to decreased muscle strength.

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