Getting Fit – and Dodging the Drugs

Today I start my third week of ChaLEAN Extreme workouts.  I’ve lost a pound and a half so far, and all those “problem areas” are showing signs of firming up.  Funny how motivation to work out builds on itself.  As I see progress, I get more motivated to hit the next day’s workout, then the next.  It helps that these workouts are actually fun!

Exercise truly is the fountain of youth.  I am younger now than when I was in my 40’s (I am 59 now).  Back then I kept my energy up with lots of caffeine.  My doctor said I had early signs of “metabolic syndrome” (here’s the National Institutes of Health definition:  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ms/).  He wanted to put me on Fosamax (for bone-density issues) and Lipitor (for my rising cholesterol).  I asked him, how long would I have to take these drugs?  He said, for the rest of your life.  I asked, then what are the drugs curing?  I think that pissed him off.  I declined both drugs and set out to find better answers.  Oh, and to find a new doctor.

Well, my cholesterol has been normal for years now.  My bone density is also normal and holding steady.  Maybe I was just extraordinarily lucky, but I don’t think that is the case.  How do you strengthen bone?  You exercise in a way that stresses bone and causes it to get stronger.  How do you reduce cholesterol?  You reduce stress, reduce sugar, reduce saturated fat, trans-fat, and processed foods.

All those things that you think are hurting you really ARE hurting you.  The good news is, you are in control of what you eat, and you control whether you are getting enough exercise.  If that fixes even 70% of any looming health problem, you are 70% better off than you would have been if you did nothing!

The time to take action is now, before you get the bad news from the doc that there is something going on.

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More from the NIH:  “Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common due to a rise in obesity rates among adults. In the future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease.

It is possible to prevent or delay metabolic syndrome, mainly with lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment.”

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