Equipped with a high-powered immune system and intracellular anti-oxidant defense system, the body is truly a disease killing machine when operating at peak performance.

Unfortunately for most people it isn’t.

Rather than teaching people how to cure disease (so much money spent yearly on research) we need to be educating people on how to prevent disease.

And at the top of disease prevention list is proper exercise…the kind that challenges our muscles.

Research shows that 8 out of 10 people fail to get enough physical activity. Unlike our ancestors we no longer have challenging exercise built in to our daily activities (except for the rare manual laborer). We must consciously make it a priority in our lives if we want to enjoy the benefits that challenging strength training exercise can provide in the way of disease prevention.

Exercise is one of the few activities that improves every aspect of your life, body and mind. It provides strength to the weak, energy to the tired, health to the ill and youthfulness to older citizens.

We need to focus on how regular exercise improves our lives –

Most people seem to know intellectually that proper exercise is the key to health, yet fail to make it a commitment/priority, neither do they take the proper steps to put it into action.

There needs to be a serious shifting of perceptions and attitudes toward health and fitness.

Exercise needs to be a priority otherwise we just view it as too much work and end up not bothering at all.

The only way we’ll ever take ourselves seriously and our exercise seriously is by shifting our attitude towards exercise beyond “exercise being an option” to “exercise being high on our priority list.” If our belief system is convincing us that exercise is an option then making it a priority will never happen.

Exercise is not an option…nor is it a luxury item. It is a necessity if you want to live a long life and enjoy vibrant health along with it.

With all the knowledge that is being revealed about disease prevention from scientific studies those of us who are lucky enough to live in the 21st century need to take these findings seriously and give our bodies and immune systems the ammunition they need.

No one says it’s going to be easy to drop some of the destructive habits and mental conditioning that we’ve lived with and relied on all our lives. But the choices are slim. We either pay the piper in the future for our destructive habits now or we develop healthy habits now and enjoy the fruits of our labor as health, vitality and long life. It’s always our choice.

What do you think is harder to do? Consciously break your destructive sedentary lifestyle habits now or endure joint replacement, open heart surgery or cancer treatment in the future?

Personal halth is something we cannot pawn off on anyone else. No doctor, surgical procedure or drug can build us a strong, lean, healthy body…one that is disease resistant. We are personally responsible for that and must be proactive in creating vibrant health today before disease sets in.

It is far easier to retain our good health than it is to have to rebuild it.

Proper exercise combined with healthy eating habits is our best investment ever for it’s the only investment that provides stellar health – something no amount of money can buy.

Our choice is to become a statistic or begin now to take an active role in preventing killer diseases and increasing longevity.

Every choice we make…every decision we make daily concerning food and exercise is either contributing to or destroying our health and your body.

It’s never too late to take control of our own health

We need to get back into the driver’s seat when it comes to taking control of our health and wellness. Somehow we have forgotten that we do have this control and we are the ones that determine how healthy or unhealthy we can be.

There are countless cases of people who have been diagnosed with cancer only to be found cancer free just months later and alive and clicking ten, twenty or more years down the road.

This is proof that the human body has the ability to make disease simply disappear (or never appear in the first place) when it has the proper nutritional elements it needs in the right amounts without being assaulted by excess toxins.

(it’s not a “be-all, end-all” list but a good one to refer to) you can follow that will lead directly to better health:

  • Keep your mind and your thinking in good shape. It has been proven that positive thinking does produce favorable results and negative, pessimistic thoughts have the opposite effect. Be optimistic about your health and well-being.
  • Exercise at least 2-3 times a week (muscle building and maintaining).
  • One to two sessions of interval (short burst) exercise each week.
  • Eat “clean” consume as many foods in their raw state as possible or with little or no heat used to cook them to reserve their precious nutrients.
  • Avoid processed “dead” foods that have artificial additives and load up on fresh organic veggies and fruits whenever possible. If you eat meat choose grass-fed, free ranging animals.
  • Reduce your intake of grains and limit or avoid sugar in all forms…especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and artificial sweeteners.
  • Slim down if needed to maintain a healthy body weight. This comes naturally after you begin exercising properly and eating right. It is important to lose excess body fat because fat produces hormones that can trigger cancer.
  • Spend time ground with the earth…barefoot on the grass, earth or sand.
  • Get enough sunshine…you need your vitamin D.
  • Get good quality sleep.
  • Manage your stress. Exercise is the perfect outlet for managing stress.
  • Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, insecticides and household chemical cleaners to name a few. Many household cleaners are easily replaced with non-toxic alternatives.
  • Boost Omega-3 fats. Unfortunately 80% of the fats we consume are Omega-6 and that is a dangerous thing because Omega-6 fats (found in processed vegetable oils like corn, canola and soybean oil) promote inflammation and turn on genes that fuel the cancer process. Omega-3’s on the other hand supply the antidote.
  • Not only do healthy fats (found in cold water fish like wild salmon, sardines and drill oil, flaxseed, walnuts, chia seeds and grass-fed beef) provide potent anti-inflammatory action. They also up-regulate the genes that guard against cancer. Omega-3 deficiency is a common underlying factor for caner.
  • Use caution with prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands of people prematurely every year-as an expected side effect of the action of the drug. If you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you will most likely never need any of them in the first place.

Incorporating these healthy lifestyle guidelines will help set you squarely on the path to optimal health and give you the best shot at living a much longer disease free life.

Lifestyle choices…not chance really does determine our destiny.

Exercise is a vital component of any long-term self-care program. Establishing a strength training/resistance training routine that easily fits into our daily routines is important so that we can live a higher quality of life overall.

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