Guest blog from Nicole May, Personal Trainer
I remember reading a story a few years ago about a depressed housewife who, at age 44 and 100 pounds overweight, knew that she needed to change her life. She first went to her doctor, who prescribed an antidepressant, but she thought there had to be a more natural way.
She knew she did not have a “Prozac deficiency,” but more of an exercise and whole food deficiency. She threw the prescription in the trash, started walking on her treadmill, eventually started running on her treadmill and never looked back. She also changed her diet to a more clean, whole, unprocessed diet and started taking some supplements. She is cured of her depression and obesity, and is now in her late 50s. She is a fitness model, who has won several competitions; she is also an author of several books, owns a publishing company and conducts speaking engagements all over the world.
This story always inspires me because it is an example of how our society today is over-medicated, and under-active, and under-nourished. It also shows that no matter our age or our fitness level, we can make small changes. I had seen years ago with my clients, their changes in attitude when they would exercise. Some of them could only walk for a few minutes outside due to health issues, but would tell me that their attitudes would change just from a short walk!
Studies have shown time and again that exercise increases endorphins, improves sleep, increases nerve cells, and keeps our minds sharp. I have also had periods of time over my career in which I am not able to exercise due to injuries and I notice a difference in mood and attitude when I am not able to work out.
Another important factor for overall attitude and health is supplementation. I have experienced in my life, and seen in others the effects of supplements on quality of life. Supplements that I have used and love:
Researchers say the results suggest diets lacking in omega-3 fatty acids may cause the brain to age faster. “People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging,” says researcher Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH, of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lift, Mind and Muscle Memory
The B complex and L-Phenylalanine in Lift, the Choline in Mind, and the L-Arginine in Muscle Memory helps keep me motivated and focused to not only exercise but in all activities in my everyday life. They also help my muscles recover so I am able to exercise almost every day and keep my attitude and mood uplifted!
The Glucosamine found in Joint Decision is thought to help the body sustain ligaments, tendons and cartilage. I can say that with my “Retired Gymnast Body” my knees had gotten very sore as I got older, however I have been taking Joint Decision and can say for a fact that my knees are now virtually PAIN FREE!!