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SASA’S “From the Doctors”: Dr. Lou Ignarro- 3 Exercises to Try at Herbalife24 Fit Club

3 Exercises to Try at Herbalife24 Fit Club

exercise-9There’s a movement sweeping Herbalife. It’s motivating people to get active and fit, inspiring distributors to work exercise into their daily lives. It provides camaraderie and inspires friendships. What is it? It’s Herbalife24 Fit Clubs.

From the parks of Manhattan to Papeete on the Island of Tahiti, Fit Club members are regularly working together to get or stay fit. Studies show that people who exercise together are more likely to achieve their fitness goals; sweating it out together is motivating in itself, but group exercisers also benefit from social support and varied exercise.

Next time you’re at Herbalife24 Fit Club, or even just with a few motivated friends, why not add a few heart-healthy exercises into your routine? Aerobic activity—also called “cardio”—involves repeatedly moving large muscles in your body. While other types of exercise are important for total wellness, too, it’s important to work aerobic exercise into your workout routine. This type of movement gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and helps support the health of the endothelium, among other benefits.

If you’re not sure what exercises to do, here are three you can try at your next Herbalife24 Fit Club:

Exercise: Walking/jogging

How to do it: Pick a scenic greenbelt or trail, and move your body! If you live in a city, you can go to a large local park and do laps. For those new to exercise, a brisk walk is a great way to start. Each time you engage in walking or jogging, push yourself to go a little harder and longer. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to carry on a conversation while engaging in this activity; if you’re having trouble breathing or have to breathe between words, you might want to slow down.

Exercise: Step aerobics

How to do it: I’ll admit step aerobics make me think of ’80s fitness videos, but there’s a reason they were so popular during that decade: They’re a fun way to get the heart pumping. To do this activity, simply find a step in a public place like a park, or purchase one for around $30 to use outdoors or at home, and get stepping. During colder months, people in your group can also take turns hosting in-home workouts to aerobics videos. You can find a variety of instructional videos online; I like the “Fat Burning Circuit” video by Samantha Clayton, which includes some step exercises.

Exercise: Jumping rope

How to do it: This childhood classic makes for a great heart-healthy exercise for adults. To select a jump rope that fits your body, place one foot in the center of the rope, and pull the handles upwards; they should come to about your armpits (but not past). While turning the rope, keep your elbows in, and turn the rope with just your forearms and wrists, keeping the shoulders steady. As you jump, don’t overdo it; you only need about 1 to 2 inches of space for the rope to clear under your feet. If you get tired of turning the rope, or if you don’t have a jump rope available, you can just do the motion of turning the rope and jumping. Jumping without a rope is not the same workout, but it’s still good movement.

Whether you’re part of a Fit Club, or just meeting with a few motivated friends, try working these heart-healthy exercises into your routine. Remember that aerobic exercise targets the heart and cardiovascular system, but you need all types of activity to maintain total wellness. What activities do you do with your fitness group? Share in the comments.

 

February 13, 2014 Author: Dr. Lou Ignarro Posted in Fitness 
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NO and Dynamite: The Unlikely Story of Alfred Nobel

NO and Dynamite: The Unlikely Story of Alfred Nobel

Author: Dr. Lou Ignarro

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Many people know about the amazing benefits of Nitric Oxide, but few know the history of its discovery. While my colleagues and I were recognized for our discoveries about the molecule with a Nobel Prize* in medicine, the journey actually began in the nineteenth century with a man named Alfred Nobel.

A chemist, inventor and industrialist who held 355 patents, Nobel is best known for his invention of dynamite, an explosive material that uses nitroglycerin as its active ingredient. Despite its unstable structure, the substance was quickly put to use in the construction industry. It created such powerful explosions that crews were able to clear out mountains and hills quickly, allowing them to build roads, bridges, tunnels and dams more efficiently than ever before. As you can imagine, this impacted transportation across the globe and led Nobel to establish multiple dynamite factories.

At his factories, Nobel began to notice a strange pattern. On Monday mornings, many of his workers would complain of severe headaches, only to have the pain subside over the following weekend while they were away from work. Finally, it was discovered that the headaches were triggered by the factory’s use of nitroglycerin. The fumes from the yellow liquid were dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to workers’ brains, causing “vascular instability,” the dilation and/or constriction of blood vessels to the brain. Not surprisingly, Nobel also suffered from migraines, likely caused by his work with nitroglycerin.

At the same time, other factory workers who suffered from angina—severe pain in the chest due to inadequate blood supply to the heart—were noticing that they felt better at work andworse when they were away from the factory. While it became clear that nitroglycerin was the reason for their pain relief, no one knew why. Toward the end of the 1800s, physicians started prescribing small amounts of nitroglycerin to treat chest pain. Heart patients were feeling better, but the reason was still a mystery. How could something so dangerous—so explosive—be of benefit to the body? This question was still unanswered when I began my research, and it intrigued me so much that I devoted my life’s work to finding the answer.

Nobel died in 1896 of heart disease. He refused to take the nitroglycerin prescribed by his doctor—he couldn’t believe that something so dangerous could help his heart. I can’t help but wonder if he might have lived longer if he’d followed his doctor’s advice. Thankfully, just before he died, he dedicated most of his assets to the establishment of Nobel Prizes—likely a last effort to be remembered for something other than the deadly creation of dynamite.

While Nobel’s initial invention—dynamite—was one of destruction, it led to the discovery of one of the most important molecules for supporting heart health. He couldn’t have known his work would lead to something that would save so many lives. But I like to think that he’d be proud of the work that has been done in his name, work that you are helping continue through your involvement in the Heart Health Initiative.

How has the discovery of NO impacted you?

 

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