The leading anti-aging researchers agree that the silver bullet against the aging vampire that saps us of our essence, and our brainpower, is exercise. The research is conclusive, those who exercise live longer, healthier, and smarter lives.
The important question to ask is not “do I exercise or not?” The right question is “what is the best exercise, how to do it, and how often, and how much?” As the body goes, so goes the mind. Exercise must be that which affects not only the brain, but also the body including the heart and the body’s joints and tendons.
The 7 Myths of Exercise:
Lifting weights makes you inflexible and muscle bound
You must do at least ½ hour of aerobics per day to stay fit
Light weight training is as good as heavy training
Running is the best form of aerobic exercise and the longer you run the better.
Aerobic exercise only helps the heart
Eat carbohydrates before aerobic exercise
Don’t exercise after eating
Research has shown just the opposite. Strenuous weight lifting is best for brain power, stimulating growth sex and brain stimulating hormones. This increases the number of brain cells and their connection dendrites where memory is located. A leaner muscular body is associated with longevity, weight loss and a higher brain capacity and memory.
Research has shown consistency is more important than length of time. People who exercise 10 minutes daily do as well as those exercising 30 minutes intermittently. Working at 60% of maximum heart rate is best for burning fat; at 80%, one burns even more calories.
No. Heavier loads build increased muscle mass and brain capacity. That is doing fewer repetitions (5) very slowly over 10 seconds with a lighter weight builds more muscle tissue (lean mass) than 20 repetitions with heavier weights. Isometric exercise is great for those without a gym or available weights. It can be done at home or the office.
No. Running is dangerous for those over 60; it is the cause for knee, ankle and hip degenerative disease, especially if you are overweight. Preferable is walking, a stationary bicycle is softest.
Myth 5: Aerobic exercise only helps the heart.
No. Aerobic exercise done at a rate at 80% at a maximum heart rate (calculated by 220-age) increases growth hormone release, helping your muscles and your brain.
No. The first 20 minutes of exercise uses carbohydrates as fuel and then ones of fat. If one wants to burn fat it is better not to have carbohydrates first.
A light walk after eating stabilizes insulin by burning up the carbs you just put in your blood stream.
About the Author: Dr. Vincent Fortanasce is a renowned bio-ethicist, author, and radio show host with twenty years experience dealing with medical issues on a national and international level. His rehabilitation center was ranked in the top 10 on the West Coast in 2003, and Dr. Fortanasce was selected as in the top 100 physicians in Los Angeles County and Best Physicians in the USA in 1998. Over the past decade, he has treated such notables as the Dali Lama and Pope John Paul II.
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