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Movement is Medicine

Movement is Medicine

Movement is medicine

Ah, September! That wonderful time of year when we get our small beautiful town back from the tourists, the heat calms down, the trees start to turn beautiful colors — and school starts! Accccckkkkkk! Back-to-school shopping, school supplies, getting your classrooms ready, new clothes, new shoes, new haircuts, new schools, new homework, new friends…

It’s a very busy and overwhelming time of year, which can cause a lot of stress that isn’t really that great for us. Stress that is left untreated can have negative effects on us that we aren’t even aware of: increases in cortisol levels, disruptions in our sleep patterns, high blood pressure and even an increased risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Well, how do I reduce my stress levels you ask? Yep, you got it: Exercise! The benefits of exercise are both mental and physical. Regular exercise will have amazing effects on your body, your metabolism, your heart and your spirits.

Movement is medicine

The mental and emotional benefits of exercise have a neurochemical basis. Exercise reduces the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and it also releases endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. They leave you with a feeling of relaxation and optimism.

Studies also show that exercise helps reduce fatigue, improve alertness and concentration and enhance overall cognitive function.

Behavioral factors also contribute, such as increased confidence as you see the results in the mirror and a new-found sense of pride for accomplishing goals that you’ve set for yourself! Exercise will even help you with discipline in your everyday activities.

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“I don’t have time to exercise.”

We hear that often, but you don’t need to spend two hours in the gym to get the physiological, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. The Department of Health & Human Services recommends that healthy adults include 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week to have positive effects on health. That’s 20 minutes a day!

Scientists have found that participation in regular exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem. Even five minutes has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects. We can all do that for our health.

Movement is medicine “The Facts”

Yoga, a 20-minute jog, a 30-minute walk, climbing the stairs in your house — all of these things don’t take much time and can have huge impacts on your stress levels and your physical well-being.

Bottom line: Movement is medicine. We can all get caught up with the stress of our everyday lives, but if we don’t find a way to relieve our stress, we can get caught in a vicious cycle and our health declines. Take a walk on our beautiful beach, ride your bike, go for a swim. Take just 20 minutes a day to do something active, and you’ll be surprised at how much better you will feel.

If you are interested in learning more about your specific individual needs, we can set you up with a consult with one of our three nutritionists.

Erik Schreiber owns and operates CustomFit360 LLC in Ocean View. He is a metabolic conditioning coach, lifestyle and weight-management specialist, and certified nutrition specialist. CustomFit360 LLC has three nutritionists on staff and has a nutrition program called 360 Nutrition & Weight Management. Erik Schreiber can be reached by email or by phone at (703) 626-3157.

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Erik Schreiber

Erik is a former Division 1A college athlete. Erik is NASM, NESTA, NCSA and NCSF (4 governing bodies) certified in 11 different specializations including senior fitness, weight loss and human performance as well as NASM Nutrition Coach. With over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry Erik’s unique diversity in his training methods primarily focuses on Functional Training Technique to maximize results. “Functional Training” is classified as an exercise which trains the body for activities performed in daily life and can be modified for all levels of fitness abilities. With clients ranging from beginner to advanced, Erik’s ability to create personalized programs for each client has been met with great success. Whether you’re goal is to lose pounds and body fat, increase stamina and quality of life or are an athlete in training, Erik is eagerly up for the challenge…are you?