February 22, 2011

Exercise REALLY IS the Poor Person's Plastic Surgery

Well...it's official. The rat experiment showed that those rats who exercise looked less old over time and showed mitochondrial repair over those lazy-ass rats who decided to find a soft patch of sawdust and a huge chunk of cheese (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Now ask any fitness enthusiast or professional and they will tell you, without a doubt, exercise does keep you looking younger longer (unless you have over- marathoned in the sun waaaaay too many times...then you are on your own).  Not only that, exercise can add mitochondria (located in the cell, these guys kinda look like toe separators and are known as the "powerhouse" of the cell - they give you wings...better than any Red Bull) AND it can repair those that are breaking down. For those scientists reading, forgive my interpretation but it's way more fun explaining it this way.

This is "Gerry"...one of the participants
in the sedentary rats group. He's only
8 months old, but looks 80.
At any rate, exercise is going to be more effective than any night cream or botox injection. Exercise helps to drive the oxygenated blood to the skin's surface and feed your skin well. Exercise helps to keep your muscles strong and (perhaps) free of intramuscular fat (imagine, if you will, a marbled piece of steak...that's what I'm talking about). Exercise also provides you with more energy, helps to keep your immune function strong - unless you abuse exercise and then you are probably picking up every cold or flu going. So my question is...why spend $1000's of dollars on night creams and skin rejuvenation treatments when all you need to purchase is a good pair of shoes? Of course, my personal reason for buying the night cream is all about the "what if?" factor. What if it does help? What do I have to loose except money? Kinda like praying...you never really know what happens after death and the ramifications could be hell (he he). I am sorry if that offends.

If the benefits of exercise could be stuffed into a pill, that pill would be the most sought after medication...even over Viagra! The best part is, it doesn't take much exercise to make a difference. Again, we are talking about 30 minutes a day of brisk walking to reap the benefits. How you get there should be slow and progressive to avoid the risk of drop out. Do it with friends, do it alone, schedule it into your day, but don't underestimate the power of exercise.

This is an MRI of two women. The top picture (A) is of the thighs of an athletic woman, (B) is that of an older, sedentary woman.  Note the intramuscular and subcutaneous (under the skin) fat. 
All I can say is I am more motivated than ever to keep exercising every day as I age. Aging sucks and I don't care who says differently. I certainly don't appreciate what it is doing to my face (God, there are days I scare myself...especially under those damn florescent lights right above my head). If I can slow the inevitable aging process, I'm going to do it.. (without plastic surgery)..and I do really enjoy it no matter how much I complain about it.

A really pretty picture of a mitochondria.
I guess the insides don't really look like toe
separators, but if you squint your eyes and
split it in half.....it kinda does.
So make it a goal this week to get outside and go for a walk. Even if it is 15 minutes today...it can easily turn into 30 minutes within the month.

That's all I got today!
K

20 comments:

  1. Its a really great blog. The central idea in medical tourism is that the healthcare service one so requires is much more expensive in the country of origin than in other countries.

    Gastric Banding India

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you for your comments, Samual. I appreciate your time and review.
    Kathi

    ReplyDelete
  3. The blog is very good!
    Congratulations!
    http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you for your comment, Nel. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
    Hope to hear from you again!
    Kathi

    ReplyDelete
  5. I was searching some thing relevant to this, And i am feeling lucky, as its the perfect one for what i am looking for. I will share this. Certified Personal Trainer

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hey Ravi;
    Thanks for your post! You made my day (from one personal trainer to the other). I am very happy that this is something you would share. Thank you for letting me know and all the best to you for a successful and healthy 2012!
    K

    ReplyDelete
  7. What's up every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of know-how, therefore it’s nice to read this weblog, and I used to visit this webpage everyday.
    Points rummy

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your post is truly informative for me and i am so grateful to you for sharing this informative post here. really great job done by you.

    Slice O Matic

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for posting comments. I really appreciate hearing from you. I hope to hear from you again soon. K

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the update.There is a scope to reach out for the best with the power of information in our hands that i got from your blog.
    zodiac signs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Ricky. I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface but it is a start. K

      Delete
  11. Hi, I'm looking for some thing that is relevant to this and it makes me feel happy, because that was perfect for what I was looking for. I will share this link on face book.Online Pharmacy

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for that plug, Chris Brown. I really do appreciate the sharing and the fact you found this useful.
    K

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am agree with your Blog.Thanks for the useful information.I have been reading a lot of stuff about it. but the way in it is presented is nice.Here is the information about Video advertising.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Welldone, very interesting blog .I praised your blog for giving such a useful information.keep it up.
    Online Jewellery Shopping

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you, Allen, for your fabulous comment. I hope to hear from you again. K

    ReplyDelete
  16. Welldone, very interesting Blog.i loved to read this. keep it up.I will share this blog with my friends.If you search Jobs in india then visit http://www.jobdezire.com.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for you comment Jennifer. It is always amazing to me that people actually read this stuff.
    K

    ReplyDelete
  18. Very true.Such a nice concept. Your information is true up to great most of the extent. Thanks for sharing.Thanks for the useful information.Such a inspirable and good post . I am able to get new knowledge while reading this . Keep sharing this type of informative posts.

    web design company

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for your comment, sarabrook11;

    I really appreciate your time and hope to hear from you again.

    All the best to you and your web design company!
    K

    ReplyDelete