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Exercise Less and Get Better Results? Study Says..

I’m just getting back from attending a day and a half meeting in Naples of a dozen or so of the most astute Exercise Scientists in the world.  We discussed and explored the most advanced ways to apply exercise to enhance the bodies level of physical performance.  All I can say is that my mind was absolutely blown.  Now our job is getting this message to the rest of the rehabilitative and performance exercise community because it is truly a game changer that can help so many people feel better and live better.

Can you tell I’m excited!?

Now I’m relaxing after an invigorating scooter ride around the neighborhood with my son Christian. Even just that short 30 minute bout of exercise made me feel so good after all the sitting, standing and driving and the bonus was getting to goof off with him after some time away.

Interestingly, there has been some evidence published as of late that has suggested that these short bouts of exercise may do even more than previously thought.

In fact TIME Magazine recently published an article on these findings entitled “Why You Don’t Have to Exercise Every Day”  Check it out here –Click Here

It’s been well known for quite some time that the exercise effect is arguably (although with little opposition among Doctors and scientists) the best “medicine” for our health and few people fully understand why.

These key phases to the exercise process are what make it possible.

1. The brain sending messages to muscles stimulates and strengthens nerve tissue in the brain, spinal cord and limbs.

2. The muscles receiving, interpreting and carrying out the instructions become stronger, more powerful and more flexible.

3. The joints allowing for motion to occur become stronger and learn to move farther and glide easier.

4. The heart increasing blood flow to feed muscle makes the heart and blood vessels stronger, bigger, less likely to accumulate plaque and less likely to “fail.”

5. The lungs increase oxygen uptake to feed the blood and become more efficient at taking in and sending out oxygen.  This allows for more energy to be produced often making the person truly feel more energetic even when they aren’t exercising.

6. The brain gets saturated with blood and oxygen which stimulates nerve protecting and rebuilding chemicals (BDNF is the main one, you can google it if you’re curious).

7. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and endocannabinoids are released, stimulating various healing effects to cells, pain killing properties and mood enhancing effects on the brain.  This is why exercise can eventually become addictive!

8. Energy usage goes up to fuel the muscles and eventually the body can get it from fat cells which causes fat to shrink.

9. The nervous system is taught that all the organs, bones and muscles involved are NEEDING to stay strong and highly functional so it instructs the DNA to replace more cells and eliminate less.  If done continually, this will slow down the physiological effects of aging on all these tissues (if ya don’t use it ya lose it!).

10. Psychologically it is quite common for people to feel less stressed, more confident, more disciplined, more proud of themselves and more accomplished as they make and keep the commitment to exercise. This subsequently lowers stress hormones and promotes better health and mood.

How cool is that?

The key is doing it the right way to maximize the time and energy investment.  Focusing on the correct type of strength, flexibility, rehabilitative and pre-habilitative exercise in the right dose and frequency for your unique body is how you get maximum results with the fewest unwanted side effects.

The exercise strategies this group and I are using are truly revolutionary but it is far to difficult to explain why in written word.  My assistant James and I will be putting a demonstrative video together in the next week or so and I will release it in my next newsletter.

Until then, be sure to check out the TIME Magazine article and try and get some type of exercise (brisk walking included), even it it’s short.  It may be worth a lot more than you think.

To your health, mobility and quality of life!  Thanks for reading!


Chris Vercelli  MATm, CPT

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