Preventing Disease

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“We’ve yet to find a disease where exercise isn’t helpful,” says Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. from Tufts University. Thanks to advances in medical research, we know now that following a healthy diet and fitness routine can not only slow the effects of disease, but can also help prevent them ever developing. Exercise can help with many of the most common diseases found in America today, from diabetes to chronic illnesses. In this article, we’ll take a look at how fitness can help you lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease to ensure a long and healthy life.

Exercising as we age

Two major health concerns as we age are heart disease and osteoporosis. Both of these diseases can greatly reduce the quality of life as we age and can even lead to death. Thanks to advances in the medical field, we know today that the risk of developing these diseases can be greatly reduced only by leading an active lifestyle and even their progress can be slowed down. Researchers have discovered that exercise helps the heart in lots of different ways. It strengthens the heart – it is a muscle, after all; increases good cholesterol, or HDLs; decreases bad cholesterol, or LDLs; helps the heart work more efficiently; the list goes on. Even better is that a regular exercise routine can help you effectively workout your heart to prevent disease and improve your quality of life!

Osteoporosis affects nearly ten million Americans, of which at least eight million are women, while tens of millions of Americans are at risk to develop this disease. Literally meaning “porous bones,” osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become brittle and easily fractured. But just like with the heart, exercise can help improve the density of the bones, making them strong and resistant to fractures. Women of all ages are encouraged to include calcium in their diets and to exercise in order to keep the bone density strong, which will help prevent the disease from even developing.

Obesity and Diabetes

In America, obesity can now be seen as an epidemic. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 61 percent of adults in America could be classified as obese in 1999, and the numbers have only climbed since then. The worst part is that obesity can only lead to literally dozens of other health issues, not the least of which is Type II Diabetes. Today, at least 17 million Americans are suffering from diabetes, but researchers are proving that exercise as well as diet can help control this disease, not to mention help prevent it. At NYC Adventure Boot Camp we believe that exercise and a healthy diet can help you lose weight and help you improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and even increase insulin sensitivity.

Getting on the Right Path

Knowing that you want to improve your lifestyle in order to lead a longer, healthier life is a great first step, but many of us don’t know what to do next. Working out with fitness trainer is a perfect option for those that want to create a balanced fitness routine to help reach their goals, whether they are to lose weight, increase bone density or make their hearts healthier. Not only will a fitness trainer give you a full assessment and take into account any medical concerns you have at the beginning, but will be there with you every step of the way to make sure you are working out safely and efficiently towards your goal.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all women boot camp please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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The Obesity Initiative

ImageI am very excited to announce that NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women will host a donation based boot camp class this Saturday in Central Park NYC to raise money for the Harlem Children’s Zone.

The program that I am choosing to help is the Obesity Initiative. It is a multi-pronged program designed to help children and their families reverse the alarming trend toward obesity and its corresponding health problems in the community.

It is very important for me to make sure that children and their families are educated about the importance of eating healthy and getting exercise. There are so many benefits that one receives from exercise. The earlier that kids learn about the connection between exercise and your overall health and quality of life the more of a difference it will make in their lives. Not everyone is privileged to eat healthy meals with their families and participate in sports. But with the help of programs like these, we are on the way to making a difference in many children’s lives.

Come join the ladies of NYC Adventure Boot Camp this Saturday morning September 14th and again on Saturday October 5th at 9:30Am on 97th & Fifth Avenue in Central Park. Donate as much or as little as you can. If you have any questions please send an email to stacy@nycadventurebootcamp.com

I can’t wait to see you all there but if you can not make it please email me and I will forward you the contact information at the Harlem Children’s Zone to put you in contact with the program leader if you want to make a direct donation to them.

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