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Relief from pain and stiffness

knee-painIf you need help with extra strains and pains experienced when over exerting or suffering from minor injuries, inflammation or muscular cramps and spasms, then I have some good news for you!

I’m sure you would prefer not to take anti-inflammatory drugs, but there are times when you really need some help and have to take something.

There is a natural alternative to help your body heal itself. This is not a pain-killer, or a drug, but rather a natural food supplement designed to give your body what it needs to repair and rejuvenate after an injury or operation.

I have personally experienced the benefits. I started running at 52 years of age in 2008. I had never run before in my life, but I wanted to have a go at the 12 kilometre City to Surf fun run (just for something different – it seemed like a good idea at the time). I immediately began to experience pain in my knees and went off to the physiotherapist for some very expensive treatment and was taking anti-inflammatories, until I discovered this natural alternative. I didn’t recover sufficiently to do the 12 k fun run in 2008, but I am in training and on track to do it in 2009. I participated in my first ever triathlon on 1 March 2009, coming first in my age group and 12th overall. I have also seen the results of this supplement in Eddy, an 84 year old from Perth in Western Australia, who could easily bend down and touch his toes and was jumping around like a delighted two year old at his new found freedom of movement after years of stiffness and reduced flexibility.

This all-natural product has a combination of ingredients that set it apart from other supplements. Some of the key components are:

PROTEASE (Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus Meulus) a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down proteins and aids in recovery from overexertion.

BROMELAIN – a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the root and stem of the pineapple that may reduce swelling, bruising, and pain following surgery or minor injuries suffered during physical activity.

CURCUMIN – a member of the ginger family, is a potent antioxidant which when consumed in concentrated doses shows positive effects as an anti-inflammatory.

RESVERATROL – a phytoalexin that is from Japanese knotweed. It can also be found in red grape skins and other berries. Resveratrol is known for its antioxidant effects.

I take two tablets first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then wait 45 minutes before having my breakfast. Easy! I ride, run, swim, play tennis and do two structured exercise sessions per week, so I just take the product every day to maintain pain-free mobility.

Whether you’re working out in the gym, playing with your children, doing housework, playing golf or any sport related activity, or generally leading an active lifestyle, this product help the body take care of the extra strains and pains experienced when over exerting or suffering from minor injuries, inflammation or muscular cramps and spasms.

Want to know more? Go to http://www.mannapages.com/suzi, browse products under WELLNESS MANAGEMENT for further information. Or click on the CONTACT ME link at the top right hand corner of the mannapage and I will respond.

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April 12, 2009 at 3:11 am Leave a comment

I CAN’T EXERCISE BECAUSE …

Would you like to be fit and healthy? What is it that is stopping you?

Maybe you say “I can’t exercise because”:

  • The dog is too old/too slow/too fast/doesn’t walk well on a lead

  • The weather is too hot/too cold/too windy/too wet/too humid

  • I don’t like running/walking/cycling/swimming

  • My kids are too little/too big/too whingey/too sleepy/too hyper

  • I don’t have time/energy/motivation/money/the right equipment

Be honest, do these sound a bit like excuses? Are there any of these “reasons” that have not been overcome …….. by someone …… at some time?

Here are some strategies for overcomers:

  • If walking the dog is not an option, choose another activity

  • If you don’t like the weather, choose an indoor activity

  • If you don’t like running/walking/cycling/swimming, choose an activity you enjoy (ballroom dancing, boxing, judo, fencing, tennis, golf …..)

  • If the kids don’t fit in with what you want to do, do your exercise at home in the morning/evening when the kids are in bed

  • I don’t have time – the truth is, we all have 24 hours in a day and we assign time to the things which are really important to us. Why not make a time in your diary for exercise the same as you would book and keep an appointment with a doctor/dentist/physiotherapist? That way you are making your health a priority.

  • I don’t have energy – having had chronic fatigue myself, I know that sometimes this can be literally true. The strategy that worked for me was to make sure I did SOMETHING every day. Not doing exercise because I didn’t have the energy to exercise did not make me feel any better and over time I got worse. If I did something I felt better both physically and mentally and over time I got better. Exercise actually energises you (it is just getting started that is difficult). Some days all I could do was the stretches I would normally do before an exercise program, but I at least did that much. Gradually I was able to do more and more.

  • I don’t have motivation – you DO have to find your OWN why. If your why is strong enough, you will find a way. When motivation is lacking, accountability can help. How about making an appointment with a friend to exercise together? That way you have to show up or you’ll be letting them down. Reporting your progress to a coach on a weekly basis can also be motivating.

  • I don’t have the money – the good news is exercise is one thing that can cost you NOTHING! Going for a walk or run is free. There are many exercises you can do at home without any equipment that will give your body an excellent workout. Some exercise you can even get paid for, eg delivering newspapers!

  • I don’t have the right equipment – I would suggest you save up for an elastic band and a basic set of dumbells, but there are plenty of really challenging exercises using your own body weight for which you don’t need ANY equipment. Some that come immediately to mind are squats, lunges, push ups, star jumps, burpees, and plank hold. Moving your own body weight can be plenty challenging – how many of these exercises have you mastered???

Did you notice my use of the word “activity”? Some people really don’t like the whole exercise thing, but being fit is not all about being a bodybuilder or marathon runner. To increase your fitness level, try increasing the amount of ACTIVITY in each day.

Our modern world is turning us into couch potatoes – we go home from sedentary jobs and sit and watch TV! Try to build more activity into everything you do during the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the shops and walk. Find an activity you enjoy and get your body moving. Your body will thank you for it.

January 29, 2009 at 12:10 am Leave a comment


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