Speaking of New Year’s resolutions…
Yesterday I encouraged you to consider putting eggs BACK on the menu in 2020. Now, today, I have another New Year’s suggestion.
Any day now, you’re going to be slammed with ads and hard sells for gym memberships.
After a couple of months of being sold every sugary snack and carb-loaded treat under the sun, they’ll now switch to shaming you for gaining weight over the holidays.
And then they’ll try to exploit your New Year’s resolutions to seal the deal.
So today, I’m going to sort the hype from reality. I’ll separate fact from fiction. And I’ll help you stay one step ahead of the marketing hype AND the hardened arteries.
With a little luck, you’ll sail on through to January with both your sanity, wallet, and health intact.
The inflammation danger lurking in your armchair
Now, obviously, it IS good to get up and get moving a little bit each day. You need to get your blood circulating and your heart pumping.
Folks who spend too much time with their own seats parked in a seat tend to face much bigger health risks. Risks like those hardened arteries I just mentioned.
If you’re in that second group, new research shows what’s happening deep inside your body as you sit there.
It comes down to a special kind of cell called HSPCs. It’s short for hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, so you can see why they abbreviated it.
HSPCs can transform into any type of blood cell, including the leukocytes that fight infection.
Good, right? Well, not always.
They work by causing inflammation, which helps wipes out infections and such. But when there is no infection, that inflammation becomes dangerous.
It’s especially risky inside the arteries, where it can lead to hardening and narrowing.
And one way these cells form when there’s no infection to fight is, as you’ve probably guessed by now, is to be sedentary.
Experiments on mice found that when they were given a spinning wheel to run in, their HSPC activity mostly stayed under control.
But when the wheel was taken out, and they got less activity, the HSPCs cranked out those inflammation-causing leukocytes. Which meant the little critters were well on their way to those hardened arteries.
How EFFORTLESS exercise can PROTECT arteries
So what’s the solution?
Now I know you likely don’t want to hear the “E” word right now. And you certainly don’t want to pony up the cash for those gym memberships they’re going to be shoving down your throat any day now.
So I’ve got another, no-sweat no-cash option instead.
Because there’s a much easier way to resolve to help keep those HSPCs in check, the leukocyte levels down, and inflammation under control.
Which, of course, leads to healthier arteries.
Just promise yourself to do more of the things you love to do anyway. Go for a walk. Hit the dance floor. Put the pool to use. Hit the mall for a stroll and shopping spree. Play catch with the grandkids.
Whatever it is you like that gets you on your feet and moving, do more of it.
Sometimes, it really IS that simple.