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Life Lessons You can Learn from Exercise + Moringa Support

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, exercise can help many common physical, mental and emotional medical conditions.  And fortunately there are some important life lessons we can gather from working out, from reaching goals and listening to our bodies, to taking breaks and getting support to perform our best.  Today we’re sharing some of these lessons and how Moringa can be your nutritional support in exercise and for all of the life lessons it illuminates:

Challenging Yourself Makes you Stronger

exercise_courtesy of karmajello.comExercise makes us physically stronger, but it can also make us stronger in other ways too.  In life, we are very goal oriented.  Finishing a challenging workout offers a great feeling of accomplishment, especially if you’re working towards a fitness or weight loss goal.  After giving it your all, knowing you’ve completed a workout gives you self-confidence and encouragement to tackle other life challenges.  Perseverance pays off in exercise and in life.

Exercise also has some incredible mental, emotional and psychological benefits.  In some ways, it can make you smarter and more balanced.  Physical activity can reduce stress, depress and anxiety through blood and oxygen flow, concentration and releasing “happy hormones” called endorphins.  Additionally, there are incredible cognitive benefits of exercise, from retaining important brain functions to actually creating new brain cells and brain proteins that improve our mental capacity, creativity and memory.

Rest is Importantreduce stress, depress and anxiety through blood and oxygen flow, concentration and releasing “happy hormones” called endorphins.  Additionally, there are incredible cognitive benefits of exercise, from retaining important brain functions to actually creating new brain cells and brain proteins that improve our mental capacity, creativity and memory.

Periods of rest are essential to success during any exercise regimen.  Whether it is within the workout itself – taking a break between intervals or weight lifting sets – or taking a recovery day for certain muscle groups, rest helps to repair muscles after they have been broken down by intense exercise.  The same is true of our bodies overall – when we have intense periods of stress and concentration, we need periodic breaks to relax our minds and release tension.  Relaxation comes in many forms.  However you choose to do it, it’s important to rest and recharge your body, mind and spirit once in awhile.

The Mind-Body Connection

When exercising, it’s important to concentrate on the parts of the body you are working.  By making the mind-body connection, you can focus your energy on building muscle or improving cardio capacity.  Try it next time you’re working out – we bet you’ll feel the burn more if you think about the muscles rather than just going through the motions.

Many aspects of life follow this same pattern.  If we are not present in our daily lives, many opportunities slip by.  But when we are focused and concentrate on the people and things that matter most, we are more productive and happier.  The perfect example is maintaining a positive attitude.  Studies indicate that if we choose to be positive and grateful, our physical, mental and emotional health can benefit.

Trust Your Instincts

When you exercise, you must listen to your body.  Only you know when you’re pushing yourself too hard on a cardiovascular and muscular level.  Overdoing it causes injury and pain.  In life, we have to trust our gut in the same way.  Knowing when we’re overloading our bodies – perhaps with too much stress, sun exposure, and unhealthy foods – is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Our bodies often give us signs that it’s being stretched too thin, such as low energy, lethargy, pain or an upset stomach.  When you notice symptoms, make a change and develop new practices to be your best every day.

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There’s a reason that exercise classes and nutritional supplements are so popular – they are motivating and they work!  Working out on your own isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re unfamiliar with gym equipment and how to maximize your muscle potential.  Just as we learn from teachers or work together in groups to accomplish goals in life, for some, having an instructor or even a workout buddy can be helpful to stay on track.

Similarly, our bodies often need a nutritional boost to reach our peak performance.  Like getting encouragement or a helping hand from a friend, coach or doctor, nutritional supplements can prime our bodies to get the most out of our workouts.  That includes providing the best nutrition for muscle growth, minimizing recovery time and sustaining our energy to stay strong throughout and after a workout. One of the best supplements to support your workout is all-natural Moringa.  With just two Moringa capsules in the morning and two Moringa capsules at night, you can boost your energy, muscle capacity and reduce recovery and soreness after workouts.  Additionally, Moringa supports many of exercise’s life lessons by improving mental clarity and focus and helping achieve relaxation and restful sleep.

Amino Acids: Are You Getting What You Need? Part 1

You learned it in high school biology: amino acids are the building blocks of life.  They form proteins and are required for every metabolic function of the body.  When we speak of nutrition, we always talk about the importance of protein in our diet.  But at the core of protein is amino acids; they are what’s left when protein is digested and they are what our body needs to survive.  And at the core of Moringa has each and every one of the 23 amino acids that build, support and maintain strong bodies.

Protein and amino acids are vital to our bodies.  As a refresher, thousands of proteins make up cells, which give them structure and helps them operate properly.  Proteins, made of amino acids, help give the body energy, facilitate communication between cells and constantly create new cells.  Without amino acids, we could not break down, digest and distribute nutrients from food, grow and develop both physically and mentally, and repair body tissue, among many other normal bodily functions.

There are three main types of amino acids:

1)      Essential Amino Acids – These are amino acids that cannot be produced by our bodies.  Therefore, we must consume all essential amino acids through plant and animal proteins.

2)      Nonessential Amino Acids – These are amino acids that our body can produce even if we do not get enough through food intake.

3)      Conditional Amino Acids – This subset of amino acids are typically nonessential amino acids that the body can produce except in times of stress or illness.

moringa-powder_1How do we make sure we get enough amino acids?  By eating protein, of course.  Complete proteins are those that contain every amino acid.  Moringa is an example of a complete protein!  On the flip side, incomplete proteins are lacking one ore more amino acids.  Sometimes by combining foods, such as whole grain rice and beans, we can create a complete protein.  While not every meal needs to contain every amino acid, it’s important to get a balance of them throughout the day.

Protein and amino acids can come from a variety of food sources.  For many of us, meat is what comes to mind first when we think of protein. Meats often add necessary fat and calories to our diets.  Lean meats are definitely a good source of protein, but there are many other proteins, including plant-based proteins, that add diversity and flavor to your diet.  Eggs, Moringa, cheese, yogurt quinoa and soy are excellent choices for complete proteins.  Beans, nuts, lentils and whole grains are incomplete proteins when they are eaten on their own, but still very beneficial to the body.

Protein intake depends on age, weight and a person’s level of activity.  Typically, the formula of “0.4 x body weight  = total number of grams of daily protein” is sufficient  But for athletes or those who live extremely active lifestyles, more protein may be required.

In the coming weeks we will be breaking down each amino acid to explain why they are important for our bodies.  And we’ll continue to ask the question: Are you getting what you need?  With Moringa, you certainly are!

5 Sports to Try this Fall

With a new season comes fresh perspective and an occasion to try new things.  As the weather cools and leaves start to change colors, we have a great opportunity to make changes in our physical activity.  And changing up how you exercise can not only keep you engaged and motivated, it can also work muscle fibers differently, which strengthens your body.

Today we’re sharing our top 5 fall sports for exercise:

1)      Soccer:  The World Cup may be over for another four years, but this fall is a terrific time to hit the field for some aerobic fun.  Playing soccer requires about 90 minutes of running up and down a field.  Even with very little skill, the running alone is a fantastic aerobic workout.  Plus the sliding, jumping, kicking and constant changing direction in a game of soccer builds strength by keeping muscles actively working in multiple ways.  As long as you avoid the more sedentary goalie position, soccer may be your most enjoyable way to staying fit this season.

2)      Hiking:  The crisp air and beautiful fall hues make hiking a natural choice for exercise over the next few months.  If you were waiting for the summer heat to melt away to check out some new trails at your local nature center or head to the mountains for a weekend hiking getaway, now’s the time.  Like walking, hiking incorporates a variety of muscles from your core to your calves.  Forget the squats, lunges and pushups in the gym.  Get nature’s best workout while enjoying the great outdoors.

Cycling_courtesy of fitbie.com3)      Cycling:  Similar to hiking, cycling is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the season while getting in your workout.  Cycling is one of the most functional sports because you can bike to a destination, such as meeting friends for coffee or going to a movie.  If you’re lucky enough to live relatively close to work, cycling can save money on gas and wear-and-tear on your car, plus it’s an environmentally friendly.  Cycling tones your quadriceps, glutes, calves and hamstrings from pedaling, but gripping the handlebar also shapes the muscles in the upper body as well.  Another bonus:  on rainy days, you can head to a cycling class to keep your wheels spinning.

4)      Tennis:  Hitting the tennis court is a lot more bearable with a cool fall breeze and is an excellent source of exercise.  With virtually constant running, lunging and swinging, tennis is both aerobic and anaerobic, which helps burn fat and calories.  In fact, tennis can burn more calories than an aerobics class.  Tennis also improves agility, flexibility, balance and coordination, as well as strategic thinking and good sportsmanship.

5)      Ice Hockey:  To really cool off this fall, lace up your skates and join a recreational ice hockey team.  Alternating vigorous activity with periods of recovery like in a game of hockey offers great cardiovascular, muscular and bone benefits that lead to improved strength and weight loss.  Pushing skates on ice uses different muscles than running and requires balance. Additionally, ice hockey involves focus and strategy, and also encourages teamwork in a fun, competitive social environment.

Nature’s most nutritious superfood, Moringa, is the perfect companion for your fall-time sports.  With more antioxidants than any food on the planet and an astounding 90+ nutrients, Moringa helps sustain energy, support the natural process of breaking down and rebuilding muscle fibers and reduce recovery time between workouts.  Whether you’re going for a goal, lunging in for match point or climbing a mountain, boost your new fall exercise routine with the best all-natural nutritional supplement for your body:  Moringa!