Has group exercise been the key to fitness for all of human history?

Those who train together are stronger than the sum of each individual

Think about it — For all of human history, community physical training has always been superior for culture and social progression of a peoples. Think about ancient Greece, or consider the warriors from 300. It’s no secret that our armed forces train physical capacity together. Why not — as a community — join together for fitness.

Yea we train together -- so what?

Yea we train together — so what?

We are fighting our own war

We are all consumers, these messages are not lost on us

We are all consumers, these messages are not lost on us

Even though there are so many smart people in Seattle, they are also constantly subjected to foods which never existed for 99% of humanity. There are so many to choose from — sugary and sweet or succulent and fatty. Not to mention big brands and even local superstars promoting Skittles to the tribe.

Do these guys train physical fitness together? YA DANG RIGHT! #LOUDER

Do these guys train physical fitness together? YA DANG RIGHT! #LOUDER

Fact: The 2nd leading cause of preventable death in America is being overweight

Take it seriously folks

Take it seriously folks

I don’t even care about the beauty of the outside when I am more concerned about the beauty on the inside. And when I say inside, sure I care to be a friend to your personality, though mostly I want to promote healthy organ systems, natural enzyme processes, healthy inflammatory response, joint lubrication, bone density, healthy muscle tone, efficient cardiac rhythm and more…

Exercise is Anti-Aging

For my early years in natural health, I was skeptical about this term ‘anti-aging’ even though now I have a better appreciation for what it really means. We are less important the amount of years we have existed than the actual biological age of our cells.

People may age slower for a variety of reasons. I will list a few:

  • Genetics
  • Nutrients (pre-natal)
  • Nutrients (childhood through adolescence)
  • Nutrients (every day of your dang life)
  • Exercise
  • Less exposure to toxins and chemicals
  • Less stress or superior capacity to handle stress (healthy coping strategies)
  • Not smoking, drinking, or doing drugs
  • Consistently sleeping well
  • Orangetheory Fitness (had to add cause’ it’s totally true!)
That WaterRower is just so darn smooth and EFFECTIVE

That WaterRower is just so darn smooth and EFFECTIVE

Of course I could go on and on about anti-aging to improve longevity and quality of life (not to mention relationships). HOWEVER, this is a public article about fitness — specifically group fitness so let me stay on topic friends.

The Anti-Aging effects of Exercise

Exercise will keep you young, they say. Physical fitness improves your quality of life, I’ve heard. Working out is a sensible option for people who would be otherwise sedentary, I’m telling you now.

The TRUTH about anti-aging, and we’ll get to that, is about what is going on inside your body. So what is really going on?

1. Hormones

Growing up, I often heard the word hormones thrown around to make sense of a person’s behavior. Mostly when we think about hormones, we think about the sex hormones — probably because the experiences can be quite powerful and make people think without their brains, so I’ve heard.

Actually, the hormonal state of our bodies relates to cycles, rhythms, vibrations, and of course cellular catalysts. We need different hormones at different times. In the morning, we have a boost of testosterone. Hopefully we can avoid the stress cortisol throughout the day. After an intense workout, we release human growth hormone which heals the inside of the body. After a yummy dinner, we release leptin the hunger-satisfying hormone. Before bed, we release melatonin so that we can get a good night of rest.

This is the coveted anabolic window when your body will MAXIMIZE any nutrient or nutrient combination whatsoever that you feed yourself. Additionally, metabolism is boosted for 24-48+ hours after a weight lifting session due to energy needs for recovery.

This is the coveted anabolic window when your body will MAXIMIZE any nutrient or nutrient combination whatsoever that you feed yourself. Additionally, metabolism is boosted for 24-48+ hours after a weight lifting session due to energy needs for recovery.

How do we go about creating these hormones, and promoting healthy cycles within the body’s interactions?

I’ll have to make a future post that goes into more details about this. The KEY point: HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE forces the release of a cocktail of anti-aging hormones which benefit you for hours on end.

2. Connecting the self to a sense of positive community

Being lonely sucks. Being lonely is also a choice. Get out there and enjoy a dang good work-out with people who care about you, or at least care enough about themselves that they are willing to do hard work!

Regardless of personality type, making time to be a part of a positive community is one of the best investments you can make. And get this — it will even decrease your stress hormone, cortisol, since the body physiologically responds well to this need being met. I’ll leave you with this from OrangetheoryFitness.com

Get Going and Get Results

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