Remember keep working on Strength

I would like to get out this reminder of the importance of Cardiovascular health and maintaining muscular strength. This incident, a.k.a COVID-19 has highlighted just how important it is to maintain your cardiovascular health and overall muscular strength AND to feed your body nutrient dense foods, NOT empty calories.

There is so much we need to learn about this infection. There is so much we need to understand about who gets it and dies and who gets it and lives. I am also most interested in that currently mysterious group of people who have COVID-19 with no symptoms. Also, another mysterious group is the people who get COVID-19 and have a mild response to the infection. We need to understand this group in order to better understand how the deal with this and other infections. Right now, NO ONE is looking at this low infection to COVID-19 group. This requires testing. I want to do everything I can to be part of the group that can be infected by C

orona-virus and only suffer mild symptoms. My working theory is that if you have a strong cardio-vascular system and healthy blood glucose/insulin production you can be exposed to the infection, but it will not kill you. Developing this idea into a PhD dissertation for public health requires a lot more details, years of study, research, and writing. In the meantime, while I work on this YOU can focus on maintaining cardio-vascular health, muscle strength and nutrient dense food consumption. These practices “habits” will only help your body fight off infections. When confirmation is released then you can be proud and alive to say “YES, I knew that was the right thing to do!” Exercise has now moved into life and death territory. You must exercise regularly to stay healthy and now we KNOW that staying healthy is the most important action you can take each day.

This brings me to my next grateful item. I am grateful that I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is when I discovered that I had Rheumatoid arthritis in my thirties that I started to research the best actions to manage this disease. After starting a new medication and having a bad reaction because it dangerously raised my blood pressure. I decided to focus on non-prescription options to manage my pain. This FORCED me to make exercise a priority. As a result of this action my entire body improved and then I discovered that when I was in pain I was depressed. It was not until the fog of depression lifted that I was able to see the poor decisions I had made in the past in response to pain. Rheumatoid arthritis improved my life because it forced me to make daily exercise a priority. Without exercise I was in pain. Isn’t that a great motivator! Exercise helped me to be happier too!

These days stuck in my house, VERY exercise challenged, I put on favorite songs and get moving! Someday hopefully soon we will get back

outside to summer festivals together.

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