ASCP Skin Deep

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2018

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38 january/february 2018 expertadvice REPLENISH Science shows us that well-designed exercise methods have a profound power to maintain the body's youth and agility on a cellular level. Exercise slows down premature aging, helps prevent injury and disease, reduces stress, controls weight gain, improves circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, increases oxygen intake, maintains and builds muscle mass, strengthens the heart, and so much more. MOVEMENT The human body was designed to move. It's programmed within our DNA and hardwired on a cellular level, linking movement as a survival mechanism to reboot all internal Keep Moving Stay fit by incorporating exercise into your workday by Lynn Parentini We need to take time to reboot between clients, and as our own best tool, we must take good care of our product. To do so, we must improve our fitness, which will revitalize the body, mind, and spirit. But be forewarned— fitness is not a destination, it is a continuous journey that lasts a lifetime. If you are going to work in the skin care and spa profession, fitness will add years to your career. So where do you start? With your mind. THINK ABOUT IT Come up with a plan. Embrace it. Make time. Select exercise routines and create habits, then perform them at time- dosed intervals. You can do this. We are caregivers. Day in and day out, we use our strength, our minds, and our bodies to help others in the treatment room. But who cares for us? In our profession, we are expected to be endless reservoirs of wellness as we provide quality treatments and alleviate stress from our clients. But how do we recharge? Where does our own energy come from? Some of us become dependent on external stimulants like coffee or energy drinks just to make it through the day. But the truth is, our real, sustainable energy comes from within us through exercise.* systems. Endless scientific data shows how exercise positively affects the body. One of the most important things it does is stimulate the immune system and circulation to reduce inflammation and boost mitochondrial action within the cell. Movement stimulates the release of endorphins, the same feel-good hormones that are released when you eat chocolate. Additionally, exercise has a positive effect on the muscular, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, skeletal, urinary, and nervous systems. Exercise actually helps the body regulate temperature, blood pressure, sugar levels, calcium absorption, and internal fluids. *Consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

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