Forget the Scale! The REAL reasons to embrace fitness

Forget the Scale … Here Are the Real Reasons to Embrace Fitness

 

Look at any so-called “fitness” program out there, and you’ll be inundated with messages about how your body needs to conform to some specific beauty standard. That you need to lose weight so you can look a certain way.

 

Then join one of those programs and you’ll find that they’re completely weight-obsessed—and they want you to be too. With shame-based tactics like weekly (sometimes public) weigh-ins, these programs make you so fixated on the number on the scale that you can lose sight of why you wanted to get fit in the first place.

 

Because even if dropping pounds is on your list of priorities, it’s generally not the root of the reason you want to get fit. If you want to lose weight, why do you want to lose weight? Is it for your health? Are you trying to reduce your risk of developing a specific illness? Do you want to increase your stamina, and therefore your enjoyment of certain activities?

 

Those are the types of reasons to tap into when you’re embarking on a weight and wellness program. Why? Because they aren’t arbitrary, like the number on a scale. They’re major, beneficial goals that you can set your sights on when you start to feel discouraged and need a booster shot of motivation.

 

Here are 5 reasons to get in shape that have absolutely nothing to do with your weight or whether you can fit into skinny jeans. They’re all about those deeper motivations that will improve your life—no matter what the scale says!

 

  1. Lower your risk of diabetes (or even turn it around). Getting fit is one of the best things you can do to get your blood sugar in check and reduce your risk for diabetes. If you have diabetes or are on the path to it, engaging in a holistic wellness program is one of the best things you can do for your health.
  2. Improve heart health. Being in good physical shape can lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, reduce your stroke risk, and lessen your likelihood of developing heart disease.
  3. Move like you used to. Being out of shape can severely limit your ability to do the things you used to do—like walking for a long distance, riding a bike, going for a hike … If you think twice about doing activities you used to enjoy simply because you’re not sure you can physically do them, that can be a great motivator for getting in shape. Getting stronger and ridding yourself of extra pounds can improve joint pain and improve mobility, putting all your favorite activities back within reach.
  4. Sleep better. Do you toss and turn at bedtime? Or do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time getting back to sleep? Being out of shape may be a factor. Even a small reduction in weight—just 5 percent—can help you sleep better, according to research. Getting fit can also improve sleep apnea, which is a serious health concern.
  5. Have more fun in bed. Getting in shape can improve your sex life in a few ways. First, it balances your hormones, which of course are essential for a healthy sex drive. Second, getting in shape gives you more energy … which can put an end to all those yawning mumbles of, “Not tonight, dear.” And third, better physical fitness means better blood flow

 

Aren’t all those reasons to get in shape much more compelling than, “Hit this goal weight”? We certainly think so. If you’re ready for a shame-free, benefits-based plan to get in the best shape of your life—for all the right reasons—we’re here for you.

Why Everyone’s Talking About PRP Facials

Why Everyone’s Talking About PRP Facials

When collagen in your skin breaks down, the signs of aging begin to show—so maintaining and regenerating collagen has become the anti-aging ‘holy grail.’

And that’s why a natural approach called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is becoming so sought-after among those wanting to reclaim firmer, healthier, younger-looking skin.

PRP is a non-surgical ‘stem cell–like’ treatment that uses your own cells to regenerate your skin tissues safely and naturally. It introduces growth factors deep in the skin, renewing collagen, repairing damaged cells, improving tone and texture, and restoring lost facial volume. And because it uses your body’s own platelet-rich plasma, there’s no risk of allergy to or rejection of the treatment.

In fact, PRP is effective for all kinds of therapies, from encouraging hair growth to eradicating joint pain—and orthopedic surgeons have long used PRP to help elite athletes recover more quickly after injury. But let’s focus here on some questions people are asking about PRP as a facial treatment to reclaim youthful skin at any age.

What happens when I have a PRP facial?

It’s so simple—the entire procedure can take just 45 minutes. First, your medical team makes you comfortable, and your expert practitioner applies a skin-numbing cream to the areas to be treated.

Next, a healthcare professional draws a small amount of your blood—about four vials—and runs it through a dual-spin centrifuge process, which separates the platelet-rich plasma (the clear fluid) from the haemoglobin (the red part).

Platelet-rich plasma contains high concentrations of regenerative cells and healing growth factors—all the good stuff.

Before the treatment begins, your practitioner makes sure your skin is thoroughly clean and fully numb. And then your powerful plasma is carefully reintroduced back into the area you want to treat. Using super-fine needles, it’s injected under your dermis, where it goes to work right away.

When you have PRP injections alongside microneedling therapy, the two complement each other perfectly. The micro-injuries from the microneedling stimulate deep collagen production, while the PRP penetrates deep into the skin to promote collagen production, minimize inflammation and accelerate healing.

Does PRP really work?

Most patients love the results—and scientific studies have also proven that PRP treatment improves skin firmness and elasticity (because it boosts collagen and elastin production).

Collagen production takes a little while, so the full effects typically appear within a few weeks to months. You’ll likely see smoother skin texture and tone, smaller pores, fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and reduced appearance of any hyperpigmentation, scarring or stretch marks. Overall, your skin looks brighter and brand new!

How many injections will I need?

You should be prepared for lots of tiny injections—maybe up to 80 or so in one session, depending on the area you’re having treated. (Most patients get great results from 3 or more treatment sessions.) But don’t worry, your skin will be numbed, and the needles used are incredibly fine.

What will my skin look like right afterward?

After the treatment, your skin will be quite red and may feel a little tight, perhaps with slightly raised bumps over the injected areas. But this redness will be much reduced after 24 hours, and completely gone after one to three days.

Is PRP therapy safe?

Studies have shown that PRP therapy is safe, efficient, and virtually pain-free. Your medical team will always make sure your blood is handled safely and kept sterile, to cut any risk of infection.

Who can have PRP rejuvenation?

Almost everyone is a good candidate for PRP therapy—whether you’re just getting started in aesthetics, looking for a ‘maintenance’ treatment, or need a boost before a big event when you want to look your best.

PRP isn’t recommended for anyone with a condition affecting their platelets—such as hepatitis C, HIV or AIDS, or any type of blood cancer—or anyone using a blood thinner.

How much does it cost?

PRP therapy is a less expensive investment than more invasive facial surgeries. In the US, the cost of each treatment session can range from $250 to $1,500.

Is PRP better than botox?

Botox treatments block nerve signals to your facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles by inhibiting activity in those muscles. Results typically wear off after about 6 months.

PRP therapy, on the other hand, stimulates your body’s natural collagen production so it continues to work to rejuvenate your skin long after your first session. Results last at least 18 months, most people report.

 

If you opt for PRP therapy as part of your skin-rejuvenation regime, it’s essential to choose a clinic with proven experience and results, and of course highly skilled practitioners. Call us at Genesis for a free, no-obligation consult with our anti-aging skin specialists, and find out how a more youthful, healthier complexion could be yours within weeks.