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05 Aug
SY Performance client Roger lost over 28 lbs in 90 days at the age of 62 years old. He lowered his cholesterol back to a healthy level, dropped his blood pressure to normal, and no longer suffered from nagging back and knee pain.

Before I dive in, let me be clear. Exercise should not be used in place of prescribed medications that you need to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension, irregular heartbeats or anything of the nature. What the science clearly shows though, is that exercise is an effective preventative medicine that can prevent the onset of many of the leading illnesses in the U.S. In fact, the CDC lists “lack of physical exercise” as one of the four primary risk factors for chronic disease. Incidentally, the others are tobacco use, poor nutrition, and excessive alcoholic consumption.

So, what conditions may be avoidable, or less likely to develop if you engage in regular exercise that includes any combination of cardio, strength training and deep stretching?? The list is long:

  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Lung Disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • More

Exercise: Specific Ways it Improves Your Health

Exercise is considered pleiotropic, meaning that it has multiple beneficial effects on the body. It positively impacts brain function because it leads to better sleep. It also supports a healthy blood-brain barrier which is the group of blood vessels responsible for keeping pathogens and toxins out of the brain, and letting healthy cells and molecules reach the brain. Regular exercise also helps protect the neurons in the brain from inflammation and damage. Neuron damage has been correlated with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Exercise benefits your musculoskeletal system in many ways as well. It strengthens muscles and bones putting you at less risk for low bone density (osteoporosis). It also keeps joints mobile and healthy, reducing the risk of arthritis. This therefore reduces your risk of falling as you age. For those who already have arthritis, exercise can reduce pain and inflammation.

At the age of 50 years old, SY Performance client Craig lost over 75 lbs in 8 months and completely turned his life around. He was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

There may be no treatment more underused than exercise when it comes to treating stress, anxiety, and depression. Exercise reduces levels of adrenaline and cortisol in the body. These are the hormones that cause stress and anxiety. At the same time, working out helps to increase your production of endorphins, which are your brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitters. As mentioned, exercise is pleiotropic, so this reduction in stress then aids in healthy digestion, better, sleep, and overall better mental health.

You’ll do your cardiovascular system a favor by working out regularly as well. Regular fitness routines help improve blood flow in your heart. By increasing the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, you can prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries, which is a leading cause of heart disease.

Your respiratory system also benefits from a regular exercise routine. This is because when you’re walking, running, jogging, cycling, or lifting weights your lungs and heart are forced to work harder. After all, they must supply the oxygen that your muscles need. So, exercising is not only working your muscles, but also giving your lungs a workout, too.

Regular exercise also helps prevent obesity. Obesity is an epidemic in this country. There is nothing wrong with body positivity. However, being significantly overweight is not healthy. It causes stress on your heart, on your organs, on your joints, muscles, and bones. Obesity rarely occurs in a vacuum. It is almost always found in conjunction with other chronic illnesses or conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and more. No one should be ashamed of their body. But the science is clear that carrying extreme amounts of excess weight puts your health, and even your life at risk.

Get Help Starting an Exercise Routine

If you’ve been a bit of a couch potato, since the pandemic hit, don’t beat yourself up. It happened to the best of us. But it is time to get back on track and prioritize health. Reach out to an active friend or family member. Schedule a consultation with a personal trainer, or use a streaming video at home to ease yourself back in. It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s just important that you do start. But don’t just take it from me. Even doctors will tell you that prevention is the best medicine. And that’s exactly what exercise is: preventative medicine.

About SY Performance

SY Performance offers in-person and hybrid training at Conquer All Things Fitness Studio, located at 1218 Magnolia Blvd in Burbank. SY Performance was founded by Burbank-based celebrity personal trainer Scott Yonehiro. Yonehiro created and launched the first “90 Day Body Transformation Program” in 2010. To date, thousands of individuals have completed the program, which utilizes a proprietary combination of science-based techniques coupled with fitness, nutrition, and mindset exercises to help individuals of all ages lose weight, reduce body fat, and increase muscle.

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09 May
Scott Yonehiro

In my 22+ years as a personal trainer in Burbank, I thought I’d seen it all until COVID-19 ripped through our community. The sheer number of individuals suffering from post-workout soreness,dizziness, and nausea has been staggering. While most of these cases are due to a return tothe gym after two years of staying home and eating less healthily, a few cases have had the earmarks of a serious medical condition known as Rhabdomyolysis, which requires immediate medica treatment.

What is Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is estimated to affect more than 25,000 people each year. It is a lifethreatening condition caused by muscle breakdown and muscle death. When the muscle cells begin to disintegrate, a protein called myoglobin is released into the blood. Too much myoglobin can overwhelm the kidney’s ability to properly flush it from the body. This stress on the kidneys can ultimately lead to kidney failure, resulting in hospitalization, disability, and death.


What Causes Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis may result from illicit drug use, heart attack, stroke, and genetic disorders. Likewise, certain medications or severe trauma may lead to the breakdown of muscles. But most cases of Rhabdomyolysis are caused by over-stressing your muscles through intense exercise, (AKA working out too hard). This is especially true if you’ve jumped back into highintensity exercise and strength training after extended periods of inactivity.

Working out, especially strength training; causes microscopic tears in the muscles. Although this sounds like an undesirable effect, these tiny tears heal in time, leading to stronger muscles and the development of muscle mass. However, when you overwork your muscles and exert them too much, you can inadvertently cause skeletal muscle death wherein the muscles deteriorate and break down. If this happens you may begin to experience symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis.


Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis

Symptoms of this potentially fatal condition include:

  1. Severe dehydration
  2. Severe muscle pain
  3. Stiffness in specific muscles
  4. Muscle weakness
  5. Localized swelling of exercised muscles
  6. Queasiness
  7. Disorientation
  8. Flu-like symptoms (nausea, fever)
  9. Dizziness

What to Do If You’re Experiencing Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis

Minor muscle aches and pains are to be expected after a solid workout. If they escalate to muscle swelling and/or are accompanied by any of the other symptoms, see your doctor immediately. If you’re merely dealing with a bit of soreness, stiffness, or weakness, follow these steps:

  1. Drink plenty of water and beverages that restore electrolytes.
    This will replenish and rehydrate your body. Bone broths are also a great option for rehydration.
  2. Limit your caffeine intake.
    Caffeine is a known diuretic, which dehydrates your body, so avoid coffees and teas.
  3. Reduce Inflammation
    To reduce inflammation, slow walks, and gentle stretching will encourage blood flow that will help to eliminate toxins from your body.

How To Prevent Exercise-Induced Rhabdomyolysis

To prevent exercise-induced Rhabdomyolysis, follow these steps.

  1. Ease Yourself Back into Your Workouts
    If you’ve been less active than normal over the past 2+ years, don’t attempt to pick up where you left off with workouts before the pandemic. Start with lighter weights and fewer reps/sets for the first few weeks. Not only will this prevent muscle breakdown, but it will also help prevent injuries.
  2. Focus on Hydration
    When recommitting to an exercise program after periods of reduced activity, you need to be extremely mindful to remain hydrated. This is especially true as the temperatures in Burbank begins to soar. If you’re drinking enough water your urine should be very light, or clear in color. Dark or cloudy urine is a reason to see a physician.
  3. Limit Alcohol Consumption
    Alcohol dehydrates your body, which puts you at an increased risk of developing muscle breakdown. Limit alcohol consumption for better results from your workouts. Increase your water consumption before a workout if you had a drink or two the previous night.

***If you experience severe muscle weakness, pain, dizziness, nausea, or swelling, see a
medical professional immediately.

About SY Performance

SY Performance was founded by Burbank-based celebrity personal trainer Scott Yonehiro. Yonehiro created and launched the first “90 Day Body Transformation Program” in 2014. To date, thousands of individuals have completed the program, which utilizes a proprietary combination of science-based techniques, coupled with fitness, nutrition, and mindset exercises to help individuals of all ages to lose weight, reduce body fat, and increase muscle. In Burbank, and the surrounding areas, Scott and his team of trainers provide personal training at ‘Conquer All Things’ Fitness Studio and virtually through his high-performance mobile app.


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