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Helen Swanson has lived in numerous cities and towns throughout the Midwest, and everywhere she goes she brings with her a keen sense of service.
“I’ve always tried to help people and to have a servant’s heart. That’s just what I do because you never know what tomorrow’s going to bring. There are a lot of people my age with pretty severe physical problems who’re really struggling, and I try to do whatever I can to help.” In fact, several months ago she found herself trying to break up a fight in front of a bank. “It happened right in front of me—I couldn’t just ignore it. One of the men had his glasses knocked off, and they landed right by my car, so I got out of my car, grabbed the glasses and told those two to knock it off.” In other words, this is a woman who stands on principle.
“I was born in Joliet, Illinois but we moved to South Bend, Indiana when I was six months old, so that’s where I call home. As you might guess, I’m a huge Notre Dame fan. My other love is babies. I’m planning to volunteer at the local YMCA daycare because I just love being around them so much. When I’m out, and I see babies, I almost have a fit.”
After growing up in Indiana, Helen got a job as a teletype operator and load planner for United Airlines right out of high school in 1957. “This was back in the days of prop planes, and I was in charge of weighing each to make sure they got off the ground. Four years later I got married, and in 1965 my husband and I moved to Sandusky, Ohio. He was with a freight company, so we moved quite a bit; first to Marshall, Michigan in 1969, then to New Berlin, Wisconsin in 1972 and finally to Hermitage, Tennessee right outside of Nashville in 1973.”
“While we were in Tennessee, I went through nurses training, and after we were divorced in 1975, I ended up moving back to South Bend in the late 70s with my son and daughter and working almost 20 years as an LPN on a medical surgery floor. It was a small hospital, but we really provided great care. By 1998 my daughter was married with a family and career of her own, and I moved to Pennsylvania to help care for my grandchildren.”
“These days I live in New Hope, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, where I’ve been for 12 years—the last 10 in an independent senior living facility. When I first moved here, I worked for two home care agencies as a nursing coordinator. That was right about the time I became a TriVita customer. I was working late one night, and I heard James Robison on TV talking about Super B-12, so I ordered a box. Well, I felt an immediate difference in my energy and my mood right from the start—and I still do. Ever since then, the first thing I do when I get up is drink a tall glass of water and take a B-12 tablet. I can’t imagine being without it.”
“I have had my share of health problems, including breast cancer, and for many years I had extremely high blood pressure, too. At one time I was on about six different medications for that alone, and in 2009 I was put in the hospital when my numbers hit 265 over 120. But the doctors took out my adrenal glands, and now I’m down to one blood pressure medication a day, which helps because I’m very sensitive to medicine.
“I currently take VisionGuard and Omega3 Prime, but last August I also started taking MyoHealth, and there’s no way to explain how it has made me feel. I have a herniated disc in my back that was very uncomfortable, and now I can do almost anything I want pain free. There’s none in my back, none in my hips, and none in my knees. Plus, within two days it killed my appetite, and I’ve lost 18 pounds! It’s just an absolutely wonderful product. Sometimes I take it in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon as well for an energy boost. If somebody had to take everything away from me, they couldn’t take my B-12 or MyoHealth.”
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The idea of building muscle isn’t as simple as it ought to be. Some, of course, simply believe in a slimmer and leaner interpretation of peak physical health. Others more or less believe that the more “built” they are, the healthier they’ll be. The truth, insofar as there is one, is somewhere in between. Healthy muscles matter, and that means proper exercise and nutrition without neglect, and without going too far overboard.
One of the issues that keeps a lot of people focused on big muscles rather than healthy ones is that we are continually shown partially or entirely unrealistic examples of muscular ideals. Perhaps most of all, and for men specifically, this happens in film.
It is almost a rite of passage at this point for Hollywood actors to take roles for which they have to “bulk up” for several months. Some of the most prominent examples are in historical epics like Troy, for which Brad Pitt quite literally looked like a demigod, and 300, which garnered so much attention for its actors’ abs that it spawned its own workouts. There have also been plenty of examples in other action and superhero movies, as well as in sports dramas. It sometimes seems as if every actor in Hollywood takes a swing at a boxing movie for the purpose of bulking up. Jacke Gyllenhaal is one of the most recent examples, and was almost unrecognizable as boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw. We see examples like these and aspire to look the same as the actors – forgetting, of course, that they’re paid millions to focus intently on fitness for months at a time, and with excellent professional support.
By extension, we sometimes see the same actors, or at least versions of the same characters, appearing in video games. There, if anything, musculature can be even more abnormally impressive. And these games can be somewhat difficult to escape if you’re a fan of gaming at all. You don’t need to go out and buy the brand new Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite console game to see superheroes in all their buff, 3D glory. Marvel and DC heroes alike are all over internet and mobile games as well. Playing options at prominent slot sites include big-name DC Comic heroes’ games, which use images of popular characters as symbols and backdrops. Essentially, no matter where you play, be it in a 3D fighting game or a simple browser-based slot or arcade, you can see the same bulging muscles that represent an unrealistic ideal.
Fiction aside, we also see a lot of incredible examples of nearly unrealistic muscle structures in the sports many of us know and love. There are almost too many examples to go through, but to choose someone at the height of physical fitness, we’ll consider LeBron James. Approaching 33 years of age, James is an athlete every bit as physically imposing as some of the movie heroes listed above, if not more so. He towers over the average man, seems not to have an ounce of fat on his body, and has arms that bulge like they were drawn by a comic book artist. Just remember this: his fitness reportedly comes at a price of about $1.5 million a year!
Having large muscles is terrific, and if you have the time and know-how, you may even approximate the look of some of these figures more closely than most. But if you’re concerned with muscle health, it’s always important to remember that some of our societal ideals are based on extreme, almost unattainable examples. It’s best to focus on health before pure bulk, and to focus your efforts on your own physique without idolizing that of an actor, athlete, or character.
Did you know that MyoHealth amplifies the effects of exercise which will help you to get in shape and get results faster! This means that you can get better results with LESS effort. It’s all about working smarter not harder.
Some days it can be tough to get motivated to workout. It’s so easy to tell yourself – I’ll do it tomorrow, but that’s a slippery slope! With our busy schedules and never ending to-do lists, working out is sometimes the last thing you want to do!