A Merry Heart- Part Two

Last post I wrote about my father-in-law and how he possesses what I consider to be “a merry heart”. The main point of the post was how our outlook in life can play a major part in our health and well-being. 

So what does “A Merry Heart” have to do with the ROM Machine?

Let’s face it….. there are very few people that really look forward to working out. Most look at working out as a drudgery….. something that isn’t worth taking the time to do. All you have to do is look at our society. There are almost daily articles about obesity, especially when it comes to childhood obesity and the lack of physical activity children are getting these days. What has changed in the last 30 years? A lot.

When I was a kid you couldn’t get us in the house. I grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago. All us kids in the neighborhood would play outside as long as our parents would allow us. We had Big Wheel races around the block, we climbed trees, we played “Ghost in the Graveyard” till well past dark (the darker the scarier). We were constantly running around, playing. Kids today? Not so much. I blame TV and the internet. And you know what? I don’t think kids (as a whole) are as happy now as we were back then. There was something about all that physical activity that invigorated us…. and made us happy. And we couldn’t wait to get up the next day and start all over again.

I think adults are a lot like kids except they lack one thing: time. Life’s obligations and all of that. But the desire for “play time” never really leaves us. Research has proven that we release/ produce endorphins when we have physical activity. One definition of “endorphins” points out that they “produce some pharmacological effects (as pain relief) much like those of opiates” (Webster). In other words…. endorphins are like a drug within your body…. that’s good for you. Again, the way that you stimulate the release of endorphins is to have physical activity. We need to play.

For me, that’s where the ROM Machine comes in. The ROM Machine has given me the ability to work out and stimulate my bodies natural production of endorphins. But a key part of this is the fact that I don’t have to look at working out as “work.” There is no drudgery involved because it only takes four minutes to get in a productive workout. And one that really gets my heart rate going. Honestly, every time I’ve gotten done with a ROM session I’ve always felt better when I was done compared to before I started. Without fail. It’s almost like magic, or something. But it’s not. It’s proven science. Physical activity makes you happy. And the ROM Machine is the quickest way to get there.

To Good Health,


A Merry Heart- Part One

My wife’s Uncle had a heart attack last month. He woke up one weekday morning feeling pain in his arm/ shoulder. He thought he had slept in an awkward position. He soon realized it might be more than that. Not wanting to take a chance on waiting for an ambulance, he drove himself to the hospital. He had the heart attack while the doctors were examining him. Had he been anywhere else he probably would have died….. The doctors found that his “Widow Maker” artery was 99.9% blocked. Thankfully, he survived and is working his way through recovery. In fact, he was back at home within a few days after surgery.
Uncle Ronnie is in his early 60’s and never had any signs of any problems. By all appearances he was in good health. But you never know, huh?

Uncle Ronnie’s brother Mike (my father in law) was prompted by this event (and an insistent wife) to go get checked out. He had heard that heart disease is hereditary. He is older than Uncle Ronnie so he figured it might be a good idea to get some tests done. I don’t know all the details about the testing that he went through but one thing that happened sticks in my mind: he scored zero on a test that the doctors told him he wouldn’t score zero on. You see, zero was the best score possible. Nationwide, very few people had ever scored that low. Well, once the test came back that’s exactly what he had…. zero. The test was to determine plaque build-up in the arteries. There was none. The doctors said he is in excellent shape for a man his age.

Long story short…… My father in law is probably going to outlive all of us. I agree with the doctors. I’ve known my f-i-l for over 20 years…. He is in the best shape of pretty much anyone I know in their 60’s. And the testing they did on him confirmed it. So how does he do it? Does he exercise regularly? Well, maybe some. He plays racquetball but I wouldn’t say regularly. Does he eat “right?” Not really. He eats just about anything he wants (although lately I’ve noticed he’s eating smaller portions). He even drinks Cokes (and has for years).

What is it then? We already know he has some hereditary conditions to be concerned about….. No escaping that. Here’s what I think it is: He always seems to be happy. No matter what the situation is he seems to always look at the bright side of things. I’ve hardly ever seen him down. My f-i-l is pastor of our church and has seen some heartache over the years…. People that he loves and the situations they have had to go through. He tragically lost a very good friend back in 1993. Through it all he has remained steady.  And this isn’t just my opinion. Many others have commented on his continually upbeat attitude.

There is a scripture in Proverbs (17:22) that says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” In other words, having a positive outlook can better your health.  My f-i-l is a perfect example of this. He is not a worrier and he seems to always be in a good mood. It has shown through his health. The tests have proved it.

So the lesson in all of this? Don’t worry…..be happy (I couldn’t resist). Maybe you, too, can pass those tests!

How does the ROM fit in with all of this? That’s coming in the next post.

To Good Health

The Importance of a Well Balanced Workout

There are a lot of different exercises and workouts that can achieve various results, from a great cardio workout that gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing… to an intense weight training workout that produces some serious bulk, and then everything in between.

The results desired through physical workouts vary from one person to the next regardless of gender.
However, to obtain true health and fitness that will afford you a long and healthy life, we all… no matter our age or gender, need to have a balanced exercise/workout routine.

Weight training by itself is not going to provide the vital cardio/aerobic needs of our vascular system just like a good cardio/aerobic workout is not going to produce any of the muscle building/toning benefits, like stronger bones and a metabolism boost.

A consistent daily workout routine (balanced with cardio/muscle building) cannot only boost your metabolism (increasing your energy), strengthen your bones, and promote a healthy vascular system.
It can also be used as a tool to combat certain diseases and health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and the list goes on…

This is why we love our ROM Machine workouts…
We can get a full strength training (muscle building), cardio/aerobic workout, and stretching in just 4 minutes per day. Marco and I both have seen great improvement in our muscle tone, flexibility, endurance, strength and overall health.


You’ve only got one life to live… make it a long and healthy one!

Marco and Melissa