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Greenfield Integrative Healthcare, PLLC and Greenfield Consulting, LLC
Russell H. Greenfield, M.D. is the Director of Greenfield Integrative Healthcare (GIH), PLLC and President of Greenfield Consulting (GC), LLC.
He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor / UCLA Medical Center and subsequently entered into an administrative / teaching fellowship at the same institution. He moved to Charlotte, NC and became involved in the emergency medicine residency program at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He then became one of the first four physicians worldwide to graduate from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine under the direct instruction of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Greenfield returned to NC to become the founding medical director of Carolinas Integrative Health, a freestanding center in Charlotte owned and operated by the Carolinas HealthCare System. He was a consultant to the Federation of State Medical Boards in the development of national model guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative therapies, and is co-author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (2nd ed. HarperCollins, 2009). Dr. Greenfield maintains a private consultative medical practice in Charlotte, consults with media and industry on integrative health initiatives, and lectures widely. He is the editor of Alternative Medicine Alert, a monthly newsletter designed for healthcare professionals. He also directs the creation of wellness information for shoppers for Harris Teeter, Inc.
Professional affiliations include Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.
In his spare time he likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and children. His personal interests are baseball and anything related to The Lord of the Rings.
The Benefits of Regular Exercise
Dr. Russell Greenfield discusses the benefits of regular exercise for your heart and your health.
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Dr. Russell Greenfield: Regular exercise is vital for your heart, because it strengthens your heart muscle, but then also does other things to keep your heart functioning well. For example, regular physical activity improves cholesterol levels by increasing good cholesterol or HDL and reducing LDL the bad cholesterol. It improves lung function, burns calories, helps reduce emotional stress, and is an affect of therapy from mild forms of depression. Each of these responses to exercise is good for your heart.
A good fitness regimen should include both aerobic exercise and weight training. Do something aerobic most days of the week. Some activity that makes you break a sweat like a brisk walk, gardening, or swimming. Work up to doing the activity for 30-40 minutes, even if you have split it up into two or three sessions. Strength training works muscles against resistance and should be done at least twice a week. It helps protect against osteoporosis and contributes to optimal weight management by adding metabolically active muscle tissue.
Keep in mind that even low intensity exercise like tai-chi can improve aerobic capacity, lessen stress, and benefit your heart. If you're new to fitness training see your doctor first and consider meeting with a personal trainer to help develop a safe and effective program designed specially for you. Making time for fitness can be hard, but odds are you'll find a way to work it into your busy schedule, because will make you feel so good.