Posted by: 4pack | August 21, 2008

Michael Phelps Paradox: Olympic Champion Spurs Increase In “Casual Exercise”

THIS BLOGSITE REALLY HATES PLAYING “DEVIL’S ADVOCATE” BUT THE “TEMPORARY” INCREASE THAT HEALTH CLUBS ARE SEEING IN NEW MEMBERS AND EXISTING MEMBERS INCREASING THEIR “CASUAL EXERCISE” IS GOING TO MISLEAD MANY PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT THEY WILL SLIM DOWN AND GET INTO BETTER SHAPE….WE ARE CONCERNED WITH OGGIES TAKING INSPIRATION FROM MICHAEL PHELPS

Michael Phelps celebrates the U.S. win.

Michael Phelps celebrates the U.S. win.

IN THE SHORT TERM AND INCREASING EXERCISE RELATIVE TO DIET….THIS WILL ONLY INCREASE HUNGER AND RESULT IN LITTLE IF ANY WEIGHT LOSS AND NO BELLY FAT REDUCTION…

IT’S THE DIET….DIET….DIET….EAT SMALL PORTIONS, EAT OFTEN, EAT RIGHT AND KEEP THE CALORIE CONSUMPTION TO UNDER 2,000 CALORIES PER DAY…DO SLOW, CORE ISOMETRIC EXERCISES IN SHORT BURSTS ALL DAY….TAKE THE STAIRS, OFTEN….TIGHTEN THE CORE ABDOMINALS WHILE YOU DRIVE, WALK, ETC….

THE EXCERPTS BELOW ARE FROM WBIR.COM IN TENNESSEE: 

http://www.wbir.com/news/health/story.aspx?storyid=62498&catid=3

You don’t have to be a gold-medal winner or even an athlete to benefit from the Olympics.

Since the Olympics started on the 8th, local gym owners say memberships are way up and they say more members are showing up again.

“We’re seeing a lot more folks coming into our pool, thanks to Michael Phelps I think and some of the relays, and we’re seeing a lot of kids coming into our gymnastics classes as well,” said YMCA employee Sidd Vivek.

Call it motivation, inspiration or Olympic fever. Whatever it is, everyday athletes here say they’re working out longer and harder while watching the Olympians over there.

“Definitely more motivating. Usually I only spend five minutes warming up, during the Olympics I’ve been pushing a bit longer,” said YMCA member Ruben De Alba.

“You think to yourself if they can do, I can do it, maybe not to their level, I can still push myself,” added YMCA member Kate Larsen.

Sports psychologists agree and say most of us identify with a sport’s hero.

Asked if you could win a metal in any Olympic sport which one would it be?

“I’d probably say swimming,” said De Alba.

“I’d say track and field. I’m just amazed by the runners, especially the runners doing the short distances-those bursts,” said Vivek.

“Actually doggie paddle Olympics for swimming. I had dreams of being a winning swimmer, I just usually putz around the pool and I think I could take gold in that,” said Larsen.

We’re pretty sure she could too.

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