Posted by: 4pack | January 14, 2010

“Ideal Health And Fitness Debate”: Health And Fitness Experts Tend To Make Neutral Statements That Will Not Result In Improved Fitness And Weight-Loss

THE INTERVIEW POSTED BELOW IS TYPICAL OF THE “SAFE” MENTALITY THAT SO DOMINATES THE HEALTH AND FITNESS DEBATE….WHERE IS THE COMMENT THAT IF YOU WALK, WALK BRISKLY…AVOID SWINGING THE ARMS…ENGAGE THE CORE….AND WALKING THE STAIRS IS ABSOLUTELY THE BETTER EXERCISE…WALKING, IF DONE INCORRECTLY, IS ALMOST WORTHLESS EXCEPT FOR THE FRESH AIR THAT MIGHT RELAX YOU AND RELIEVE STRESS…READ THIS INTERVIEW AND SEE IF IT LEAVES YOU WANTING A LITTLE MORE SUBSTANCE… 

John Rowley, the Director of Fitness & Wellness at the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness, a comprehensive health care facility in Raleigh, NC.

(From an SFGate.com article)

Q. One of the no-cost fitness activities you recommend is walking. But what about what shoes to wear during walking? Any budget-conscious recommendations that will keep your feet and joints healthy?

I would recommend first exploring clearance sales models from the year. Everyone wants the latest (and supposedly “greatest”) model, and you can save a lot of money by purchasing a model from the previous year.

Also, do not forget to take advantage of the internet. There are so many online bargain places to purchase shoes, and finding the best deal is just a click away.

Q. What are the benefits to walking or running up and down stairs? If you have bad knees or joints, how can you get equivalent benefits?

One of the biggest advantages is that you can walk the stairs anywhere- offices, homes, stores, and no special equipment is needed.

Another great benefit is that you can do this exercise in short spurts. If you only have time to run a report up to a colleague two floors up from you that still counts as exercise even if you do not take the stairs again for another couple of hours.

Stair climbing will exercise your legs, particularly your quadriceps and your butt. Your heart will get a good workout, and its low impact and safe for your knee joints. You can burn about 300 calories for 30 minutes of walking the stairs depending on the intensity of your workout.

However, if you do have knee/joint problems, one option is to take the stairs up, and the elevator down, to avoid pain in knees and joints. If your knees bother you going down stairs you can walk down one flight and walk around the floor, go down another flight and walk around that floor, etc. Giving yourself a little break every few minutes is easier on your knees than running down the stairs in one spurt of activity. The key is to find out what is hurting and how to avoid the activities that hurt.

If stairs are painful, another alternative is walking up a hill, starting with smaller ones and gradually increasing. After stair walking make sure you stretch your quads, hamstrings and calves. Those are the parts of your body that will work the hardest climbing stairs.  

Q. Let’s say I have $50 to spend on home fitness equipment. What should I buy, and why?

Buy exercise resistance bands. They give you a great workout in a small space, and they can come with you on a trip.

Resistance bands are ideal for home exercise programs and can easily be incorporated into a circuit training format, helping to condition cardiovascular system as well as strengthening specific muscle groups.

Q. What is the smartest fitness-related purchase you’ve ever made? Why was it the smartest?

For me personally, I joined and eventually purchased R&J Health Studio in Brooklyn. There is something incredible about being in a gym where everyone is serious about fitness.

I think if you can find a gym, a class, a sport, or an activity with people who are achieving what you are striving for, it is a great investment.

Q. What fitness equipment should anyone absolutely avoid buying at any budget or price?

Avoid anything that sounds like a gimmick that promises you magical transformations overnight. Noting replaces a good diet, sound exercise, and consistency.

Q. Also: what is the dumbest fitness-related purchase you’ve ever made? When did it hit you it was dumb?

I once purchased a ton of swimming gear: flippers, paddles, goggles, the works. For me personally, I hate swimming: I do not like getting into cold water, it’s inconvenient, and I simply do not enjoy it. Deep down inside, I knew I would never do it, but I purchased everything anyways. Do not go out and purchase fancy equipment if you know you will never use it or if you know a certain type of exercise is something you particularly hate.  

Find exercise that you enjoy, in a place you enjoy doing it, on days and times that fit into your lifestyle. If not, you won’t do it. It is important to start small and find a passion, whatever that may be for you.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dollarsandsense/detail?entry_id=55224#ixzz0cbfL8N0F

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Responses

  1. I was just looking around your site and saw my interview. 🙂 Thanks for posting. I agree your readers I am sure want more substance. This interview was more on discussing a low budget vs. getting optimum results.

    Keep up the great work, us older guys need to keep in top shape.

    John


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