Walking alone is not Enough
Many Americans believe that 30mins of walking a week is enough exercise to keep them living long healthy lives. These are the same people that will most likely to have problems later on in life. If you believe that 90 minutes of exercise a week will correct sitting on the couch/chair for 80 hours a week then you will have some serious problems. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. Over the course of seven days those 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5 days a week. Surely running is more than enough to help me keep healthy. If you think that is true then you’re are greatly mistaken. What about keeping Strength, power, and bone density up? What do you do then? You have to add in Strength Training. World Class runners don’t just run every day they perform strength training to help prevent injuries from occurring. Resistance training has two main goals. The first goal is to help the athlete get stronger. The second goal is to help prevent injuries. Injuries occur through trauma or overuse. To keep yourself resilient against gravity and the world around us it is very important to add resistance training to your exercise routine.
ACSM guidelines are 2-3 days a week of resistance exercise that is a minimum of 8 different exercises between 2-4 sets of 8-15 repetitions on each exercise. So you will have to add another 30-40mins to your workout. In total your workouts should last at minimum and 1hour (that and 1 hour of work time not leisure time). Muscles have three functions in terms of movement. To cause movement (concentric contraction) such as bending your elbow, and to slowly resist movement (Eccentric Contraction) To slowly let your elbow bend while resisting the weight and To resist movement at all( Isometric) Holding a box and not allowing the move cause of weight. Most people do not get hurt moving the body. Where most injuries occur is when people try to resist movement. Resisting movement causes a greater force to be placed on our muscles and tendons due our mechanical disadvantage of our levels in our body. Lifting weights and keeping Lean body mass will better your chance to resist those eccentric forces that occur on a daily basis.
To be honest in my opinion I believe that people should do more weight training than running. This is my reason for claim. Most people don’t run or bike to work. The typical day is get out bed walk to kitchen table sit and eat walk to car sit and drive. Walk to your desk and sit and work. Then leave work go home and sit and watch tv, eat and go to bed. Now if you were to add running 30 minutes to your day you would make significant improvements to your cardiovascular system. You may also build some lean mass in your legs from the running that you’re doing. Besides the recreation running you don’t do much running elsewhere unless it’s your occupation. On the other hand you perform yard work, lifting and moving furniture, and other various physical activities that may require bending, carrying, and climbing. Does running alone help you perform those activities? Not really because when you’re running you performing the same motion over and over. Which doesn’t correlate with bending or climbing weight training on the other hand forces people to move in positions that they may not be in on a regular basis? Not to mention will help improve muscular strength and endurance. Parker et al study took a group of 60-77 year old women tested them on a submaximal walking test(2mph at 3.5% elevation) and weight carrying walking( carry a weight at 40% maximum elbow flexion strength) test. They recorded VO2, heart rate (HR) Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP), and Rate Pressure Product (RPP). Placed the group on a 16 week whole body strength training program.(3 days a week 1 hour per session) Then tested again. They say 57% increase in isotonic strength and 29% increase in isometric strength. No change in VO2 max but significant decreases in HR, SBP and RPP while perform the walking test and Weight carry test. Not only did the women improve their strength to prevent injury. Their ability to use oxygen became more efficient as well. Not to mention as well when performing strength training people will work on full range of motion which is important for keep good flexibility and mobility of the joints. So with older people especially it is very important that they perform strength training to keep muscle strong and bones dense. As you age strength training becomes more and more important as you age. Remember the goal of strength training is to help prevent injuries. Younger people especially women have a fear of lifting weight s because they don’t want to get bulky. Honestly that is like saying you don’t want to read because you are afraid of becoming a genius. It takes a lot of work to put on lean body mass most athletes work an entire year to put on 5- 10lbs of mass. So if your 3 workouts a week will not make your bulky unless it is in your genes. The fear of getting to big has long been debunk also most people are not willing to put in the amount of time to put on more muscle.
All in all Strength training is very vital for a healthy life I believe that everyone needs to incorporate some form of Strength training. It will help improve your quality of life and help prevent injuries from occurring as you age. Walking or jogging is not enough keeping strength and lean body mass is very important for keeping you independent and out of the retirement home
On Friday I had stated that I was going to change the way I have been working out. Well I did make some changes and I feel that the change is for the better. The conditioning part of my program has changed from running on a treadmill to running on the track with kettle bell workout thrown into the mix. I feel that this style of workout will help simulate what I will be doing with the ToughMudder. I only have a month left to prepare for this event. I decided that I was going to train in rounds. I figure if I was able to do at least 13 rounds with the running and kettle bell workout continuously I would feel that I would be best prepared for the event. This week I have to complete 8 rounds next week 10 rounds third week 12 rounds. By the end of the month I should be able to complete 12 – 14 rounds without any problem. Coming in to workout on Monday I was unsure on how I would feel after New Years ( always have a designated driver ) but I actually had a great workout and now I am sore cause of it.
Aerobic Conditioning: 8 rounds 50 mins
1/2 mile run
10 Spider man push ups
10 alternating Kettle bell swings
10 Single arm Kettle bell bent over rows
10 Kettle bell Goblet Squats
wash rinse and repeat
Treadmill 20 mins
45 seconds @ 10mph
75 seconds @ 3.5 mph
Stretching and Mobility 25 mins
*Tabata Front Squats @ 95lbs
Single Leg Dead lifts 4 x8
** Single leg Hip thrusters 4×10
Pull ups 4×8
Planks 1 mins
30 secons on side.
Hump day I was feeling a little sluggish but I knew that I had to get a good workout in to set a tone for the rest of the week. I told myself to go as hard as I can today. It started with Aerobic work like a boss. Hoped on the treadmill and ran for 45 min interval run. 10.5 mph for work pace and 3.6 for resting pace. Felt pretty good afterwards so I decided to do some low level plyometrics to mix up my work out a little bit. I am slowly changing my workout to include more power work. I think it will help me with the obstacles that I have to do in the toughmudder coming up in February. Afterward I moved to my Stretching and mobility work to allow my body some rest before I hit the weights pretty hard. I wanted to see if I can make myself sore from lifting. It was something I haven’t felt in a while I am starting to switch up the exercises that I do to keep my body on its toes. So we will see how it goes.
Treadmill 45 mins
Work 10.5 mph 1 minute
Rest 3.6 mph 1 minute
Plyometrics 15 mins
Low box drills
Stretching and Mobility 20 mins
Lifting 45 mins
Hang cleans 5×5
Lumber Jack reverse Lunge to Press 3x 8
Alternating 1 leg eccentric Stability ball curls 3 x 10(5 each leg)
Dumbbell Bench press 4 x 6
Feet elevated Inverted Row 3 x 10
Anti rotation T-bar 3 x 10
Hand walk out anti extension 3 x 5
Total time 2 hours 5 mins( +/- 20 mins)
Feeling pretty good as I walked into the gym today. There was a lot more people than usual. but it is getting ready to be that time of the year again with people and their new years resolution. There is a like a large influx of people that come with the New years resolution to get in better shape and lose the excess baggage. If that is your new years resolution then pursue it wholeheartedly. But usually that drive last maybe a month and a lot of people lose motivation and stop coming to the gym. One thing I have learned is that it takes a lot of effort to make changes to your body and you shouldn’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately. Just stick with the program and everything will be fine. Now my workout was mostly just aerobic work seeing as my Tuesday and Thursdays are my light workout days. Just some aerobic work and stretching to make sure everything is loose and limber nothing too difficult. Still trying to get used to the new speed increase may take me the rest of this week. I’ve also lost 5 more lbs this week so the workout and changes in my diet are working
Treadmill running 50 mins
Work pace 10.5 mph(1 min)
Rest pace 3.6 mph (1 min)
Stretching and Mobility 2o mins
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he id never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Diets the one word people hate to hear. I myself hate the word diet. When I hear the word diet or someone saying that they are going on a diet. That to me means temporary. Most people go on a diet to lose between 15-20 lbs. Others may want to lose more weight. Well usually what happens is that people go on the “diets” lose the weight then return to what they were doing before. The weight comes back and they begin the cycle again. Why does this happen so much? I myself have found been through the ups and downs of dieting. The reason for that is. Most diets are very hard to adhere to for a life time. The first question that people ask about a diet is “Is it effective?”. Most diets for the most part are effective if you ever heard of the 2 snicker bar diet?. Is that diet effective? yes it was effective but is that diet sustainable? No. Now if someone were to follow that diet they would get results but at the cost of their health. Now with my dieting experience what I have found to be helpful is to have “cheat meals”. What is a Cheat meal? A cheat meal is a meal that acts as a reward for sticking with my diet. I plan out my cheat meals with my social life. Usually I go out to eat with friends or the family on the weekend and I get to sit down and enjoy a good meal with them. Before I can enjoy the cheat meal I must make sacrifices throughout the week. It is a built-in rewards system that I have in my diets. Diets are very difficult physically and mentally. Constantly suppressing hunger pains and giving up your favorite foods(the bad foods) it wears a person down over time. That is why I tell my clients to have a cheat meal after a successful week of dieting. This way it turns your diet from a long-term endurance race into the 100 meter dash. The rewards will help keep you motivated and make your diet sustainable. The longer you stay on a healthy diet the better off you will be in life.
Remember that man created method and not that method created man, and do not strain yourself in twisting into someone’s preconceived pattern, which unquestionably would be appropriate for him, but not necessarily for you….. In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. Everybody has to think for himself. A right way for big man may not be a right way for a small man. A right way for someone who is slow may not be a right way for someone who is quick. Each person must understand his weaknesses and his strengths
Discipline. Whenever I hear this word I immediately think about military or people who follow orders to a T. Now I have grown up in a sports environment. I played sports my entire life. So I always had some one to tell me what to do, where to go, and what to eat from 1st grade to Junior year in high school. My senior year I went to a boarding school. Now I had the ability to make more choices. I could eat what I wanted, study when I wanted, and basically for the most part do what I wanted I had more freedom. Even thought I was given freedom to do what I wanted I still chose to do the right things. First reason I did not know any better. Never was a trouble maker and had good grades. Second reason I knew if I do the right things I could achieve more in my life. Eating healthy, working out and practicing hard will make me a better player. Now I did not have people to tell me to eat right or to work hard it was something I told myself that I needed to do these things in order to make myself better. When I hear discipline I think of doing the what is right when there is no one around. It is being accountable for you actions. If you live a sedentary life and your eat a lot of junk food then your can put your self on the path for serious health problems in the future. Remember unless you’re born with diabetes( Type I) your lifestyle is a major factor in whether you will be diabetic in the future. If you were a little more discipline stayed away from the sugary junk food ate more balance diet you would not be setting your self up for future problems. A friend of mine used to tell me how much he used to party and drink every weekend. He would drink until he almost black out. He said he was depressed and did not liked what he had become. Finally one day he decided he wasn’t going to do the same thing any more he made a huge change in his life. He started eating better, working out again and he even game up drinking for 8 months. He really started to hold himself accountable for his actions. He started to feel a lot better but he said the hardest part was to stay with it mentally. It is very hard at times to do whats right when your haven’t done right in a long time. One when you have time just take a second and reflect on your life and ask your self Am I Discipline?