It is frustrating to struggle with how to get in shape when there’s no room on the calendar for trips to the gym.
We found that it is possible with the right guidance and approach. Increase your fitness and stay fit for years to come. Here are some points to consider.
I was uncoordinated at sports and a bona fide non-athlete during junior high school back in the late 1970s. I was nothing like my son and my daughter, who experienced a lot of athletic success during their recent junior high and high school years.
As 10th grade approached, I registered for the annual 5-mile race in North Olmsted, Ohio… my home town. After the race, Coach Ken Neuzil, our high school cross country coach, complimented me about my performance and asked me to join the team for early season practice in the Cleveland MetroParks.
Someone with some credibility actually complimented me about my athletic performance! I felt buoyant. That moment was the spark that set in motion a hundred future victories and moments of glory… from being elected captain of the high school cross country team 2 years later, to numerous collegiate rowing accolades, and completing the Mount Washington Road Race just before my 40th birthday (7.6 miles all uphill to the summit of New England’s highest peak).
A coach, a mentor, a good friend who you admire… we all need one. Whether it’s a life turnaround, or simply the encouragement to get back in shape, you and I need a support team. Nothing formal… just a voice of encouragement coming from someone with credibility. I have found that this voice of encouragement introduces us to new opportunities, it moves us from the slow lane to the fast lane, and it dramatically increases our chances of success in any challenge.
When choosing a mentor or a coach, choose wisely. Select someone who emphasizes balance and sustainable healthy habits. Because, the truth is, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet for long. So, balance a healthy diet and regular sensible exercise for long-term results.
What do the doctors have to say?
Dr. Doug McGuff, M.D., an expert in high-intensity interval training, is a proponent of high-intensity interval training using weights. He has written about high-intensity anaerobic-type training and high-intensity super-slow weight training, which can achieve many of the same results using weights instead of a recumbent bike or elliptical. Along these lines, he writes on the Fitness.Mercola.com website an article named, Long Distance Running: Avoid This Popular Exercise As It Shrinks Your Muscle and Accelerates Aging.
Dr. Michael Eades takes an unusual position regarding aerobic exercise in his post called, Dangers of Aerobic Exercise. This is a thought process I have not heard in 34 years of strength and cardio training. He writes, “virtually all of the benefit that comes from aerobic exercise comes from the increase in strength such exercise builds. If that is the case – and it is – then one needs ask the question: is aerobic exercise the best way to increase strength? The answer is, of course, No. Resistance training is the best way to build strength.” I guess I don’t agree that virtually all the benefit of running or rowing is strength-related. I find that the cardio-vascular endurance that I gain from these activities is quite valuable to my overall energy level and long-term fitness. And, I found that my leg muscles became smaller when my exercise was limited to running for a few years.
“We can’t. We’re afraid.”
“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We will fall!”
“Come to the edge.”
And they came.
And he pushed them.