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FROM THE DESK OF Tom Thoman
When Tom first met me at a party, he asked me to join Foothills. “You need to get in shape,” he said.
“Round is a shape,” I answered as I stored several hundred mozzarella balls into my pelican-like chins to enjoy later. I took his advice, six years later. Why? Because my A1C, the diabetes measure, was getting into double digits and my doctor said, “Gee, I’d hate to lose you. You actually pay your bills.” Being planet sized, I started off on Tom’s secret treadmill, the heavy duty one normally used for healing a thoroughbred’s legs. First day, I set the treadmill at 1 and after 10 minutes upped it to 1.1 before I got dizzy. Three months later, it’s 3 or over for 30 minutes. Almost fell off the elliptical after 20 seconds the first day. Now 30 minutes at level 4. It’s across from a sign that says, “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” Being 71, that wasn’t easy since I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. My A1C is now 8.
THE 4TYPES OF EXERCISE A nd W hy Y ou N eed T hem A ll
From the Thighmaster to the Shake Weight, every era has had its own ridiculous fitness fad. However, in a world increasingly obsessed with health and fitness, silly, single-use items have given way to complex workout methodologies. Instructors and gyms now offer varying pro- grams for success, and each will tell you their system is the best way to get and stay fit. While the debate over the best way to work out continues to rage on, one thing is indisput- able: Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. According to the Harvard Health Letter, there are four types of exercise everyone should do. Each provides unique benefits to your overall health and wellness. Rather than deciding that one is better than the others, it’s smart to make sure you’re mixing them all together regularly. “People do what they enjoy, or what feels the most effective, so some aspects of exercise and fitness are ignored,”says Rachel Wilson of Brigham andWomen’s Hospital. Don’t end up over- looking an integral aspect of any well-rounded fitness regimen. Examine the four most-import- ant types of exercise and ask yourself if you’re getting enough of each.
If I get hungry working out, I simply bring up a mozzarella ball, still safely stored away.
Aerobic exercise, which comprises any cardiovascular conditioning (cardio), speeds up your heart rate and breathing. Whether through walking, swimming, running, cycling, or another mode of repetitive movement, cardio increases your endurance and works out your heart and lungs. Your cardiovascular system is the pump supplying fuel to your muscles. If it’s not
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