Wednesday, November 26, 2014
You already know your chronological age, but do you know your fitness age?
A new study of fitness and lifespan suggests that a person’s so-called fitness age – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance – is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age. The good news is that unlike your actual age, your fitness age can decrease.
Check out the full article HERE: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2014/10/15/whats-your-fitness-age/
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Tips from Centenarians
Keeping a positive attitude; living with passion Eating good food Exercising moderately (most report basic activities, like walking, biking, gardening, swimming, etc.) Clean living (not smoking or drinking excessively, etc.) Living independently Family and friends Staying mentally active and always learning something new Faith/spirituality; being able to forgive and let go of stress
Friday, November 14, 2014
Strength Coach Joseph Arangio recently posted the top 10 ways people hold themselves back when it comes to achieving their fitness goals:
- You have no goal
- You're not training hard enough
- Your'e not eating enough
- You're not sleeping enough
- You write your own workouts
- You do too many exercises
- You're inconsistent
- You don't warm up
- You skip workouts
- You blow it all on the weekend
Business consultant/fitness specialist Megan Senger wrote an interesting piece for IDEA Fitness Journal in October about men's mental health. She wrote, 'while it's outside the scope of practice for a fitness professional to diagnose or treat mental illness, awareness is important.'
The following statistics highlight the need for more support in this area:
- More than 6 million men have depression each year
- Suicide is the 7th leading cause of death for all U.S. men
- Men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide
- Men underreport depression and may also underreport suicide attempts
Depression may not look the same in men as it does in women, according to William Pollack, PhD, of Harvard Medical School. Men experiencing depression may display it in various ways other than sadness including:
- work "burnout"
- risk-taking behavior
- alcohol and substance abuse
If left untreated, these symptoms may worsen and lead to even more serious problems.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I just wrapped up two "Couch-to-5K" Programs and I am so happy how everyone did. I received some wonderful feedback that I wanted to share. Here are a few comments from some of my participants:
"I ran the V.A. Fun Run in Bedford today. I did it all without stopping! I am very proud of myself. I followed your schedule and it worked! I am so pleased."
"Paul was very kind, encouraging, and supportive. He was not judgmental if you couldn't meet the class expectation. He snuck in small pieces of advice in an encouraging way."
"Paul is great. He is very approachable and he supplements his training with useful information via e-mail between sessions. I was nervous to sign up because I am so out of shape but I felt great after each session."