Category Archives: Fitness

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Revelations

aflogo-96x96Let’s face it. These days, weight loss tops the list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Of course many also hope to get a new job, better education, etc., However it seems that all but the conviction to shed a problematic fat suit is engulfed in the wake of the post-holiday surrender to reality.

Not that we are lazy or that we give up easily, it’s just that continuing on with the same job or level of education does not increase our risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, along with a whole host of serious health issues that are part of and parcel of being—and staying— overweight. (In other words, your physician will not peer at you from behind a furrowed brow of concern in response to your modest salary.)

Many of us view the debut of a new year as a solid, tangible break from the past that translates into a “break” from our old, unhealthy habits. It’s a whole new paradigm; another chance.

As we should. Depending on your disposition, you can either view the American obesity epidemic as discouraging or an opportunity for growth; *not* in the physical sense of course.

Percentages of Overweight Americans Ages 20+


  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
  • Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
  • About 8 percent of women are considered to have extreme obesity.

Source: Weight-control Information Network

Yesterday we wrote about some healthy weight findings that we found to be a little unorthodox: A recent study claims that those who carry a few extra pounds around have a lower risk of premature death than that of their healthy weight counterparts. The article does not address obesity however. A person is obese when their BMI (body mass index) is 30 percent or above.

This is a different story. An article in USA Today “weighs” in on the topic with the help of a few reputable physicians. The piece is a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post. Plus it includes links to diet and exercise tips and information on how to lose weight by forming healthier habits.

Need help sticking to your resolutions? We do too!

 

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Shockers

aflogo-96x96Perhaps prompted by all the hyper-idealistic discussion about resolutions (which always inevitably revolve around diet and weight loss,) the Los Angeles Times recently reported that a few extra pounds is fine for your health.

I don’t know about you, but this news prompts in me a rare reaction of simultaneous shock and comfort. It evokes the former because it flies in the face of virtually everything else I’ve heard regarding weight and health for ohhh… my lifetime; a.k.a., more than the past thirty years.

It’s comforting because I am—like many of you I’m sure (hey, we’re Americans)—a few pounds overweight. I’m working on it though. My meticulously planned resolutions are on track now for three days and counting.

Regardless, the story is worth a gander. Plus the page features a Dr. Oz “Real Age” calculator. It’s smack dab in the middle of the story in the form of a Google Ad, but as far as ads go, you have to admit, it’s a good one. If you’ve never calculated your real age, it’s worth a go. It can be a real eye opening experience; and depending on your lifestyle, that can be either good or bad. You’ve been warned.

If this short series of bombshells are not enough for you, take heed. Solace comes in the form of another article listed off to the left of the page under “RELATED.” There is a link to a bit of news that ran in late December. It reports that running is actually a more effective way to shed pounds than weight training.

(Huh?) What is going on in this bizarro world of ours?

Personally, I’m happy about this one too. I like lifting weights, but through the years I have found a shortage of things in this world that that offer a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being than a good, hard, sweat-inducing, mind-wandering, run.

Not only does it promote a leaner body and a stronger heart, but it just as equally results in clarity of mind and an overall sense of calm.

Ahhh… 2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.

Ooohhh…. Jackpot.

 

ActiveForever’s Patricka and Rocky Complete the Iron Girl 5k!!

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever is very proud of their own Patricka Fletcher and Raquel, (Rocky) Johnson for committing to, and completing, the annual Iron Girl 5K run this past weekend. Rocky’s daughter Kira joined in the fun too.

Go Patricka GO!!

All three women braved brutally early, pre-dawn hours and what felt like Subarctic temperatures to give it their all. This was Patricka’s fifth year participating in the run. It was the third year for both Rocky and Kira.

Although Patricka admits she did not train as often as she would’ve preferred, she remains consistently committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise and was able to finish a thoroughly impressive 24th in her age group!

CONGRATS PATRICKA, ROCKY and KIRA!!

Iron Girl was launched in 2004 as a way to celebrate and promote the idea of healthy living for women. They use their Web site as a resource with training and nutrition tips as well as health-oriented columns. The annual run serves as a platform by which fitness-focused women can display all the progress they’ve made toward a healthier lifestyle.

Participants choose between the 5k run and the 10 mile run.

SUCCESS!!!

Exercise for Reduction of Holiday Stress

aflogo-96x96Physical activity increases the heart rate and enhances fitness. People who engage in exercise are less likely to develop many serious diseases. An inactive lifestyle doubles the risk of having a heart attack.

Exercise is an excellent way to improve not only physical health but mental health as well.

The stress of the holidays can cause even the most balanced among us to feel out of sorts. So drop the candy cane and hop on the stationary bike or rowing machine, STAT.

The Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike brings you the best of both worlds in one convenient, fold-able  space-saving package. Molded-foam seat and back support with 15 available positions and 8 different resistance levels make it easy to ensure a customized workout for any body.

Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike

The Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike is both a bike and a rowing machine with 8 resistance levels

 

Benefits of physical activity


People who get enjoyable, regular physical activity can improve their overall quality of life. Physical activity can lower a person’s risk for the following disorders:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Back Pain

The Core Laser Pro Exercise System by Laser Gym brings to us the future of advanced, therapeutic rehabilitation.

The Core Laser Pro is a revolutionary treatment system for the home, physical therapy office or rehab setting.

Core Laser Pro Exercise System by Laser Gym

The Laser Gym Core Laser Pro System is a therapeutic rehabilitation and training tool designed for physical therapy centers and other clinical settings. $599.99

Developed with support from leading physical therapists and physicians, it’s extremely effective for patients suffering from lower back pain.

The advanced, Class III laser therapy combined with the Core Laser belt, leads patients through a series of dynamic pelvic exercises all designed to address the causes of both chronic and acute back pain.

Clinicians and patients alike are able to monitor core movement in real time, allowing for significant and instantly track-able gains in motor control and core-power. The Neuro-Muscular connections formed by the combination of visual feedback and physical action, ensures results are both immediate and long lasting.

Each Pro system consists of two Core Laser Therapy Belts with travel bags, an institutional freestanding target that is specifically designed to accommodate a variety of patients, Tape Measure, Patient Progress Charting Material, instructional DVD and a premium carry case.

Core Laser Pro Exercise System by Laser Gym

Each Pro system consists of two Core Laser Therapy Belts with travel bags, an institutional freestanding target, Tape Measure, Patient Progress Charting Material, instructional DVD and a premium carry case.

 

 

Families Get Healthy with ActiveForever at ShapeUp AZ

Families Get Healthy with ActiveForever at ShapeUp AZ this Saturday from 9am-1pm, Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.

Day of Play will be lots of fun with the Cardinals, Suns, food, prizes – come out and play with us!

Program specifics:

ShapeUp US Programs align with MIchelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign

ShapeUp Arizona

Oct. 27, 2012 9 am – 1 pm

Tumbleweed Park 2250 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler, AZ

Web site: http://www.shapeupus.org