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  • Crank it Up!

    Okay, today was the aerobic day, so headed down to the Gazelle and spent about 32 minutes jammin' to the sounds of the 80's while focusing on keeping my hips, knees and ankles in proper alignment, keeping my core tight and body in motion. That's really what it's all about, folks. An aerobic session is about sweating and moving.

    By the by, a few entries back I had a response that indicated this workout pattern is a male only thing. I beg to differ. Yes, I know men do tend to lose weight faster than women, but the exercises I've been describing in these entries can be used by either gender effectively, and if you follow them safely, you will lose weight and enjoy all the other benefits of exercise.

    The main difference, and I am speaking to the ladies now, is the amount of weight you use to achieve the desired results. Where guys tend to need a little more weight to get the job done (bigger muscles, testosterone, etc.), ladies can use lighter weights with greater intensity and obtain fantastic results.

    I'm not just talking without knowing, folks. Back when I was an active trainer, most of my clients were female, and not all of them were twenty-somethings. Several of them were in their 30's and 40's, and I had one courageous lady in her late 50's. Folks, it's never too late to get fit.

    Now, male or female, one thing to think about as you get older is your joints. As we age, depending on the kind of lives we've led, our knees, hips, ankles, elbows, and shoulders all tend to experience wear and tear. Cartilage, once it's gone, doesn't grow back. So it's up to you to talk to your doctor and see how good your joints really are. Very important, my friends. You can do this, and you can still do aerobics, but you have to understand how much stress your joints can handle.

    Getting back to the workout, today I let the music shuffle through a variety of songs, including Foreigner, Van Halen, Nickleback, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Listening to these songs has two effects. The first one is obvious, it lets me enjoy my time on the machine. But the second one is equally important, it allows me to set a pace with the music. Some songs are a bit slower, others are a bit faster, and the one you're listening to by Van Halen is a classic workout song. The steady 1-2-3-4 of the beat is perfect for maintaining a higher heart rate, which leads to increased metabolism, which leads to burning calories, which of course leads to weight loss.

    Now, not everyone is a fan of rock (no accounting for taste), but everyone has some type of music that can take you through a 30 minute workout and allow you to vary your pace for optimum results. What are the optimum results? Why, you lose weight. You gain lean muscle tissue which requires more calories. Most of all, you gain self esteem and self confidence because you don't have to shop in the size XXX section any longer, and you actually fit in those narrow seats on the airplane without bumping the person to either side of you.

    There are many reasons to work out, but the main one is to feel better about yourself.

    Cool down was a glass of water and a nice stroll in the back yard, followed by a can of sardines in mustard sauce with a handful of grape tomatoes and some gluten free whole grain and seed crackers. Ladies, no problem if you want to pass on the sardines, I've been around long enough to know this is a guy thing. If you would like a virtually fat free light lunch containing some fish oil (which has numerous benefits for your health), grab a can of albacore and drizzle a bit of oil and vinegar over it or add a couple of small tomatoes. Yep, tuna fish is a great lunch right out of the can. Low calories, high protein, and tasty. But remember, if you decide you would like a tuna fish salad, avoid those additives that will ruin everything you just worked for. Mayonnaise is fat, pure and simple, hard boiled eggs are high in cholesterol, and relish is cleverly disguised sugar. Even a tuna sandwich in a wheat pita with a little lettuce and light dressing is better than the traditional salad. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but don't kill the messenger.

    About all for today. The chapter in the Baigent book is basically Catholic bashing at this point and doesn't bear repeating. I'm sure he will come to a relevant point soon, and I can't wait to get there.

    Hope you are all having a blessed day.

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