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Heart Failure, A Fib and Weight Loss November 19, 2018

I have been living with AND AWARE of my Atrial Fibrillation ( AFib ) induced heart failure for about 18 months and I have seen benefits of a proper diet and exercise as well as the results when I slip.

I had a small health setback and put on a bunch of the weight I had lost and am feeling the effects of the AFib more and more. Focusing on diet ,low salt and low fat hav helped , but combining with exercise and weight loss will return me to the path of health.

The following video talks about the benefit of even a 10% reduction in weight. Since my BMI is up there and my weight is too, my ultimate loss could be as high as 35%.

https://youtu.be/RqRy1n-3SVc

I am enjoying the current trip to health but want to create a lifestyle that will keep me in a comfortable zone.

Dr. Gupta discusses the benefit of diet, good sleep, stress reduction and exercise for both the weight loss and AFib reduction. I see the above package as a team or total prescription. ..exercise helps sleep and stress, less stress helps sleep and diet, good diet gives energy and well being….

It all builds on the other and I look forward to,the journey.

A quick video on exercise… https://youtu.be/aHqfgs5lEGk.

@martyroddy

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Learning about Type 2 Diabetes November 14, 2018

I am a heart patient and am currently in Heart failure with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and many of the folks I am in contact with that are also dealing with heart issues are dealing with Type 2.

Fortunately I am not,but since I am still overweight it is always a threat. We discuss food and diet and recipes all of the time. Exercise is also a significant factor and is often at the center of our conversations.

I have looked at many video and blogs and sites for information. I want to list share a few here and maybe later a a listing.

HIIT , High Intensity Interval Training- comes up frequently as a tool for diabetics to beat the problem. 10 seconds intense/ 30 seconds easy for 30 minutes. On Treadmill,bicycle, elliptical etc… intense = full capable sped for you…NOW.

https://youtu.be/LtWn3CYqyFw

Another interesting video discussing muscle building with resistance( weight lifting) training and exercise.

https://youtu.be/8QIvABc6BEQ

Fruits for diabetes and health.

https://pin.it/xykbx6lnlifwi6

Full meal idea,plans,,,

https://pin.it/qqycgaaazw5u3a

More to come ,thanks.

If you have any questions or suggestions…let them fly below. THANKS

 

ABs-solutely Need to Work the Gut and Core September 5, 2018

I was reading and discussing the basics if fitness and health with a friend and we decided that gut health and training was the basis for a solid program. Now it is COOL these days to focus on core instead of just the belly and I agree with that.

The core include belly, back side and hips. Being comfortable fit in this area translates to power in the gym, balance during life and fitness activities and healthy spine/ back.

ghere will be more posts but I tripped into the following video and played with the move displayed and agree that it will have great benefit for me.  AND HOPEFULLY FOR YOU .

Simple complete ab move:

www.youtube.com/watch  

 

@martyroddy

 

Grip Strength : Helps with Deadlifts,Pull-ups and Games August 17, 2018

Performance improvement with moves like pull ups and deadlifts ( even rows) can be assisted with a careful focus on improving and maintaining grip strength.

It can be difficult to add reps on the,pull up bar when your hands give out after “holding your butt” in the air for 20-30 seconds. A powerful grip also allows you and your body to focus on performance of the move without concentration directed at holding on…..for dear life.

Eliminate the worry about grip and focus on …ONE MORE REP…..OR 19 more.

The following are some of my favorites:

Plate Squeeze (smooth side out) – grab 2 weight plates smooth side out and hold them a set length of time [ do so over padded floor in case you let go] – a) stand in place b) plates in both hands and walk c) lift as if doing dumbbell curl

Farmers walk ( dumbbell, plates, barbell) – grab a moderately heavy weight, in both hands and walk 10 strides and turn around

Hex Hold ( dumbbell by the end) – Grab dumbbell by the weight( fat end,sometimes hex shaped) and hold.

Dead Hang ( pull-up bar, pull-up bar with towel or squat pad ) – grab overhead bar and …HANG … As long as you can or a few sets of timed hangs. Increase the difficulty with a towel or pad to make the bar THICKER, to,further challenge the grip

Wrist roller- if gym has one, do rolls forward and reverse grip to increase impact

Great basic grip exercises , discussed above:

13 grip strength exercises( good stuff but may be overkill)

Add a few grip exercises or get serious and a full plan of moves and sets/reps. It will pay off. In my own fitness efforts the grip training also keeps my hands nimble and flexible as I injured many fingers during a youthful athletic career and want them to work until I now longer need them…

@martyroddy

 

Pull Ups : Impossible Torture or Foundational Fitness Basic August 14, 2018

I have spent many hours, days, even years in gyms. Lifting weights, pushing/ Pulling my body and running up and down a court with a round ball. During those years the basic movement that always challenged me was the PULL UP.

Back in the heart of my football years I spent the offseason getting stronger and piling on muscle and power and for several years I counted on pull ups as a foundation move that supported much of the heavy lifting. Even though I could never do more than 20-25 reps ( at the end of the summer) , the work paid off. My tall ,thick frame and long arms created a challenge.

As a slightly more mature “adult ” , at least age wise I am interested in doing these again.

After ” playing” a few days at the gym and doing a few,,…very few reps as well as a few negatives ( helps to be 6’8″, I can jump all the way up) I know I need a plan to approach the exercise.

Where do I start? Just go to the gym , do a few sets of a few pull-ups and repeat every couple of days???? Or create/follow a plan ? The following graphic is a great starting point.

I can use it to develop strength and evaluate my current level. Steps 1.2.3 can b effectively used in the development phase and later after goals have been reached to maintain. Body rows are not a direct move but will engage most of the same muscles.. A combination of pull-ups, flex hangs and then negatives will result in increased strength and eventually the reps we want.

Once we have done some basic building,build-up moves we can follow something like the following :

This is just an example of the multitudinous pull-up and other exercise programs available,on the net.

@martyroddy

 

Don’t let funky knees stop you from Moving…Running!! April 19, 2015

If you run you will hear anout knee pain and injuries and maybe you will hear yourself complaining about knee pain. It does not have to be that way. 

Prevent injuries by proper training and recovery and eating as well as prevention in th form of exercises and planing. Ignoring the trauma that can occur if you step on or in something that results in an injured knee running is …or should be…pretty safe.

If you work a full time job, have a family and attempt to PR in races a couple of times a year….YOU WILL GET HURT…   FULL TIME LIVES  and full time training doesn’t t promote proper recovery and rest…this leads to injuries and down time. 

*The following is a set of useful exercises to support the knees and legs specifically and the body as a whole. Combine with smart training for life long sweaty fun

http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/how-to-prevent-common-running-injuries

** the following is part of a debate -That I agree with- about running being OK for knees and legs.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/why-runners-dont-get-knee-arthritis/?_r=2

@martyroddy

 

Don’t let funky knees stop you from Moving…Running!! April 12, 2015

If you run you will hear anout knee pain and injuries and maybe you will hear yourself complaining about knee pain. It does not have to be that way.

Prevent injuries by proper training and recovery and eating as well as prevention in th form of exercises and planing. Ignoring the trauma that can occur if you step on or in something that results in an injured knee running is …or should be…pretty safe.

If you work a full time job, have a family and attempt to PR in races a couple of times a year….YOU WILL GET HURT…   FULL TIME LIVES  and full time training doesn’t t promote proper recovery and rest…this leads to injuries and down time.

*The following is a set of useful exercises to support the knees and legs specifically and the body as a whole. Combine with smart training for life long sweaty fun

http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/how-to-prevent-common-running-injuries

** the following is part of a debate -That I agree with- about running being OK for knees and legs.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/why-runners-dont-get-knee-arthritis/?_r=2

https://twitter.com/martyroddy