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WAKE UP CALL -Let the Journey Begin March 30, 2017

Filed under: diet,Emergency,fitness,Health,Hiking,Recovery,Results,Safety,Walking — bigfootmarty @ 5:05 pm
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While struggling with a cooled and thin bronchitis this winter I was eagerly looking forward to putting my sneakers on and getting out on the road. I had recently strengthened my knee and was able to get going as soon as I COULD. 

BUT things went awry as th cold and bronchitis seemed to let up but my breathing never returned. In fact, it got worse and I could not grab a breath after 10 or a dozen steps. So I finally bit the bullet and went to the hospital emergency room.  Thank Goodness I went to the ER that day. I may not have been at deaths door , I am now in a much better health position with hope and possibility.

The date was March 7,2017 at approximately 10 am, I entered the University of Virginia ER. In the next hour I gave blood was plugged into machines and had exrays of my chest. My ch st/ heart was soon examined with sonogram and I was disappointed diagnosed in heart failure and Atrial fibrillation. This was due to extreme fluid build-up…..and I was PUFFY, like a big S’More. 

An IV was started and diuretics were administered and I started producing fluid (urine) boisterously and I soon had lost 12 pounds ( 32hours) . Shortly I started feeling better and then my breathing improved. It was not good nor was I healed but WOW did I feel better. 

The diagnosis of heart failure was shocking but possibly motivating. As long as no damage is found I/ we can overcome this and build back to a healthy and strong heart and exercise into a long active life.

When I got out of the hospital I spent a few days resting and then got back into life in a reasonable way and have even started working out. I have completed several fun walks to  get the foundation set for future walking and running. As a lifelong competitive athlete and multiple marathon runner it might be tempting to push my workouts BUT so far I,have taken it easy and happily completed 1/4 mile walks with some hills for strength . 

REPORTS—–

A. Lungs feel strong and seem to be functioning properly

B. Heart beating easily

C. Legs getting stronger after extended period with limited exercise

D. Leg exercises are feeling good and will be upgraded/ increased

E. Abs exercise feels good to date.

Finally continued use of diuretics to reduce/ remove fluid have resulted in a ” weight loss” of approximately 80 pounds to date .  The time to lose real weight( body fat ) is now as I have set a goal that should work nicely for long term healthful life.

As they say, A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP….. I hVe taken the steps…..now some more….

@martyroddy

 

Get Walking September 28, 2016

While rehabbing  a leg injury I have been doing a lot of walking and preparing to run again. The injury may limit my future running so I decided to look deeper into walking and the benefits of this aerobic activity.

  • Walking can be done on all he same terrain as running so muscular / structural benefits re the same.
  • Many races allow for walkers as long as you maintain a pace that will allow you to finish within the set time limits
  • Walking usually puts less stress on the body and therefore may be pursued for later in life for most “runners”.

Walking burns calories and builds muscle in much the same way as running…..walk/run faster and burn more calories per hour//mile.  Looking at basic numbers for folks concentrating on health and fitness as well as weight maintenance the math is equivalent.

http://www.thewalkingsite.com/beginner.html

In very general terms for very “general” people— Running will burn 100 calories per mile. Walking on the other hand or flip side of the same hand…. will burn 60-75 calories per mile.

The most important factors impacting calorie burn are bodyweight, body fat and effort level. There is a minor gender difference as well.  A 200 lb. person at a an easy speed (2-4 mph) can  burn 106 calories, a 300 lb. person might  burn 160 cals.

The same 2 people might  burn  127 and 190 calories at 4-6 mph.

This article has some good total calorie vs. body weight vs. effort level while walking.

How many calories will I burn walking 30 minutes?

The following article has great info on walking for fitness.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/walking_for_fitness/article_em.htm

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So grab your shoes and get walking.

 

 

Walking ( and Running) and Weight Loss July 22, 2015

Filed under: plan,program,Running,Walking,Weight Loss,weight management — bigfootmarty @ 10:42 pm
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Recent reflections in the mirror were quite horrifying and a plan to workout – walking and running- has been hatched.

A leg injury and relapse with the injury has resulted in some ugly weight gain and a matching reduction in strength and fitness. I have also felt sluggish and had some challenges moving during the work day.  I am an longer physically energetic and active.

My knees have some history from earlier team sports injuries but they have done well with running, but this injury put me on my butt and the knees no longer had as much activity and use and the additional weight placed a lot of stress on them

I have long been a an of the daily run and hope to get back to that. Of course my run is actually a combo of Walk-Run as promoted by (Olympian) Jeff Galloway in his books and now websites . In the world of fitness and calorie burning- walking roughly equals running….the biggest difference is that running usually burns more calories faster….much like driving the same  F-150 pickup truck burns more gas when driving 65 mph v. 42mph.

I have a target weight goal that will take a long term plan with careful and smart eating combined with safe exercise and a reasonable expectation of the timing for the results

      Some quickly found articles and posts on the topic. Lots of good stuff…..

A ]     http://www.naturalnews.com/040850_walking_exercise_weight_loss.html

B]     http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/is-it-better-to-walk-or-run/?_r=0

C]   http://theaddictionscoach.com/los-angeles-sober-coach-walking-is-a-powerful-weight-loss-tool-eating-right-and-being-active-is-so-important-for-a-healthy-body-and-mind/

What kind of devices..TOYS… can you use to help achieve the fitness or “fatness” goals?Will they help?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2015/02/19/wearable-device/

SUMMARY…..Get out every day and every other day go for 45- 60 minutes and take it easy while having fun…

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RUNNER ? Starting Up…Starting OVER !!! May 9, 2015

Filed under: beginner,Cross Training,fitness,Health,Hiking,Injuries — bigfootmarty @ 8:03 pm
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I recent leg injury (a biggie with surgery and hardware installed – sounds like a Car) stopped my from running and most exercise for a considerable time and ow I am ready to start back “on the road”.

My legs feel funny and have made me a little bit “concerned” about the pressure road work may have on them. I have decided the best plan of action is to act like  a newbie and go out easily and carefully- forget previous feelings and actions,  at least for a while, and build up a solid base and get in shape.

I don’t just need to get my heart and lungs in shape- I need to test and strengthen the new “leg” and clear my head of concerns.

I will start with a 2-3 month plan that consists mostly of walking 30 then 60 and blending some 90 minutes efforts on a daily basis. The plan will eventually include a blend of walking and running to increase the intensity and physical benefit.

Miscellaneous Published Plans:

**** 8 Weeks:

http://running.competitor.com/2012/03/training/beginning-runners-8-week-training-program_49600

****** Simple program to get started and get a base program set

http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51237/rr/Beginning-Runners-Guide-30-30-Plan

**** *** Run for Time , Not distance

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

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Massage, Yoga and other Activities to Help Runners October 29, 2014

Filed under: Cross Training,diet,Health,massage,yoga — bigfootmarty @ 10:35 pm
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I( was having a recent discussion, actually discussions , with different friends about what is the makeup of the best fitness/health program.

Can one live on running alone? do we need to include cross-training, bodywork or other recovery tools?

Running 30-45 minute 4-5 days a week may be the perfect and complete fitness program, but as soon as a few muscles get tight or sore or you start dragging because you have no energy…you need to take a look and an expanded program with some broad based parts .

I included yoga, massage and food ideas in this post But there are so many more ideas.

-Cross Training- bike, swim, row, weight lift…

-sports like tennis, raquetball, golf etc get you moving and stress some other bodyparts

– meditation, hiking, pilates and other popular activites.

Massage has numerous benefits for basic health and some specific uses for athletes.

A.    http://www.worldrunning.com/articles/sports-massage-benefits-for-runners/

B.  http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/benefits-of-massage-for-runners?cm_mmc=NL-Beginners-_-1617442-_-03052014-_-Benefits-of-Massage-for-Runners

C.   http://running.competitor.com/2013/12/injury-prevention/the-four-best-types-of-massage-for-runners_60280

Yoga is great and can be done at home after a little study or a couple of classes. You can always go to the studio as well, but be careful which studio-and the focus of the instructor.

A.   http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/yoga-for-runners/?page=6

B.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXTK5sit6c8&feature=related

C.  http://www.yogajournal.com/uncategorized/more-reasons-athtletes-need-yoga/

And of course the idea of food and fuel and diet can be addressed and some thoughts tossed around. Nothing here is a proposal or endorsement- just some recently found writings.

1. http://makehealthiest.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/vegetarian-diet-plan-for-runners/

2. http://www.fitnessrepublic.com/running/top-10-best-foods-for-runners.html

3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/459158-a-diet-for-runners-over-40-years/

 

Keep OLD LEGS Healthy and Strong August 6, 2014

What is the most important exercise for life and longevity?

Now this OPENS UP THE POSSIBILITY of a GREAT DEBATE— like Lincoln vs Douglas.

But I am going to narrow the query and focus on 1 specific situation I witnessed recently (as well as a personal challenge a few years ago)

PUSHUPS ? – Now I love Pushups and think they are a SUPERB Total Body Movement that is simple and easy.

But No Not PUSHUPS.

 WALKING / RUNNING …How about walking / running ? Used properly these exercises can improve health and fitness and add to longevity. A daily 30 minute bout with either will burn between 250-500 calories, pump blood throughout the body, process sugars and fats and clear your “head”.

Again No Not Walking / Running.

 Theses are both great and I recommend them highly but recent situations I witnessed ( and then started seeing a lot) made me think about the value of maintaining and increasing leg strength throughout life, especially as we age (51 here).

 I witnessed 2 people – in the span of 3 hours-

A} Struggle to squat down to pick a grocery item from the bottom shelf and stand up

B} Step with 1 leg up on a small stool- reach a book on top shelf in the library. Their leg wasn’t strong enough to lift them.

Two years ago I broke a leg and after weeks of recovery my legs (the right especially) were too weak for me to do the above moves with the same ease as before.

There are 2 simple exercises [that will become easy with practice], and a third that is necessary to balance the new muscle growth.

Squats. Lunges and Good Mornings ( also known- Straight Leg Deadlifts):

SQUATS – Stand with feet armpit width and with eyes forward or upward squat down until thigh is parallel with floor   [can do ½ or ¼ squats to begin with]

-can use a stool or chair as a target to help you stop smoothly without stressing your knees

-can also perform in a doorwayto use for balance/support

LUNGES-with feet at armpit width, Step forward with RIGHT foot- Approximately 2 feet(varies with height) – Slowly drop the Knee of the LEFT (rear) leg to the ground and return back up.

After completely the repetitions (Reps) with the RIGHT foot forward, Reverse feet and do for that leg.

STRAIGHT LEG DEADLIFTS– Stand with feet Shoulder width apart- with eyes facing forward and hands on the fron of your hips- bend forward at the waist and roll hands down your thighs to the ground-

Return up, without bending knees or back. Do this movement slowly.

This exercise stretches the glutes (butt) and lower back and Strengthens the hamstrings (back of the thighs) This is a necessary balance for safe stability.

The squats and lunges building lifting/ stepping/ climbing strength and the deadlifts add stability and balance.

Workouts can vary and be built up over time but a basic recommendation- Add to any current workouts- But 3 sets of each movement with varying numbers of reps but some possibilities

     BEGINNER

3 sets of 5-7 reps

Squat- Deadlift- Lunge…..Squat-Deadlift-Lunge……

     INTERMEDIATE

3 SETS OF 9-12

Squat-Deadlift-Lunge……

      ADVANCED-EXPERIENCED

3 SETS OF 15-20

Squat-Deadlift-Lunge

Enjoy and happy legs…

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YOGA for RUNNERS – Flexibility, Balance, Breath July 19, 2014

 

As an athlete for most of my life- even before I joined little league I was part monkey, part circus performer and luckily made of rubber as I felt out of trees- off bicycles – and got up and did it again the next day. Organized sports arrived with LL baseball at 6 and I was at the plate , in the on deck circle or practicing for the next 45 years. One thing I learned was the value of proper warm and flexibility. With this I learned to stretch, how to stretch and what to stretch.

This flexibility and work ethic to remain flexible has limited the injuries I have sustained and prevented those that were unavoidable from being catastrophic.

I read many books on stretching and watched a few movies and videos (remember them)- now I can go to you tube or others and see any kind of stretching or exercise.

I later attended a yoga class ( at age 44) and realized that many of the stretches I practice are adapted from or are actual yoga “asanas” .

Poses– A sampling of poses that can and will be helpful for any and every runner. These are especially helpful for the “fun-runner” that hits the road 3-5 days a week and jumps in the occasional 5k/10k and maybe even a marathon BUT also works 40-50 hours and needs some help relaxing and recoveri ng from the workout and work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/yoga-for-runners_n_5507342.html?ir=Health+and+Fitness

 

               Some Yoga in video form-

                           Why do Yoga?

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/activeyogi/2013/06/more-reasons-athtletes-need-yoga.html