The ketogenic diet—or, Keto—is the rage of the decade. Adherents are rabid about it. Keto dieters make one simple argument: It works! Yes, it works. That is why it is so popular. But, is it safe? The research is not yet conclusive. Yet, contrary to keto lovers’ claims, there are several studies associating long-term keto dieting with a host of medical maladies. And consider this: not a single reputable fitness/health certifying agency recommends the use of the ketogenic diet except under the care and supervision of a doctor. Read this linked essay for the thoughts of a professional dietician.
Celebrity fitness expert Bob Harper from the hit television series, The Biggest Loser, suffered a massive “widow maker” heart attack while working out in February 2017. He was 51 at the time. Alarmed, many shocked observers began asking, “Then, why bother exercising?” Perhaps, because he survived a cardiac event that is not usually survived. A healthy lifestyle may not always prevent health crises. But being healthy may help us avoid the worst results. Read this article about Bob Harper’s story and what we can do for ourselves.
Functional training prepares us for activities of daily life and typically involves weight bearing movements using non-traditional weighted devices. Some functional modalities include kettlebells, sandbags, suspension trainers, BOSU trainer, etc. This exercise uses a simple pair of medicine balls focusing on conditioning the full body. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
Whether just starting out or maintaining a long-term nutrition plan, we cannot take our eyes off the target. Most successful beginners start slowly by making incremental changes over time rather than wholesale changes overnight. Remember, wellness is not a destination … it is a lifestyle. Take one day at a time. Click here for a few other tips.
The latest research (National Cancer Institute, Mar 2018) questions the theory and practice that cardiorespiratory exercise must be of at least 10 minutes in duration to be effective. Now, it could be that all chunks of moderate to vigorous physical activities—i.e., not merely strolling—accumulated throughout the day may be sufficiently beneficial. Follow this link for more details.