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The Conventional Wisdom: Aerobics

This is part of a series of articles on health, diet, and exercise

A whole lot of folks say that aerobic exercise is the best kind to do to lose weight.

I don’t agree with that. But I do  think aerobics plays a key part in losing weight and maintaining health. It is, however, only part of the picture. One needs to have calorie-consumption restriction in a healthy diet, and one needs strength training.

What is aerobic exercise? Aerobic exercise is exercise you do over an extended session without stopping, like walking, running, swimming, etc. It gets the heart pumping in your target range, and it burns calories. It involves oxygen consumption by the body. Aerobics is touted by many doctors and medical centers, such as the Mayo Clinic, as part of an overall fitness and health regimen. Here’s the “skinny” on aerobics:

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This is part of a series of postings on fitness, health, and dieting. For a chronological list of these articles, please click here.

This book, “Pushing Yourself To Power,” (PYTP) is my favorite book on the subject of exercise and fitness. It is  well worth the investment, but only if you get it with the spiral binding. Stay away from the standard binding.

Oddly enough, the paper and the pictures are top quality, but the standard binding is terrible, and the book falls apart in no time.

However, the spiral binding is super and worth the extra five dollars.

This book is actually an updated and modernized version of the old Charles Atlas course. I remember seeing Charles Atlas ads in the comic books and boys magazines during the 1950s. Charles Atlas was the United States best known exercise and fitness figure in mid-20th-century United States.

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Previously in this series, I posted on How I lost 70 Pounds and How You Can Too, Considerations of Weight Loss, and Metabolism and Weight Loss.

Today I want to write about how I came up with a diet and the strategies I used to stick to it and succeed.

How I Made Up My Mind To Lose Weight And Motivated Myself

I went to my doctor for my annual physical exam several years ago, in my late 60s. I weighed around 270 pounds, had a 44-plus inch waist, and my physical endurance was not too good. I had high blood pressure, and I was inching up into the diabetes danger zone. I have worked in the medical field for decades, and I saw myself becoming old. I looked terrible, and I did not have the same respect I had had when a lot younger, a lot more fit. My joints ached, I was always too cold or too hot, and it was difficult for me to tie my shoes, put on underwear, or put on pants. I could see where this was going.

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You’ve no doubt heard that old saw that some people are heavy because they have a “slow metabolism.”

There’s a bit of truth and a lot of untruth in this association. Metabolism refers here to burning calories, and losing fat involves burning more calories than you eat. And different people have different metabolisms.

So how can you speed up your metabolism?

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I wrote a post the other day called How I Lost 70 Pounds And How You Can Too. This is a continuation of that theme.

First of all, you have to understand that the goal of losing weight is to lose unhealthy amounts of fat, not just achieve a number on kilograms or pounds on a scale.

If you are losing weight for cosmetic reasons only, you might be making a mistake. You might have an unrealistic expectation in terms of health and sheer enjoyment of life.

Being overweight usually means having unhealthy amounts of fat, and to most eyes, having an unhealthy amount of fat is not a pleasing look.

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I lost 70 pounds, which is 5 stone in UK measurements or 31.75 kilograms. I am in my 7th decade of life.

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