The Treadmill Test: It Just Became A Powerful Predictor of Longevity… It’s All About Fitness!

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“Fitness level was the single most powerful predictor of death and survival, even after researchers accounted for other important variables such as diabetes and family history of premature death—a finding that underscores the profound importance of heart and lung fitness, the investigators say.”

This is the conclusion from the just-released study by Johns Hopkins cardiologists involving 58,000 people.

You can read the complete article here: http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-treadmill-mortality-formula-gauges-year.html

You must search far and wide to find statements more definitive and authoritative than this.

No need to say more.

A simple question, however, is certainly in order:

If not now, when?

For yourself and those who love you and depend on you, make health and fitness core values in your life!

To Your Health and Fitness,

Steven

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It’s All On The Inside: Do You Know The Most Important Numbers Concerning Your Health?

Technology has given us the ability to monitor ourselves in new and fashionable ways. Someday, we will be Facebooking and Tweeting about the quantity and rate of oxygen exchange we’re experiencing at the molecular level while we’re training.

Today, many of you are working out and monitoring your heart rate with the help of a wristband. Nice. Now you see immediately if you’re in your training zone. Hopefully, you’re calculating the changes in your heart recovery rate so that you can determine the progress of your cardiac conditioning. http://theseniorhealthandfitnessblog.com/2014/10/01/measuring-increases-in-cardiovascular-fitness-you-need-to-do-this/

You definitely know your maximum lift records in every exercise and probably are on top of your waist and arm measurements, along with numerous selfies to document and share your progress. Right?

More Importantly…

You should also be on top of the numbers that give you the real picture of your health: what’s taking place on the inside… numbers like blood pressure, glucose levels, cholesterol, and other major indicators derived from blood analysis. These internal indicators should be much more important to you than the results you see in the mirror; but generally speaking, they are not.

A crude but useful analogy is the car you drive. Recently, a friend of mine experienced catastrophic engine failure for lack of oil. You can’t trust the ‘dummy lights’ and many people don’t check oil dipsticks. It didn’t matter how shiny the paint was, inside the engine where stress was maximized, self destruction was inevitable.

Many of us who train so hard to be healthy are ignorant of the most important indicators of our health.

Let me make this very personal for you.

I received a call years ago that I needed to fly back home to see Dad. He was in the hospital undergoing emergency bypass surgery. He experienced the biological equivalent of catastrophic engine failure. Ironically, in my father’s case, he did notice warning signals and chose to ignore them. After recuperating, he told me about the chest pains and shortness of breath he experienced before his heart attack every time he went up the steps from the basement. I was amazed and disheartened that he would keep such information to himself. And worse than that, choose to do nothing about it! 

Do not make that same mistake. 

Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms of a problem, blood work and blood pressure checks can reveal underlying issues that can exist which are not accompanied by pain or discomfort until later stages–when the significant damage has already been done.

You train hard to look good and be healthy. Take charge of the total picture by knowing what’s happening inside. Hiding from reality out of fear is not a good choice.

To Your Health and Wellness,

Steven

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The Joy of Fitness Training With My Mother-In-Law

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The Gold’s Gym in central Florida where I was training at the time was one of my favorites. It became special to me, as well, because it was my first time training with a lady of seventy six years… my Mother-In-Law.

She is a spirited and adventurous soul. She speaks a little English, I speak a little Spanish. Of course, before we decided to embark on this exercise/linguistic experiment, I confirmed her state of overall good health. She, in fact, amazed me with her ability to begin a journey to the United States from Sweden, travel for twenty four hours on trains, planes and automobiles, and look beautiful and be positive until retiring for the night in her bed in our home.

I was not worried about her being intimidated by what might be encountered at the gym, and neither was she. What happened in the days and weeks that followed amazed me… and her.

The main focus she shared with me (through the interpreted discussion before we started) was concerning the use of her shoulders and arms. Her diminishing strength and ability to reach overhead saddened her. She was somewhat depressed, as well, because she had been diagnosed with osteoporosis and, of course, felt intimidated by it.

The first day was simply getting a feel for what was there. She watched, I demonstrated. She learned quickly and joyfully. After seeing me do seated close-grip pull-downs, she was anxious to try.

Cuidate (be careful)… Suavemente (smoothly)… Ay dolor? (is there any pain?)

These are the words I spoke most frequently. But always upon hearing “muy bien” (very good), Mom got the biggest smile on her face! At that point, I knew she was hooked.

My normal routine was three days a week, one day resting between workouts. After three weeks of gradual but noticeable increases in strength and range of motion, Mom insisted on going every day that she didn’t have something special happening!

Mom is in her eighties now and no longer has the stamina and confidence to do battle at the airports. We no longer are able to train together. During my years of working out, I’ve had the opportunity to train together with some accomplished athletes.

It all pales in comparison to the joy of saying, “Muy Muy Bien, Mamita.”

To Your Health and Fitness,

Steven Siemons

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