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Puffed Up Mortality Rates

Puffed Up Mortality Rates The corona virus death data from other countries is scary.  My prediction is that smoking will be implicated in higher coronavirus mortality.  The lungs are adversely impacted by smoking.  The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that invades the lungs.  Just over 50% of Chinese men smoke and 30% of Italian men smoke.  In the USA, 18% of the men and 13% of the women smoke.  The CDC tells us that smoking is responsible for just over 480 thousand American deaths last year.  That comes to 1300 deaths a day.  Strong leaders, truly interested in improving public health, should take this opportunity to dramatically raise the tax on tobacco.  A pack of cigarettes should cost at least…

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In Times of Peace

In Times of Peace America is at war with the corona virus.  Our best defense is a vaccine, but that weapon is 12 to 18 months away.  At present, we are focused on “social distancing” to reduce the number of severely ill citizens we have to manage at any one time.  The hope is that less proximity will limit the transmission of the virus and reduce the stress on the health care system.  The duration of this strategy is uncertain and the trade-offs with other aspects of our communal wellbeing have become a concern.  To my friends from the now shuttered Fenton Fitness, I have a short message. Stay consistent. Exercise is the optimal booster of the immune system.  My…

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The Essential Exercise

The Essential Exercise “Walking is the best possible exercise.  Habituate yourself to walk very far.” -Thomas Jefferson If I can get fitness clients to walk three times a week and strength train twice a week for six weeks, the results are universally good.  Participants are often concerned that walking is not strenuous enough.  They do not see walking in Crossfit Youtube videos.  No one on the Biggest Loser just walks.  Walking does not leave them gasping for breath.  This is my response: Quality Lifespan The most recent survey reveals that Americans are living longer.  The secret to happy aging is keeping as much quality in this abundance of quantity.  Walking is the essential movement skill that we all need in…

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Pain Never Precedes Dysfunction

"Pain never precedes dysfunction."--Dr. Stanley Paris I recently found a manual from a physical therapy course I attended in 1985.  Dr. Stanley Paris was the instructor and I was lucky to have been in his class at the beginning of my career.  At 26 years of age, I wrote this quote on the front of the manual and it still stands as the best bit of wisdom I can pass along to fitness clients and physical therapy patients. Pain happens as the result of some underlying performance problem: postural flaws and sustained joint positions, respiratory restrictions,  muscle strength/endurance is depleted, joint mobility is insufficient,  joint mobility is excessive, movement coordination is poor,  deceleration skills are below acceleration capacity. Resolving pain…

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Essential Movements for Life

Essential Movements for Life Maintaining the ability to sit and stand is essential to living your life to the fullest and staying active. If you want to continue to live life the the fullest it's important that you can sit and stand with ease and control--whether it's sitting at the table, on the couch, toilet, etc. The minimum level of function we want out of our older adults (60+ years old) is to be able to sit/stand with perfect control to a box or seat 16" off the ground for 10 relatively easy repetitions. Bonus points would be getting down to (or slightly below) parallel. For most individuals under 6 feet tall, this equates to a 10-12 inch box, for…

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Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Home Workouts

Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Home Workouts With the recent nationwide closures of many gyms along with many other businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s left many people spinning trying to figure out how to maintain their healthy lifestyle.  Many of us have taken for granted how nice it is to have a well-equipped gym to train at that offers a variety of training options, equipment, and simply the motivation of not being in our home around various distractions.  While all of us who regularly exercise know the physical value of exercise, some of us forget the mental benefits, such as stress relief.  During this period of time, here are some simple suggestions on how to…

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