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D Day

D Day A Simple Immune System Assist During the pandemic quarantine, anything we can do to optimize the function of our immune system is a plus.  Please take the time to read the recent *article in the Wall Street Journal on Vitamin D and its impact on a healthy immune system.  Dr. Vastal G. Thakkar presents some interesting data and makes a good argument for supplementations.  Vitamin D is inexpensive and adding it to your diet just may keep you on the good side of a viral interaction. *Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparity, V. Thakkar, Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2020 View article here Mike O’Hara PT, OCS, CSCS

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Walk Your Way Through This Pandemic

Walk Your Way Through This Pandemic How you walk is a revealing predictor of health and fitness.  Gait analysis can reliably foretell future falls, dementia, and even mortality.  A stooped over, short stride walk makes you look old and tired.  As a physical therapist, I encourage exercise that produces a stronger walk.  Physical therapy patients frequently report profound gait limitations came on without warning.  Fitness clients are often unable to walk for thirty minutes without stopping to rest.  During the pandemic isolation, we can all take a daily restorative walk. Dr. Shane O’Mara wrote an eloquent *essay on the value of walking as a necessary exercise activity.  Walking is directly linked to brain development.  Recent research has demonstrated that walking…

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Making The Most of Your Time

Making The Most of Your Time The last several weeks, going back to March 16th when much of the state of Michigan started shutting down seems surreal.  The disruption from our normal routines can be stressful and frustrating due to the apparent lack of control over the situation.  I think it’s important to keep some things in mind during this time.  I’ve seen many individuals comment on how much weight they are going to gain during this period of time or how their fitness is going to decrease due to not being able to maintain their normal training program. There are many reasons that weight gain could happen.  These include mindless eating, having a wide selection of available food available,…

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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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