Some exercises are better than others for accomplishing our goals. If the objective is to be healthy and fit at any age, you need both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Resistance training is usually an anaerobic exercise. In this an the next article, we’ll look at two aerobic exercises that don’t hammer your body that can be anaerobic. One can be a resistance workout by adding hand weights.
One thing we all have to take into consideration is our body type and blood type. Body and blood types respond differently to different exercises.
Finding our body type can be accomplished in various ways, one of which is determining whether our dominant gland is the adrenals, thyroid, pituitary or gonadals. One way is using a questionnaire developed by Dr. Elliot D. Abravanel and found in his book “Doctor Abravanel’s Body Type Diet And Lifetime Nutritional Plan.” It can help you determine your body type and dominant gland. Knowing our dominant gland can help you select the correct exercise for what you want to accomplish. But, there is no silver bullet or secret pill. A long, productive and fulfilling life is a combination of many things, not just exercise, not just diet or any other single item.
Another information source that helps is “Eat Right For Your Type” by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. The information in his book is based on your blood type and ancestry. Both books are aimed primarily at weight loss but contain lots of jewels if you consider all aspects of health. My objectives go beyond just weight loss to include lifelong fitness, flexibility in body, mind and spirit, plus longevity and living a fruitful and fulfilling life. One quote that sums up my intentions is, “The goal in life is to die young–as late as possible.” Ashley Montagu, Ph.D. and British anthropologist .
The overall objectives of the exercise, fitness and health program I use, and have for many years, revolves around the above quote, includes lots of researched information, personal experiences and is not only aimed at weight loss but weight control, no loss of lean muscle mass as we age and non-injury. It’s a no pain, slow gain, endurance and lifetime, lean muscle mass, fitness program. Most, if not all, of the body builders and power lifters I’ve personally known for many years, discovered later in life that large accumulations of muscle mass became excess skin and flab when their penchant for long hours pumping iron began to wane with increasing age.
Longevity, endurance, flexibility, a fulfilling life and maintaining lean muscle mass can be accomplished without drugs, harmful substances, burnout from over training, becoming depressed from lack of instant gratification or adding stress to our life trying to cram too much into the 24 hours a day we all have.
One exercise routine we’ve all read or heard about is walking. For many of us, walking is not enough. Not because it can’t be, but because we believe walking is getting from point A to point B at a slow pace that doesn’t match up with our fast paced lives. So we run and inevitably get injured, experience numbing pain, joint aches and, trying to fit our fitness into someone else’s idea of what that is, we usually do too much too quickly. The order of how that happens depends on who we are but it happens to every runner at some time.
Walking can be more than a leisurely stroll, it can be aerobic and even anaerobic if you care to take it that far. The two types of walking that can accomplish those ends are, power walking and race walking. Power walking and racewalking aren’t different in the end result, they’re just different in how the result is achieved and what you have in mind to accomplish.
There are no rules, regulations or judges in power walking. There are in racewalking if you plan to compete. They have one thing in common though, the walker never loses contact with the ground. Not losing contact with the ground you don’t hammer your joints and this is where power walking and racewalking shine.
In power walking and racewalking, your body doesn’t get pounded when the body’s weight is geometrically multiplied through foot strike. The difference can be compared to sliding a hammer along a piece of metal or raising the hammer and striking the metal. With each foot strike, the body’s weight is slammed down on the foot when it hits the ground. The impact is transmitted upward through the joints and bones all the way to the Atlas at the top of the spine. Some runner’s foot strike is lighter than others, but foot strike is well named. Injury will put you out of commission and off your intended road to health and fitness. Training through injury will prolong the problem and can transform a reasonably minor injury into a life long debility.