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More exercise is almost always better. - #fitness #exercise #aerobic #training #nutrition #longevity #lifespan

  We need to hear less about minimum exercise requirements and more about how more exercise is better. Every wonder why aerobic capacity seems to be not transferable from one sport to another. People need to consider the range. It’s really a misconception, but non-transferable capacity is consistent with most people’s experience. Why? I know of no theory that could possibly explain why capacity doesn’t transfer between sports. Now you have probably surmised that I have discovered the answer to this conundrum. I think I have the reason. Advanced aerobic training is required to create a capacity that is transferable to other sports. This is observable in the triathletes. The failure to realize this resides in the common misconception that there is a minimum amount of necessary exercise. This is false. As a result of this misconception, people’s musculature is under-developed, and they falsely perceive that aerobic capacity isn’t transferred. More exercise is almost always better. 

Assumption: perceived hunger level is a valid measure. - #training #swimming #running #health #food #diet #nutrition #fitness #carfree #biking #centuryride

If you are like me, you are hungry most of the time, and well able

to eat a sufficient amount of food to produce the effect of obesity.
While this may seem like a trivial observation, it is not. It is  
merely commonplace. Some careful thinking yields helpful insights.
 
How many calories are needed? 
 
I think most people have the urge to eat far more calories than they
actually need to sustain a basic level of life. There is this 
unfortunate tendency to mystify the basal metabolic rate, but it is
dead easy to measure. Just measure the average weight loss during 
a sustained fast, and calculate the equivalent number of calories.
For a man of average size the number is around 1500 calories. This
is the number of calories that are needed to sustain basic life  
function. 
 
Why do we desire more than the minimum required amount of food? 
 
Obesity is clearly not the solution, but rather the problem. The 
only reasonable answer to this question is that we need to be doing
the amount of work that is commensurate with the amount of calories
that we desire to consume. In essence, our hunger is our incentive
to work. 
 
How much work is required?
 
Unfortunately, most people have no concept of the
amount of work that is required to burn off this many calories. An
afternoon in the gym may only burn only a few hundred calores, but by 
the measure of hunger, we must burn calories by the thousand.  
Consistently applied effort will yield the desired result. 
How hungry are you? Why be hungry all the time? Eat what you want, 
then work it off. 
 
There is obviously much more that can be said about this subject.
Hopefully people will share their insights. I’ll be posting more about it later on.
 
Regards,
proclus
Are athletic training improvements coupled to longevity improvements? - #biking #carfree #exercise #fitness #food #health #nutrition #swimming #training

I’ve been thinking that swimmer’s ear results primarily from excess ear wax. If I could beat that, I’d likely be in the water. Maybe a nice long fast will help with the ear wax and swimmer’s ear. I’m planning one for this winter. If true, then more endurance may also help with ear wax, swimmer’s ear issue.

Health problems associated with heavy training have been blown way out of proportion. Endurance athletes tend to be long lived. A theory can be proposed because an increase in capacity is associated with more longevity. Exercise is like CR and fasting. OTOH, a medical loss of capacity is associated with bad outcomes. This is also in the folk wisdom. A feeble handshake is associated with dire prospects. The theory predicts that a measured loss of hand strength is associated with bad outcomes. The kick is in the obverse. An increase in strength or endurance is a predictor of a longer life. It’s not the scaler. Endurance changes yield a larger change in life expectancy than strength changes, but they are both valuable. A change in capacity is the predictor of outcomes. Strength and endurance changes are easily measurable. If the theory is true, then strength & endurance monitoring is life expectancy monitoring. 

It appears that CR-memetics, like flavonoids and other polyphenols speed acquisition of strength and endurance capacity. This observation supports the theory and implies that changes in athletic capacity are indeed coupled to changes in expected longevity. It also supports the notion that CR, memesis, and improved athleticism combine to improve longevity. Use them all together to get a better result. Athletic improvements may translate directly to a longer lifespan. If you are dubious about this theory, check the literature for grip strength correlates. It is an easy test. My test will be the swimmer’s ear. I’m expecting improvement.

Yes, it is an easy test, and a valualble one. We have been lacking a way to measure our longevity progress in the short term. If this theory is true, then we have a new compass. 
Regarding training advice - #Ferguson #Prepping #aerobic #biking #carfree #exercise #fitness #food #health #isis #jamesfoley #maryland #nutrition #training

Some best gains came on bicycle vacations, where I rode long distances every day. Just add more recovery days at the end. I have no doubt that big strength gains can come from working out on consecutive days,but more rest days are also needed If you have a setback, no worries. Muscle loss is easy to recover, so push the limit.

My first century ride, 112 miles. \u2013 http://bit.ly/1oSRb3F PrettyBoy Dam \u2013 http://bit.ly/1rEhxuO

People should consider that Americans may receive bad advice masquerading as good advice. The problem is expected to worsen. For example, if the US economy is under attack, then Americans may receive unwise financial advice. People who are angry with the US government may direct their anger at the American people. US governmental agencies may fail in their obligation to protect Americans. Areas of possible attacks include bad advice regarding child-bearing, exercise, fitness, food, health, & nutrition. Capital investment may withheld and withdrawn as an attack on the US economy. People may be directed into unprofitable and diversionary schemes. Fortunately, the situation is not all gloom&doom, and a person can prepare for these adversities…. Prepping, financial preparation, and the acquisition of as much knowledge as possible are counter-measures. We need not just guns, but strong, healthy, knowledgeable, well-prepared people behind every blade of grass. Are you really going to spend the rest of your life as a tool, being manipulated by every black flag on TV? All of these problems are expected to get worse now, so get prepared for it, while you still can. Get trained now.

Regards,

proclus
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