Category: exercise and fitness

Health and fitness: why people gain weight with age

Self-tutoring about health and fitness: the tutor explores the reason people tend to gain weight with age. According to an article I read recently, weight gain with age, for the most part, isn’t for the cliche reason that “your metabolism

Exercise and fitness: walking to work

Self-tutoring about exercise: the tutor reflects. My work bag probably weighs 20lb. I’m ashamed to say that’s about 11 percent of my weight, but anyway… I wondered, on my way one morning, what the extra weight would mean for my

Strength training: maximum power

Self-tutoring about strength training: the tutor notices an article about the human power curve. As I’m aware, a power curve tends to show power output on the dependent (y) axis, and RPM, energy, or some other input on the independent

Exercise and fitness: morning swim

Self-tutoring about fitness: the tutor comments about a new activity. Starting last week, my son had to get ready for a lifeguarding course. In particular, he had to reactivate his swimming. Of course, I went along with him. Sharing the

Exercise and fitness: muscle training

Self-tutoring about muscle training: the tutor mentions an interesting rule of thumb he noticed. In a biology text I recently read that to accomplish muscle growth, 75% or more of its maximum force needs to be applied. Source: Mader, Sylvia

Exercise and fitness: the fat-burning zone

Self-tutoring about exercise and fitness: the tutor looks up the meaning of “fat-burning zone.” Exercise equipment has suggested to me that the optimal pace for fat burn is lower than max. Apparently, the “fat burning zone” is around 60-75% of

Exercise and fitness: hill running

Self-tutoring about training: the tutor reflects about an activity he’s recently begun. Years ago I kept fit by running, but gave it up around 2015 because I started to feel it in the hips. Yet, recently, I’ve begun a new

Exercise: maximum heart rate

Self-tutoring about exercise: the tutor entertains a long-wondered question. The idea of “maximum” heart rate is well known to many who exercise. Some machines suggest it and you often hear the rule of thumb that it’s (220 – your age).

Exercise and fitness: motivation, part 0

Self-tutoring about motivation towards exercise: the tutor reflects. In my experience, exercise is less comfortable than relaxing. So how does a person propel themselves from relaxing to exercise? Perhaps just as importantly, how to ensure they work hard enough to

Strength training: a trick

Self-tutoring about strength training: the tutor mentions a pragmatic deception. I lift weights with my 16-year-old son. During the past 8 months, he’s overtaken my strength in every dimension. Now, the weights he warms up with are often my maximum

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