A Woman’s Maximum Heart Rate-

Like everything else that fits men but doesn’t quite apply to women, they now have a study that suggests the figure to use for getting our maximum heart rate should be “206” not 220 like it is for a man. We also subtract 88% of our age vs. subtracting 80% as was the formula up until now. So if you are a woman 50 yrs. old, you would figure 88% of that. Take that figure and subtract it from the 206, and that would be your maximum heart rate. (Obviously not everyone is the same. This is just meant to be a guideline). Then for maximum efficiency during a workout, you would want to build to 70 to 80% of your maximum heart rate. Since I have been so sedentary for so long, I feel happy to get to 60% while I am just beginning to get back in action. Starting an exercise regimen won’t help if I have a heart attack in the process. LOL

Looking Forward To Exercise?

older woman exercisingReally, such a strange feeling, but I actually look forward to exercising now! I can’t believe it! I have fought the idea of exercise for so long this is so odd to be excited about it.

The Senior Center is closed on Sundays, so Sunday is basically a “rest” day whether you need it or not. That is fine with me as I’m usually busy with church until around noon, and then I like to spend Sundays doing things I normally don’t take time for during the week.

I must confess that I ate like a pig yesterday, cleaning the last of the potato salad and the last of the fettuccine alfredo out of the refrigerator. Don’t even want to think about what that cost me calorie-wise, but now they are gone so I don’t have to worry about reaching for them anymore. I have gotten a lot better about eating more fruit, etc. I love this time of year when watermelon, blueberries, and strawberries are plentiful. They make such a great additive to my yogurt. Cheap grapes and 94% fat-free popcorn are taking over the “snack” spots.

Today I need to take my measurements. I realized over the weekend I hadn’t done that yet, and I know how encouraging it can be if you’ve lost inches, even if you haven’t lost any weight. Wouldn’t you be happy to lose 10 inches off your waist even if you hadn’t lost a pound? LOL. That would work for me!

When Diet and Exercise Go A Bit Too Far

Madonna Now

Madonna Now

I’m not a big one for following celebrities or pop-culture. I rarely pay attention unless something really special happens and it hits the regular news vs. a magazine or one of those channels like TMZ. I hadn’t really heard much about Madonna since she adopted her last child and I guess I thought she was just a lot less active, kind of grew up and into Mamahood. It turns out I just don’t read the right stuff.

Something that caught my attention this morning though is all the hub-bub on whether she’s healthy or not. As I dug into the story, I was really taken aback by the picture of her. My God, and some people (men) think this is beautiful. Her trainer says she “looks like a 19 year old”. I’ll tell you what, if one of my daughters looked like this I would be taking them to the closest shrink. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Which leads me to the next question. How does she hold onto a 22 year old boyfriend looking like that? I remember when she looked voluptuous, and make up takes care of the rest, but this? She’s over 50 and this looks like going on 90. He must be in it for the money.

I know that a there are a lot of body-building women that would give Atlas a run for his money, but personally I’ve never found that attractive. They end up with no boobs, a body hard as rock, how does someone enjoy cuddling up to that?

I guess this is the flip side of being fat. I don’t find that attractive either, and I guess I would be a poster child for what not to do to keep fit and healthy. I’m glad to know there’s a happy medium for us regular folks. Maybe I’m just a little jealous. I would love to be in the position that people actually told me I needed to gain some weight. LOL

The Importance of Walking

I received this in my email and since diet and exercise go hand in hand, I thought I would share. LOL.

Importance of Walking

Walking 20 minutes can add to your life.
>  This enables you at 85 years old
>  to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
>  home at $7000 per month.
>
>  My grandpa started walking
>  five miles a day when he was 60..
>  Now he’s 97 years old
>  and we don’t know where he is.
>
>  I like long walks,
>  especially when they are taken
>  by people who annoy me.
>
>  The only reason I would take up walking
>  is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
>
>  I have to walk early in the morning,
>  before my brain figures out what I’m doing..
>
>  I joined a health club last year,
>  spent about 400 bucks.
>  Haven’t lost a pound.
>  Apparently you have to go there.
>
>  Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’,
>  I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
>
>  I do have flabby thighs,
>  but fortunately my stomach covers them.
>
>  The advantage of exercising every day
>  is so when you die, they’ll say,
>  ‘Well, he looks good doesn’t he.’
>
>  If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
>  start with a small country.
>
>  I know I got a lot of exercise
>  the last few years,……
>  just getting over the hill.
>
>  We all get heavier as we get older,
>  because there’s a lot more information in our heads.
>  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
>
>  AND
>
>  Every time I start thinking too much
>  about how I look,
>  I just find a Happy Hour
>  and by the time I leave,
>  I look just fine.
>
>  You could run this over to your friends
>  But just e-mail it to them!

Get It And Get Going!

At least that’s what they tell me. Anyone who has read much of this blog knows I am not big on exercise. Yes I’m still paying for the gym,but got so frustrated from too many people, I might as well be flushing $20 down the toilet every month. I don’t quit because I am going to give it another chance. I have a friend that’s pretty fanatical about hitting the gym every day and I’m hoping it is rubbing off on me. He has gotten me to eat only half of whatever I have to eat when we’re out and take the rest home, so who knows? I’ve known that diet tip for a long time but wasn’t very good at practice, but I am actually doing it even when I’m not dining with him, so it’s working.

I don’t know where I’ve been when it comes to all the new gadgets for fitness buffs, but evidently not on the cutting edge. While looking on some of my favorite message boards this morning I learned about all kinds of new exercise gadgets that measure everything from your sleep patterns to how intense you exercise, (or not), to how many calories you burn during and after. All from a wrist band. Pretty exciting.

Go Wear FitFirst up is Go Wear Fit- According to their website

Simply wear the GoWear fit armband during the course of your day, then log onto your personalized GoWear fit online activity manager. You’ll get accurate, easy-to-digest information about the calories you’ve burned, plus a calorie consumption calculator and tips for how to best reach your fitness and lifestyle goals.

GoWear fit also measures sleep duration and efficiency – so that you can begin to understand the influence your bedtime has on your overall health.

They say it is not- a heart monitor or a pedometer. It’s not cheap either. For the armband, display, and a 12 month subscription it’s $249.90 You save $116 by buying the package.

Polar F-55

Polar F-55

This is a very popular heart rate monitor. According to their website

Polar has launched a new line of training computers for the general fitness and cross-training market aimed at encouraging people to listen to their bodies to get the most from their workouts. Monitoring the heart rate is the best way to tell how effective training is on a person’s health and fitness. This new line of fitness products provides feedback and guidance for more effective training in fewer hours.

They too are working on being able to upload to a site to graph your progress, etc. They range in price from $59.95 for measuring walking intensity and pace, to $399.95 for athletes and coaches. They even have heart monitors for people measuring activity after heart surgery or heart attacks.

Garmin Forerunner

Garmin Forerunner

The Garmin Forerunner also has a chest strap for more accurate readings (it says). I’m not sure how I would feel about wearing a chest strap while I ran altho they did say they’ve made it “more comfortable”. According to their website

The Forerunner 305 includes a high sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature and robust wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance. Garmin’s web-based application that provides in-depth analysis of your workouts, online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level.

If training indoors it says you need an extra assessorie that attaches to your shoe. As far as price goes, I saw one gadget for $99.00, but when looking at their current promotions one deal was up to $4000.00 rebate if you bought one of the packages. Anything offering this kind of money back has to cost a fortune to start with.

I found it really interesting as to what all these things could do and how much fun and beneficial it could be to use the information they provide. For me personally I think I will wait until I’m actually taking more of an interest in my own exercise, like doing some, before I’m going to invest. $20 a month to do nothing is more than enough. LOL