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Well, I’m finally getting back into traditional cardiovascular training again.  Before, I had just been focused on extremely short, extremely intense conditioning.  So, I’d do something like thirty burpee pullups.  I do several different exercises like that, and they all take around three minutes.  I largely did them to avoid running.  Without any type of cardio, my resting heart rate can get up to around 70 beats per minute.  With running, I’ve gotten it down to around 48.  With just my current three to four minute bursts of activity, I’ve gotten it down to 55.  Since Lisa worries about me when it’s above 60, I’m happy that my little three-minute conditioning sessions get me to 55.  Ha.

But now I’m in a position where I’m starting to get back into running shape for the sake of aerobic endurance rather than simply to keep my resting heart rate low.  I’m writing about physical training for the military, and in order to write it I want to be currently going through what I’m going to ask them to go through.  That means being able to run two miles quickly. Continue reading

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The Sin of Yo-Yo Dieting

One of the cardinal sins of health and fitness is yo-yo dieting.  It destroys your health.

Yo-yo dieting is a repeated cycle of weight loss followed by weight gain.  At first, this doesn’t appear all that bad.  So, somebody went from 200lbs to 150lbs and back to 200lbs.  Who cares?  Yeah, they’re back where they started, but at least they’re not worse off now!

Unfortunately, they are worse off now.  The body can be a difficult machine to master.  Since your body is entirely concerned with survival and not very concerned about your figure, it doesn’t get along with the yo-yo dieting concept.  Consider the following example:

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