Why you need to break up with your sofa—now
Still haven’t gotten around to breaking up with your sofa so that you can see more treadmills? What if we told you that sitting around is taking away the best years of your life? The World Health Organization says that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk for global deaths.
Need another compelling reason to move on? Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery and author of The Exercise Cure, presented a slide during his recent 92Y talk that summarized how researchers found exercise to be just as effective as medicine in treating many life-threatening diseases.
By the way, the 92Y May Center’s Facebook page can help you with that split, and perhaps help you live longer.
Why you need to break up with your sofa—now
May Center personal trainer Jake Allyne
Did you fall off the fitness wagon yet?
If there’s any truth to the 2007 study by British psychologist Richard Wiseman, which says 88 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail, there’s a chance you’ve already ditched your gym appointment for the sofa by now – and we’re only halfway through January.
So how do you become a member of the 12 percent who walks the talk?
92Y May Center personal trainer Jake Allyne says the biggest challenge is to just get through the first two weeks.
“A popular saying is, ‘the hardest part about working out is getting to the gym.’ Yet I always see the gym during the first two weeks of January packed with people who ate plenty of food over the holidays, felt guilty afterwards and then made healthy New Year’s resolutions,” Allyne says. “I think the hardest part is not falling off the wagon during the first two weeks.”
In other words: make working out a habit. Whether you need more or less time, there’s plenty of science that supports the development of good habits to make personal changes.
Allyne’s additional advice: “Getting up and moving on a daily basis helps you to live a healthy lifestyle throughout the year, which means you can eat guilt-free on almost any occasion – including the holidays.”
Okay, pick up that gym bag again!
The 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport posted a tuck and L-hold combination exercise on its Facebook page featuring Mr. Abs by Jake, personal trainer Jake Allyne.
In case you’re dying to impress your neighbors by doing one, 92Y Gymnastics and Physical Education Director, Katera Noviello, recommends performing three prerequisite exercises:
A few of the personal trainers at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport appear to have a fascination with showing off their backs this summer.
First Coach Kaylin bared her shoulder blades to promote her May Center Facebook series Get Kaylin’s Back, then Jake Allyne – the Abs by Jake guy – didn’t want to feel left out so he struck a shirtless pose to support Kaylin’s series, and now trainer Julian Singer (above) gave his back to the camera.
You should know that Julian is 57 years old.
WHAT STRENGTH LOOKS LIKE
This is David Simmons, fitness coordinator at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport, offering his impression of a flag for the camera. No big deal.
Okay seriously, this photo has not been shopped. Performing flagpoles requires a ridiculous amount of total body strength so think twice about trying this stunt at home. However, David and the personal training team can help you develop your own version of ridiculous strength.
What’s the one exercise you can’t live without? We tossed that question to 92Y May Center personal trainer Jake Allyne and he demonstrated a movement he calls “Hi Definition.”
Performing one Hi-Definition as shown in the chart above means you’ve completed a squat, a curl, a squat-thrust, 10 mountain climbers, a high lunge on each leg and a push-up while never allowing your two dumbbells to leave your hands. You just might have a legitimate shot at being fit for life if you did three sets of ten Hi-Defs three times a week.
Jake’s got you covered if you can’t perform Hi-Defs right away. A photo album of prerequisite exercises can be found on the May Center’s Facebook page. While you’re there, take a look at the Abs by Jake series and get some ideas for putting higher definition on your six-pack.
FACT: Workers who exercise regularly earn 9% higher pay on average than those who don’t.
This conclusion not only makes a gym membership one of the best investments for these tough economic times, but it makes the free trial week offer from 92Y’s May Center for Health Fitness & Sport free seed capital!
Women & Vitamin D with Dr. David Agus
Dr. David Agus, author of The End of Illness, was here last night with Connie Chung for a talk: Ending Illness. Before the event, our colleague in the Lectures department, Assistant Director Jennifer Giunta Hausler, asked Dr. Angus: “Tell us why women shouldn’t take vitamin D.”
"I don’t think they shouldn’t take vitamin D," he responded. "I think that just everybody taking vitamin D doesn’t make sense. So if you look at it, over 90% of people in the Unites States are "quote", low in vitamin D. So first of all, what’s normal? Who defines normal? If a woman takes high doses of vitamin D, she actually increases her rate of bone fracture, not decreases it."
See all upcoming To Your Health talks at 92Y.