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“If you don’t dry off you’ll smell like a billy goat”

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Forty years ago I worked along with 5000 others in a huge steel mill back when they still had steel mills. It was incredibly dirty work. So dirty in fact that some workers claimed they wore the same clothes for the week, tossed them, and got a new set from the Salvation Army for the next week.

At the end of a shift we would all hustle off to the showers, change clothes, and make for the exit with some going on to the Mill Gate Inn just beyond, you guessed it, the mill gate entrance. I was anxious to get out of there. I would shower and dress without drying. I liked the cool wetness of not drying off.

An old man saw me and told me I needed to dry off. I asked him why. He told me, “If you don’t dry off you’ll smell like a billy goat”. I took his advice to heart. I often think of that advice after showering or whenever I visit a petting zoo. If funny how things stay in your mind after so many years.

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Can one lose weight by becoming less cluttered?

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'Give me a one-handed economist! All my economics say, ''On the one hand, on the other.''' Harry S. Truman

A new book, Lose The Clutter Lose The Weight, as the title suggests operates from an interesting premise. On one hand in regard to clutter and weight-loss, correlation does not mean causation. There are those who have been both fat and tidy, and other times, very fit and sloppy.

On the other hand if you can de-clutter the drama in your life and the clutter in your house and workplace you will not feel so overwhelmed. When I am overwhelmed I look for comfort food.

For a few years after Hurricane Katrina I was about as de-cluttered as one can get. I had a pair shoes, a few changes of clothes, a computer, a dog, and a box full of financial records. I could easily fit all that I owned into my car, and I did actually when I moved to Austin. During that time I experienced tremendous upheaval both financially and personally. I gained weight.

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Study finds BMI to be deeply flawed measure of health

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The government has proposed rules that would allow employers to penalize employees for up to 30% of their health insurance costs if they don’t meet 24 health criteria one of which is the BMI, Body Mass Index.   It turns out that the BMI is a very unreliable indicator of health.    

From this LA times article, BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says:

“A team of UCLA researchers analyzed data from 40,420 individuals who participated in the 2005-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and they found that nearly half (47.4%) of overweight people and 29% of obese people were, from a metabolic standpoint, quite healthy. On the flip side, more than 30% of individuals with “normal” weights were metabolically unhealthy.

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Lasting impressions: In six months I'll be doing the butterfly across that pool

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Number one in a series.

In 36 years working at nine different health clubs I've seen a lot of amazing, bizarre, interesting, and sometimes disturbing things. I have seen thousands of people come and go. Most do not leave a lasting impression, but sometimes, even a brief encounter will stay with me forever.

It was January 1980. The price of oil was $37 a barrel that year, more expensive than it is today. Imagine that. The George Foreman Grill and other astounding leaps in technology had yet to be invented. It was my third month working at my first health club. The club was awash with new members armed with their New Year’s resolutions.

There was a man there who weighed 290 pounds. He had the look of a former athlete. Under that marbling there was obvious potential to be a well-muscled fit man. He was there for hours each day for five straight days. He told me in six months he would be doing the butterfly across the pool. Given how long he was there with such regularity that was definitely a possibility. I didn't see him the next week or the week after. In fact I never saw him again.

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Gym Fails

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Lamenting the dangerous practices that went on in gyms Author Jones, the developer of Nautilus and MedX exercise equipment, said that the overall health of people would improve if they stopped going to the gym. He must have seen exercise methods similar to the those in this video, a compilation of things you will not see at Austin Personal Training and at New Orleans Fitness Trainers. Methods that are cringeworthy and laugh-out-loud funny, but warning sometimes disturbing with colorful language.

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High intensity strength training lowers blood pressure

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To lower your blood pressure do high intensity training HIT or start strength training. Better yet, do them both at the same time.

High intensity training HIT consists of a series of short bouts of demanding exercise with rest or active recovery (less demanding exercise) in between each bout of exercise. HIT for strength can be done performing a series of strength training exercise with little rest in between. Evidence from two studies point to the positive effects both HIT and strength training have on lowering blood pressure.

This study, High-intensity interval training and hypertension: maximizing the benefits of exercise? compared continuous moderate-intensity exercise training (CMT) and high-intensity interval training (HIT), to determine which was better for lowering blood pressure.  They presented evidence that:

“HIT for several factors involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension raises the hypothesis that HIT may be more effective for preventing and controlling hypertension”.

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The lady said, "We want decisive members"

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Several years ago I walked into a health club; they were running a special offer. After the tour of the facility I told the lady that I wanted to think about it and that I would come back tomorrow. She told me I had to make my decision right then and there if I wanted to get the special rate. She said, “We want decisive members”. I made my decision right there and walked out.

There is a reason yearly memberships are a bargain, and there is a reason they are always running specials. Many facilities bank on the fact that you won’t attend regularly. On average, only thirty percent of members attend regularly.

So you take the bait and decide to join the health club. To get the discount you sign the monthly bank draft, and the automatic bank draft begins. If you are like most people your attendance is regular at first and then seldom. Cancelling your membership is expensive because there is a $200 processing fee, so you are stuck for a year. There is a reason the renewal rate at health clubs hovers around 30 percent.

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Fourteen years of positive changes

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I work out of our Austin Personal Training location, and I was talking to one of our New Orleans personal trainers a few years back. I asked her why there was an influx of business when we hadn’t been doing any promotions, really no marketing of any kind outside of our internet presence. I was heartened to hear her response. She said, “People are starting to know of us in the community. I think we now have an established reputation”.

More than a decade ago we asked our clients if they would submit a short testimonial about their experience at our New Orleans location. The result was almost 40 testimonials, 30 of them from doctors.  We appreciate those votes of confidence and all the other testimonials made in subsequent years.

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