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Entries Tagged as 'Fitness & Weight Loss'

By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.

Is there a relationship between how much I exercise and how well I age? 

The quick and easy answer is YES!  But let’s first start with two simple concepts, aging and detraining.  People often confuse the two and this is unfortunate because it makes the aging process often seem like a grim prospect. 

Aging is the natural process of maturation.  With every passing second I am a bit older and certain things change slowly over time.  We tend to lose a bit of cardiovascular fitness, we tend to lose muscle and strength, we tend to lose some bone density and unfortunately most of us get a bit fatter.  The thing to keep in mind about aging is that it progresses at a super slow rate.  These changes happen at a pace that easily allows us to make adjustments to our living in order to accommodate. 


By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.


I just had the great pleasure to do my first Heart Rate Diagnostic (HRD) on a Miraval guest.  This is a new service that I am offering here at Miraval and I am really excited about it for many reasons.  In the HRD I have the unique ability to take the extra time that the client and I need to get a more comprehensive picture of where their cardiovascular fitness is and where a client’s heart rate should be in order to improve it. 

The key to this is something called cardiac drift.  If I were to get on a treadmill at four miles per hour at two percent grade something would happen.  My heart rate would quickly go up and level off.  However about 8-10 minutes later the heart rate would slowly start to drift up even though I was doing the same workout.  This is the phenomenon called cardiac drift.  By taking extra time to perform the sub maximal cardiovascular test I can take this effect out of the heart rate equation and give people heart rate guidelines that are much more “real world” applicable.


By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.

People weight train for a bunch of different reasons.  Some people do it because they want to be huge.  This constitutes about one half of one percent of my clientele.  The other ninety nine and a half percent of the people  I meet here at Miraval are using weight training for toning, strength, healthy aging or as part of a weight loss program. 

For those of you not looking to get huge, resistance training can look really different.  Most of us think of clinking iron and grunting when we think of resistance training but in reality that Yoga class you just came from is a form of resistance training.  When expand the parameters that define resistance training it gets more appealing to more people and you open up the conversation to new ways of doing things.  


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How much exercise is needed to effectively manage stress and prevent diseases such as coronary heart disease and hypertension?

By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.

When you think about exercise in regard to disease prevention it is important to keep in perspective the simplicity of exercise.  If you think about it  all exercise can be broken down into how many calories you burn when you do that exercise.  It is important to think of exercise this way because when you want to talk about “how much exercise” you are really asking “how many calories”.  The other thing to keep in mind is the unimportance of what you do today and the importance of how much you have done this week.  Think of exercise as an accumulation of calorie burning that occurs over seven days not whether or not you did 30-45 minutes on the treadmill today. 

Keeping this point in mind I always try to get my clients to think about exercise accumulation.  Doing three bouts of exercise that are 60 minutes long or doing 18 bouts of exercise that are 10 minutes long is the same thing when it comes to burning calories and preventing disease.  Both approaches have you doing 180 minutes of exercise per week so in the end they are equal.