ARTICLES ABOUT HEALTH
On this page I will put articles I have written, articles I receive the "okay" to put here (copyright infringement limitations exist), articles you write and/or summaries of articles that I/you have read.
Article #1 - 11/23/98
This is a summary of an article I read in a fitness section of the New York Times dated 10/13/98. It is titled "No Gain in Backward Exercise, Experts Say." If you just read the title you'd think I was a nut for jogging forwards, backwards, sideways, circular, skipping forward, skipping backwards and side-stepping (volleyball-like movement) when I try to get healthier. Sure, I notice the looks from others, a lot less now than when I first started it. But there are huge benefits to be had from "jogging" in this manner.
Anyway, the article goes on to say "And, while a 1995 Texas Tech University study found that walking backward at a 16-minute-a-mile pace elicited higher heart rates and burned more calories than regular jogging at a faster pace, Edmund R. Burke, director of the exercise science program of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, warns that it is not a practical way to get in shape or lose weight. "Since you don't have eyes in the back of your head it's an awkward way to move, Dr. Burke said.""
WHAT??? Anybody want to explain that to me? Let me get it straight. You can move SLOWER and get a HIGHER heart rate AND burn MORE calories and you get WARNED that it's not a practical way to get in shape or lose weight. All right, I think I got it. WHAT???????
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