Aug 07 2010

Graehm Gray: Burning Calories By Walking! PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS NOT A ONE SUIT FITS ALL!

How many times do we say, “I need to exercise,” in any given day. Okay, maybe not say it out loud but think it. A hundred, a thousand, more? We all say it-mostly after a big meal. Sometimes we get the motivation and go into the gym at the end of the day or maybe an evening run for a few miles-and it feels great. But how many times do you think about taking a long walk to get your metabolism moving? Probably less than 5 % of all of our exercise thoughts focus on walking. Most of us think that walking can’t burn off as many calories as running. And that’s correct. Usually we burn about 100 calories for every mile we walk. Now if you run, maybe at a pace of 6 miles an hour, you may burn off 150 calories for that same mile. That’s really pretty close. In fact several studies (the original concept from Dr. Hatano in Japan-circa 1965) have revealed that walking 10,000 steps daily was equivalent to walking approximately 5 miles. And, if you walked 10,000 steps, these studies (D. Basset-University of Tennessee, C. Tudor-Locke- Walking Behavior Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA) showed that you were able to reduce your body fat, control diabetes and reduce waist to hips ratios. So there it is, walking, preferably a long walk at ...

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May 29 2010

Graehm Gray: “Take Ten!” Ten Minutes of Exercise Is The New 30!

I have always felt that doing some type of physical activity is important. In fact my cardiologist, who is really my primary care doctor,  and is truly a fantastic doctor, has always advised me that if you can spare ten minutes-take it and do something, do anything, but do it for ten minutes. Of course he also said that it’s better to do the exercise for 30, 60-or even 90 minutes a day, but ten minutes is good too! I read all of the exercise recommendations for kids and adults from the different organizations and don’t feel that they are addressing the American public. For people that work, time is money. Now that’s not an excuse. It’s the truth. Some people wake up at, well let’s just say darn early and have to be at work early! Stay all day at work, come home and if they don’t have a second job that they have to go to, their second job begins at home. Take care of the kids, go food shopping, prepare dinner, clean the house, write checks for the endless bills that come in, clean clothes or even take care of elderly parents. It doesn’t stop. And now, the exercise recommendations come along that say to exercise for 30-60 or 90 minutes a day. Oh, let’s not forget the nutrition recommendations that we should follow: eat five servings ...

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May 23 2010

Graehm Gray: I Had A Dream….

My friends, I had a wonderful dream that I want to share with you: It all started as I awakened one morning, and smelled some incredible aroma coming from the kitchen. I walked downstairs to find the table set with all sorts of colorful fresh vegetables and fruits. I saw egg whites, and hard boiled eggs. Whole grain breads and muffins were baking. Wow, what a terrific smell. My wife and kids were already sitting and eating and the topic of discussion was how to stay fit and healthy! I couldn’t believe it. But it was as real as it could be! Even the television, which is consistently tuned to either  CWTV’s “America’s Top Model,” Food Channel’s “Food Challenge,” Travel Channel’s-“Andrew Zimmern,” or even TLC’s “Buddy Valastro of Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey,”-now was showing a Science Channel (Discovery) show on the Universe with Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking's Universe). Am I dreaming? I guess I was, but it was sweet! Even better was when I asked my kids how school was, and they answered that it was “great” and that they were learning about organic foods in the organic garden they had at school and they even prepared some basic recipes in the “kitchen.” I couldn’t believe my ears! Organic garden, organic foods, kitchen-which dimension had I awakened in? My daughter continued to describe the yoga and Tai Chi ...

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Mar 10 2010

Graehm Gray: School Budgets Cutting PE, Music and Art Classes –Ridiculous or What!

Okay, stay with me on this one. School budgets are being cut. The economy stinks-let’s face it. Recovery? Where Mr. President? Maybe on Wall Street-yep the stock market seems to have rebounded. Banks are paying back our stimulus money. Great! Wall Street executives are getting fat bonuses, again. Also great! General Motors is re-upping about 600 dealers. Life is super great! What! Give me a break. Housing foreclosures are still among the highest levels in years. More single family homes and apartments are for sale. Prices are dropping. More people are giving up their homes, cars and possessions. The jobs wanted market is flooded with people looking. And now the latest misery, School Boards across the country, stretched to the max with money problems are cutting PE (Physical Education), Music and Art classes. Who needs more artists and musicians anyway? Culture-blah humbug-don’t need it. And as for PE-well that’s a no brainer-let’s have our kids keep eating and eating, consuming more and more calories and not burning anything off. What does that equal? Say it with me-More Obesity in our children! Now wait a minute! You read in The Nerdel News that First Lady Michelle Obama is targeting Childhood Obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign. It’s a fantastic effort-getting our kids to move and exercise. And we already know that our kids are not physically active enough. But-Ahm-hello-now the ...

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