As warmer air comes, many of us will start wearing more revealing clothes, which in turn will reveal more of our bodies. We all have a certain amount of vanity, and there is nothing wrong with that, as wanting to look good to others is completely natural. Following are some suggestions on making those body parts that people will be noticing over the coming months look better, and more importantly, help make you healthier.
I know Duke fans everywhere are feeling down this week after the loss to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. But the Duke men had a very good season, and will be back again next year fighting for national honors, no doubt. Quite frankly, at least in my opinion, and I’m sure some would disagree, but Louisville this year was just a better team; certainly they were better in the tournament game. I think we will see Louisville standing as national champions when it is all said and done.
Harold Hunter of North Carolina Central University was first in many ways in his life, and for that vital role he was given a Trailblazer award from NCCU in 2009. Hunter was the very first black player to sign an NBA contract and was the first black man to coach the United States Olympic basketball team, when he served as an assistant coach on the gold-medal 1968 team in Mexico City.
Cameron Indoor Stadium is perhaps the most famous college basketball arena in the country. The Duke Blue Devils play on Coach K Court inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. Every game is sold out, and the Cameron Crazies are among the most boisterous and passionate fans in America. Duke rarely loses in its home arena.
I have no problem with the military’s recent announcement that women can now serve in combat units. I just hope that the physical standards are not eventually lowered to help more women qualify, and it seems that is the military’s intentions, as of now. As it is, recognition of gender differences in physical attributes are made in fitness tests administered, such as the Army requiring a 17- to 26-year-old man to run two miles in 15 minutes, 54 seconds or less and do at least 42 pushups. For women in the same age group, the standard is 18 minutes and 54 seconds in the two mile run and to be able to do at least 19 pushups. A Marine man 17 to 26 years old has to run three miles in 28 minutes or less while women of the same age group have to run the three miles in 31 minutes or less.
A recent study made headlines around the world. It found that people who are moderately overweight, up to 30 pounds or so above normal, have a slightly lower risk of premature death than those at a normal weight. The study used body mass index (BMI) as a criteria, which is basically a measurement of height and weight. BMI is pretty much useless information for most people. An example would be Duke basketball player Mason Plumlee. Mason is listed as 6 feet 10 inches tall at a weight of 235 pounds. On a BMI calculation, he would be listed at 24.6, where 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Now look at the great physique of Mason the next time Duke plays and tell me if he is even close to overweight or has too much fat. The young man is built like most of us would envy. So don’t pay too much attention to this study. I’ll put my two cents in agreement with Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, who when asked to comment on the report, said, and I quote directly, “The paper is a pile of rubbish.”
Rising early each day, Robert Lefkowitz reads his New York Times first thing in the morning while sipping coffee. Then he is on his treadmill in the basement of his house by 7 a.m., where he will walk for an average of 60 minutes, increasing the speed and incline as he goes along. After his morning exercise routine, he will eat his usual two slices of whole grain bread topped with some fresh peanut butter and on occasion a little jam. After breakfast, Dr. Lefkowitz heads for work at Duke University, as he is the James. B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center. That work recently landed Dr. Lefkowitz a nice award.
They were mostly UNC fans, but I really enjoyed speaking to and answering questions from the Chapel Hill Kiwanis Club last week. My topic was Duke football and basketball history, which is a subject I teach, write and speak about quite often. I talked about some of the great Duke basketball teams before Coach K came to Duke, such as the teams of coaches like Eddie Cameron and Vic Bubas, and we also talked about how football used to be the big sport on the Duke campus, not basketball.
Ever thought about becoming a personal trainer? For a number of years one of my jobs was to teach personal trainer certification workshops. I have done this for several years with two organizations, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the American College of Sports Medicine. I must have certified hundreds of people as personal trainers over the years, teaching classes from Chicago to New Orleans, and I must have taught more than 10 workshops at the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte. Also I have traveled overseas to Thailand and Malaysia to teach sport conditioning classes, very similar to a personal training class, except that it was tailored more specifically to athletes. So perhaps I can “shine some light” on what it takes to be a personal trainer for those of you who might be interested in this profession.
Exercise can help narrow the gap between what you are and what you can be. Make fitness a regular part of your schedule this new year of 2013. The key is to be consistent and try to get some type of exercise into each of your days. Make it a habit. As the saying goes, “Habit is a cable. We weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”
I do enjoy sauntering through woods and my wife would say I’m a good feeder (a healthy appetite), but my body is far from perfect, for sure.
Dan Buettner is an author who has been traveling the world in recent years studying the areas where people live the longest. Here are nine ways he has found for living longer: Be active, have a purpose for getting up each day, kick back and relax to relieve stress, stop eating when you are 80 percent full, eat less meat, drink in moderation, have faith, develop loving relationships, and build a social network.