Lewis Bowling: Walking event raises money for kids

May. 08, 2013 @ 03:38 PM

Last Saturday about 50 participants showed up to walk around Duke’s East Campus to raise money for children with hearing and speech problems.  The event was sponsored by the Bull Durham Sertoma Club, and over $5,000 was donated for this most worthy cause.  It was a fun day, and I was happy to be part of it, speaking for a few moments about the benefits of walking.  I also talked a little about some historic Duke sports buildings and places on the East Campus we would be walking by, such as The Ark, Duke’s first basketball building, and the Alumni Memorial Gym, Duke’s second basketball gym.  There was a magician on hand, a bluegrass band was there, and some good food was enjoyed. Congratulations to the Bull Durham Sertoma Club for such a fine effort in working to help hearing and speech challenged kids.
Last month, the world’s oldest living person, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, celebrated his 116th birthday.  Mr. Kimura eats three meals a day of rice, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.  The world’s oldest living woman, Misao Okawa, also of Japan, is 115 years old. Japan has more than 50,000 people who are at least 100 years old.  By the way, Jeanne Calment of France, is the record holder for the longest lived person ever.  She was 122 when she passed away in 1997.
I would be very interested to know who the oldest living person is in Durham County, or in the surrounding area.  Let me hear from you if you know about local people who have lived to be close to 100 years old, or over 100.  This would make for an interesting future column. 
I always tell my college students that I would much prefer they exercise because they want to and enjoy it, not because they do it to get a grade or because I ask them to. Internal motivation is the best motivation you can have; you exercise and live healthy because you know it is good for you and you do it on your own. External motivation, such as exercising because someone is prodding you, might work short term, but is not very effective long term.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent attempt to mandate that a person could not purchase a soft drink over 16 ounces is not the way to cut down on the consumption of sugary drinks, in my opinion.  For one thing, an individual should make the choice of whether he or she wants a 10 ounce or a 20 ounce cup of drink, not the New York City government.  I also just think true personal growth comes from making decisions from within, not because you have to do something because of a mandate.  I don’t choose to drink alcohol; to be honest, can’t stand the taste of the stuff, but each of us of age should be able to make that choice for ourselves.
I recently received a question from a reader lamenting the fact that she only burns about 300 to 500 calories from her sessions on the treadmill.  Of course, the duration and intensity of her sessions affect the number of calories burned during her workouts. This reader was aware from a previous column I wrote that since there are 3,500 calories in just one pound of fat, even 500 calories burned during one workout seemed rather a small number.
My reply was that not only do you use calories while you exercise, but you burn many additional calories for hours after you finish working out because of increased metabolism from the exercise session.  This is called the after burn effect of exercise. For example, running at 10 a.m., let’s say, until 11 a.m., will have your metabolism working at higher levels for up to several hours after you have finished running.  Weight training, and many other types of exercise, will have the same effect.  So you see, you not only increase your calorie burning while you exercise, but for hours after you finish, so the total amount of calories really can add up.   
Lewis Bowling teaches at N.C. Central University and Duke University. He is the author of several books on fitness and sports. His website is www.lewisbowling.com. He can be reached at 919-530-6224 and at Lewis_Bowling@yahoo.com.