Walk this Way–The Medical Community’s Fixation on Walking for Exercise

By Joshua Trentine, OVERLOAD Fitness

According to our (OVERLOAD Fitness) Exercise Philosophy, walking does not generally qualify as exercise. A movement or activity is not perceived as a stimulus by the body unless it is demanding. An activity that does not render a muscular failure—an inability of the muscle to continue, reached within one to three minutes—is not demanding.

Again, walking can be continued ad infinitum, because there is no meaningful muscular taxation. If walking becomes impossible, it is because the subject has become sleepy, hungry, generally fatigued, ridden with blisters, injured, or dehydrated. The muscles, per se, do not fail. They can go on and on and on. And since they can go on and on, and since they are never meaningfully inroaded, overuse syndromes are proportionately probable.

There are exceptions. Walking may indeed be exercise for those for who walking is all but impossible. In this instance of debility, walking is momentary and meaningfully demanding. It is therefore exercise for these people, there will be an “exercise effect,” but is it indicated for such patients?

In my opinion, it is not the best form of rehabilitation for these debilitated people. I would prefer that these people were performing specific strength exercise for the musculature that is required for walking and remaining upright. Gait training is included to regain the skill of walking after the muscles are conditioned enough to provide sufficient support.

We believe the best exercise and the best physical rehabilitation is done with high intensity and low force exercise that tracks muscle and joint function. These compressive forces are nourishing and healthful to our joints and articular cartilage, as well as strengthening muscle and bone. Even with such a benign activity as walking, our stance limb may be exposed to 2.3 times our body weight with brisk walking. Under normal conditions, this is no great issue, but for someone with a functional leg length difference, someone experiencing back pain or a person with arthritic knees, excessive walking in the name of exercise will only exacerbate these conditions while the compressive forces of slow speed strength exercise are far safer and therapeutic.

I often hear the adjective “low-impact.” This term is often used indiscriminately to imply low-force. On the contrary, low impact does not indicate low-force. Relatively high force is
encountered without an impact. Forces occur and vary depending on the rate of change in movement. Thus, excessive force can be encountered merely by jerking your limbs around in the air (a gas) or water (a liquid), not just against a solid.

Notice the deliberate heel strike of those on walking programs as they briskly march about the neighborhoods or in shopping malls. If so-called march fractures can put a soldier out of commission, just imagine the chain of events that might follow with an elderly man or woman: immobility, foot surgery to relieve bone spurs, increased danger of falling while maneuvering with crutches, infection subsequent to surgery, and on and on.

In reality, exercise is just as much a chore as brushing one’s teeth, making the bed, washing the clothes, mowing the grass, washing the dishes, or taking a bath. It is an absolute requirement for a normal, healthy life, and must not be confused with recreation any more that flossing one’s teeth or scrubbing the kitchen floor. Not enjoying it doesn’t factor into the matter. It must be done.

I expect that some will read this article and conclude that it is passé with the misplaced acknowledgement that, “Joshua overlooks the fact that the exercise physiologists and mainstream medicine now acknowledge strength training as an important component of exercise.”

No they don’t. They still don’t get it.

Strength training is not a component of exercise. It is the exercise! Ditch the steady-state low intensity activities! It is anti-exercise! It is empty exercise! It is counterproductive; it can even be an injurious activity!

If you are interested in learning more about proper, safe, therapeutic strength exercise, please contact an Exercise Specialist at OVERLOAD FITNESS 216.292.7569.

A Salon with Philosophy of a Natural Approach to Beauty

Presented By Linda Machalicek,
Owner of Dolce Organic Salon

Strong fumes from hair and nail products are the staple scent of most salons. But if you are looking for a more natural approach, look no further. Dolce Organic Salon offers toxic-free, natural hair coloring, manicures and pedicures for women and men as “the
only salon of its kind in Northeast Ohio.”

Dolce Organic Salon was opened in September 2008 following my life-threatening battle with pancreatic cancer. I developed a genuine interest in new and ancient organic and holistic approaches to beauty during my illness. I do believe that using traditional color and perm for the previous 30+ years had an effect on my health.

I wanted to open a salon that embraced a philosophy of natural approach to beauty. The best thing about our hair color is what we leave out! Now you no longer need to use hair color products that contain ammonia. Organic Color Systems uses a natural, nonammonia
based method to open the hair cuticle for color penetration. It doesn’t give off offensive fumes or damage your hair, as it retains its natural moisture and essential protein balance. This creates beautiful, more natural looking colors that last longer.

The color has no harsh chemical odor, no corrosive damage to hair, less toxin exposure, no scalp or skin staining, true-to-color charts and superior gray coverage. Our perm products contain NO thioglycolates, NO sulfates, NO animal by-products and NO plastics. You will experience no caustic fumes, no burn or itch, no brassing and no damage to your hair with these products. We also carry Simply Organic, a hair care product that contains no parabens, no sodium lauryl sulfate and does no product testing on animals.

The nail products we use are the fi rst vegan family of DBPformaldehyde and toluene-free nail lacquers. You will experience tranquility when you enter this beautiful, luxurious, odor-free environment.

Just a few benefits from using natural ingredients and removing harsh chemicals.
• No harmful fumes
• No scalp discomfort or staining
• Longer lasting color
• Color that fades on tone
• Superior grey coverage
• Healthier hair
Let yourself go, naturally!

Our salon professionals are dedicated to make you look beautiful. Our products help them to make you feel good about it too. Choose to avoid the toxic chemicals found in many product lines which are harmful. Discover the exceptional performance, superior results, and healthier alternative of product lines with Certified Organic Ingredients.

Yoga for Men

By Dawn Miller

What do the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and Tampa Bay Rays have in common? These pro sports teams have discovered the benefits of practicing yoga. If you think yoga is “just a girl thing,” you’re way behind the
times. In 2003, the book Real Men Do Yoga featured interviews with 21 male professional athletes who were reaping the benefits of practicing yoga in competitive sports and their personal lives.

Professional athletes use yoga to help old injuries heal, prevent new injuries, increase the efficiency of their breathing, sharpen focus and concentration, and enhance clear decision making under pressure. Yoga brings flexibility to muscles that get tight, particularly through repetitive use in sports such as cycling, golfing, and running, and playing basketball,
baseball, softball, and football. It provides holistic physical conditioning that strengthens underworked muscle groups balancing them with those that tend to be overworked in sports and weight training.

You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of yoga. More and more “regular guys” are attending yoga classes every day. Out of the 20.4 million Americans practicing yoga, nearly 18% are men according to the 2012 “Yoga in America Study” conducted by Sports Marketing Surveys USA.

Research has demonstrated that a consistent yoga practice can lower blood pressure, alleviate back pain, reduce stress, increase flexibility and range of motion, and strengthen the body in a holistic way. It’s a fantastic tool for aging well, keeping the body limber, the balance steady, and the mind sharp. Corporate yoga classes, increasingly part of onsite workplace wellness programs, provide tools for dealing with high pressure demands and for gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Stop missing out on the benefits and hit the mat. You’ll be glad you did.

About Dawn
Dawn teaches corporate yoga classes, private sessions, and studio-based group classes at multiple locations in Northeast Ohio. She has a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and a long-standing interest in cross-cultural health and healing practices.