Making progress in the gym

I think it’s best to exercise outdoors.  Having said that, there are some advantages to the gym.  I’m on vacation, and have been to the gym 4 of the past 5 days.  I can see progress on my performance on the treadmill, doing intervals, just in that time.  I felt less tired after the last session, and my heart rate at the end of the last interval was lower on day 5 than on day 1.  That’s progress!  And I record it on my smartphone.

treadmill

The same is true to using weights – I record the weight, seat position (I don’t use free weights because of my neck problems), reps – and I’ve seen progress there, too.

I try to schedule my exercise; I try to be active during the day (take the stairs; get up out of the chair every 30 min).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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