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.


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 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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