Monitoring Exercise Intensity

Perceived Exertion What I’ve described previously for monitoring intensity of aerobic exercise using your breath is a simplified version of judging intensity by "perceived level of exertion" (also called “rating of perceived exertion”). Recently RPE has been shown to correlate very well with heart rate [1]. I think it's possible to make too big a … Continue reading Monitoring Exercise Intensity

Diet and Fat Adaptation, For Everyday Life and And Athletic Performance

Our bodies are “flex fuel” vehicles. They have a small fuel tank containing “higher octane” fuel (glycogen), and a much larger tank containing a slightly “lower octane” fuel (fat). I’ll explain why fat can be called “lower octane” below. The body wants to use the abundantly available fuel, fat, at lower intensities so it can … Continue reading Diet and Fat Adaptation, For Everyday Life and And Athletic Performance

Put Health First, Not Weight Loss- part 2: Scientific Evidence and Tips

There are several claims I did not offer detailed proof for in my previous post on this topic. I’ll give those details here. First let me point out that my best resource for finding this proof was Dr. Linda Bacon’s book Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, another highly recommended book. … Continue reading Put Health First, Not Weight Loss- part 2: Scientific Evidence and Tips