“ I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost Use of Exercise in Health and Illness Mark Cucuzzella MD FAAFP Associate Professor of Family Medicine West Virginia University Lt Col USAF Reserves Flight Surgeon
Pachyderm won't pace to keep off pounds A staffer tries to coax Maggie onto her custom treadmill For two months, Maggie's trainers have used her favorite treats -- watermelon, apples, carrots, peanuts in the shell, banana slices and sweet potatoes -- to entice the 8,000-pound elephant into exercising on the $100,000 piece of equipment.
Play is the process. Fitness is merely the product.
“ If it isn’t fun,why do it!" Ben of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
U.S. exercise guidelines coming in 2008 POSTED: 7:08 p.m. EDT, October 26, 2006 cnn.com Officials hope federal exercise guidelines will lead Americans to healthier lifestyles, which in turn, could cut health care costs.
Simple diet rules - Godfrey Fowlere Oxford University circa 1975
1. The main task is to avoid obesity.
This is the provence of exercise. We are not overweight, we are overfat.
Only exercise will give us muscle to replace the fat.
When you exercise consistently your preoccupation with diet will disappear
“ Before cancer I was always worrying about what I was going to be doing 5 or 6 years down the road. That’s bulls----. It’s a terrible way to live. When I was sickest I decided, I’m never going to waste another day thinking about tomorrow. This is it. Today is all I have.”
“ Most people live nowhere near their limits. They settle for an accelerated aging, an early and precipitous fall. They give aging a bad name. Too many people entering their forties are performing at physiological levels more appropriate to somebody sixty years old.” George Sheehan
Physicians primarily concern themselves with chronologic age
Cape Canaveral, Florida 1962 “ I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.” Neil Armstrong on jogging
Basic to education of aristocrats ( arete to fulfill one’s function) in ancient Greece, in Florence during the Renaissance, for Thomas Jefferson, in turn of the century Europe and America, for US military academies
“ The body is the source of all energy and initiative” Plato
“ I hope that the ideal of the well trained and vigorous body will be maintained neck and neck with that of the well trained and vigorous mind.” William James 1896
Less than 30 percent of doctors advise their patients about exercise and nutrition (CDC-HP 2010)
“ Doctors are trained to fight disease, not prescribe health. I've had more than one doctor ask me if I'm amazed that my knees haven't given out yet.” Bill Rodgers in the Idiots Guide to Jogging and Running
Whenever any runner dies, for whatever reason, some reporter will march out the name of Jim Fixx and suggest that running is to blame 1976
Why do so many say that you should run only with a note from your doctor?
Running portrayed inaccurately in the media
Every year 30,000 + people run the New York City Marathon
Every 5-10 years one has a heart attack during the race and dies
This tragedy is what gets play in the papers
University of Michigan's home football games, the medical teams expect to treat two heart attack patients per game from the stands
In 1967, at the age of 20, Ms. Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon wearing official numbers. When a race official spotted her, he tried to rip off her numbers and throw her out of the race—because she was a woman. But Ms. Switzer finished the race.
"That accomplishment changed my life and gave me a tremendous sense that there was nothing in the world I couldn't do"
May‑6, 1954 By the end of 1957, 16 runners had logged sub-4-minute miles 3:59.4 - physiologic and psychological barrier.
“ Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will, and He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land.”