by Jessita Herriott and fitness expert Lauren Whitmore
Obesity and heart health is a major issue for people in the U.S, according to The Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 616,000 people died of heart disease in 2008, or approximately 1 out of every 4 people. I was speaking with Lauren Whitmore, Co-Owner of Total Fitness Revolution Gym in Mableton Georgia for her expertise on, what it really means to be fit in the 21st Century.
What is the difference between thick vs. overweight?
“It’s all about being heart healthy, you could be 200 pounds at 5’6 but can you: run a marathon, walk up stairs without being out of breath, do you have high blood pressure, diabeties or high cholesterol?
I think a lot of people have larger physiques, like myself, but what is more important to me is heart health, not necessarily weight, but am I going to live a long life!!”
What is your healthcare regimen?
“So, as far as my healthcare regimen is concerned, I try to balance a healthy diet with alot of exercise. I do alot of strength training and cardio activity.
I cycle on my indoor bike, teach aerobics classes, and do alot of weight lifting and running at my fitness bootcamp. I am a firm believer in group fitness, thats what helps to keep me motivated, because I am drawing energy from other people, this pushes me to go farther. I eat as natural as possible, and avoid processed foods. My diet consist of fresh greens, natural food and meat and I cook at home regularly. I combine these with exercise 5 times a week”.
How often should you exercise?
“It all depends on your goals; if weightloss is your goal then you need to exercise as often as necessary in order to reach that goal. After this point, you can develop your own fitness plan.
If you are already physically fit, experts would recommend exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day; that could mean walking, running, biking, or playing your Wii fit on your nintendo. It depends on what your goals are, but I recommend that you do something good for yourself no less than 3 times a week”.
Fitness for the 21st Century is more about good health habits than it is about being skinny; being in a good enough shape so that you can be free from heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Fitness is about longevity and quality of life, it’s not just about being able to fit into a size 6.