But the article uses three specific examples--Shaquille O'Neal, Muhammed Ali, and Sonny Liston--who are hardly "average" people. They're all professional athletes! (And all African American males.) The article does acknowledge this with the phrase "these elite athletes" but what is the context for all of this? It's about how the results of a national program to combat obesity won't be accurately measured by the BMI.
The last post, Warm-ups: Part 1, discussed the two broad categories of warm-ups: passive and active. And the two categories of active warm-ups: general and specific. Here in Part 2, we'll take a closer look at warm-ups, especially active warm-ups.
With the onset of winter (it's almost here), the importance of a good warm-up before a workout increases. It's also more important for the over-40 crowd who tend to have less joint fluid and muscle elasticity.
Let's start with a one-question quiz: What is the primary purpose of a warm-up?
Way back in 2008, I set a goal for myself to run a 6-minute treadmill mile before the end of the year. (I've never been a big runner, so this was a good challenge.) Tweaking my knee in the summer set me back, but I kept on working the program, spending more time running at 10 mph (a 6-minute mile pace).
Then along came Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 2008.