Exericse Really can Save Lives
I love a good story of inspiration, especially when it involves someone overcoming incredible odds to reclaim their life and their health.
Take the story I found on Science Daily about Tom Hoppensteadt, who weighted over 300 pounds, and as expected, faced real threats of diabetes and heart attacks. As Tom said, “He (the doctor) was pretty straight wth me, ‘drop the weight or you’ll die of a heart attack.'”
Tom’s wake up call was a cancer diagnosis, but the doctors told him that the more immediate and pressing threat was his obesity! He ended up losing over 120 pounds and dropping 10 waist sizes, not with drugs or surgery. Just hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
Tom attributed his weight loss to the following:
-Using the MyFitnessPal app to monitor diet and record exercise results
-Spin classes 3-4 times a week (45 minute class)
-Running and swimming 2-3 times a week
Tom even completed a triathlon, and hopefully he’ll discover the benefits of some functional resistance training for his new lifestyle as well.
Cheers Tom! Nicely done.
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