“Here’s to your health: Karen Owoc, a former Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a former Off Camera columnist with her The Health Reporter features, appears regularly on KRON in San Francisco, providing health segments on the station’s Saturday morning newscasts with anchor Marty Gonzalez. Owoc discusses a wide variety of health topics. Watch for her segments at 9:45 a.m. Saturdays. Gonzalez, by the way, is a 2010 inductee of our Chapter’s Silver Circle.”
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Are you able to walk for miles on a treadmill, but can barely ascend a few flights of stairs? I explain to Marty Gonzalez, KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, why stair climbing is so different from walking — and how it not only benefits your life but your sex life as well.😉
Stair Climbing vs. Walking
Stair climbing improves cardiorespiratory fitness. It is officially classed as a “vigorous” form of exercise. Stair climbing is a more POWERFUL form of walking because it:
Stair Climbing and Sex
Researchers in Canada monitored healthy male volunteers averaging age 64 while they walked, lifted weights, or climbed stairs. Stair climbing was the most demanding. Stair climbing was:
Twice as taxing as brisk walking on level ground.
50% harder than walking up a steep incline or lifting weights.
Faster at attaining peak exertion than walking (thus, explains the “huffing and puffing” going upstairs).
How to Stair Climb Your Way to a Longer Life and Stop Middle-Age Weight Gain
If you’re like most people, you don’t think about your grip strength until you struggle to open a jar or untighten a knob. But now there’s reason to know your actual grip strength. KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, Marty Gonzalez, tests his grip, and I explain what your grip strength (or lack of it) says about your health.
What a Strong (or Weak) Grip Says About You
Research shows your grip strength is a good predictor of overall strength; and overall strength is a good predictor of overall health.
According to a four-year global study of over 140,000 people aged 35-70 years old in 17 countries, a weak grip is a stronger predictor for death from ANY cause compared to systolic* blood pressure. In other words, a firm, strong hand grip is a better health assessment tool than your blood pressure.
*Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts. In one of our previous health segments, a high pulse pressure is a predictor of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease — a sign of stiff, damaged arteries.
These findings were published in The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, and were broadly consistent across various countries and economic levels.
How to Measure Grip Strength
Muscle strength is measured by grip. Your handshake can reveal your health status. Do you have a weak handshake or are you known for having a “vice grip”?
Grip strength testing is inexpensive, easily performed in a doctor’s office, and the results are immediate. NOTE: Grip strength is affected by a person’s stature:
Circumference of the forearm
Circumference of the hand
Since stature affects grip strength, relative grip strength is a better method of assessing muscle weakness (i.e., comparing changes in strength) vs. absolute grip strength using standard normative values.
What Guests Get As a guest of our Kick-Off Shopping Party!, you’ll receive 20% off your purchases (including already marked down items!) and a FREE lifetime ‘Basementeer’ membership fee (regularly $25). Basementeers receive 10% off every purchase every time they shop and 10% of the profits go to a charity of their choice.
The Sports Basement is a sporting-goods retailer with 7 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and are known for selling the “best brands at basement prices”.
*Get Sized! The Sports Basement offers gait analysis and will help you select the proper and correct fitting shoes. Great thing to do at the shopping party!
* Get Psyched! Sports Basement San Ramon hosts weekly fun runs on Thursdays. Meet Coach Mike at the party to inspire you.
* Get Started!Karen Owoc, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, will be there to answer your health, fitness, and nutrition questions.
* Get Geared Up! The Sports Basement has everything from camping gear to training gear — even equipment rentals.
Medical fitness practice, HealthStyleRx, and the Sports Basement have joined as partners. To celebrate this partnership and to welcome you, we’re hosting this Kick-Off Shopping Party! Stop in for some refreshments and an evening of shopping for your sports and fitness gear. Friends and family welcome!
See you there!
We’re here to support your fitness goals and cultivate fun in moving.