Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thoughts on...P.A.C.E. The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution by Al Sears, MD

I love this book. I wish I could tell you about my success in following the program but I can't. Only because I didn't do it! I still plan to but this is clearly a case of "do as I say, not as I do" ;)

You've heard of interval training? Most of the programs I found were for people who were already athletes. If interval training is so great, where's the program for the rest of us?

This is interval training for the rest of us. That is a simplistic view of the book. Dr. Sears believes, and has the research to back him up, that our modern lives are killing us. Our bodies are still conditioned for caveman living in a fast food/drive everywhere life.

Think about this. You walk to your car, walk into your office, walk to your car, walk into your home. Oh yes, you stop by the gym (on a good day) and do your 20-minute minimum of moderate intensity cardio.

Your caveman ancestor walked for most of the day foraging then, ahem, ran like hell when a predator spotted him. Sure there were lots of problems with the ancestor way of life ;) but when we lost the "ran like hell" part of our day, we lost a big chuck of our health.

Not just fitness or I look great, but health.

Dr. Sears explains what's wrong, why it happened, and how to fix it. There are lots of graphs and research snippets to back him up but there are also examples from his own medical practice.

There is one example of a women who was so out of shape that walking for 45 seconds then resting for 45 seconds was her interval training. (page 90)
PACE allows you to start from any level of conditioning. If you can stand up, you can do PACE.
page 90
It's difficult for me to express how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't follow through the first time I read the book but I'm ready to revamp the way I think about exercise and get with the PACE program. Read the book a couple of times. First, enjoy it as you would any novel. Laugh at parts and cry at others...and want to slap someone upside the head. Let it perk for a while then go back and really read it. Write down what you need to do to improve your health and live a long, healthy life.

Now to decide what to do with my gym membership and personal training sessions!


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of amazon.


P.A.C.E.
The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution
by Al Sears, MD

Wellness Research and Consulting
ISBN 978-0979470394
February 2010
Trade Paperback
health/fitness
298 pages


Product Description:
PACE is the ONLY doctor-designed program proven to help you reclaim a young, lean and effortlessly energetic body in as little as twelve minutes—guaranteed! PACE is a growing revolution. It’s already practiced by thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world. PACE overturns years of failed ideas and exercise advice. PACE upends current exercise trends by revealing their flaws and offering a more effective, more natural way of moving our bodies. This book will show you how to replace the flawed and ineffective theories the have been mistakenly accepted without proof with what really works. Join the PACE revolution and your body will soon become naturally strong and resilient. You’ll join the cutting-edge group of thousands who now feel energized, motivated, and ready to take on any challenge. And the best news is that joining the PACE revolution takes on average only twelve minutes per day.PACE is the ONLY doctor-designed program proven to help you reclaim a young, lean and energetic body in as little as 12 minutes—Guaranteed!

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