Episode #142: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus!

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Is doing push-ups with kids on your back a form of fitness productivity?

In this April 20, 2011 free audio episode: Fitness productivity tips from Peter Shankman, how much to eat after a big workout, how to heal the lungs after smoking, will small people cannibalize too much muscle with fasted exercise, what happens when women exercise too much, is a saltwater pool healthier than a chlorine pool, how to run faster after biking, my top indoor cycling workouts, what is a low oxalate diet, taking blood pressure medications during exercise, a supplement called d-ribose, and why I don't recommend regular multivitamins.

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Featured Topic: “Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman”

R Week Magazine has described Peter Shankman as “redefining the art of networking”, and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective”. Peter is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter (pictured left) is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, and customer service. You can visit his website at http://www.shankman.com . During our discussion, Peter, who is an Ironman triathlete and fitness enthusiast, describes to you…

-What is the average fitness routine look like for a busy, successful individual…

-How to incorporate technology into a fitness routine…

-Peter Shankman's top swim productivity tip…

-Peter Shankman's top bike productivity tip…

-Peter Shankman's top run productivity tip…

-And much more!

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Eric asks: Yesterday I completed my first 130 mile weekend with 80 of those moles on Sunday. I did the best I could regarding nutrition in the saddle but I'm still super hungry today. What would be your replenishment plan after an effort like that. Garmin said I burnt up around 4500 calories. I'm 174 6'1 & male if that helps at all.

Emily asks: I am a runner, and I used to be a smoker. I recently quit, but I am wondering if there are any supplements or health tricks that might help my lungs heal faster and to keep me motivated from going back to the dreaded cigarettes? I have run a marathon while smoking, and I can't wait to run one smoke free!

Melanie asks: Not to keep on the whole fasted morning exercise thing that you've talked about, but I'm wondering your opinion on a very small woman with no muscle to lose on what point should I actually be concerned of “eating” muscle. I'm 5'2 and 105 and approx. 17% body fat. I want to get to 13 – 14% body fat but don't need to lose much weight or any muscle. Should I even be doing fasted exercise? Is it okay to do fasted 45 minute strength training?

Susan asks: Please Help! How can I tell if I'm truly in menopause or experiencing exercise induce amenorrhea. I lost my cycle at age 42 while doing heavy volume triathlon training while following a low carb vegetarian diet (stupid, I know). I got very lean. Dr. figured it was related to low body fat. Now almost 4 years later, it has not returned – I cont. to train heavily but BOOM! put on almost 10# even though I made no changes to my regimen. Now doc says it's menopause. My FSH wa 34.8 (menopausal) but my LH was low (7.2). I've tried to research but, from what I can tell, the levels are usually either both high or both low. Do my results mean anything?

Todd asks: I switched gyms and have gone from chlorine pool to saline pool. I find my times are better and swimming seems a bit easier. Is this because of saline buoyancy?

Gerry asks: Hi Ben, my best half marathon time to date is 95 min. However, in a 70.3 race, I've struggled to go faster. My best there is 115 min. What's the most effective way to train to improve that half marathon time during a 70.3 race? I'd like to do it under 100 min without fatigue or cramps.

Janet asks: I work out 30 min. every morning six days a week. My workouts are 1 minute hard resistance/ cycling with cadence of 55 or 60 with my heart rate getting up to max 180 beats followed by recovery for 1 minute with cadence of 50 or 60 and heart rate around 150. Workout Is 30 min. Could you give me some ideas for other spinning workouts I could do? Can my body get too accustomed to this?

Mike asks: I recently passed a kidney stone. My urologist had me do a 24 hr urine test, which showed high urinary calcium and oxalate. He has recommended I avoid Vitamin D supplementation (I'm currently taking 3000 IU daily), as well as decreasing coffee, cola, chocolate, nuts, spinach and green leafy vegetables. I don't drink cola and only 2 cups of coffee/day, but I really don't want to give up my big salad, handful of nuts, and small piece of dark chocolate. I've researched other “high oxalate” foods and it's a lot of otherwise very healthy foods that I love! What can you suggest for eating healthy while maintaining a “low oxalate” diet.

Tony asks: I have recently finished my first 1/2 marathon, and my first Biathlon. My partner and I are signing up for a trail marathon in October. We are both in good shape and are dedicated to being better. I am a professionally diagnosed genetic hypertension person. I take two tablets each morning so that I will not stroke out. They are Procardia and Hyzaar. As I train, how should I approach supplements? What type of drug interactions do I need to be aware of?

Melanie asks: Melanie asks: Hi Ben, What do you know about D-ribose? A health and fitness person that I follow sometimes said he just completed his own trial of ribose after being sent a sample and said after one week he felt a big difference in his energy level. Wondering if this is a good option to increase energy and what the drawbacks might be?

Carlos calls in and asks: I am just a beginning amateur runner and am wondering if “regular” Multivitamins and Protein will be detrimental to my health. I hear you mention a lot of things about regular multivitamins and other regular supplements, but you never recommend them. Are they actually unhealthy for a beginner like me? By “regular” I mean, the more popular & affordable supplements used by a greater number of people such as products by Nature Made, GNC, and Optimum Nutrition. Are the supplements you recommend specifically for triathletes? My health is no where near a triathlete. Do I still need to take these “special” supplements or am I good taking the regular ones? I heard from another source I trust, that the differences between “special” and “regular” supplements are slim, and unless you are professionally training, the slightly higher benefit from taking special supplements is not really needed.

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7 thoughts on “Episode #142: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus!

  1. Healthy Lunch Recipes says:

    Oh wow these are some really awesome tips. I don’t think I’d have ever thought of that first tip by myself . I’m definitely going to be using some of these , they seem as though they’ll really help me out . Thanks for sharing!

  2. Octathorpe says:

    Hey Ben

    I've been a huge fan of your podcast for quite a while — love it!

    I want to let you know, though, that the last two episodes have had their audio messed up a bit. Specifically, vocals are in only one side of the stereo field. Whether it's you or someone you are interviewing, the vocals are in only one side. When you have music or the voiceover lady playing the sound is in both sides.

    If you need help troubleshooting, just let me know. I work as a recording studio consultant, music producer, audio engineer, and teach at a music college. I would be happy to help you out.

    -Sheldon

    1. I did notice it sounded different, Sheldon. If my microphone were damaged, could that cause the issue? The kids were playing with it when I was racing in Nevis a couple weeks ago…

  3. Carlos says:

    I have a comment on what to eat to enhance repairing of lungs/body after smoking.

    I knew someone who smoked 1+ pack per day for over 5 years of his life. He also drank like crazy. He is 89 years old today. The docs do all kinds of tests with him and he shows NO SIGN of ever smoking. Its crazy, no sign. His lung as perfect.

    He swears by fish at least 3 times per week, and smells like garlic on a daily basis. I think he eats a few cloves a day; for sure at least 1. He swears by garlic & olive oil. His health is top-notch nothing is wrong with this guy!

  4. Kelcey says:

    This is a comment for Susan. I went through the exact same thing – stopped having my period in my late 40's and not sure if it was amenorrhea or menopause. I asked my doctor about it, and had blood work done, and was told my hormone levels were "consistent with menopause". Then I started adding more fats into my diet, especially the omega-3s and other healthy sources of fats like flax, chia, wheat germ, avocado, coconut and lots of other nuts and seeds. I actually did start having my period again, but it was very sporadic, like 2 or 3 times a year. Then it started tapering off again, and now I might have it once a year (I'm now 52). So my conclusion was that my lack of having a period was probably due to both intense training without consuming enough fats, as well as premenopause.

    1. Susan says:

      Thanks so much. It' been important for me to know the distinction. I was just never comfortable with the doctor's assessment that one day it's amenorrhea and the next it's menopause – although the sudden, inexplicable, utterly-frustrating weight gain leads me to think menopause.

      I'll try to focus more on my dietary fat. (I was a little too obsessive with diet as well as my exercise.) We'll see what happens! NOT that I want it back, or course!

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