Courtesy of the imperial war museum. Note the bottom line!
My interpretation of the maffetone method is that there are 3 parts to this;
1 DIET – un processed, low carb (similar to paleo)
2 EXERCISE, aerobic governed by heartrate
3 STRESS reduction, whether physical stress through over training /anaerobic training or psychological or due to lifestyle factors.
So I’ve been working on the stress. Picking up my meditation practice, realising that maybe I need to do this properly not just 5minutes here and there.
Diet I’m about 3 weeks in. I’ve now reached the stage where not only do I not get physical sugar cravings, but it doesn’t take much will power to resist sugary treats. It hit me last night when we went to the cinema and Dave and Joe got ice cream and I wasn’t the least bit tempted to beg them to ‘let me taste it’. Honestly, it can be a bit boring, meat, fish, cheese, veg, but I do have a bit of bread or rice now and again, just not every day.
Exercise. I haven’t really got a routine going yet with this. A jog in the park revealed that a considerable amount of walking was required to keep my heart rate below the threshold ( it took 15:45 to do a Mile). The stair machine or the elliptical trainer at the gym seem to be the best ways for me to do something at a steady pace and stay in the correct HR zone. At the end of an hour of exercise at this level I didn’t feel tired or out of breath at all. Now I have found what works though, I plan to stick with it for the next week and see if I can improve my aerobic threshold enough to get a steady jog going.
So how do I feel? Good. Sleeping better. I think that I look better, less strained and tired. I feel optimistic that the maffetone method offers the possibility of improving my fitness without leaving me physically exhausted or physiologically stressed. It will be a slow road but one that takes me safely in the right direction.