Covid-19, Covid Delta and Heart Disease

Ask yourself, after 17-months of fighting Covid-19 is the vaccine, wearing masks and washing your hands endlessly a day the end-all-to-be-all answer?  Could there be more to the story? After 17-months of letting Dr. Fauci, Dr. Gupta, and Dr. Siegel create the narrative, I think it’s time we talk about what is NOT being discussed with our family, co-workers, and neighbors. That is, “What is an underlying condition?”

You’ve heard the news dance around it. People who don’t survive Covid-19 (e.g. Die!) had an underlying condition. How many of you thought, “Crap, I don’t want to catch this underlying condition thing they’re talking about!”.

According to the CDC, 94.9% of American’s hospitalized (almost 5 million researched) had at least 1 underlying health condition. So, what are these underlying conditions they are dancing around? Well, they give you a big hint in this exact quote:

Hypertension and disorders of lipid metabolism were the most frequent, whereas obesity, diabetes with complication, and anxiety disorders were the strongest risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness. Careful evaluation and management of underlying conditions among patients with COVID-19 can help stratify risk for severe illness.

Let me break this down for you.

  • Hypertension is better known as “High Blood Pressure”. The CDC 2017 updated guidelines define it as systolic: 130 mm Hg or higher, diastolic: 80 mm Hg or higher.
  • Disorders of lipid metabolism. This means the patient is likely insulin resistant, which is the precursor for Type 2 Diabetes. It means your body is getting the wrong singles about how to convert your excess fat into energy. 3 million new cases are reported every year. It’s more common than you think, like 45% of Americans. 
  • Obesity and Diabetes are well documented. 
  • Anxiety disorders in this context are talking about depression and other mental illnesses.

This is a good time to pause and ask yourself, does any of this hit home? Do you suffer from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, are you overweight and do you fight depression? Do you have stubborn body fat you just can’t seem to get rid of? If you do, I’m sorry to say you may have one or more “underlying conditions”. The good news is, you can do something about it! However, I may be the first to be extremely blunt about it, you have to change the way you eat and you will need to start exercising.

What CNN, FOX & the CDC didn’t say…

  1. STOP eating man-made processed food! Just stop! If they created it in a lab, don’t eat it! Google “Real Food” and “Clean Food” and take control over what you put into your body. Stop eating more than 100 grams of carbs each day. The only way you’re going to know how many carbs you’re eating per day is to establish the discipline to track your food and drinks every damn day for 2 weeks straight. Install a mobile app to help you, MyFitnessPal and LoseIt are popular choices. 
  2. STOP fast food or at a minimum, pick their healthier options focusing on low carbs. Remember, your new goal is to be  under 100 grams of carbs every day. A McD Quarter Pounder with cheese and fries is 90 grams of carbs in a single meal! Learn about food by tracking what you eat!
  3. Get a handle on your added sugar and control it. This means coffee creamer, candy, soda, fruit juices! All this extra sugar is literally killing you. Remember 1 gram of added sugar is 4 teaspoons of sugar. A single McD Quarter Pounder with cheese has 10 grams of added sugar, that is 40 teaspoons of sugar added. 
  4. Exercise at least 30-minutes per day, three times a week. Get your heart rate at least 80% of your maximum heart rate (which is calculated as 220 minus your age), so a 50 year old would have to get their heart rate up to 180 beats per minute during the 30-minute exercise.
  5. Use a body scale that can help you measure your:
    1. body fat percentage
    2. subcutaneous fat percentage
    3. visceral fat index
These 5 steps will address the real Covid-19 threat, “Underlying Conditions” that cause Covid-19 patients to be sent directly into the hospital intensive care unit!



Your best defense against Covid is You!

I get it, we live in a time that we want a fast and easy solution. A shot, a pill, face masks all sound pretty good if we have been binging on snack food and haven’t exercised in a long time. 

The good news is, you are not alone and you don’t have to do this alone! 

We can help you, but more importantly, we want to help you fight your underlying conditions so you are ready for any fight that comes your way!

The CHAMPION Mindset

Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA CHAMPIONS all have one thing in common when it came to controlling the outcome of their fights. They know they must CONTROL the fight! Stack the things they can control in their favor. Training, education, eating right. Sound familiar?

If this blog post spoke to you and you know you have underlying conditions you are not owning up to, you can make a change! It’s time for you to CONTROL THE FIGHT against Covid-19, The Delta variance, and whatever else is going to be the “next thing”, because we are just kidding ourselves if we don’t believe it will be over soon. 

You have that opportunity right now by learning to Kickbox. We will help you control the fight by:

  1. You will always be working with our trainers, you don’t have to do this on your own. All you have to do is show up and do the work, we’ll coach you every step of the way.
  2. You can use our total body scales to measure your body fat%, subcutaneous fat%, and visceral fat index. We’ll help to create a plan to drive it down!
  3. We will equip you with a heart rate monitor so you know you’re getting your heart rate up in the fat-burning zone and motivate you to take three or more classes per week. 
  4. We’ll help you with meal plans and guide you on macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) to help you improve your body from the inside out.
  5. We’ll help you burn calories fast while reducing stress and anxiety. 
If you live in the Federal Way or Kent, WA area PLEASE take us up on our Free Kickboxing Offer by filling out the form below.
If you don’t live in the communities we serve, you can participate in our interactive Kickboxing program on Zoom. The link below will gain you free access to our Cardio Blast Kickboxing class held every Sunday morning on Zoom. No bag is required.

This is a great way to experience our Cardio Kickboxing class from the comfort of your own home. Invite your kids to join you.

This is broadcasted from our locations in either Federal Way or Kent, WA each Sunday morning. They are 30-minutes long and will get your heart rate in the fat burning zone.

No equipment is necessary. Please sign up in advance and plan on logging into Zoom about 15-minutes before the schedule class time to check your Zoom settings. 

Jim Harrer

Jim is the Founder & CEO of BestHour Fitness, Inc - the parent company of #BestHour Kickboxing.

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