Posted in exercise, fitness, health, healty, running, sport, workout, tagged health, healthy, hydration, run, running, walk, walking, water, workout on 05/04/2010 |
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Do you ever feel those last two days/weeks/months have been everything BUT healthy? no exercise, a lot of “specials”… And at this point, getting back on track seems almost impossible – especially that first step, right?
Well, I’ve got news (or just a reminder) for you: not only is it “possible”, but it’s actually very doable!
Step #1: Acknowledge that it starts Here and Now. Not tomorrow after that business trip of yours.
Step #2: Identify that barrier between you and your exercise: is it physical, psychological or a hibrid of both?
- Ex: It’s been three days I have not exercised at all and have not been eating well to say the least – I STILL feel full and bloated, etc. Even my daily gigantic water intake was out the window!
Needless to explain how I feel… but it’d be pretty close to an old, dried-up, very slow… something!
Just the thought of going on a 5 miles run seems to be straight out of a Fairy Tale/Fantasy book… Heck, I’m not even sure I could do a mile right now!
As sad and pathetic as this is, I KNOW I don’t have a choice: the more I wait, the harder it’s gonna be, and quite frankly, I can’t bare the thought of anything harder than that, so onto phase #3!
Step #3: Fix it, step by step!
Here’s what I’m gonna do:
- Pick up my dear bottle of water and never let it leave my side… ever again! (OK – maybe just for the next couple of days)
- Go for a walk with my new BFF Aquafina. That will make me realize my legs are still capable of moving (thank god!) and well it’s a great way to fill that lunch hour!
- Finally, I feel almost ready to tackle the monster: I lace-up my running shoes, do 10-20 push-ups to get the blood flowing (really it just makes me feel really BAD-ASS!!) and head-out the door… Without giving a chance to my mind to convince me otherwise! I’m not going all out, just a nice and short run is enough to get my motivation back on track so tomorrow I’ll have a great souvenir of it and will want to do it all-over again!
OK: I talk the talk, now onto walking the walk! – Literally
What are your “Back on Track” stories and tricks?
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Posted in exercise, nature, warm, workout, tagged exercise, kayak, nature, outdoors, puerto rico, sea, sports, vacation, water on 02/02/2010 |
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As some of you may know, I am going to Puerto Rico in less than 3 weeks, and I can’t wait! I’ve been doing a bit of research and decided to talk about water sports today. So for those of you who are taking a warm vacation, live in the sun year round or those day-dreaming, read on.
What is it? About three days ago I had no idea. Never even heard that word before (remember English is only a second language!). So I researched it, and it seems to come right in my realm of aquatic capacities (no great swimming skills required).
Basically, it is swimming at the surface of the water with a tube called snorkel. Yep, that’s it. But what’s so wonderful about it, is that you get an amazing view of the under-water life while getting in some exercise AND relaxing! Yes that’s possible: for one hour of leisure swimming, a 150lbs person will burn 408 calories. Amazing right? - That is if you don’t just float the entire time (Thanks Foy)
All you need is access to a beach, a snorkel, a snorkeling mask and you are good to go! Now if you want to go all-in, get some snorkeling fins and an under-water camera for great memories.
Well you probably already know what it is: sit in your kayak, paddle in hand and… Paddle! This is a great way to explore a body of open water (sea, lakes, etc.) and its surroundings. Bring a cooler with lunch and beers, and enjoy the warm rays of the sun (I am not promoting drunk-paddling). And of course, believe it or not, you are making your shoulders, chest, biceps, and all those muscle work as you paddle. So that’s another awesome fun, relaxing way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Note that I’m talking about sea/lake kayaking and not going to attempt rapids (for the moment).
I’ll make sure to take tons of pictures, and will give you a “compte-rendu” of my first tropical water sports experience. But meanwhile, I want to know your water-sports experiences, and what are your recommendations???
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So, I’ve been feeling under the weather for the last two days – ok I have a full blown cold! – but I know it’s gonna be gone by tomorrow. How? Because I have been drinking over 3 Liters (I mean Quarts) of water throughout the day, got some rest and mild exercise (walk). Add positive thinking into the bunch, and THIS is my remedy
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Nutrition: the science that links food to health and disease.
In such a broad and changing subject, there are many options and interesting aspects that we would all benefit from understanding a little bit better. But there’s one thing that is absolutely vital: water. Life as we know it could not exist without water. It is the greatest component of the human body, making up 50% to 70% of the body’s weight. (and that’s a lot!) The reason for such a great variance depends on your muscle mass and body fat percentage. Because lean muscle tissues contain about 73% water (versus 20% for adipose tissue/fat), the more muscle you have = higher total body water content. “Well that’s great, but what does that do?” In case you find yourself strained with no food or water, the person with the higher muscle mass (body water content) will be able to survive longer… so lift weights, just in case
What else is water good for (I mean other than surviving!)? It contributes to regulate your body temperature so drink up, and build lean muscle tissues: you might save on your next electricity bill! There’s also all that fuss about how much exactly water should we drink per day. Aside from all the water-packed food you eat every day (tomato, milk, potato…) women should have approximately 9 cups (2.2L) and men about 13 cups (3.3L). Let’s clarify a couple things though: alcohol and highly caffeinated drinks do not count. And of course if you workout you need to adjust consequently by replacing the lost water weight throughout a sweat session. And don’t wait until your are thirsty because that means you already are dehydrated!
Benefits of Drinking Water:
- healthy skin
- helps in weight loss and increased metabolic rate
- improves athletic performance
- reduces the risk of some cancers (colon, bladder)
- lessens the risks of joint pain and arthritis
- may help reduce high cholesterol levels and hypertension
Question #2: how many glass of water do you (REALLY!) drink per day?
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