Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
I have noticed a lot of people cycling even in these hot temperatures. I haven’t ridden my bike for a few weeks because of the heat, even early morning temps are in the upper eighties. Hopefully the temperatures will come down soon and I can get back to ridding if only in the morning.
I did some research on the latest road bikes on the market and found some models, like the Pinarello Dodma F 10 sells for $13.000.00. Others models I found range from $300.00 to $3,500.00
One of the best bikes, according to Best Reviews Guide, is the Giordano Libero 1.6 women’s bike for around $400.00 and close second for men is the Schwinn Focus 1600 for about $565.00. Other top models are the Kestral or Beiou super light bikes but you are now looking at a price tag over $1,000.00. I would think these would be more for the racing enthusiasts.
I had no idea you could spend up to $13,000.00 or more on a bike. I am sure there are those who are serious riders that would invest that much and probably get to use it to its full potential. I would like to try one just once. Anyone who has one of these elite bikes, let me know what other models there are on the market and how you rate them.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Here in the south west, temperatures are starting to reach triple digits. Outdoor exercise or workouts are being confined to the early morning hours. But here are some activities you can do indoors in air condition comfort of your own home at any time of the day if only for 10 minutes or less.
#1 Jump rope --- For seven to ten minutes is a good cardio exercise.
#2 Balance Ball --- Usually a Booklet or DVD showing you various exercises comes with a balance ball.
#3 Yoga --- There are many free videos on line for the practice of yoga.
#4 Zumba --- Here again there are many free videos available. Just provide you own music.
#5 Hula Hoop --- I know you can still buy them
#6 Calisthenics --- This can be a boring activity but we are only looking for ten minutes or less. Put on some music or go naked.
It is better to do a little indoors on a daily basis that try to exercise or workout for an hour or more in the summer heat two or three times a week. You won’t need sun screen, sun glasses or carry a water bottle.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Hiking is becoming more and more popular. In the Phoenix area where I live, it is a year round activity. People come from all over the world to hike the rugged desert and mountain trails taking in the beautiful landscapes. However many start out unprepared. Almost on a daily basis, paramedics are called to rescue someone who has become dehydrated, injured or lost. There has been many occurrences where a hiker has to be airlifted to hospital. So here are some guidelines to help make your hike a safe and enjoyable experience in no particular order of importance.
Footwear: I recommend you invest in a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Not only will they protect your feet but will give support to your ankles. Also proper footwear will reduce strain on your leg muscles and joints as well as helping keep your balance on those rocky slopes. Believe it or not, I have seen people out on the hiking trails in flip flops.
Water: Take enough water on your hike to keep yourself hydrated and some extra. The extra should be in a separate container in case your main water supply is lost somehow or you may meet another hiker who has run short
Clothing: Choose clothing to fit the climate and environment. Wear a hat and maybe take a pair of gloves and a small flashlight. Sunscreen is a must in AZ.
Cell Phone: Most hikers carry their cell phone in case they need to call for help. Sometimes the cell goes dead or is dropped or lost or they are in a area with no reception. Take a whistle with you. Wear it on a cord around your neck. You can use it to attract attention in an emergency.
Food: Granola bars, bag of trail mix or dried fruit, something easy to carry. Beef jerky is travels well if you’re not a vegetarian. Here again, take a little extra.
Flight Plan: Let someone know where you plan to hike and when you expect to be back. Don't deviate from it without letting that someone know.
Hiking enthusiast are usually on the trail for the day and that’s the difference of going for a hike or going for a walk. You can cover a long distance hiking for six or eight hours and that is why it is important to plan ahead. These few tips can help make difference between an exhilarating experience or a disaster. So I bid you Happy Trails.
Monday, April 17, 2017
I have often wondered when the word exercise came into our culture. There is no mention of it in any history or religious texts dating back to ancient India, Egypt or China. Even in accounts of our American history, there is nothing that refers to fitness or exercise. The old west towns of the eighteen hundreds like Tombstone, Dodge City or Santa Fe there is no mention of a gym or jogging path. People chopped wood for the stove so they could cook, washed their clothes by hand and the plowed the land walking behind a horse or mule. Everyday tasks gave them all the exercise they needed to stay fit.
Then the industrial revolution came. Machines began doing some of our work for us. We now have modern washing machines and dryers. A microwave oven can cook a meal in two minutes or we can push a button on our smart phone and have food delivered to our door. The farmer works the land in an air condition cab on his tractor listening to satellite radio. Next the tractor or combine will till the soil and harvest the crops with no body driving them. Sound far-fetched? We now have cars and trucks that drive themselves.
The dictionary meaning of exercise is to “to drive out, active use or operation, performance of duties or functions, to work out a problem to develop skill such as a math problem in school, specific movements to strengthen parts of the body, a drill such as a function off the military, to exert or have control authority or influence.
So the word “exercise” has existed for a hundred years with different meanings. As modern technology is more a part of our lives, exercise will be used more in the context of movements to strengthen parts of the body. It also strengthens our minds and how we deal with the daily variables of our lives.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Zumba is another popular exercise activity created by Beto Perez, a Latin dancer from South America. Unlike yoga, where you move your body in more of a quiet meditative like state, Zumba is faster pace movements in rhythm to music like a dance routine. You will work out every muscle in your body so beginners, expect to have some aches and pains the next day. Also Zumba is usually practiced in a group environment so it has the social element where you can meet new friends. However there are also many videos available so you can work out at home to your favorite music.
A Zumba workout two or three times a week will tone up your muscles, help lose weight and also improve your balance and coordination. Zumba is also a great stress reliever and is good for your respiratory and digestive system. People of all ages can participate. As with any new activity, start off slow as to not cause stiffness in your muscles or suffer an injury. Once you work your way up to longer sessions, your body will become more flexible and have more endurance.
The popularity of Zuba is growing more and more attracting people of all cultures. Where some exercise and workout programs are abandoned after a month or two, Zumba almost becomes an addiction. The music and dance aspect creates a no stress, fun atmosphere. The better you become at it , the more you want to do it.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
It is suggested to participate in a yoga class with a certified yoga instructor to get the most benefit but you can also do the exercises at home between classes. Yoga will help if you are fighting an addiction or if you are into a physical rehabilitation program. Also it will help to get rid of a lot of negativity so many of us carry around. Because of the many attributes realized while practicing yoga, more people are making it a part of their life.
Yoga dates back some 5000 years. The first reference of it was recorded in ancient scriptures and hymns found in the Indus valley in northern India. Many variations have evolved and are performed to improve specific aliments like asthma, muscle pain and arthritis. Yoga will also help with anxiety, panic attacks and sleep deprivation. Here again, a certified instructor can help you reach your physical, mental or spiritual goals through the practice of yoga.