Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Foods That Will Help Keep You Hydrated

  Our bodies are made up of more than 75% water so we know how important it is to stay properly hydrated especially if we exercise or workout. We lose some of that water when we sweat so at some point it has to be replaced. Without water, our internal organs cannot function properly, it is more difficult to expel waste from our body and our thinking is not as sharp. The respiratory and circulation system along with the billions of cells within our body need water to stay healthy. Also water helps maintain proper body temperature. That’s why if you get a fever, the doctor will tell you to “drink plenty of fluids”. 

  We can maintain proper hydration by drinking water throughout the day however, there are also fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Bok choy, iceberg lettuce, celery, green peppers, cucumber, broccoli and spinach. Strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, oranges and the obvious one, watermelon. Include some of these fruits and vegetables in your diet along with a regular intake of water and you’ll always be good to go.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fitness and Type 1 Diabetes

  I found some great information regarding type 1 diabetes and exercise. Regular exercise can be a big factor in helping to keep blood glucose levels in check while burning those extra calories. Check your blood glucose before, during and after an activity and take along a carbohydrate food or drink in case you need it. You don’t have to run five miles a day, just simply get the body moving and be consistent. Here are some activities you can start that are easy and I am sure will spark some other ideas.

Go for a walk every day. Doesn’t have to be far, maybe just around the block. If you own a dog, you’re probably out walking already.

If you have to ride an elevator, take one flight of stairs and get on one floor up.

Got a desk job? Try doing some simply chair exercises throughout the work day.

Take that parking spot that is a little further away at the mall or supermarket.

 Vacuuming sucks, but its good exercise.

Try 3 or 4 minutes with a skipping rope.

Cycling, swimming, dancing are all enjoyable ways to exercise.

Team up with a friend or group and hold each other accountable.

  I am not a doctor so there may be forms of exercise some individuals should avoid. If you have a diabetic condition, I strongly recommend you check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Also start off slowly. This is not a race or competition, it’s a shift in lifestyle that will afford you better health and fitness. You can get more information by visiting the American Diabetes Association website.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fitness and Meditation

The practice of meditation is becoming a part of daily life for more of us in our society. Police officers, fireman, air traffic controllers and many others in high stress vocations are meditating to help them focus more clearly on their job. Even if it is for only ten or fifteen minutes before they begin the work day. why could we not use meditation to help us reach our fitness goals?

  What is meditation? It is clearing the mind of all thoughts and shutting down the constant chatter from that voice in your head. This is hard for most people to do because they have thousands of thoughts going through their minds daily and they don’t really focus on any of them. They just flow through their heads in a never ending stream. You cannot focus on exercising or working out if your mind is wandering to other things not relevant to the task at hand. Think of meditation as clearing your head of all that mental clutter. Like cleaning out your closet.

   How do you meditate and how do you know if you’re doing it right? Begin by sitting in a comfortable position someplace quiet where you won’t be disturbed. Concentrate on your breathing. Be aware of each breath in and out. Don’t let any thoughts come into your mind and shut down that voice in your head. If you have never practiced meditation before, you’ll be lucky if you can do this for fifteen or twenty seconds let alone fifteen minutes. But not to worry. When a thought pops into your head, just come back and focus on your breathing. Soon you will be able to maintain that mental silence for five or ten minutes. Then have your fitness goals as the one focus you have in your mind. Picture how you will look and feel when you reach that first goal. When you begin your exercise activity, maintain that picture in your head.

  Wayne Gretzky once said that hockey is 90% mental the other half is physical. The mental aspect of accomplishing anything is what will make you a success. I believe meditation can help that mental capacity to achieve whatever you set your mind to. I know a lot of you are practicing meditation and it is part of your lifestyle. Send me a comment and we can share some experiences.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Workout At Home Or The Gym

  Another new year and some of us again are wanting to shed some pounds and get in better shape. There is the question, should I join a gym or buy a treadmill or stepper and workout at home? Well here are some points to consider and everyone will have a different idea depending where you live.

  If you join a gym, they have a selection of different equipment you a can work with and staff to show you how to use it. The gym has realized the expenditure on that equipment and are responsible for the maintenance and eventual disposal. Most gyms are spacious and well-lit with some having a pool, racquet ball or basketball courts. You can also work with a trainer and maybe use a baby sitting service which both would probably be an extra cost. A Gym membership usually has a onetime initiation fee and monthly dues probably determined by the size and location of the facility. You’re bound to meet new friends joining a gym.

  Buying a piece of equipment and working out at home has its pro and cons. You don’t have to contend with driving in inclement weather or parking. You don’t have to keep track of your wallet, keys or phone etc. Workout any time of the day or night and who cares if you shorts are faded or there is a hole in your shirt. Also new equipment comes with books and DVD’s showing you the proper use and how to get the most out of it to reach your fitness goals. The downside is you have the initial expense and also finding a place to use and store that said equipment. You may be able to get a deal on something used. Make sure you have the motivation to use it or it will become a regret taking up space.

  There is also Zumba, Yoga or just get out and do some walking. Whatever choice you make, I commend you for making the decision to improve your health and overall fitness. Don’t look at as a resolution but as a change in life style. I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year and that you reach all you goals and beyond.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Products

We found some new exciting capris and leggings for the ladies. Great for yoga, zumba, pilates, running, paddle boarding, or wear them in the pool. Waistband has a Cell phone pocket (fits iPhone). Other features are flat lock seams and gusset allows comfort and freedom of movement. Choose from three unique prints and (this is important), MADE IN THE USA


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Road Bikes

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

Indoor Activiteis to avoid the summer heat

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.