Saturday, August 28, 2010
Just sayin' that tonight I spontaneously decided it would be cool to walk up to my son's school (a little over 2 miles with major hills) to watch his football game rather than driving, To my chagrin the hubs took me up on the idea so off we went with our metal framed stadium seats in tow. Dopey me, wore newer canvas tennis shoes without socks (it is still summer afterall) and my feet blistered but oh well; I soldiered up without complaint. The hills on the way to school are pretty steep and made for a good challenge. It took us about 35 to 40 mins to make the hike from home to the field. The hike home was all down hill and shaved off about 7 mins.
During the entire hike, both ways, there was plenty to talk about and motor mouth here just kept on chatting, not missing a beat, the entire way without sucking wind. Now on the other hand, the hubs... not so much. His breathing was a bit labored and I could tell he was really working to talk in sentences. I just want to say that my hubs does his own version of an exercise routine not so faithfully each day but it seems its more than what I do. I pretty regularly do my WATP dvds, usually the 2 miles at a time, and I dance 3 nights a week. I am sooooo proud of my ability to do tonight's hike with such ease and I am cheering for me inside where it matters most!! I can't wait to outdo myself next time!
Post script---- My son's team won in overtime! This was his first time as a varsity kicker and wouldn't you know it, the pressure was on.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I just literally busted my butt doing Zumba ( video.google.com/videoplay?docid=215
4775852075963303# ) for the past 35 minutes. I am dripping, no... pouring sweat, from my inaugural attempt. So excited to have done such an enthusiastic work out, I jumped right on to SP to log my cardio only to find Zumba is not listed!!!
What gives?! There are thirty billion versions of treadmill, SP videos, walking but NO ZUMBA. Darn it all anyway. So I logged it as fast dancing as I assume that is the closest thing; though I am wondering if high impact aerobics might be more appropriate considering my heart rate? Your opinion for tracking (Zumba masters especially) is appreciated as is any insight as to why the SP oversight.
BTW: that is a 55 min workout in total but I was only able to safely make it through the first 35 mins. Hope you have the gumption to give it a try. It will definitely have you laughing at/with yourself!!! And that is half the fun
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Well, it is crummy enough when the humidity is so bad that it will frizz curly coarse hair or desperately flatten straight hair but I have come to learn that's not all severe humidity can impale upon us.
Ever since I was a little girl devotedly applying myself to ballet, I noticed that I don't sweat as readily as other people do. I sweat but its more of a 'glisten' rather than the beading or dripping sweat normal during heavy exertion. Not a bad problem for a lady, huh? Well let me tell you that I do wish I sweat more! You see a body needs to sweat to cool itself. When we sweat, the dampness on our skin meets with the air around us and evaporates thereby cooling our skin and balancing our internal body temperature as well. So what happens to Miss Glisten is that I... well, glisten... and I turn really red (my face looks like a tomato) from exertion and over heating.
So what does this have to do with humidity and those who sweat normally? When the air contains near maximum levels of moisture (high humidity) the air doesn't have the capacity to absorb more moisture; our sweat doesn't evaporate to cool us. So you sweaty people end up feeling miserable like I normally do when I exercise (and coincidentally, I feel even more miserable). In most cases conditioned air, cool baths/showers, chilled beverages usually bring some relief.
By default, I have also discovered that humidity can aggravate digestive conditions such as IBS and Crones, and it can increase inflammation to joints and arthritic parts of the body.
Today my little speck of the earth has very high humidity along with some toasty temperatures. So let me paint this picture: droopy hair, beat red face, bloated tummy, achy back, knees and neck........... not pretty. I had too much to do today to give in but bed with the a/c on will feel really good tonight!
Didn't mean to sound whiny. My digging around on the internet finally shed light on the why behind the symptoms; thought it worth sharing.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I caught this article in this morning's edition of USA Today. General education worth repeating!
Americans clueless about calories
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