Sunday, August 16, 2009
I'm convinced that if I didn't have to work and I lived somewhere where it was nice enough to swim and walk outside all year round, I'd have a much healthier life.
I've been on vacation since August 1st and this week, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and high 80s every day and since August 1st, I've exercised 745 minutes, which is an average of 47 minutes a day and this week alone, I've exercised 340 minutes and I KNOW when I'm working, I average around 30 minutes a day and I just think that it's too bad I wasn't independently wealthy so that I could live where I wanted and I exercised more.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I was involved in a thread on Spark People about the Kindle and I thought people might be interested in this article in the New York Times:
New York Times
(Aug 15, 2009)
Paper books may be low-tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.
For many people, the problem with electronic books is they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions. Digital books bought today from Amazon.com, for example, can be read only on Amazon's Kindle device or its iPhone software.
Some restrictions on the use of e-books are likely to remain a fact of life.
But some publishers and consumer electronics makers are aiming to give e-book buyers more flexibility by rallying around a single technology standard for the books. That would also help them counter Amazon, which has taken an early lead in the nascent market -- a market that does not yet extend into Canada.
This week, Sony Electronics, which sells e-book devices under the Reader brand, announced that by the end of the year it will sell digital books only in the ePub format, an open standard created by a group including publishers such as Random House and HarperCollins.
Sony will also scrap its proprietary anticopying software in favour of technology from the software maker Adobe that restricts how often e-books can be shared or copied.
After the change, books bought from Sony's online store will be readable not just on its own device but on the growing constellation of other readers that support ePub. Those include the Plastic Logic eReader, a thin device that has been in development for nearly a decade and is expected to go on sale early next year.
"There is going to be a proliferation of different reading devices, with different features and capabilities and prices for a different set of consumer requirements," said Steve Haber, president of Sony's digital reading unit. "If people are going to this e-book shopping mall, they are going to want to shop at all the stores, and not just be required to shop at one store."
Sony's move comes amid mounting concern about Amazon's market power in the budding category of electronic books. E-book sales in the United States hit a record $14 million in June, a 136.2 per cent increase from a year earlier, the Association of American Publishers says.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Today is my cat's 11th birthday.
Ogoni's name comes from the name of an African tribe who was kicked off its land by Shell because they wanted the oil that was buried there.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This article is from the Mayo Clinic and I thought it was appropriate for people who have a hard time getting motivated to exercise.
Talk yourself through your workout
TheSpec.com - healthfitness - Talk yourself through your workout
New York Times News Service
(Jul 28, 2009)
Having a hard time getting yourself to the gym?
You're not alone. According to Kyle Jenks, a New York wellness specialist, gym retention rates are notoriously low.
In fact, the national average is about 6 per cent, meaning 94 per cent of clients drop their memberships after just one month.
People can work up the enthusiasm to go to the gym for the first month, but without real motivation, that enthusiasm wanes, and people return to old habits.
"That means they can drag themselves in the door, but then they are just a bit lost about how to break through plateaus and stay motivated," Jenks says.
"It's so easy to get someone hyped up about exercise, but once they start getting into the work of it, that's when they fall off," says Vinny Cruz, a fitness trainer in Bethlehem, N.Y.
Staying motivated is the key to staying on track, and experts say positive self-talk can be a powerful tool for getting the workout you want and getting over that first-month hump.
Here are some tips for talking yourself through your workout:
* Reason with yourself: People argue that they don't have enough time, but the fact is, to get in shape, you have to make the time to exercise.
Jenks asks his clients to commit to spending five to eight hours a week at the gym, and he says this can sound like a lot to beginners.
But, he points out that there are 168 hours in a week, and so, really, eight hours isn't a huge chunk of time, he says.
Look at how much time you spend on other activities, tally up the benefits of those activities, and then compare that with exercise.
"Exercise is a commitment and a lifestyle change, but it's one that reaps numerous rewards," he says.
* Remind yourself why you do it: Everyone has different motivations for getting in shape, but most often clients are looking for overall improved health.
"These days people are well-aware of what poor health can do to cut their lifespan," Jenks says.
But what are the underlying reasons you want to be healthier? Perhaps you want to have more energy at work or be more active with your children.
Base your fitness goals on issues that matter to you personally, and as you work out, connect your progress with those goals.
Each time you exercise, tell yourself you are getting closer to those goals.
Take a long-term view of your health, Cruz advises. Your health doesn't have a quick solution, it demands long-term plans and a commitment.
* Accent the positive, eliminate the negative: Guilt doesn't work, instead focus on the positive feelings you get from working out, Jenks says.
Remind yourself how you good you felt the last time you hit the elliptical machine or spent an extra five minutes on the stair climber. "Focusing on what you have done instead of what you haven't done is much more effective," Jenks says.
* Change your tactics as you progress: It's easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. If you're feeling bored with your routine, or not progressing the way you used to, change things up.
"The more fit you get, the more you have to do to see a change," Jenks says. This plateau can be discouraging for even the most committed gym clients.
Overcome your frustration by seeking help with your workout from a personal trainer, or incorporate new modalities like classes or free weights into your routine.
Increase the frequency of your workouts or the duration, and soon you'll start to see new improvements, he advises.
HOW TO STAY ON TRACK
* Set goals. Start with simple goals and then progress to longer- range goals. Remember to make goals realistic and achievable.
* Think variety. Alternate walking or biking with swimming or a low-impact aerobics class.
* Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity.
* Put it on paper. Chart your progress and accomplishments.
* Have fun. You're more likely to stick with an exercise program if you're having fun.
* If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different -- join a volleyball or softball league, take ballroom dancing.
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