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Memorial Day

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer in most of the country. Between the hot dogs and the pool or the beach and the fun and games, take a moment and say thank you to our brave service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy the pool, the beach, the hot dog, the beer, the games and each other.

May God bless the American Servicemen and Service women.

  


Be Prepared

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When I was in the Boy Scouts a whole lotta years ago, their motto was "Be Prepared!". This is good advice for all of our endeavors.

Whatever you decide to undertake, make sure that you have armed yourself with the proper skills and equipment before undertaking the endeavor.

If you have decided you want to take the summer off and backpack through France, learning French before you go would be an excellent idea.

If you are planning on making a gift for a friend for a religious ceremony, some knowledge of the religion and their customs would be helpful. Many Asian cultures dictate that the bride wear red rather than the white to which we are accustomed. To present the bride with a white veil would be a great faux pas.

If you have decided to undertake an exercise program and haven't seen your doctor in quite a while, a physical exam is in order before you start running a marathon. I personal trainer will run you through some simple screening tests to assess your physical fitness before you embark on your program.

Whatever you decide to do, arm yourself with the appropriate weapons, Be Prepared!

  


Be Prepared!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When I was in the Boy Scouts a whole lotta years ago, their motto was "Be Prepared!". This is good advice for all of our endeavors.

Whatever you decide to undertake, make sure that you have armed yourself with the proper skills and equipment before undertaking the endeavor.

If you have decided you want to take the summer off and backpack through France, learning French before you go would be an excellent idea.

If you are planning on making a gift for a friend for a religious ceremony, some knowledge of the religion and their customs would be helpful. Many Asian cultures dictate that the bride wear red rather than the white to which we are accustomed. To present the bride with a white veil would be a great faux pas.

If you have decided to undertake an exercise program and haven't seen your doctor in quite a while, a physical exam is in order before you start running a marathon. I personal trainer will run you through some simple screening tests to assess your physical fitness before you embark on your program.

Whatever you decide to do, arm yourself with the appropriate weapons, Be Prepared!

  


Be Prepared!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When I was a Boy Scout a whole lotta years ago, their motto was "Be Prepared!" This is a good watchword even now, a whole lotta years later.

You should be sure that you are adequately prepared for each and every one of your undertakings. If you decide to take the summer off and backpack through France, learning French might be a good idea!

If you are making a gift for someone to use in a religious ceremony, some knowledge of that religion might be extremely helpful. What is right in our culture is completely wrong in others. Many Asian cultures for example require that the bride wear red and not white. Giving the bride a white veil would qualify as a major faux pas.

If you are planning on undertaking an exercise program, you should make sure that your body is as willing as your mind and spirit. If you've not been to the doctor in quite a whole, a physical exam would be a good place to start. A personal trainer will probably put you through a simple screening test, heart rate, blood pressure, elevated heart rate and recovery time. These will give you an idea of the level at which you should exercise.

Whatever your endeavor, Be Prepared!

  


Breathe! Take a Deep Breath!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

While this series of Blogs deals with exercise, today's message applies to life as well. Breathe! Take a Deep Breath! This is extremely good advice since people who do not breathe tend not to be very healthy.

When we are stressed, our breathing becomes abnormal or hyper normal. We tend to take quick short breaths or to pant. Neither of these is effective in delivering the needed oxygen to our blood systems, our muscles, and our brains. Almost every exercise class I have ever attended starts and ends with the same movement. "Deep Knee Bend, Deep Breath". This is the intro and the exit. It lets your body know "We are starting to exercise" or "We're finished for today". It also sets the tone that breathing is important.

We have all heard someone counsel in a time of stress, "Stop and take a deep breath". When we get into a stressful situation, there is an adrenaline rush and the "fight or flight" mode kicks in. The body kicks into high gear and everything speeds up. Sometimes this is beneficial but most times it is not. AT these times we need to stop, take a deep breath or take several long slow regular breaths to get the systems to calm down and kick back into gear.

When we are exercising, the same is true. We need to keep a steady supply of oxygenated blood flowing through our veins. If you hold your breath during exercise and then gasp for air, you are creating a situation of feast or famine, oxygen-wise, and this is not the best situation. By breathing regularly, you keep the blood properly oxygenated and the muscles properly supplied with needed oxygen.

In life and in exercise, Breathe! Take a Deep Breath!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROBCURTROSS 5/20/2009 10:08AM

  Many people contract their chests when they inhale and expand it when they exhale. Counter-intuitive, and reduces the amount of air you take in.

Here's how to see if you are making this mistake.

Lie down on the floor on your back. Place a glass on your chest. Watch it while you breathe normally.

If it rises when you are exhaling and falls when you are inhaling, you are breathing incorrectly.

There are a number of exercises singers use to learn how to breathe correctly. Easy to find by Googling, if you breathe incorrectly.

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