Monday, June 09, 2014
It was a busy weekend and TONS of fun. I did my first mud run on Saturday...the Survivor:
My teammates were great. We helped each other out and had so much fun. There was a cool slide that was a blast:
Here are some of the other obstacles (canned pictures):
....and the medal (this is 2013's but it looks the same other than the date)
On Sunday, the scouts went on a 10 mile kayak trip on Boston Harbor in Olympia, WA. It was a lot of fun too. We were in the open water most of the time, but found some fingerling waterways that we explored. We saw a lot of wildlife including Eagles (there's one in the 2nd picture but really hard to see), blue herons, big jelly fish, seals, otters, and a dog (he wasn't too wild.....pretty friendly actually, especially when I had my snacks around).
If you ever get a chance I definitely recommend a mud run. The short ones aren't too hard and are so much fun and you can go totally at your own pace. The feeling of getting into the mud at the beginning is so great! Like you're a little kid again (and doing something mom would say no to...lol).
Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
It's been a while since I posted a fun facts blog. Instead of food, I'm going with interesting health/body fun facts today:
Fun Fitness Facts About Exercise:
-There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It's swimming underwater.
-If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
-If you are not a regular exerciser, by the time you are 65 you may experience as much as an 80% decrease in your muscle strength.
-By the time you have reached old age, you will have walked approximately 70,000 miles.
-The best way to judge whether or not you are exercising at too high of an intensity is to see whether or not you can carry on a conversation. If you can't, you may want to back off of the intensity just a little until you can.
-Bodies are creatures of habit. The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than storing it.
-No wonder your feet hurt - running puts four to seven times your body weight in pressure on your feet.
-Regular exercise is linked to better sex, because it can improve body image, energy, self-esteem and overall fitness.
-Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formal type of exercise.
-If you're always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being.
-The top three factors that determine whether or not you will stick to your exercise routine include having support, finding a workout that you like and knowing what you're doing. Your recipe for fitness success just may be working out with a buddy doing something you love after having received formal education on how to do it.
-If you have an inactive spouse, chances are that you will be inactive, too.
-In spite of what you may have read, there is no "best time to exercise." It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
-Women's top three recreational activities are walking, aerobics and working out, while men's top three are golf, basketball and walking.
-Regular exercise can reduce the signs and symptoms of PMS.
-Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance. Make sure you hydrate for peak performance during a workout.
-Visualization can help to improve your workout. By visualizing yourself completing the exercise before you actually perform it, then you will be able to perform the exercise with more intensity and effectiveness.
-Visualization of specific exercise actually causes the muscle synapses to fire as if you were performing the exercise. Does this mean that you can get all of your exercise in your mind? Not necessarily, but visualization can be a valuable part of your workout.
-People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercise modalities.
Fun Facts About Your Body:
-For every 25 pounds of excess weight, your body needs to pump blood through an extra 5,000 miles of blood vessels.
-How much air do you breathe every hour? You breathe about 700 gallons of air.
-What is your body's strongest muscle? It's your heart - which beats approximately 100,000 times per day. That means that in just 10 days, your heart beats one million times. If you do sustained, intense exercise daily, you'll reach a million even more quickly.
-Your heart pumps about 74 gallons of blood in a single day - enough to fill up three gas tanks!
-A normal sized heart weighs about the same amount as a softball.
-All but 10 ounces of your brain, which weighs approximately three pounds, is water.
-It takes 70 muscles to speak a single word.
-Your body has more than 650 muscles.
-Blood circulates through your body very quickly. The average time it takes for your blood to make the entire circuit is 23 seconds.
By utilizing the fun fitness facts provided above, you can pump up your workout, get to know your body and make your way to the best shape of your life.
Make it a great day!!
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