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Fitness Tip#214 - September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

There are many ways to see New York City, but perhaps none as unique as by stand-up paddleboard. This 26.5-mile charity paddle around Manhattan, which began in 2007 and is held in August, takes most athletes around five hours to complete. Along the way, even veteran paddlers are challenged by the wake churned up by boat traffic in the Hudson and East Rivers before finishing under the Brooklyn Bridge. (Though it’s a calm ride compared to the choppy 32-mile Molokai-to-Oahu challenge in Hawaii, which requires each racer to have a boat escort.) In New York, participants must raise $1,000 that goes to autism-related charities.


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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2012 8:25PM


Now that's determination! And for a good cause too.

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Fitness Tip#213 - September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


In 2006, the World Triathlon Corporation rebranded its half Ironman triathlon events as 70.3 races in reference to the total swim-bike-run mileage (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run). The reason? The term “Half Iron” didn’t quite do justice to a race that takes most between five and seven grueling hours to complete. The name change worked. Entries soared overnight as athletes realized they could feel a sense of accomplishment – it is 70.3 freakin’ miles, after all – without undertaking the life-consuming training and expense of a full 140.6-mile Ironman. These days, WTC stages 53 Ironman 70.3 events all over the world, including a September world championship event in Nevada.

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Fitness Tip#212 - September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There are many other U.S. marathons, but none more prestigious (and few more difficult because of hills) than Boston, one of the country’s signature sporting events, attracting more than 500,000 spectators. Held annually since 1897, the event is the longest-running marathon in the United States and one of the oldest running races in the world. The race is held on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April, a Massachusetts holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War. Unlike most marathons, Boston requires runners to meet qualifying times and limits participants to 25,000.

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ALNEAGLE 9/25/2012 9:21PM

    WOW! Thanks for sharing. I did not know it was such a big marathon.

Something tells me, I wouldn't meet the requirements, emoticon

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Fitness Tip#211 - September 24, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


If your idea of a good time is wearing a backpack full of bricks while taking orders all night from a former Special Ops guy, then Goruck is for you. Created in 2010 by Green Beret veteran Jason McCarthy as a way to market his $295 military-style rucksacks and provide a taste of Special Forces training, Goruck now draws “classes” of 30 who must work together to haul telephone poles, railroad ties, and sometimes each other. Throughout the event you wear a backpack filled with a water bladder and either four or six bricks depending on your body weight. There’s no set time or distance for the Challenges, which begin at 10 p.m. or 1 a.m. and are held all over North America and beyond, but 12 hours and 20-plus miles is typical.

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JAN155 9/25/2012 6:26PM

    Cool!! I would LOVE to do a class like this!

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LIV2RIDE 9/25/2012 1:06PM

    WOW!! I can only imagine the training for an event like this.

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Fitness Tip#210 - September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

9 Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

1. Crushing chest pain associated with nausea, vomiting and sweating
This is the classic symptom of a heart attack.

2. Chest pressure that feels like an elephant is sitting on you
People define their experiences differently. For one person it's pain, while for the other it's pressure. Regardless what you call that funny feeling in your chest, don't risk it.

3. Back pain that resembles a tearing sensation usually in the upper back
It could be a pulled muscle. Or it could be something far more serious: a rupture of the aorta

4. Tingling in the arms
Another textbook definition of a heart attack symptom. The numbing sensation starts in your chest and radiates down your left arm. It can also appear in your neck, right arm, teeth and stomach.

5. Undue fatigue while doing your regular chores
This one is very common in women. If you're doing your usual housework or running errands and, all of a sudden, are finding yourself feeling especially tired, it could be a sign of a cardiac condition.

6. Shortness of breath during any activity, such as walking
Another pretty significant sign that something could be wrong. Especially when paired with chest pain or pressure that goes away when you stop doing the activity. Also, having trouble breathing while lying in bed is a possible sign of heart failure.

7. Indigestion
Here’s one that always throws people off. It's an easy excuse to snub the situation. It's even more confusing when you belch and feel relief. But the truth is, indigestion may be a serious sign of coronary disease.

8. Swelling
Swelling, or edema in medical terms, is caused when the heart is not pumping adequately. If you're feeling weak and exerted while walking or have swollen ankles, plus are experiencing difficulty lying down at night, then you've got a whole slew of suspect symptoms.

9. Irregular heart beat (abnormal palpitations) and arrhythmias (a racing heart beat.

These are surefire signs that you need to go in for an evaluation. Everyone has a little heart hiccup now and then or rapid palpitations from stress or too much caffeine, but the key difference in danger is if this comes with symptoms like dizziness, light-headedness, and fainting.


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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 9/21/2012 6:02PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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