Fitness Message – The Blog

Laughing Burns Calories Feb-2014

Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Humor and Stupid Stuff | 0 comments

What deep thinkers men are… I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer. The day was quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking. My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing and I said “nothing”. The reason I said that instead of saying “just thinking” was because she would have then said “about what”. And I would have had to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics which would have lead to other questions. Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more...

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The 15 Minute Trick

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in blog, Motivation, The Mental Side | 0 comments

The 15 Minute Trick

  Humans will attempt to avoid anything that is thought to be unpleasant. But often, it is the unpleasant things in life are exactly what we need. We may dislike school or work, but we know that our future depends on building up knowledge, skill, and financial resources. And so, we make the best of it, and go…..    Other things in life, some folks do avoid. Exercise is an example. Yes, we all know that we need to burn calories and build muscle, but when some of us think about exercise, all they can visualize is the drudgery;...

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Exercise- Induced Hearing Loss?

Posted by on October 29, 2013 in General Interest Discussion | 1 comment

Exercise- Induced Hearing Loss?

By Sarah Klimasewski, Au.D    Hart Hearing Centers  Whether you’re hitting the pavement or hitting the gym, if you’re like most people, you’re probably “plugged in” to your music.  You may be paying a price for that fit body, however: old ears! Today’s personal listening devices, such as iPods and MP3 players, have the ability to produce sound levels as high as 120-125 dB when at full volume. Listening at this level would cause hearing loss after only 7 minutes!  Levels above 85 dB are considered dangerous and have the potential to...

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Why do humans do this?

Posted by on October 27, 2013 in General Interest Discussion | 0 comments

Why do humans do this?

Aliens from another planet go into a gym are puzzled as they watch humans running full speed on treadmills, and others, lifting heavy weights again and again. They wonder; “since no other creature in nature expends energy without a reason, why do humans do this? Does it get them “high”, or obtain them food, or sex?” Us regular exercisers know the answer. Working out is therapy, both physical and mental. And the rewards we get are worth the effort. Humans… let us not keep this a secret. Invite an alien in to your next...

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Black Bean Brownies

Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Nutrition / Food / Recipes | 0 comments

Black Bean Brownies

This easy recipe starts with a box brownie mix, a can of black beans, and water. It’s a bit more nutritious then the box instructions, and delicious! Gather together: One 18 or 19 ounce box brownie mix, One 15.5 ounce can of black beans well rinsed to remove salt, 1/2 cup water, Food processer,  9″ X 13″ baking pan sprayed with baking spray Procedure:   Pour beans into a colander and rinse thoroughly.   In food processor, puree the beans with the water.   In medium bowl, mix pureed beans and brownie mix   Pour batter into...

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Five obstacles to weight loss

Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Weight Control | 0 comments

Five obstacles to weight loss

Obstacle #1 & #2 Eating at inappropriate times and places: When “mom” did all the cooking, she controlled “when” and “where”, the family would eat. Mom would serve “three squares”, and at their best, they were healthy and portion controlled. Today we exist in a food “free-for-all”. Advertising has sold us on the idea that food can be consumed anytime and anywhere. And we bought into it! We drive our cars with a take-out beverage, some of which have as many calories as a full meal. Autos have a cup-holders and who will be surprised...

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Look in the mirror

Posted by on August 18, 2013 in Motivation | 2 comments

Look in the mirror

Look in the mirror. What you see before you is the sum total of all you have done for (and to) yourself for the better part of your life. If you cared enough to eat properly, made the time to work your muscles and elevate your heart-rate, avoided more than the occasional sampling of intoxicants, and are on good terms with your physician, you probably like what you see. On the other hand, if you frequently behaved foolishly, and stupidly believed that your body would somehow take care of itself no mater what, or that your doctor could fix you...

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A case for lifting HEAVY !

Posted by on June 24, 2013 in How To Do It, Strength Training | 0 comments

A case for lifting HEAVY !

Think back to when you were first exposed to strength training. Did you start out with a program calling for 10 to 12 reps? At that stage of your career, it was probably a good place to be. Ten to 12 reps helped you develop strength, condition your joints, and train your neurological system. And, as long as you increased the weight when you could hit 12 reps, I’m sure you made good progress. The problem is, too many of us stay with that 10 to 12 for way too long. Periodically, every one of us needs to use different set / rep / rest schemes in...

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Planning on living to 80 ? This is some scary stuff !

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in 60+Strong+Fit, Motivation | 0 comments

Compared to two century’s ago, we live a long time! Life Span – recent centuries        1796 – 25 years        1896 – 48 years        1996 – 78 years        2096 – 150 years? Even though we’ll live longer, we may spend the last 10 to 20 years in assisted living! Because we will be frail and unable to care for ourselves! Here’s why: Our Muscle Mass peaks at age 25 to 30. Our Bone Mass tops out in our early 20’s. It can be all down hill after that! By age 65: Men could have lost 15% bone density. Women could have lost a whopping 40% bone...

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You snooze, You lose !

Posted by on February 18, 2013 in General Interest Discussion, Study Report, Weight Control | 0 comments

Can lack of sleep cause obesity? Compared to sleepers who got seven to nine hours of sleep per night, those who got less than 4 hours were 73% more likely to be obese. And, sleepers who got just 6 hours sleep were 23% more likely to be obese. That is what a Columbia University study of 18,000 people revealed. So why does number of hours in the sack influence belt size? Hormones. Lack of sleep disrupts levels of the hormones; leptin and ghrelin which influence hunger and appetite, says Columbia researcher S. Heymsfield. As leptin levels fall,...

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