Category Archives: Fitness

Another Reason to Do Yard Work

According to new research homeowners may have a new reason to get out and mow the lawn or pull those weeds. The new research shows that homeowners burn a substantial number of calories every year just by doing yard work and other home projects. Amid the pandemic, this might be a good way for some to work off weight put on during shelter-at-home mandates.

According to one report from Southwest News Service, on average, homeowners burn some eighty thousand calories—that’s right 80,000—every year by doing DIY projects and gardening.

A new study states that while many people don’t see lawn care as exercise a year’s worth of exercise could offset the caloric intake of eating over 300 Big Macs.

The study was conducted for Draper Tools by OnePoll and surveyed 2,000 homeowners. They spent 165 hours a year maintain or fixing up their homes.

As long as these activities are consistent, they can help people burn lots of extra calories in a year.

Mowing the lawn, 4,100 calories
Serious gardening (harvesting, weeding, spreading compost), 3,100 calories
Weeding, 6, 300 calories.

So put on those gardening gloves and that sun hat and get to work!

Simple Stress Reduction Techniques

One thing you can do to reduce stress is exercise. Scientist think that this will increase blood circulation to the brain, especially areas like the amygdala and hippocampus. These regulate motivation, mood and response to stress. One thing exercise will do is release the body’s so-called feel-good hormones. Scientists have found that it only takes exercise intensity of a moderate level to reduce depression.

Some scientists believe that high impact interval exercise can actually increase stress and inflammation. This is especially true for those who are not used to exercise.
Exercise will also improve your sleep quality which is another thing you can do to relieve stress.

But it isn’t just sleeping more. You are giving your body time to go through enough cycles of sleep to repair itself.

To promote this develop a routine. One wants to teach the body and brain to calm down and get ready for bed about an hour before bedtime. Turn off your devices and TV. A warm bath or shower, reading, listening to relaxing music, meditation, light stretches are all activities that can signal your brain its almost time for sleep. Experts even say you should keep a weekend schedule as well.

Something as simple as taking deep, slow breaths can do amazing things to our brain and therefore our stress, experts said.

Taking deep breaths can do great things for our brain and therefor our stress, scientists say. Learning breathwork gives you the ability to control your own brain to an extent.
When you are able to psychologically calm yourself, you change your brainwaves. Deep breathing realigns the sympathetic system, the source of stress in the body.

These are just a few things you can do to keep yourself stress free that don’t cost you any money and that you can start working on today.

CBD

You may see ads about CBD, or even spam emails especially if you ever search for it on the internet. What exactly is CBD and what does it do or what is it used for?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is found in marijuana and hemp plants. There are various ways to use it, such as inhaling, spray, in oil form, in tablet form. You can get CBD lattes, facials, lotions, gummies.

CBD won’t give you a buzz. The part of the cannabis plant that has those properties is THC. If you have side effects from Advil or Tylenol, there is a possibility you can be part of the 5% that do experience euphoria from it.

Some people use CBD for pain management. It can be used to help combat anxiety. It does not cure any diseases. Some people use it to try to help with addictions. Some studies say it helps with schizophrenia. It can also help with epilepsy.

Athletes use CBD but it has been added to banned list for professional sports in some countries, however not in the U.S. Other cannabinoids are prohibited.

CBD is not regulated so you need to be careful of where and what brand you get.

https://www.health.com/condition/pain/what-is-cbd
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cbd-is-a-compound-found-in-hemp-plants-heres-what-researchers-know-about-its-benefits-and-risks/ar-BB14LTMF

Staying Fit During CoViD-19

With people staying home with their stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, it’s hard to get the exercise your body needs. People are turning to comfort food, baking, doing more cooking and that doesn’t bode well for your “bottom”(line).

As far as eating, try to buy as much fresh produce as you can. Luscious fruits and vegetables that are season in your area. If you can’t find them, next try to rely on frozen fruits and vegetables before having to move onto sugary or salty canned versions.

Meat is becoming an issue so try alternative protein sources like beans, lentils, nuts, eggs. Don’t be afraid to try new recipes or experiment.

Try to move more. Run up and down the stairs, do leg lifts, go on the treadmill while watching TV. Instead of fast-forwarding through the commercials, get up and do a few jumping jacks or other exercises. Get your mask on and take a walk. Set an alarm or timer every hour or two to remind you to get up and move. Put on some fast music and dance to a song or two.

Get enough sleep. Sure you’re worried but you need to get a good night’s sleep. Shoot for at least 7 hours per night.

P90X® Workout

P90X® workout uses the science of muscle confusion. By changing your workout over 90 days, it changes your body. This allows your body to adapt and grow and not reach that plateau you so dread. Short training cycles with various intensities is what helps make it effective.

Along with the workout is the nutrition plan. They have a three-phase nutrition plan to complement your workout with the correct amount of calories and the right nutrients. Phase 1 is used to shred fat quickly. Phase 2 is an energy booster. Phase 3 is endurance maximization with complex carbohydrates and lean proteins.

Of course all this isn’t free! When you sign up for the base kit ($39.95 + $19.95 shipping and handling for 3 months), you get 12 workouts (dvd), fitness guide, the nutrition plan, calendar to track progress, 24/7 support. The Deluxe package adds a chin-up bar, resistance bands, and recovery supplement.

Find out more.