Flexibility

I was reading an interesting article in the Huffington Post about Flexibility.  A 58 year old man was looking to get back into martial arts but had noticed he had lost flexibility over the years and was looking for a solution.  I can really relate to this.  I have been feeling betrayed by my body since I define myself as very flexible.  I have lost a great deal of flexibility in my legs and I am just certain that I will get back what I lost any minute now through no effort on my part.  I was born flexible.  I never had to work for it and well this isn’t right!

Moanday Link Storm Sept. 24, 2012

Today’s Moanday Link Storm is all about Spinning … like indoor on a bike, not out of control or the spinning backfist (It’s an MMA fighting move which I learned about researching this article, so just don’t mess with me!) It’s Fall now which is the absolute best time to ride your bike outside … OOPS!  Inside, outside, upside-down, stationary … we’re talking about pumping your legs hard while sitting on the most uncomfortable seat you are ever likely to find! So take yourself inside during this lovely weather and enjoy a spinning class.  You won’t regret it.  Uhm, I won’t be joining you.  Achilles Tendonitis and well I have a blister and then there are those seats.   I have a pdf file from the North Shore YMCA called Keep It Safe that is a great start to spinning.  It’s well done, not boring at all, not like most articles that are good for you! Here are three articles about Cycling Secrets from SoulCycle.  Honest the article are there just look to the right under the red banner. Here is an amusing article about spinning from Mens Health UK Here is an amusing YouTube videos demonstrating how not to … Continue reading

Moanday Link Storm Sept. 17, 2012

Another Moanday and this one is a real moaner. They have been letting people go around work and not the “we can’t afford you any more” kind of lay off. These were the farewell letter to an employee and then their replacement arrives the next day.  To be fair, I don’t really work with these people too much so obviously there was more going on than I knew but it is still unnerving! So today I am going to provide you with fitness web sites that are all about teamwork and helping each other as a community.

The Pool is Open!

Yeah!!!  You don’t appreciate something until it is gone! The pool I normally use has been closed for two weeks.  I didn’t use it as much as I should, but damn it I want the option to swim when I want to!  That’s right I want what I want when I want it!  I never claimed to be mature.  Also I hate to admit it but I missed my swimming buddy even though she splashes me in the face! But here we are a ray of sunshine to brighten my day.  The pool is opening back up early. Happy Dance!  Happy Dance! Happy Dance! I bet that water is Cold! Update:  The water was perfect.  The swim really fixed up my knee a lot and I walked 3.5 km without any complaints from it and for two days running my swim buddy did not splash me in the face!  Ah!  What a great weekend!

Myths That Won’t Die

Sorry folks I have been busy lately and have not had the time to write.  Hey, this could be a win win!  I get to slack off and you get links to articles far superior to what I would put in the time to write. Life Hacker has done a series of articles on common body, food and exercise myths debunked.  These articles are not the usual type of myths like eggs will raise your cholesterol.  No they won’t! Yes they will!  That goes on forever in the media.  These are some of the more off the wall myths. 10 Stubborn Body Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 More Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 Stubborn Exercise Myths that Won’t Die, Debunked by Science

Positive Thinking

This morning I was not at my best working out with my trainer.  Oops! Positivity!  Uh, it wasn’t even close to being my worst workout.  My positive attitude lasted right up until the half way point when I got tired.  That’s when I started paying a lot of attention to how hard the exercises were and how much I had left to do and how hot and sweaty I was.  I began to think there was no way I could do all this and besides I didn’t want to do it and it was hard.  At that is when my stomach decided to revolt.  I have a lot of tummy troubles and it is a real barometer for what is going on in my head.  It is also a great cop out when I get negative.  Am I really feeling too green to do more or am I using it as an excuse!  Anyway at this point I stopped and took a rest but was now convinced that I could not reset and get back in the game.  Yep!  I got exactly what I expected.My trainer switched me over to my go to exercise that I am always certain I … Continue reading

CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto

Well on Sunday September 30th I will be running walking limping at the CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto.  I will be attempting the 5K walk with team Morning Maniacs.  Right now I can walk 3K on a good day so I have some work ahead of me.  The Maniacs assure me that it isn’t a big deal if I quit at 3K but I am not built like that.  I have been on a few death marches as I like to call them.  So I know I won’t stop until the end.  As a precaution I think I will bring a cane with me. I am perfectly fit to walk 15K even with Achilles Tendonitis except I tore a ligament in my knee in November and although it is healed it is a real problem in wet weather and it is unpredictable the rest of the time.  What I really need rather than training to increase my endurance is I need to learn to walk properly so I stop hurting myself!  My trainer has some ideas about that but he may have given up by now with trying to get me to follow direction when he is not … Continue reading

I Need Energy NOW!!!

I have been tired the last few months and it has been hard to put a good effort into my workouts.  Quite frankly I have been just coming in and hoping the energy is there or it will show up at some point.  There is no mystery about why I am messed up.  My sleep pattern is off and I am trying to lose weight and therefore am eating fewer calories.  In the past I have often felt more energized with fewer calories actually I have often felt that way with less sleep.  Yep I know I’m weird! So what can I do to recharge and become more alert right now this minute so that I can put in a good showing?