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Walking or Running

Our early milestone in life is learning how to walk. Our parents cant wait for the moment we take our first steps. They re-live the moment forever and often feel unfulfilled if they missed the first ones. It seems, however, in our late 20’s to early 30’s, after we have completely mastered walking, or when we buy our first car, we work as hard as we can to do as little of it as possible. A recent study suggests that’s a big mistake.

“Walking sends specific pressure waves rippling through the body  and this acts on specific arteries by increasing the blood supply sent to the brain.”

More brain blood supply naturally improves brain function and cell growth in many ways. But simply walking to the bus stop in the morning make us fit. We need to walk 3 times a week for about 40 minutes to get the best benefit. Can’t do 40 minutes? Other recent studies suggest breaking up exercise sessions to smaller units can be just as beneficial.

Where does running fit in? It seems the different pressure pattern on the foot doesn’t provide the same blood flow or pressure wave and is not a beneficial as walking. The best benefit seems to occur when you walk briskly enough to get your heart rate to about 120 beats a minute. This seems to create a rhythm that optimizes blood flow and breathing. And, yes, you should work at breathing smoothly and rhythmically while you walk. Hey, Get To Stepping! – The Fit Chick

 

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Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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Walk Your Way to Better Health

Working out regularly can extend your life, ward off heart disease and various cancers, rebuild muscle and bone strength lost with age, and reduce levels of anxiety and depression, but most adults don’t get enough exercise.

Walking daily can significantly transform your health, extend life, prevent disease, and make you happier. Best of all, you can get all those benefits just by deciding to regularly go for a walk.

Aim for 22 minutes a day, or 30 minutes a day five days a week – a total of 150 minutes per week. Guidelines suggest a minimum of two and half hours of moderate intensity activity – or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity – plus at least two muscle-strengthening days a week. Walking doesn’t include strength training. But even meeting the moderate activity guidelines can do a lot.

“Walking has been described as the ‘perfect exercise’ because it is a simple action that is free, convenient, does not require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age.” It’s better to keep up a decent pace, however, because a study of more than 50,000 adults found people who walked regularly at a quick or average pace were about 20% less likely to die – and 24% less likely to die from heart disease – when compared to slow walkers.
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While life extension and disease reduction are important, other studies have shown that even a 30-minute walk on a treadmill can lift the mood of someone suffering from depression. So lighten up. Take a walk.

The Fit Chick

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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.

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Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.

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The 9 Minute Workout

I found this great The 9 Minute Workout article in the NYTimes 1/7/18. With no bells and whistles, this workout can get you in shape! Okay, 9 minutes is the Beginner Baseline. Get past this to work out for 27 minutes, not to mention a warm up and a cool down. Yes the entire program would mean commitment, but aren’t you worth it? Also consider, no travel time and no gym or equipment costs. This is tough to beat. The biggest challenge seems to me it may get boring after a while but read the article as there are lots of things you can swap in and out and things to make the workout easier or more challenging.

I’ve got Chuck Vasser started on this as a pseudo-resolution. Let’s check in on him periodically to see how its going.

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A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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