Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

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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Cogging Back to Good Health

bikeOkay, so I’ve had my share of health problems over the last few years. Unfortunately, sometimes as we get older we get sick and, figuratively and often literally, fall apart. The common cold seems completely uncommon and the flu can severely sideline and possiblely kill us. When we get a cold, we often ignore the warning signs until too late and when it’s full blown, we look for any port, which is usually some over-the-counter miracle. Or we believe doctors have magic bullets and we seek their help and hope the 2 pills they give us will make us better by morning.

I’ve decided to Cog Back to Good Health (CBGH). I’ve had my ups and downs and, recognizing I was never a gym rat, I’m going to ride my way back to good health. I am going to ride my bike every day (hmm, I really HATE riding in the rain and snow). Riding my bike is going to be the fifth thing I do every day. 1. Get Out of Bed 2. Bathroom 3. Drink Water 4. Get Dressed 5. Ride My Bike. Let’s start with the typical “30 Day Challenge” and for good measure the Tour De Bronx is Sunday October 28. I’m still a punk, so I’ve registered for the 25 miler. I’ll keep you posted!

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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.

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New York City Century Bike Tour

It’s official, registration for the New York City Century Bike Tour is open!

With routes for riders of all abilities (including a 15-mile closed course), fully stocked rest stations, and an awesome Finish Festival, this year’s New York City Century Bike Tour will be the highlight of your summer. Register before June 1 for the lowest price of the season!

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I haven’t done a bike tour in years. I realize now that my degenerating hip prevented me from enjoying what I loved best: Riding a bike. My hip was replaced with a Nimbus 300 February 26 and I’ll be back on a bike June 1st. I don’t think I’ll get in a century this year but I’ll be back on a bike. Hallelujah! I remember riding my first NYC Century and it was one of the greatest experiences in my life. The last time I did the NYC Century Bike Tour, I was a ride volunteer and loved helping other riders along the way. – #BxFixed

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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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It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

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Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect against developing depression.

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  • 35th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference March 30, 2019 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
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Nutrition Content of Eggs

One extra large egg (whole with the yolk) contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 5.8g fat
  • 1.8g saturated fat
  • 216mg cholesterol
  • 80mg sodium
  • .4g carbohydrate
  • 0g fiber
  • 4g sugar
  • 7.3g protein
Aside from saturated fat, the yolk of the egg is actually nutrient dense, containing vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and protein. Eggs are naturally low in carbohydrate too.

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