Here are some more diet, exercise and fitness funnies from around the web.
Mark Twain said, “Ride a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.
Have a great weekend!
I am expanding the scope of these ‘funnies’ somewhat today as I found some awesome GIFs that I thought you would enjoy. Also, I confess, I love the animal ones. What is it with cats and dogs and yoga?
I mentioned perspective in a recent post. People see things from their own perspective and very often come to different conclusions given the same set of facts. Regular readers know I am an old guy, 77 years worth. And, I sometimes forget that I am seeing things way differently from my younger readers and friends. Like smoking. I know how terribly damaging cigarettes are to our bodies. I have a whole Page on it – How many way does smoking harm you? But I grew up in a world that accepted smoking as a part of our daily lives.
So here are some ads from my younger days that may not be familiar to you:
Here are some of the cigarette ads from TV before they were banned:
“It’s all a matter of perspective”
Who hasn’t heard that quote? But, the reason it still exists is that its applications are very widespread and persistent. Here’s how it applies to fitness and our feeling of being fit.
Exercising and staying fit is, of course, important for living a long and healthy life. However, almost 1 in 10 premature deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity, according to Medical News Today.
In the United States, around 80 percent of adults do not meet the recommended levels of exercise, despite the efforts of media, school, and workplace programs.
Although the struggle to get people moving is ongoing, over recent years, another important factor has come to the fore: our perception of our own activity levels.
Our perceived activity levels may not reflect our actual activity levels. In fact, study author Octavia Zahrt, Ph.D., says, “If you live in an area where most of your peers are really fit, you might perceive yourself as relatively inactive, even though your exercise may be sufficient.”
“Or, if you believe that only running or working out at the gym count as real exercise, you may overlook the exercise you are getting at work or at home cleaning and carrying kids around.”
A study conducted in 2007 by Dr. Alia Crum (also involved in the present research), of Stanford University in California, illustrates this surprising psychological interaction.
That study concentrated on 87 hotel room attendants working across seven hotels. Each of the participants routinely met exercise guidelines, purely through the work that they carried out each day at their respective hotel.
The researchers conducted a 20-minute intervention: in a nutshell, they informed an experimental group of workers that they were all were meeting their daily exercise needs through their physical jobs, explaining the benefits of such an active lifestyle. A control group of hotel workers were given information about recommended exercise levels but were not informed that they routinely met the required physical activity levels. Continue reading
Here are some more pics and GIFs I stumbled upon in my web wandering.
Here are some visual treats that you can enjoy without fear of cramming extra calories into your system. Enjoy!
Just some healthy and/or fun ideas to start your weekend.
Seems I have accumulated enough of these to share them with you, so here goes.
Have a great week!
I have written a lot of words on the benefits of living a healthy life by eating intelligently and exercising regularly. We have the opportunity to live long healthy lives with our mental abilities functioning as well as our bodies do. We need only follow a few simple rules of good health. Our bodies are organic machines that need proper care and maintenance or they will fall into disrepair just like our inorganic machines, autos, refrigerators, etc., do.
Now the Wall Street Journal illuminates another aspect of fitness. The other side of good health, namely hospitalization and surgery.
“In health care, we often bring patients into surgery without fully addressing their chronic medical conditions,” says Dr. Solomon Aronson, executive vice chair in the anesthesiology department at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. By improving their health before surgery, he says, “we can significantly diminish the risk of complications.”
The item cites a seriously overweight man who had a knee replacement in 2013, but the hardware began to come apart leaving him hobbled and in pain. The failed knee had to be removed. The patient was warned about the dangers of his being overweight. “No one had ever mentioned to me that this might be a problem…”
“The reason many patients don’t do well is because they are already deconditioned as couch potatoes, and then they get a big operation which makes them even more frail,” says Michael Englesbe, a University of Michigan transplant surgeon and associate professor who led the study and directs the Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program. Dr. Englesbe says that the program “empowers patients to have control over their outcome,” and recommends all patients train for elective surgery, much as they would before athletic competition.
Maybe this will be the final reminder for folks who are currently letting themselves go physically. There is always hope. It is never too late to improve your physical condition. Your body will respond to good behavior and nutrition and you can begin to flourish again on your own and before you need medical intervention. The choice is still yours.
I am passing this along and recommending it for a couple of reasons. First, As a guy who doesn’t use a personal trainer, I have had injuries as a result of my do it yourself techniques. Second, I love that folks want to exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit. I hope some of the facts in this quiz will help you to avoid injuries in your pursuits. Nothing is worse than an injury you get exercising. It seems to me the bitterest irony.
WebMD offers this quiz which tests your Fitness IQ. Good luck!
Here are a couple of examples, to consider: By the way, WebMD also gives explanations for its answers.
No pain, no gain – True or False?
Do your cardio exercises before your strength training – True or False?
Water is always better than sports drinks? – True or False?
You can target specific parts of your body to lose weight – True or False?
I am looking out my window at a glorious sunny May Sunday morning. I hope you have a similar situation. Thought you might enjoy these:
I like the idea of these positive fitness illustrations. Obviously, I yielded to my biking bias … just this once.
Here is one of the posts I wrote on The Health Benefits of Walking and Biking.
Go for a ride … you might like it, too.
In honor of Spring and the spirit of rebirth we are going to be celebrating tomorrow, I wanted to offer you some more positive fitness and health ideas.
This is an excellent test. I urge all of my readers to take it. You will receive first rate information on your current fitness level in specific terms that I think can help you in your quest for excellent health.
Here are my results:
I am 75 years old. My expected fitness level is 34 VO2 Max. However, I have the fitness of an average 45 year old and my actual fitness level is 46 VO2 Max.
This means that my heart’s capacity to transport oxygen is good, which decreases the risk of dying prematurely from cardiac disease.
Physical fitness is key to a long life and good health.
Your body’s capacity to transport and use oxygen during exercise (VO2max) is the most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness.
Based on the extensive research of The K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, you can easily estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions.
Test yourself Now . . . .
She makes some fine points here about taking care of our bodies. I wrote something similar about a year ago entitled “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”
Have you ever bought a Ferrari?
Well, maybe not a Ferrari, but a great car, or the latest phone, or an expensive watch. Or, for that matter, anything that costs a bit of money? What do we do once we invest in expensive gadget/gizmos? We ensure good maintenance. In fact, we go to great lengths to ensure GREAT maintenance. We buy the best possible insurance policy, upgrade, service, fuel up, buy protective gear, shine, polish and basically spend a whole lot more money, time and energy on protecting our worldly investment. We are talking about a piece of metal here. A car that can be repaired, even replaced if need be.
Lets take the human body. The phenomenal human body. How much do you think it should cost? Remember we have only one body. It serves us all our lives. We need it to work for us 24/7 through all…
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