|Posted on January 6, 2018 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
An ER nurse says this is the best description of a woman having a heart attack that she has ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and SHARE..........
FEMALE HEART ATTACKS
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.
Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.
I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!
I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.
I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.
Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.
3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.
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|Posted on December 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
Saying Yes to the Universe
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Saying Yes to the universe opens the gate to receiving what your soul really wants.
The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don't like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we say yes to the things we don't like, we will be stuck with them forever, but really, it is only through acknowledging the existence of what's not working for us that we can begin the process of change. So saying yes doesn't mean indiscriminately accepting things that don't work for us. It means conversing with the universe, and starting the conversation with a very powerful word--yes.
When we say yes to the universe, we enter into a state of trust that whatever our situation is, we can work with it. We express confidence in ourselves, and the universe, and we also express a willingness to learn from whatever comes our way, rather than running and hiding when we don't like what we see. The question we might ask ourselves is what it will take for us to get to the point of saying yes. For some of us, it takes coming up against something we can't ignore, escape, or deny, and so we are left no choice but to say yes. For others, it just seems a natural progression of events that leads us to making the decision to say yes to life.
The first step to saying yes is realizing that in the end it is so much easier than the alternative. Once we understand this, we can begin examining the moments when we resist what is happening, and experiment with occasionally saying yes instead. It might be scary at first, and even painful at times, but if we continue to say yes to every moment through the process, we will discover the joy of being in a positive conversation with a force much bigger than ourselves.
|Posted on December 20, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
New Indoor Cycle studio opening in the New Year 2018
There is no other indoor bike on the market that focuses on 3-dimensional movement, balance, stability, core strength and cardio-conditioning.
We'd be happy to share more about the unique features and functional training benefits that RealRyder Bikes provide, as well as the differentiating value they will lend to your fitness business. We are also eager to learn what your specific goals are, and share how we can support you across a few key business areas.
In the meantime, here's a link to our 2017 brand video, which shows the growth of our brand, a sampling of who we serve and the variety of fitness levels that benefit from our multi-planar cycling platform. I'm also including a link to a review featured in the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) Journal.
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Best in the NEW YEAR.
|Posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
If winter's chill has chapped your skin and sapped your energy, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help:
Stroking your face with herb-infused abhyanga oil tones the skin and can release stagnant energy. You'll find the oil in health food stores. (If you're not used to oiling your face, choose a lighter variety, such as sunflower or almond.)
Start by pouring two tablespoons of room-temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and the ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner rims of your nostrils. With three fingers of each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the entire ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jawbone to the base of your neck. When you're through, you'll feel centered, refreshed, and ready to face the world.
Find oils and other face care products. Health swiss skin care.
|Posted on December 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
ICYMI – Fitness Trends Survey results are in:
1. Functional Fitness (#2 in 2017)
2. HIIT (#1 in 2017)
3. Older Adult Training (#6 in 2017)
4. Active Recovery *NEW
5. Express Workouts (#4 in 2017)
6. Branded Group Fitness *NEW
7. Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#6 in 2017)
8. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#5 in 2017)
9. Body Weight Training (#9 in 2017)
10. Fusion-style Group Fitness (returns to the Top 10 in 2017, was #7 in 2016)
|Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
MAYO CLINIC - DRINKING WATER
A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration. Good Thing To Know. From The Mayo Clinic. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night?
Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Interesting
Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg
cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic on Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, When the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on.
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?
It's about Heart Attacks -There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a one-time gift" (Let's forward and hope this will help save some!)
|Posted on September 16, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Building a Foundation of Physical Literacy for Women 55-70+
A Workshop for Fitness Instructors,Coaches & Walk Leaders
WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017; 9:00am– 3:00pm
WHERE: Lakehead University Hangar, Studio Rm, 955 Oliver Rd.
COST: No Cost for workshop, materials or FMS training
LEADERS: Kathy Brook, Coaches Association of Ontario & Shelley Callaghan, CAAWS
• Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active
• Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 55-70+
• Receive training in NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)
• Learn FMS adaptations/considerations for women 55-70+
• Learn about how incorporating FMS can increase physical literacy for women 55-70+
• Learn how to promote walking for fitness and communitybuilding
REGISTER: Email Nancy at: [email protected] (limited to 30 participants)
|Posted on June 18, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT - scheduled for June 17th has be re-scheduled for Sept. 23rd same time and place. Thanks for all the Thunder Bay Presenters who jumped at the challenge and ready to ensure all get an opportunity to join the educational fun event. Thanks to the Instructors who registered and were ready to go! Are very much on board for the new date and can't wait. EVENT: Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT Thunder Bay Fitness Summit is a training workshop held for Fitness Professionals to update CECS for your PTS and FIS Certification. For all for all professional Fitness, yoga, pilates, zumba and other instructors, personal trainers, physiotherapist, Kinesiologists wanting to learn more from our top Professionals from Thunder Bay. All fitness enthusiast wanting to learn more. This exciting event will be held in Thunder Bay Ontario on September 23rs at the Lakehead University Field house. This is a Pre-register event - open until Sept 20th There will be 4 sessions throughout the day get to choose your sessions. - 9 - 5 pm Thunder Bay Fitness Summit is an event https://allevents.in/thunder%20bay/thunder-bay-fitness-summit/275328216263481# Register today be ready. Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS
|Posted on May 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
OUR 1ST Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT - for professional
Group Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, any professional working in the industry.
All PRESENTERS are from Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT June 17th
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Opening 9 am
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Note there is a choice of 2 for each time
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1:00 – 2:30 #005 “"Get Up & Swing: Programing the Kettlebell Swing and Turkish Get Up into a group fitness setting".
#006 “Connecting the Dots - Physical Literacy for people with Physical Disabilities”
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|Posted on March 10, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for
canfitpro world fitness expo!
Early bird registration is now available for canfitpro world fitness expo. Register today to experience the world’s largest, best and most affordable fitness event!
AUGUST 16 – 20
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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|Posted on January 1, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hope that your Christmas was filled with Joy!
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|Posted on December 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Found an Article on Importance of Bodyweight Exercises
Originally appeared at jasonferruggia.com.
Bodyweight exercises need to be part of your program if you want to get jacked. But not just pushups, sit ups and high rep calisthenics. That’s beginner stuff that won’t build any real muscle.
We’re talking about really working hard on high tension, advanced bodyweight exercises that can only be done for somewhere between five and twelve reps, on average.
The nice thing about these is that they’re very natural and can usually be done pain free by most people.
Below is a list of my top 20 bodyweight exercises for size and strength.
I have listed belowwith my take on them as a women - see link for more https://www.onnit.com/academy/top-20-bodyweight-exercises-for-building-muscle-strength/?a_aid=holdfastiron&fhs=getonnit" target="_blank">details of each exercise.
1) Chin/ Pull Up - women are not as strong upper body many unable to do.
2) Rope Climb - a- nyone with arthritic fingers or poor hand grip will be limited
3) Inverted Row Lots of variations a bar, rings, ropes or suspension straps should be included for mid back thickness and strength. can be attained
4) Front Lever Did not describe the exercise not sure what to do.
5) Muscle - up - exercise is lift whole body up on a bar
6) Hand Stand push-up - begin learning to do a wall hand stand for 60 sec. than move into push -up - difficult or contraditory to wrist cconcerns
7) Push-Ups - many variation as all are not strong not only in hands & arm but core stabilizers https://www.onnit.com/academy/top-20-bodyweight-exercises-for-building-muscle-strength/?a_aid=holdfastiron&fhs=getonnit" target="_blank">To see the rest go to link
|Posted on September 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Leading Edge Gym is Moving !!
Leading Edge will be opening October 1 st in their new location inside the Sports Dome located on the CLE grounds.
Our new gym will feature an MMA cage , boxing ring , 12 station heavy bag rack, grappling mat , pro shop and a fully equipped fitness area perfect for all of your functional strength and conditioning needs . Leading Edge's experienced and dedicated coaching staff are offering classes in Boxing , Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bang Muay Thai & Kickboxing ,Kids MMA and fitness, Self defence, group fitness classes ,fitness only memberships and personal training .
Call 355-0293 to set up a tour or to try out your first class. Many classes have limited enrolment so call soon.
Leading Edge Fall Schedule
Mon & Wed:
5:30pm - 6:30 pm - Kids MMA (12 kids max starts mid to late October)
5:30 pm – 6:30 Fighter fitness
6:30 pm – 7:30 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi)
7:30 pm – 8:45 Boxing ( all levels)
Tues & Thurs:
9:30 am - 11am - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( gi & no- gi )
5:30 pm – 6:30 Submission Wrestling / No-Gi BJJ
5:30pm- 6:30 - Fighter fitness/ Fundamental Boxing.
6:30 pm – 7:30 Bang Muay Thai kickboxing
** Our MMA program includes the no-gi and the Muay Thai program.
6:30 pm - 7:30 Essential BJJ for beginners
6:30 pm – 8:00 Self defence
7:30 pm – 9:00 Competitor training class / open mat (MMA , Boxing , Muay Thai kickboxing and BJJ)
Open Mat – 5:30pm-7 pm.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Fighter Fitness and Boxing (all levels)
1pm – 2:30 BJJ (no-gi) Starts mid October.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm BJJ (gi)
|Posted on September 12, 2016 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
2-MINUTE COLD WATER SHOWER CHALLENGE
End your morning shower with 2-minutes of cold water. It’ll be tough the first couple times, but you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it becomes.
This was posted by
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/99851/99851-6179634018603061248" target="_blank">Co-Creator of Awake and Alive
Thanks for the great post Michael would be refreshing. I have always used cold water baths when I have injured myself. The sooner the better 5 - 15 minutes and continue for 3 - 5 days depending on the injury. It works, must have a tolerance for cold.
Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS
|Posted on September 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Important practice Yoga Without Discomfort
Great Article from Sherri McMillan Business of PT
Yoga is a strengthening exercise that can also have calming and relaxing benefits. While Yoga is just that for many of our clients….it isn’t that way for all of them. Here is a question I received from one of my clients and my response. I thought this info would be helpful for you and your clients!
“I really love Yoga but it kills my wrists. Whenever my instructor brings us into Plank, Downward Dog, Upward Dog or Cobra while everyone else is finding their inner Zen, I am about ready to scream! What am I doing wrong?” G.D. Vancouver WA
Here is what I told my client:
“Surprisingly, you’re not alone!
Yoga, a program that is supposed to be gentler on the body and bring peace, calm and relaxation, for many people does the exact opposite.
Your ability to perform the below exercises without pain and discomfort, depends on a number of factors and with some yoga modifications you could practice yoga discomfort and pain free.
childspose When first developing your muscular strength and endurance, your ability to hold many of these poses for very long will be limited. While the instructor may be cueing you to hold the pose for five or more breaths, your body may be at its limit at one or two breaths. It’s extremely important that you listen to your body and remember this – you know your body better than anyone. There’s a big difference between challenging yourself and pushing past your current limits. Find your point of challenge and then when you’ve had enough, move into a recovery pose like Child’s Pose. It will allow the opportunity for your muscles to relax and relieve some of the tension in your wrists. When you’re ready, you can join in again. After time, you’ll notice you can hold the poses for more breaths before finding it necessary to take a break.
Weight & Height
plank downdog cobra - If your instructor is 5 foot nothing and 100 pounds when soaking wet, it’s no wonder they can hold the poses for what seems like an eternity. The heavier you are, the harder the poses. So for a woman who is 120 pounds, holding a pose for 5 breaths, might be equivalent in intensity to a woman who is 160 pounds holding a pose for 2 breaths. It’s all relative. That goes for height as well. The taller you are, the longer your load and therefore the harder the poses. If you are heavier and taller, either hold your poses for shorter periods of time or look for ways to decrease the load on your muscles and joints. For example, for Plank, perform the pose from your knees versus your toes. For Downward Dog, bend your knees more. For Upward Dog/Cobra – allow your thighs to lightly rest on the floor.
Each of the poses G.D. referred to above, put his wrists in a very extended position. Depending on joint structure (the size of your wrists, the way the bones align), some people have more issues than others. The good news is that each of the poses above can be done from an elbows position versus a wrist position which many people find a lot more comfortable.
Remember Yoga is all about the Mind/Body balance and it’s hard to find that balance when you’re fighting against your body. Listen to your body, progress gradually and celebrate the beauty of your uniqueness and your individual strengths”.
Yours in health, fitness & business,
Giving the options always allows a wide variety of physical conditions such as arthritis, carpel tunnel etc. to be part of a yoga class
|Posted on September 9, 2016 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
Your monthly dose of motivation
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ParticipACTION's Backpack Must-Haves for Active Play
Summer is ending and the kids are headed back to school. On the one hand if you’re a parent, summer is a great time to see kids being kids—running, playing, swimming and enjoying the outdoors. On the other hand, it can be a pretty demanding job to keep kids entertained.
As kids head back to school, keep up the summer fun by packing them with ParticipACTION’s six backpack must-haves for active play. The bonus is, regular exercise will improve academic performance, reduce stress and help to build social skills. What better way to set them up for success?
At this time of year, it’s easy for parents to get overwhelmed by all the tips and tricks for how to set up their children for success in the coming school year. What books should they be reading? What stationery do they need? What time should they go to sleep? The list goes on and on.
But one of the best things you can do to encourage your child’s academic success, reduce their stress, build their social skills and confidence is actually super simple – encourage regular exercise!
Sports teams and activities are part of the equation, but you really need to give kids the chance to be active throughout the school day in every way possible—playing at recess and lunch, walking or wheeling to and from school, making up their own fun and letting off steam.
Your child’s backpack, if packed with all the right things, is the perfect opportunity for you to encourage more spontaneous, outdoor activity.
Check out this infographic for ParticipACTION’s six backpack must-haves:
Let your kids log the total amount of steps they take in a day and make a game out of getting healthy. You might be surprised by how excited they get about reaching their step goal each day.
63 percent of kids’ free time is spent being sedentary, so send kids to school with something to encourage spontaneous, active games with friends. Having a ball on hand can mean the difference between playing a game with friends rather than staring at a screen.
This one will inevitably generate some discussion as some schools don’t allow cell phones on campus whatsoever. But, many parents worry about the safety of their kids and a phone can help you stay in contact while your child walks, wheels or plays outside with friends. Don’t have a phone, or don’t want one? Send them out with a buddy or have them call when they get home.
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ParticipACTION's Backpack Must-Haves for Active Play
ParticipACTION's Backpack Must-Haves for Active Play
Weather is one barrier to active play, so make sure your child is ready for anything by packing a good jacket. I don’t know about you, but some of my favourite memories as a kid involved playing in the rain.
SUN HAT AND SUNSCREEN
Kids need a sun hat and sunscreen in order to protect them from the rays. Make sure your children are prepared to take full advantage of the sun without having to worry about a nasty burn.
Did you know that 58 per cent of parents say their kids are always driven to and from school? Active travelers get as much as 45 additional minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Wheeling or walking to and from school will quickly add up to a healthier lifestyle.
As a parent, I sometimes feel like I’m in possession of a beautiful secret—that physical activity will give my kids success and joy in every area of their lives, more than almost anything else I can give them. Active kids have better concentration. More fun. Better social skills. Less anxiety and depression. More confidence. What more could you want for your child this school year? Encourage them to be more active and everything else will follow.
Never Do This Exercise... Plus: The 5 WORST Exercise Mistakes That Are Destroying Your Metabolism, Keeping You Flabby, Weak & Injury-Prone by Shin Ohtake, Fitness & Fat Loss Expert, Author of MAX Workouts
|Posted on July 26, 2016 at 10:25 AM||comments (1)|
Surprisingly, not all exercises are good for you. In fact, research has discovered that doing crunches, sit-ups and other ab-targeted exercises will NOT help you get flat, washboard abs.
The problem is when you do conventional ab exercises, your stomach muscles feel sore, which fools you into thinking that you’re working your abs. Yet, after weeks of religiously doing your ab routine, your belly looks just as bloated and soft as it did before. All that time and pain for nothing!
Here’s the TRUTH…
Crunches, sit-ups, side bends (and other common ab exercises) force you to bend and contort your body in unnatural ways. This may come as a surprise, but your abs were NOT designed to crunch, twist, or bend. In fact, it’s the complete opposite!
The real role of your abdominal muscles is to PREVENT your mid-section from crunching, twisting, and bending. That’s right, your abs are a stabilizing force designed to resist movement in order to protect your spine.
So even though you “feel the burn” when you do crunches and sit-ups, you’re actually putting unnecessary pressure on your back, causing more harm than good. These ab exercises can cause lower back injuries by forcing your spine to bend too much, and they do very little to actually help you get a flat, tight stomach.
The key to getting sculpted abs is to burn off that stubborn layer of belly fat that’s hiding them. On the next page, I’ll show you how to quickly burn away the “ab flab” so you can finally carve out those lean, ripped abs.
But first, here are the 5 WORST exercise mistakes you MUST stop making (if you want to crank up your metabolism so you can melt away stubborn body fat and KEEP it off)...
Mistake #1: Doing Long Bouts of Cardio
If you’ve been doing cardio workouts to try and slim down, I have some alarming news…
Steady-state cardio (like jogging or doing the elliptical) increases the production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes weight gain and makes it more difficult to burn off stubborn belly fat.
That’s why no matter how much cardio you do, you can’t seem to raise your metabolism and you always hit a plateau eventually.
Even worse, too much cardio accelerates aging! When you put your body under prolonged stress, you start producing free-radicals, which damages your cells and causes inflammation…and inflammation is what makes you OLD. Yikes!
But, there is a RIGHT way to do cardio. Stick with me because I’m going to reveal what you can do to get insane results in half the time of your regular cardio workout—without causing unnecessary stress on your joints. (Once you learn this simple trick, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it all along!)
Mistake #2: Doing Isolated Exercises
Doing isolated exercises (like bicep curls and tricep extensions) will NOT help you build lean muscle and get toned & fit. When you do these “isolated” exercises, you’re only working one muscle at a time. The problem is that these exercises do very little to increase your metabolism.
Here’s why: In order to boost your metabolism, your heart rate has to be raised to a certain level. But when you’re only working ONE muscle at a time, it’s virtually impossible to recruit enough muscle fibers to increase your heart rate significantly, so you’ll never be able to spike your metabolism or maximize your calorie burn.
If you want to slim down and tone up fast, you need to do exercises that stimulate as many muscles as possible at the same time.
Mistake #3: Using Gym Machines
Those big, shiny machines sure make the gym look high-end, but truthfully, the only thing they’re good for is for sitting down while you tie your shoes or catch your breath!
The problem is this: Machines alter the way your body naturally moves, restricting your range of motion. This severely limits your ability to fully activate all of your muscles fibers, which means less fat burning and less muscle toning.
Worse yet, machines can cause muscular imbalance and excessive strain on your joints, leading to nagging injuries down the road.
If you want fast results, you MUST incorporate exercises that allow your body to move naturally with full range of motion so you can skyrocket your metabolism and put fat-burning on autopilot.
Mistake #4: Repeating The Same Workouts Over & Over
Repeating the same workout routine over and over is a surefire way to STOP getting results. We’re creatures of habit and we tend to stick to things we’re familiar with and good at. But when it comes to working out, if you want to make progress and keep seeing changes in your body, you’ve got to start switching things up.
You see, your body has an amazingly ability to adapt quickly and when it does, that’s when you hit the dreaded plateau and you STOP making progress.
Mistake #5: Doing Loooong Workouts
Longer workouts do NOT equal better or faster results. If you’ve been slaving away at the gym and your body isn’t visibly changing, you can’t do more of the same thing and expect a different result.
When it comes to getting lean and fit, your body responds to quality over quantity. I’m going to tell you the #1 way to super-charge your workouts—this simple, yet overlooked method is the single fastest way to getting lean and ripped while cutting your workout time almost in half. This technique will open up a can of whoop-ass on your workout!
How To “Fix” Your Metabolism
Alright, now that you know what NOT to do, here’s the good news…
Science has proven that there are specific types of exercises that trigger a potent fat-burning effect, which skyrockets your metabolism and boosts your fat-burn for up to 48 hours after your workout is over.
These exercises activate more of your muscle fibers, which creates a bigger metabolic boost, demanding more fat to be burned for fuel—so you can burn off the fat and KEEP it off.
There’s even more good news…
These exercises also stimulate your youth-enhancing hormones so you can slough away old, dead cells — making you look and feel years younger!
Listen: getting a lean, defined body with a rock-solid core is easy once you know HOW to trigger the right hormones in your body (and stop the production of the bad hormones that are making you fat and old).
Learn more from the author by Shin Ohtake, Fitness & Fat Loss Expert, Author of MAX Workouts
The 5 Best Most Effective Abdominal Exercises
1) Hanging Leg-Raises: A strenuous exercise, the hanging leg raise is a product of true gymnasts. All you need is a chin-up bar or equivalent setup. Grab the bar with an overhand grip about shoulder width apart, and while bending your knees raise your hips and curl your back as you bring your thighs to your chest. Lower slowly, and repeat.
2) Fat-Bar Holds: Again with a chin-up bar or equivalent, hold onto the bar with an overhand grip and hang with your arms and body completely straight. Hang for as long as possible until you can't hold on any longer, then rest for a minute and repeat. Remember you want to improve your strength, so aim to hang for a longer amount of time during each rep.
3) Overhead Reverse Lunge: All you need for this exercise is a light barbell or long wooden pole or equivalent. Hold the bar high above your head with arms straight, and step backward with one leg and slowly lower your body until your knee is bent at a right angle. Do multiple sets of 15-20 reps with rests in between.
4) Leg Raises: While lying on your back extend your legs and raise them off the floor to the highest degree while keeps your knees only slightly bent. Slowly bring your legs back down towards the ground, at about 6 inches from the ground, curl your legs towards your chest. Repeat 15-20 times.
5) Planks: While in push-up position, bring your arms in close to your chest, elbows tucked in and fists up near your face. Raise your body up off the ground and maintain a straight "plank-like" posture for 60 seconds. Only your toes and forearms should be touching the ground. After each rep, switch positions. Flip over and have your back towards the ground and chest pointing skyward, again only your feet and forearms should be touching. Keep your back straight and hold position for 60 seconds.