Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fitness Tests for Home

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for health tests. Really, I want statistics to show that I am a healthy individual.

This article on simple health tests you can do at home is really interesting because it reveals the risks of having a poor result for each of the tests. Even though it doesn't offer many solutions if you do get a poor result, I'm going to offer you one big solution: move more. Find an activity you really like to do, and do it more often.

You may not be able to change how you look on the outside, but you can change how you feel on the inside.

Good luck!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cerro San Cristobal

I have recently begun biking up the hill here in Santiago, with a goal of three times a week. Not because I think it's good for me (I do) but because I love it. Somewhere beneath my heavy breathing and pounding heart, after I pass through that threshold of ten minutes of suffering, it feels, how can I say it, if not good, it feels right. It feels like medicine.

Check out what I wrote about it at my other blog.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Vacations--Death to Workouts

Vacations are essential. Essential to your mental health, and I believe physical health, too. If you work fourty hours, or have kids, or are basically alive, you probably aren't getting the amount of sleep you really need. Having vacation to finally sleep in for more than two days in a row can be a livesaver.

But...vacation can also interrupt your workout and movement routines. We go on vacation with the best intentions: we'll workout every day, or every other day. But vacations are for relaxing and for getting away from your normal life. Certainly you'll benefit from moving, but since you're taking a break from your normal life, take a break from exercising too...or at least the way you normally exercise.

I recently went to the beach for two weeks. I took my exercise mat and foam roller, thinking I would workout every day. I worked out once in two weeks. It just didn't happen.

I did take my bike and every day rode for a half hour to an hour--not because I felt I had to, but because I love biking, and my absolutely favorite is biking by the ocean. So I biked because I wanted to, and because it was the most convenient way to get to the little town by the beach where all the cinammon ice cream was.

So maybe instead of going on vacation with the best intentions, we should go on vacation with realistic intentions: that we're not going to do what we normally do, but that, when we want to, we'll move our bodies. It certainly beats feeling guilty about something we weren't ever going to do.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fat Thighs are Good

Check out this article. All fats are not made equal.