Cardiovascular Health

Barbell Floor Press Challenge Cardio Exercises

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Joseph

Once again I got my fitness training outside the gym. I set aside a certain amount of time each day for stair climbing exercises; my cardiovascular workouts do not replace my weight lifting exercises, though. I do look forward to getting back to the gym for intense weight lifting. I'll be lifting at the amounts mentioned previously.

I'll keep you posted.

 

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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How to Prevent Saddle Sore: Tips for Heavy Riders

How to Prevent Saddle Sore: Tips for Heavy Riders
By Joan Bishop Denizot

There are several reasons why cycling can be a good exercise for heavy people. Cycling is not only a fun outdoor activity but it is a low impact exercise that cyclists can do at their own pace without straining their joints. However, like all cyclists, heavy riders can be at risk of suffering from saddle sore.

Saddle sore is a skin disorder usually found in the area of the body such as the inner thighs and the perineal region that are in contact with the bicycle seat. It can be quite uncomfortable and even painful. This has been a common problem among cyclists regardless of weight. However, those who go for long rides and those who are a bit on the heavy side are more prone to experiencing saddle sore. To avoid it, experienced riders share these tips.

Seat height is one factor to consider. When buying your bike, try giving it a test ride to see whether the seat is set properly. A seat that is too high will pull your body further into the saddle as you reach for the pedal. This causes excessive pressure that may lead to saddle sore. A seat that is too low on the other hand, does not allow your legs to support your body and may put too much pressure on your crotch which also increases the risk of having saddle sore.

You can have the seat height adjusted just at the right height where you can actually sit upright and place both feet on the ground for balance. The right seat height can lessen the pressure on your sit bones and crotch area reducing the chances of chaffing.

The width of the saddle can also contribute to experiencing soreness. If the saddle is too wide, you might experience increased pressure in the crotch region which causes chaffing that leads to saddle sore.

While it is essential to wear a good pair of padded cycling shorts, experienced riders warn about wearing thick shorts. These tend to bunch up along the sides of the saddle and hold in sweat. The longer you are in these shorts and with the sweat accumulating in your crotch area, the higher the risk of skin irritation that leads to soreness. It may also cause bacteria build up that leads to infection in the chaffed area. It is recommended that you wear a chamois that does not have a seam in the middle of the shorts to prevent unwanted rubbing. Some riders suggest applying chamois cream but you might want to consult your doctor which would be good for you especially if you have sensitive skin.

If you can manage to stand on the pedals for brief 10 seconds to relieve pressure on your seat, try doing so. This can also help allow blood to circulate along your seat area.

Remember that saddle soreness is common among cycling enthusiasts regardless of weight and length of cycling experience. But it is something that can be prevented so you can enjoy your cycling to fitness and health.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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Type 2 Diabetes - Fat Tissue and It's Role With Aging

Type 2 Diabetes - Fat Tissue and It's Role With Aging
By Beverleigh H Piepers

Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer have a way of taking the life of overweight and obese people much earlier than the life of slim people. Scientists at the Medical University of Graz, in Austria, might have found the reason. When our cells divide, tiny structures called telomeres are involved in moving chromosomes to the "new" daughter cells. With each cell division, telomeres grow shorter, and shortness has to do with aging. The University of Graz, Austria, in March 2019, in the journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, reported on the link between fat tissue and its distribution of the shortened telomeres.

Researchers measured telomere length in the white blood cells of three hundred and seventy-five participants: they compared the telomere length with the amount and location of fat at fifteen sites. Telomere length was shortest in those who had high levels of fat in their...

  • neck,
  • upper arms,
  • upper back,
  • chest,
  • abdominal area,
  • hips,
  • thighs, and
  • calves.

It was found neck and hip fat were linked strongly with shortened telomeres. From these results, the investigators concluded excess fat is linked with the shortening of telomeres.

Medications used for treating diabetes have also been linked with telomere shortening. In January of 2019, the journal Aging reported on a study performed at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Hubei, China, and Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangdong, China. Telomeres in the white blood cells of three hundred and eighty-eight people with Type 2 diabetes were measured...

  • Type 2 diabetics not taking medications had significantly shorter telomeres than treated diabetics.
  • Type 2 diabetics treated with acarbose had shorter telomeres than those treated with other medicines.

From these results, the researchers concluded acarbose might have an aging effect.

In February of 2019, the Journal of Diabetes Complications reported on a study linking insulin treatment with telomere shortening. Investigators at the Capital Medical University in Beijing, China, and the Chinese Academy of Medical Science in Beijing, China, paid close attention to sixty-four people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes six years earlier. None had received insulin at the beginning of the study. Average telomere length decreased, although it lengthened in a small number of individuals. Out of 18 of the participants who had received insulin during the six years...

  • 16 showed decreased telomere length, and
  • 2 showed increased telomere length.

Insulin users were more than 17 times more likely to have telomere shortening than non-users. The use of insulin with high LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels were connected with telomere shortening as well.

Although medications are necessary for many people who have been given a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, controlling blood sugar levels without medications might be one way to increase their life expectancy, based on telomere studies.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Cardiovascular Exercise

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Joseph

 

Once again I did not exercise at the gym. I performed a lot of stair climbing to at least give my body regular cardiovascular workouts. I really don't like the frequent gaps between weight lifting workouts, I've been a heavy lifter for many years now. Aerobic exercises keep the blood pumping and promote increased oxygenation to the cells of the body, but I miss working out with heavy weights. When I do (eventually) get back to the gym, I'll be lifting heavy.

I'll keep you posted.

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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How to Start Weight Loss Through Cycling

How to Start Weight Loss Through Cycling
By Joan Bishop Denizot

If you are one of those who made a resolution to start changing their lifestyle to be fit and healthy, you might want to try cycling as an exercise. Unlike weight training and running which usually strains your ankles and other muscles, cycling is a low impact exercise that burns calories as much as, or even twice as much as hitting the gym. Cycling regularly can make your muscles stronger. The stronger the muscles are, the better and faster your legs and hips work allowing your body to burn more calories while cycling.

To get optimum results in your cycling, you may want to complement the exercise with a healthy diet consisting of more vegetables and lean protein. Also, experts advice riders to eat a healthy breakfast before the ride and to never skip a meal. Starving the body of food makes one's metabolic processes to hold on to more fat instead of using and burning them. Experts also suggest that during long rides, it is advisable for the rider to take a short break and take snacks. This does not only provide energy but curbs craving that results to more unhealthy eating after the ride.

You might also find that following a training plan might be helpful for your cycling program to help you be fit and healthy. One experienced rider suggested a bike plan that allows you to ride at different speeds and intensities. For instance, you may plan your bike paths from pleasure cruising at the park on a designated day and cross training on another day.

You may also want to start your bike speed at an easy intensity such as riding at 8-12 mph. This is an almost effortless pedaling with only a light tension in your legs. You, may also experience steady breathing but not the huffing and puffing that one usually experience in a strenuous exercise.

Cycling at a moderate speed means that you are riding from 12 to 16 mph. At this rate, there would be more tension in your legs and your breathing would be heavier. Heavy breathing expands the lungs and allows more oxygen in the body that actually helps in burning body fat.

When you feel you are confident enough, you can go faster at a harder intensity form 16 to 20 mph but remember not to stay within this speed for so long as your legs and lungs would be working to their maximum capacity.

Just like any exercise, experienced riders advice cyclists not to forget to do warm up and stretch exercises before going out on the road for a ride. These exercises will prevent muscle injury and conditions the body for the ride.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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Delicious Spicy Grill Recipes For The Chili Lover

Delicious Spicy Grill Recipes For The Chili Lover
By Adrian T. Cheng

Did you know that eating spicy food provides you with plenty of health benefits? Not only does it improve your appetite but eating dishes that use chilli peppers is beneficial to relieving pain, to weight loss and even to heart health! So the next time you add a little excitement to your outdoor barbecue, serve any of these spicy grill recipes!

Grilled Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken Breasts

What you need:

  • 3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, each sliced into large bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chilli sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, chilli sauce, garlic powder, ground ginger, onion powder and black pepper. Whisk until smooth. Heat in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Place chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag and pour half of the sauce over the meat. Marinate for 4 hours. Meanwhile, take 2 tablespoons of the remaining sauce and mix with cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk back to remaining sauce then microwave for 2-3 minutes. When chicken is ready, cook in a pre-heated grill over medium high heat until cooked to desired doneness, brushing with prepared sauce while cooking.

Firecracker Salmon

What you need:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together onion, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, red pepper flakes, ginger, sesame oil and salt in a large bowl. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Place salmon fillets in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour about 1/4 of the marinade in the bag, seal and turn to coat fish with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, also refrigerating the remaining marinade. When fish is ready, remove from bag and discard excess marinade. Cook on a pre-heated grill over high heat, covered, until cooked through, occasionally brushing with marinade.

Boost your appetite, impress all of your guests and add even more excitement to your future backyard barbecues by serving easy to make dishes with a kick - try any of these two delicious spicy grill recipes!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grill experience, reviewing various grilling accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's website where he has other interesting grill-related products and posts.

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Cardio Exercise Workout

by

Joseph

I was unable to make it to the gym last week, but I did not let that deter me from getting in a cardio workout. I made time for stair climbing exercises; even though I would rather be weight lifting, aerobic exercises do prevent me from becoming sedentary. 

The way my schedule is now, it is becoming a challenge to meet the weight lifting goals that I have set for myself. When I do return to the gym, I'll be doing 180-pound t-bar rows and 140-pound overhead presses. All of the lifts will be heavy.

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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A Cyclist's Guide to Losing Weight

A Cyclist's Guide to Losing Weight
By Joan Bishop Denizot

Taking up cycling for fitness and losing weight is a great decision but there are a few other elements that you might not have considered. Here are a few tips that will speed up your weight loss project through cycling.

Dressing Properly: You see other cyclists all bundled up in layers of clothing. Some have this idea that getting under the layers will keep them warm, make them sweat more and lose more pounds but losing weight through dehydration is both unappealing and unsafe, especially for bikers. Lose all the unnecessary layers and load up on water properly. This will help you ride farther, which, in turn, will help you burn more calories.

Pacing: A lot of studies have proven the effectiveness of oxygen consumption towards the end of the work-out in the burning of body fat. Push your fat burning factory into overdrive by putting in a lot of effort when you are about to finish. With this, your body will continue to consume a lot of oxygen even after you've finished biking which will lead to continuous burning of fat. In addition to this, doing intervals is also helpful. These are bursts of more effort that will improve your fitness and speed. You may cycle at a normal pace for 5 minutes and then put in all of your effort for another minute. After a few days of this, you'll notice progress in your performance.

Adjust your bike: You may already have the right bike but an incorrect set up will be inefficient, or worse, lead to injury. If you're not sure about how to check yours, you can head to a bike shop for a set-up check. If you want to check it on your own, watch out for the saddle height. While sitting on your bike with your heel on the pedal which should be at 6 o'clock, your leg must be straight. Remember to check for both legs. Adjust the saddle until they're both straight. As for the handlebar height, it depends on your preference. The general rule is to make your handlebars level or higher than your saddle. They should also be the same with as your shoulders. Biking comfortably is important, this means that you can bike longer and farther.

Flexibility: Stretching helps loosening up your muscles which come with regular cycling. It helps you ride in a better position. Do not forget to stretch your hips, buttocks, legs, knees, ankles and feet.

Your eating habits: You cannot take up cycling and expect the best results without taking up healthy eating as well. Vegetables and lean protein are a must in a good cyclist's diet. Instead of loading up on dietary supplements, it is better to source out your vitamins and proteins from food, which will be absorbed by your body better. Providing what your body needs will help make you feel and bike better. This will also help curb cravings for sweets and junk food. A lot of cyclists also recommend limiting the gluten intake which will keep the bloated feeling away for when on you're on the saddle.

Don't Skip Breakfast. It has always been a debate - whether it is better to eat breakfast before or after working out. A European study on fourteen cyclists has shown that those who trained without eating burned more fat than those who munched on their first meal. However, it has shown that they performed worse. At the end of the day, it all boils down to whether you have enough fuel to bike better and longer - so you can make the most out of your work out. It doesn't have to be something heavy. Yogurt, fruit or a smoothie will be great. After getting off your bike, you can then chow down on something heartier like eggs and vegetables or cereal with fruit.

Also, if you've made a habit of skipping out on food when riding, then this should be corrected. Eating while on the bike has been proven to help improve performance. You're refuelling and you're keeping the hunger in check and ultimately minimizing the urge to overeat after the ride.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Cardiovascular Workout

by

Joseph

I had to exercise outside of the gym last week. I did a lot of stair climbing to make up for not working out with heavy weights. When I get back to the gym, I'll be lifting heavy again.

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Cycling: Make Your Work-Outs Count to Lose More Weight

Cycling: Make Your Work-Outs Count to Lose More Weight
By Joan Bishop Denizot

To make your work-outs count, here are a few tips to consider.

1. Pedal before breakfast. A lot of studies have shown that you burn more fat if you are working out before consuming a full meal. Take caution though. It is not advisable to do your longest and hardest rides on an empty stomach. About 20 minutes of cycling on a fasted state is okay. And if you really insist on eating, it is always safe to consume a little something like fruits or smoothies for that extra fuel. You can have your full breakfast after exercising. This will help fire up the fat burning process, and will take you closer to your weight goals faster.

2. Fire it up. This is what they call interval training and this really pushes your calorie burn. When you are about to finish your ride or if you do not have a lot of time for your work-out, do about 6 sets of all-out effort for around 1 minute each. You can take it slow and rest 30 seconds in between those sets. The more you keep doing this, the longer you can go all-out.

A study done by the Journal of Applied Physiology reported that two weeks of alternate-day interval training upped the body's ability to burn the cyclists' fat by 36 percent. The metabolism will also be increased for the next 12 hours. This means that you'll be able to burn extra calories throughout the day.

3. Bike on the road less travelled. Off road riding will help you lose more than 600 calories an hour compared to cruising on a paved path on a steady pace. It works not just your legs, but your whole body. Riding over rocks and roots develop more muscles. Swap your road skinny tires for new thick ones so you can head to the hills and shed more of the extra fat.

4. Bike all the way. Cycling to work-out is good, but cycling to get to places is even better. You can ditch your car so you can head to town on your two wheels. This not only endears you to the environment but also gives you more opportunities to burn calories.

5. Add "Signal Clothing" to your wardrobe. Fitted clothes will keep you honest and help you in your fight against unwanted pounds. How? "Signal clothes" like Lycra wear for bikers will help you track your weight gain and loss. Wearing baggy clothes will make it easier to miss the weight you've gained because the extra room won't sound the alarm. Spandex cycling wear are perfect signal clothes. Add them to your wardrobe and keep them in rotation.

6. Pedal at home. A lot of people prefer to slouch on their couches at home. But you can still watch your favorite TV show and burn calories at the same time. Bring in a portable trainer inside your living room, in front of your TV screen. Do this a couple of nights in a week and it'll make so much difference.

Whether you are an average sized rider or a heavier one who wanted to try biking for recreational purposes, commuting, or losing weight, check out Zize Bikes for a line-up of custom made, extra sturdy bicycles for everybody that can support ALL riders of ALL sizes (up to 550 pounds).

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