Exercise History: Physical Therapy 1890

19TH CENTURY PHYSICAL THERAPY MACHINE

BACK STRENGTHENING MACHINE 1890

A well-dressed Victorian lady demonstrates a late 19th century Back Strengthener and Abdominal Stretch Machine, invented by a Swiss physician.

She’s wearing two straps: one around her shoulder, and the other around her waist. The straps activate the cylindrical weight located at the bottom of the machine.

To prevent falling forward, there is a rectangular plate to lean against, shown as positioned above the knee in this photograph.


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

All About Apples

What’s In An Apple?

Medical News Today Nutritional Benefits

WebMd Apple Health Benefits

Apple History

Vermont Tree Growers Association “A Brief History of Apples”

Apple Varieties

Here’s a link to US Apples, where they explain the 9 apple varieties: Apple Varieties – USApple

More on apple varieties from Vermont Tree Growers Association

15 Ways To Eat Apples

  1. Raw snack . Eat the entire apple.
  2. Spread nut butter over a raw apple slice.
  3. Top a slice of cheese over a raw apple slice.
  4. Puree raw applesauce in food processor.
  5. Prepare a raw fruit salad with other fruits and nuts.
  6. Add small apple pieces to yogurt or cottage cheese
  7. Serve raw apple on a tray of assorted cheese.
  8. Snack on dried apples.
  9. Snack on a candied apple.
  10. Bake an apple pie.
  11. Prepare cooked applesauce.
  12. Bake a cinnamon apple bread.
  13. Prepare apple butter.
  14. Poach apples.
  15. Baked apple crisp.

Apple Recipe Websites

Foodnetwork.com

Allrecipes.com

Applesfrom ny.com


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.


Hiking Accident Prevention: New Hampshire Rise In Backcountry Search and Rescue Report October 2020

 


Growing Ranks of Unprepared Hikers Need Rescue



Outdoors.org 10/26/20 Officials: Mountain Search And Rescue Went Up As The Unprepared Went Out, By Miles Howard

Pictured left: Mt. Washington – The highest peak in New Hampshire. Elevation 6,288 Feet


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers And Backpackers


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Ted Talks: The Brain-Changing Benefits Of Exercise

A motivating talk by neurologist Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, about her personal experience with exercise. Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.

Hiking Accidents: Avalanche Fatalities Rising In the U.S. February 2021

Fatal Mountain Accidents During The Pandemic

LINK TO ARTICLE


More News Stories

12NewsNow February 7, 2021 – Colorado fatalities part of nation’s deadliest week for avalanches in more than century, Author: Makayla Richards

Achorage Daily News February 9, 2021 – Avalanche carried 3 men down steep gully Tuesday and killed them, report says, Author: Tess Williams

The New York Times – February 9, 2021 – Covid Restrictions Might Factor Into Avalanche Deaths, Experts Say, By John Branch

The Washington Post – February 6, 2021 Utah police: Avalanche killed 4 local backcountry skiers, By Lindsay Whitehurst | AP

Surrey-Now Leader January 22, 2021B.C.’s busiest SAR team raises alarm after 2021 begins with fatality, multiple rescues, By Sarah Grochowski


Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. She owns this website, and authors each blog post. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Exercise-Avoidance Excuse Of The Month: February 2021

It’s Snowing. It’s Too Cold. It’s Windy and Miserable. Forget It.

Solution – Exercise Indoors

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. Read her bio on the About Page.

Fitness Quote February 2021


Aim For Progress – Not Perfection


Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. She owns this website, and authors each blog post. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Equipment of the Month: Peanut Stability Ball

EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTHPeanut Stability Ball 

Recommended Product: The Peanut is a good choice for older adults, pregnant women, rehab patients, or anyone who needs more stability than the standard exercise, ball during exercise.

Product Category: Core Strength, Balance and Stability.

How To Use It: The Peanut Stability Ball activates the core muscles and improves balance.  Easier to control than the standard stability ball.

Portability: Remove the air from the ball, and you can carry it anywhere in a tote, or shopping bag.  The inflated peanut shaped ball takes up more room than the standard size stability ball.  You may need to purchase a pump, unless it’s included in the price.

Benefits: Excellent addition to a home gym.  Cost effective. Offers a total body workout. Often includes exercise chart with purchase. The Peanut Stability Ball acclimates older adults to core balance training.

Fitness Level: Beginners, Seniors , Prenatal, Rehab

Type of Workout: Seated, prone, and supine exercises


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Hiking Accident Prevention: Know Before You Go Trip Planning

Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers



Backcountry trip planning is crucial for your safety. Before your trip, check the weather conditions.  In some areas, typical weather patterns  may display an abrupt drop in temperature, sudden rain, or snowfall. 

Choose trails that match your health and fitness skills.  Learn about seasonal trail conditions, and crossings.

Whether you’re planning a day, an overnight trip, or longer trek, preparation is key while traveling the backcountry. Advance planning can save your life.  Learn trail survival skills before you go.

Start your trip early, in order to allow sufficient daylight for your journey. Check the weather report. If it doesn’t look good, plan an alternative trail with better conditions.

If you decide to hike in extreme weather, you’ll need to spend more time preparing for your trip. Study the trails, and check up-to-the-minute weather reports, warnings and alerts. While on your trip, if things get bad, turn around and head back. It isn’t worth risking your life. There’s always another day, and another trail. But you only have one life.

National Parks Links

NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND WEATHER

The National Park Service: A federal government website that provides information about current weather, trail conditions, warnings, alerts, and news. Safety Tips from the NPS.

U.S. Forest Service: A federal government website that provides information about visiting national forests for multiple outdoor activities.

National Weather Service: A federal government agency that provides weather forecasts, and warnings of all types of hazardous weather conditions affecting the public.


State Parks Links

This is a partial list of state websites that provide information about current weather, trail conditions, warnings, alerts, and news about parks and recreation areas. To find additional state parks websites, use the name of the state, followed by the keywords state parks.


Private Resources Links

StateParks.com: A non-government website to American State Parks.

Hike-NewEngland.com: A non-government website to an online trail guide for New England.

Appalachian Mountain Club: Trip planning, conservation, education, guided adventures.

Adirondack Almanack: Adirondack Explorer’s Online News Journal. Covers regional history, arts, nature, food, and news. The Adirondack Mountains are located in New York State.


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

February Is National Chocolate Lovers Month


CHOCOLATE OCCASIONS

Valentine’s Day February 14 – Birthday – Wedding Anniversary – Christmas – New Year – EasterMilestoneBirth – GraduationPromotion – Engagement





Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

10 Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund on Health and Fitness

Here are 10 gift suggestions, on how to invest your tax refund, into health and fitness, for yourself, a family member, or a friend.

  1. PORTABLE JUICER:  Buy a juicer and start drinking fresh juice instead of store bought juice, or soda pop.  Click on the link to read more about this fruit juicer, and smoothie maker. This one is priced around $23.00 on Amazon.
  2. RICE COOKER: Buy a rice cooker to prepare brown rice, instead of that white yucky rice that gets stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Click on the link to read about an Oster brand for around $20.00 at Amazon.
  3. VEGETABLE STEAMER: This link will take you to Amazon where you can read about simple, inexpensive stainless steel steamers, and more complex digital models.  Cooking vegetables in a steamer retains the vitamins, minerals, taste, color, and texture of food.
  4. OLIVE OIL MISTER-SPRAYER: Fill the mister with oil and herbs and mist your food instead of dumping excess oil over your meals.  This device allows you to control your portion, and helps to cut back on calories.  This mister sells for around $20.00 on Amazon.
  5. QUICK VEGETABLE SPIRAL SLICER: Instantly turns zucchini into spaghetti.  Cut back on grains, and add more veggies to your diet with this easy-to-use, hand-held, kitchen gadget..
  6. EXERCISE MAT: Treat yourself to a thick exercise mat instead of that old worn out excuse-for-a-mat that you’ve had for longer than you remember.  MatsMatsMats.com sells a wide selection of exercise mats.
  7. SUBSCRIPTIONS: There’s a magazine for every type of  recreational activity.  Magazines educate, inform, and keep you up-to-date on your sport.  If you’re planning an adventure recreational adventure magazines will help you plan your trip. Here are ideas: Cycling, Backpacking, Downhill or Cross Country Skiing, Yoga, Pilates, Bowling, Running, Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing. Search either of these websites for fitness and health magazine subscriptions: Magazine.com , Amazon.com.
  8. TRAVEL YOGA MAT: Travel mats fit into packs, bags and suitcases.  Get yourself a light weight, foldable Yoga mat at MatsMatsMats.com
  9. TRX HOME GYM: Get an anywhere workout with this device. Adaptable to out or indoor envirnments.  Take it to the beach, park, hotel, or your home.  Sets up fast.  Order it from TRXTraining.com.
  10. HIKING BACKPACK: Visit L.L. Bean if you’re looking for a backpack.  They’ve been around since 1912, and specialize in outdoor fitness gear, and clothing.  REI.com is another very good source.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

May Is National Posture Month: Start Training Your Core

Weak abs and back muscles result in poor posture.

A Strong Core Improves Posture

The muscles that comprise your core are the abdominals, backside, hips, and back. Weakness in these muscles results in poor posture.

An fitness routine isn’t comprehensive unless it includes core strengthening exercises.

Poor Posture and Pain

Poor posture can lead to low back pain, inadequate breathing, digestive problems, neck pain, spinal disease, muscle imbalance, deficient sports performance, and quality of life issues.

Upper Back Exercise

Muscle Imbalance Pain

When your core muscles weaken from lack of exercise, your body signals you with discomfort, or pain. When muscles receive inadequate exercise, they become imbalanced.  That means one muscle might be stronger, and overpower another.

You may often feel as though you have “pulled” a muscle.  The sensation of pulling a muscle is called a muscle strain.  Strains are mild to severe, and can take a few days, or several weeks to heal.

Abdominal Exercise

Winning Athletes

If you’re an athlete, you want to win.  An athlete with a strong core, generates power through their core, not through their arms or legs. A weak core in an athlete leads to ineffective sports performance, injuries, and poor posture.

Core Exercise on BOSU Trainer

Succeed In Business

Good posture is important for business people, and political leaders.  When you stand tall, you emanate confidence, and vigor.

In addition to affecting your image, perpetual slumping while standing or seated,  eventually affects spinal health, and digestion.

Improve Quality of Life

Poor posture may result in chronic back pain.  The pain might be so severe that you can’t sit down, or move efficiently.  Chronic pain makes you irritable.  When you become a long-term grouch, it affects your relationships with friends, family, and companion animals.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain from poor posture, the first step is to visit a healthcare provider and get a diagnosis. Exercising when you’re in pain, may make it worse.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

 

 

 

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Reuben Sandwich with Vegetable Chips and Dill Pickle

A traditional Reuben Sandwich is made with Pastrami (smoked beef), Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Rye Bread, and Russian Dressing.  

The Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich is made with the same ingredients except the beef.

Vegetarian Deli Slices replace the Pastrami, with Vegetarian Ham Slices, Turkey Slices, or Hickory Smoked Deli Slices.

HOW TO PREPARE

Ingredients

To replace the Pastrami, use either Lightlife or Tofurky brand deli slices.

1-2 Slices: Lightlife Vegetarian Deli Ham Slices or Deli Turkey Slices, or Tofurky Hickory Smoked Deli Slices.

2 Slices Caraway Seeded Rye, Seedless Rye, or Pumpernickel Bread.

1-2 Slices Vegan Swiss Cheese.  If you eat dairy, use Swiss Cheese.

Thousand Island Dressing

1/4 Cup Sauerkraut

Margerine or Cooking Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat large skillet, or griddle on low heat.  If the heat is too high, the bread will burn.
  2. Lightly coat one side of both bread slices with margarine or oil.  The oiled side will be placed in the skillet.
  3. Spread non-oiled sides with Thousand Island Dressing. Place layers of deli slices, cheese, and sauerkraut on one slice.
  4. Put both sides together, and grill sandwich about 15 minutes each side, or until browned.
  5. Serve hot.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

 

Trendy Gym Equipment: Cycling In A Hot Tub

The Fit Wet Bike

What happens when you cross a stationary bicycle with a jacuzzi?  You get an $18,000 cycling machine, called Fit Wet.

Fit Wet bikes are mounted inside individual cabinets that fill up with fresh, warm water in three minutes.

The manufacturer claims that Fit Wet burns more calories than stationary bikes, reduces cellulite, provides injury therapy, and eliminates skin toxins.

VINTAGE WATER CYCLING

Vintage Hydro Bicycle 1900

The concept of water cycling isn’t new. Hydro cycles came about around 1890. Do-it yourself bicycle frames were mounted on pontoons, and fitted with propellers.  The pedals provided power as the water bikes floated on water.

FIT WET ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

Aside from price, the Fit Wet hydro bicycle isn’t recommended if you fall into any one of these categories:

People under 4’9″  in height.
People under the age of 16 years old.
People who weight over 440 lbs.
Anyone without physician’s release. 
People who have cardiovascular disease, heart failure, hypertension, or phlebitis.
People who have skin infections.
People who have tumors.

Happy Riding.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Vintage Hydrocycle An Early 20th Century Contraption

Disgusted With Her Appearance – Woman Loses 280 Pounds

Emma Sealey Before

 

After becoming disgusted with her appearance, a 35 year-old, morbidly obese British woman, named Emma Sealey, decided to lose weight.

Before weight loss, Emma wore a size 32 dress.  She was too fat to fasten a seat belt, and used food to cheer herself up.  Her Body Mass Index (BMI) was 72.3!  Her petite height is 5′ 2″.

Emma Sealey After

Post weight-loss, she trimmed down to a size 8.

BMI Categories:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Emma Sealey lives in England.  She credits her weight loss to The Cambridge Plan.  Follow the link to read more about Emma.

 

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

Avoid GMOs: Sprout Your Own Organic Vegetables

Glass Sprouting Jar

Avoiding GMOs is one good reason to sprout your own vegetables.

Not only that, but let’s say your local grocery store runs out of fresh vegetables, or closes down during snowstorms or hurricanes.  Or maybe you’re not feeling well enough to go food shopping?

People who know how to sprout, don’t have problems like this.  As long as you have a supply of sprouting seeds in your pantry, you’ll never run out of fresh vegetables.

WHAT IS SPROUTING?

Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten raw or cooked.  Sprouted seeds are a convenient way to have vegetables for your salad any time of the year.  All you need are seeds, and a sprouting  jar.

Green Lentil Sprouts

WHY SHOULD YOU SPROUT SEEDS?

  • Convenience.  Sprouting is easy.  Sprouts grow in your own kitchen.
  • Emergencies.  Bad weather won’t keep you from enjoying fresh veggies.
  • Health.  Sprouted seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and protein.
  • Digestion. Sprouted legumes, seeds, and nuts are easier to digest.
  • Economy.  Sprouted seeds are a cost efficient way to feed your family.
  • GMOs.  Organic seeds do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

SPROUTING SEEDS, BEANS, and GRAINS

Here’s a handy list of sprouting seeds, beans, grains and rice. All you need is a sprouting jar.  Soil isn’t necessary.

To avoid GMOs, buy organic.

SEEDS

  • Alfalfa Seeds
  • Clover Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Broccoli Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Wheatgrass Seeds
  • Buckwheat Seeds

LEGUMES

  • Chickpeas
  • Mungbeans
  • Adzuki Beans

LENTILS

  • Red Lentils
  • Green Lentils
  • Black Lentils

CEREALS

  • Kamut
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Corn

NUTS

  • Almonds

HOW TO INFORMATION

The Sprout People sell sprouting starter kits, and supplies.

This article is from Vegetarian Times Magazine.  How To Soak and Sprout Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Beans.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Test Your GMOs Quiz

TEST YOUR GMOs QUIZ

(Answers appear at bottom of page).

True or False

The Most common foods containing GMOs are:

  1. Canned Soup
  2. Frozen Food
  3. Baby Formula
  4. Packaged Sweetened Juices
  5. Packaged Cereal
  6. Vegetable and Canola Oil
  7. Tofu
  8. Meat
  9. Milk
  10. Carbonated Soft Drinks

True or False

11. If you buy organically grown food, you can avoid GMOs.

12. High risk foods containing GMOs are corn, zucchini,  yellow summer squash, and foods containing soy.

13.  The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

14.  Hawaiian papaya contains GMOs.

15.  Food bearing these labels are guaranteed not to contain GMOs. USDA ORGANIC FOOD LABEL

 

 

16.  Most fresh produce is non-GMO, with the exception of corn, soybeans, zucchini, yellow summer squash, and Hawaiian papaya.

ANSWERS

Answers for all questions are TRUE.

To avoid all GMOs, buy organic.  This is not always feasible for many people, because of local selection, and cost.

Growing or sprouting your own food from organic seeds, is an alternative that isn’t as expensive.

MORE INFORMATION 

The Non GMO Shopping Guide, published by The Institute for Responsible Technology.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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cheerios maker GM to label gmos in us product

medical daily.com

Lentil and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa Lentil Salad Topped with Grated Carrots and Broccoli Flowers

LENTIL & QUINOA SALAD RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Cooked Quinoa

2 Cups Cooked Green or Red Lentils

Raw Grated Carrots

Steamed Broccoli Flowers

1/4 Cup Raw Shallots finely chopped

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

Lemon Juice: 1/2 squeezed

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Raw Chopped Italian Parsley

Salt & Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk together shallots, mustard, and lemon juice. Add the olive oil slowly, whisking until well-blended. Season with the salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  • Mix the cooked quinoa and lentils with chopped parsley in a large bowl.
  • Top salad with raw grated carrots, and broccoli flowers.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and mix well.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

April is National BLT Month: 4 Ways To Go Meatless

April — National Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Month

Celebrate National BLT Month by creating a delicious sandwich, or salad, by substituting bacon-flavored, soy-based bacon.

Litelife Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips

Place tempeh strips in an oiled skillet, and cook until crisp.  Use just like real bacon in sandwiches or salads.

Litelife Organic Tempeh

You can transform ordinary tempeh into bacon by using a condiment called Liquid Smoke.  Cut the tempeh into thin strips.  Place strips in an oiled skillet.  Brown tempeh until crispy golden brown. Place tempeh strips on bread, and sprinkle Liquid Smoke over tempeh.

Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strips

This product looks, smells, tastes, and performs just like real bacon.  Each strip is ready to cook. Place strips in oiled skillet, and cook until crisp.  Perfect in sandwiches, or salads. This product contains eggwhites.

Liquid Smoke

This condiment has a smoky flavor.  It gives bland food a smoke flavor.  Whole Foods Market carries it.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

Fitness April Quote