Category Archives: Exercise

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.

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May Fitness Quote

FITNESS INSPIRATION

 


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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.

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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