Category Archives: Lifestyle

Everyday Athletes

You’re not the athletic type. You never went out for high school sports, don’t carry a tennis racquet, or Yoga mat. You may be under 35, or over 50.  Weight rooms are not your thing, nor trampolines, or swinging a baseball bat.   But yet, you qualify for the title “Everyday Athlete”.  How is that?

You may need to rush to a meeting in a snowstorm, or hop over urban puddles on your way to catch a taxi.  You may be carrying a cord of wood to fire up your wood burning stove.  The activities of daily living, we take for granted, require strength, agility, fortitude, and stamina.  Congratulations, you’ve earned the title, “Everyday Athlete”.

THE PROFILE OF AN EVERYDAY ATHLETE

– Stays slim.  Knows that gluttony isn’t cool.

– Climbs stairs at work, instead of taking the elevator.

– Abides by the less driving rule.

– Rides a bicycle, or walks to work.

– Grabs an umbrella, and strides through the rain.

– Unafraid to slog through snow.

– Stays strong through blustery winds.

– Tackles tire changing, and wiping down a snowy windshield.

WHAT’S YOUR SECRET?

The Everyday Athlete knows the importance of strengthening the core muscles.  That’s why they can fly over puddles, tackle snowstorms, zip up a flight of stairs, and never shrink from life’s difficult moments.  

 

 

Copyright Irene Pastore and Tour de Core Personal Training

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip: Fast Track To Cutting Calories

SMALL LIFESTYLE CHANGES ADD UP

Don’t get discouraged when you think of cutting back on your food intake. Quick tips will help you begin reducing calories.  Start with one, or more changes.  Small changes add up.  So get going!

Aim for consuming 100 to 200 fewer calories daily.

10 WAYS TO CUT BACK ON CALORIES

  • Stop snacking after dinner.
  • Give up your evening dessert.
  • Drop the latte.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
  • Cut down on cookies, or eliminate them.
  • Skip the banana. 100 calories.
  • Say no to a milkshake. Around 320 calories.
  • Everyday cut out two pieces of bread. That’s about 260 calories. 
  • Replace soda with water, or chilled herbal tea.  Regular 12 oz. soda 140 calories, 16 oz. 187.

ADD MORE ACTIVITY TO YOUR ROUTINE

Drive less, walk more.  You’ll also save money on gasoline.

Park your car at the end of the parking lot, and take a round-trip brisk walk to the mall.  

Walk up stairs instead of using an elevator, or escalator.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Stuffing Your Feet Into Sky High Shoes

My grandma’s sister was a fashion maven, who admitted that she disfigured her feet by wearing high heels.  When I was old enough to notice, I asked her why her feet came to a point, her big toe lay on top of her second toe, and why she walked funny.  She said her feet were messed up and ugly, from squeezing them into tight fitting high heels.

BUNIONS IN PROGRESS

She made me promise I wouldn’t wear bad shoes, unless I wanted my feet to look just like hers.

The Cruel Shoes

Fashion heels don’t have much to do with common sense.  Steve Martin’s, “The Cruel Shoes,” is the story of Anna, who visits a shoe store, and gladly buys a pair of foot nightmares, that make her feet bleed.  The premise isn’t really exaggerated.  Most women buy heels based on emotional appeal, rather than foot health.

The Worst Shoes For Your Feet

While it may not overcome the powerful effects of advertising, WebMD, has a slide show to educate women. It’s called, “The Worst Shoes For Your Feet.”  Incase you’re considering reconstructing your shoe wardrobe, here’s some inspiration to help you downsize the height of your heels.

High Heel Health Conditions & Injuries

  • Hammer toes
  • Corns
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Driving accidents
  • Calluses
  • Low back pain
  • Numbness
  • Achilles tendon damage (Morton’s Neuroma)
  • Bunions
  • Pump Bump (enlargement of the heel bone)
  • Sciatica
  • Blisters
  • Ankle injury
  • Leg pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Trip and fall accidents

The Armadillo Shoe

While I’m at it, I may as well comment on the Armadillo Shoe, because things like this have a way of influencing street wear.  The late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, came up with a risky 10 inch runway shoe, called the Armadillo.  Some models refused to wear them.

THE ARMADILLO SHOE

The phrase, “to die for”, would be apt, when wearing shoes like this, or a facsimile.  Toppling over, and hitting your head isn’t too far fetched. Fanciful shoes are the realm of art, rather than practical footwear.

Be kind to your feet.  They affect the way you walk, and feel.  Fashion shoes are beautiful in the box, but aren’t doing your two feet any favors.  Corns, bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toe nails aren’t lovely to look at. Healthy feet won’t embarrass you, when removing your shoes.  You’ll never have to apologize for your corns.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training.

Biking New York City and Beyond

BIKING BRIDGES, GETAWAYS, AND LAWS

Bicycle Commuter Brooklyn Bridge

Get onto a bike, and get out and ride. New York City is going bike-friendly. The Big Apple’s newest public transportation system, Citi Bike, is coming in March 2013.  Citi Bike won’t use any taxpayer money, and is expected to create income for the city.

Citi Bike will bring durable bicycles and docking stations to provide convenient and inexpensive mobility 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Resources for riders, safety tips, bicycle laws, helmets, are free, and found at nyc.gov.  Click the link for free bicycle maps, and Ride The City.  RTC gives you quick bike route information, and is similar to Hopstop. Read the rest of this entry

The Robot Suitcase: No Muscle Needed

The Robot Suitcase Takes The Work Out of Traveling

The latest invention to take the work out of traveling, is the robot suitcase.  Named, “The Hop”, it requires no carrying, and uses a bluetooth signal on your smart phone to move alongside you.

The Hop suitcase is another modern convenience that takes the muscle out of daily living.  Electric knives, can openers, popcorn makers, peelers, and all sorts of kitchen gadgets require little effort.  Just plug it in and go. Read the rest of this entry