Posts Tagged ‘Health’

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Random Update

March 1, 2012

So it’s been a while! I randomly decided to see what was up on this blog. and then i thought it’d be fun to post as i havent done any blogging in a while.

so to get us up to date, all the origional writers have for the most part gone our separate ways. as far as i know we all still train. I’ve started teaching at a new studio, which is tough but it’s the wayof a martial artist to pass on knowledge to the new generation. I took and passed my black-belt examination the summer of 2010 and I am now preparing for my 2nd Dan examination in july. am i nervous? yes! but i have a great master and im trainning hard so, i should be ready in time. in the near term I’m competing in a regional tournament march 10th and it will be my first time sparring as a blackbelt. should be fun!

well hopefully I’ll be posting more in the future, we’ll see. I wish you health and happiness, till next time.

Beveld

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some stuff

January 8, 2010

Hmmm. so I’m realizing that we havent done much with this blog for a while. so I’ma just drop somethin for everybody just to keep it current. 🙂  So first off, its a new year, happy 2010, and I’m sure everyone’s made some sort of resolution that has to do with health. whether it’s exercizing more, or eating healthy. but lets face it, how many people actually follow through on their resolutions? So i’m just gonna say: don’t “resolve” to do whatever it is you want to do. Just do it!

That being said, here’s something you should NOT under any circustances do! And that is exercize your core for several hours, and then stuff yourself with Mcdonalds. Trust me, bad idea! Not only am i so sore i can hardly sit up straight, but now i have a wonderful stomach ache to go with.

So i hope i’ve given you a reason to shun the evils of fastfood (lolz jk). Anywaz it’s late,  I have school in 8 hours,  and ima take some advil and crash. So this is me wishing you a stomach ache free 2010.  Peace.

<Beveld

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Water VS Soda

October 27, 2008

Alright, in one corner, we’ve got water. The basic fluid people have been drinking since the dawn of time, only it’s a lot cleaner these days.

In the other corner, we have Soda. A much more recent contrivnce made up of sugar, water, and chemicals.

Unfortunately for humans in general, Soda has become extremely popular of late, and many people, espically kids. Drink more then one can(12oz) every day.

Now there are a lot of unhealthy side effects atributed to Soda, but I’m going to cover just one of them.

Soda is mostly sugar, as such it has a great deal of calories, which your body cannot absorb, because they come from the sugar additive HFCS. Consiquently, these calories go straight to fat, but how many calories are there? is it really that bad?

Well, we are going to compair Soda a Water.

12 oz of water contain 0 calories and will keep you for a while. Cold water will even burn some calories in your stomach.

12 oz of Soda contains around 180 calories (it varies) in pure sugar, pure fake sugar anyway. It will probably keep you hydrated for as long as water, but I could not find any references to that.

Now heres another thought to consider, To be healthy and stay hydrated all the time, you need to drink about a gallon of water a day, especially if you take part in any kind of sport.

1 Gallon of water has 0 calories, and if it is ice cold when you drink it, it will burn around 150 calories in your stomach. It will also keep you perfectly well hydrated during the course of the day.

1 Gallon of soda has 1800 calories, If it’s ice cold, I doubt it will really help much. Since all of the calories are from fake sugar, your body won’t be able to process them, and will turn them into fat instead. It should keep you hydrated, but you will feel tired due to hte calories you body can’t use and because the carbonation hampers your muscles ability to absorb oxygen.

Also according to this. http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut83.htm that in a balanced 2,200 calorie diet 12 teaspoons of added sugar may be consumed, and a can of soda has 9-11. And if you are a short or skinny person, you should probably be eating even less added sugar then that. Or if you are an athlete or health geek like me!

So think about it next time you reach for a Soda, wouldn’t you be better off with a bottle of refreshing water instead?

Yakri~

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How over weight are you…if you are at all?

August 31, 2008

  It seems to me that many people have a problem with their weight, whether it’s “I’m too fat” or vice versa, with the too fat opinion being predominate. So thought I’d give you all a tip: If you think you’re overweight, chances are you’re not. In the midst of my internet wanderings, I stumbled upon a helpful site: www.healthatoz.com. Among other interesting things to be found on this site is a BMI calculator (under ‘tools’). BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is used by the WHO and the NIH to define obesity. How does it work? Well, you enter your height and weight (I’d advise you to be truthful to yourself) and it will determine how healthy you are at your current weight. For instance, I’m 6′ 5″ and 165 lbs. According to this handy-dandy little gadget, my BMI is 19.3 which is in the “normal” category. Now I’m not saying that this is infallable. I’m just giving you a way to allay what insecurities you may have about your weight.

  So if you think you’re overweight, obese, or just plain fat (yes, there is a difference). Check before you do anything drastic (like become anorexic).

-Beveld

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HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT BY THE END OF THE SUMMER

July 26, 2008

Alright, there are a million and one kids out there wondering if and how they can slim up by the end of this summer, and i wrote out a really in depth reply on yahoo answers and I wanted to post it here too.

If you have a public pool, start swimming 7 days a week, one hour per day, if you can’t do that, do 3 days a week.

If you don’t, jog for 30 minutes or more(but less then 2 hours) each day. in addition, after you jog, stretch out and do push ups and crunches (not sit ups, there is a difference)

Now for diet. From now until school starts, do not eat any candy junk food or soda. this includes but is not limited to; energy drinks, soda, Gatorade, energy bars, slim fast products, frozen fruit juice and anything that has high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients list.

You also need to drink a gallon (yes 1 full gallon) of water per day. Do not drink anything other then water, unless it is ORGANIC milk, and then, only drink about 1-2 glasses a day, the majority of non organic milks are very unhealthy.

You should also try and eat a lot of food with high protein content, like tofu, eggs, and organic tuna. And foods with good fats in them, all nuts and many fish (like tuna) have these.

Rather then 3 meals a day, you should eat 6 small meals a day, this is more important then you think.

The diet is the most important part, if you don’t do the diet, you are just wasting your time.

If you drop all the junk food, drink only water, eat 6 times a day, and stick to the workout, you should impress your friends significantly when school rolls around.

Remember, if you stop working out and eating healthy, your going to regain weight again, so if you do this and like the way you look at feel, stick to it, it only gets better as you go.

I would be using this and swimming if our god damn public pool was open, but they are staying closed all this summer.

Feel free to email me with questions at yakrii@yahoo.com or you can leave a comment on this blog and i should reply within 24 hours.

Yakri~

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Today we are going to talk about a nasty substance called HFCS

March 7, 2008

HFCS stands for high fructose corn syrup, HFCS is in a significant number of the foods you eat everyday, mainly things like soda, candy, etc. But you can also find it in things like bread, juice, and cereal. HFCS is a sugar replacer, as you can see from the name, it is made from corn, although it takes a great deal of processing to get to from corn, to fake sugary goodness to put into sodas.

But heres the real question, why shouldn’t you eat it? well, what exactly it does that’s bad for you and how exactly it does it seems to be a point of much debate according to its Wiki anyway. But the long and short of it is HFCS will make you FAT as well as potentially cause various un-fun health side effects such as diabetes.

What this means, is that if you have a little extra BF and your trying to lighten up a bit as well as gain muscle mass you should avoid HFCS whenever possible. If you are like me and need to lose a fair bit of weight still, don’t touch this crap with a ten foot pole, it will ruin your progress towards a more aerodynamic figure. On the other hand, if your one of those skinny kids who has been dangerously underweight your entire life, well you should still avoid HFCS, regardless of your current psychical condition its still bad for you, but one or two treats now and then probably isn’t going to bother you in all honesty.

Still, check your food labels, you would be surprised at just how many things have the stuff in it, even if a little bit isn’t that bad for you, your probably eating a lot more of it then you think.

Drink Water not soda!

Yakri~

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Types of Muscles, Whats best for tricking?

March 4, 2008

You may not know it, but there are two different types of muscle fibers, Slow and fast twitch.

 

This from Wikipedia; “There are two broad types of voluntary muscle fibers, slow twitch and fast twitch. Slow twitch fibers contract for long periods of time but with little force while fast twitch fibers contract quickly and powerfully but fatigue very rapidly.”

 

Naturally you’re going to want a lot of fast twitch muscle fiber for tricking, sending the human body sailing through the air takes a lot of power! So now you may be thinking “how do I get more of this fast twitch muscle fiber stuff?” You don’t sadly.

 

This also from wikipedia; “Humans are genetically predisposed with a larger percentage of one type of muscle group over another. An individual born with a greater percentage of Type I muscle fibers would theoretically be more suited to endurance events, such as triathlons, distance running, and long cycling events, whereas a human born with a greater percentage of Type II muscle fibers would be more likely to excel at anaerobic events such as a 200 meter dash, or weightlifting. People with high overall musculation and balanced muscle type percentage engage in sports such as rugby or boxing and often engage in other sports to increase their performance in the former”

 

What a bummer right? Well no worries, you might not go to the Olympics for the high jump or 200 meter dash, but you can learn to trick even if you naturally have a whole ton of slow twitch muscle fiber. What you need to do is capitalize on what fast twitch muscle fiber you do have. You can’t get more of a muscle fiber type but you can exercise it and cause those muscle fibers to grow and become stronger. The key to this is in the way you exercise, specifically the number of repetitions per set of the exercises you do.

 

Strength 1-5 repetitions

Hypertrophy 6-10 repetitions

Toning 13+ repetitions

 

Strength training is ideal for increasing the strength of your muscles without increasing there size, and thus, perfect for tricking.

 

Strength training exercises fast twitch muscle fibers (types A and B, read this) but doesn’t encourage their growth in size as much as Hypertrophy.

 

Of course just doing 1-5 reps of pushups isn’t going to make it strength training, doing 1-5 bench presses at about 80%-90% of your 1RM (read this Wiki if you want to know more on strength training) is strength training, when strength training you should do about 3-5 sets of whatever exercises you do. To wrap up, here is a little more info on Type 1 slow twitch muscles.

 

From Wikipedia; “Various exercises require a predominance of certain muscle fiber utilization over another. Aerobic exercise involves long, low levels of exertion in which the muscles are used at well below their maximal contraction strength for long periods of time (the most classic example being the marathon). Aerobic events, which rely primarily on the aerobic (with oxygen) system, use a higher percentage of Type I (or slow-twitch) muscle fibers, consume a mixture of fat, protein and carbohydrates for energy, consume large amounts of oxygen and produce little lactic acid.”

 

Toning is what trains slow twitch muscle fibers, but if you’re looking to lower you BF% a little don’t be fooled, it isn’t the best way to lose weight, if you do a lot of toning you will cut down your overall muscle mass, and this is bad. Muscles take energy to be maintained (Calories) and every pound of muscle you have on you raises your metabolism. That not only burns Calories, helping you to lose weight, or allowing you to eat your favorite foods without gaining weight, but it also will make you feel more energetic during the course of everyday of your life.

 

I would also recommend reading these articles:

http://www.dogentricks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6058

http://trickstutorials.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38042

http://trickstutorials.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36390

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle#Exercise

 

And watching the video on Conditioning found here

 

I probably left out a lot, but if you read the articles I linked they should probably explain that which I cannot, as well as the things I forgot.