Posts Tagged ‘Physical exercise’

Digital Bracelet Company May End Up In Court After Rash Reports « CBS Minnesota

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The Fitbit Force is a digital bracelet that measures your physical activity and sleep patterns, but it left some consumers with scars.

Now the company may end up in court.

via Digital Bracelet Company May End Up In Court After Rash Reports « CBS Minnesota.

Sort of confusing …. they’ve already done a voluntary recall for refund … and it’s not certain what percentage of users were affected.  We’re also mystified as to how one nurse at one medical practice actually saw 30 Fitbit Force users come in with the issue.  That’s surprisingly more people than you’d expect to have this device in the first place.

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Cartoonist Scott Adams on How to Build Willpower for the Weak | TIME.com

Researchers say we humans have a limited supply of willpower, like a muscle that can be exhausted. If we use up our willpower resisting one temptation we will have less in reserve to resist the next. That’s a big deal …

via Cartoonist Scott Adams on How to Build Willpower for the Weak | TIME.com.

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Starting with the obvious —

We disagree that turning down a cupcake makes you less likely to be able to turn down a relationship-busting sexual misadventure.

But having said that, the rest of this particular article is a good read.  Click the link about to click through and read the article.

Can you combine something you’re not really looking forward to, with something you  will REALLY look forward to, so that the overall event is pleasurable?  For example could you combine an all-out weightlifting session with a soak in the gym’s hot tub (or whatever nice finishing tub they have, or whatever your  home gym experience of this is) every time.  Could you change that longish bike ride to a longish bike ride to and from a really pleasant coffee house?  That’s a better prospect.

How can I beat cravings and start exercising?

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I could say, hey, the best exercise is climbing flights of stairs at a football stadium, but if you don’t have access to that or really can’t do that, it’s the WORST kind of exercise for you. The best exercise is the one you will do. Something you think might be refreshing/interesting to you, and you have the means to do. Walking is often the gateway exercise — the thing that gets you off the couch and moving around so that you get a big shot of the optimism that comes from the way we’re built to respond to activity, hormonally and energy level wise. But really anything you can imagine eventually being part of what you like to do.

If you google the National Weight Control Registry you’ll see a nice list of what they’ve found to be the characteristics of people who have kept a bunch of weight off for a long time. They almost universally move a bunch more than is normal, and most of them use walking as a big part of that.

Start with what you can to today and can come back and do tomorrow. That’s how you’ll know you’ve found the right level of activity. Then tomorrow, come back and do it again, plus only 1% more. If you increase just a very slight bit each day you’ll double the amount you can do pretty soon.

As a bonus, it’s not easy to eat while you’re moving around, so that will help with the cravings. And you’ll start to get a good feel for how much you have to exert yourself to burn off those couple of Oreos (half hour!) or whatever, and that’s a big help for the cravings too.

Another thing, ask yourself when you have a craving, what you really have a craving for. For me, it was something to do, and someone to have a conversation with, and I associated that with eating. For you, it will be something else … find the ways you can do what you commit to yourself you can do.

Exercise links happiness and lower mortality in CVD | theheart.org

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“Because positive affect is related to exercise, interventions aimed at positive-affect induction in combination with exercise promotion may induce better outcomes for patients, both in terms of increasing the likelihood of the accomplishment and maintenance of a healthy exercise pattern and in terms of better psychological functioning, than interventions focusing on the promotion of exercise alone,” conclude the researchers.”

via Exercise links happiness and lower mortality in CVD | theheart.org.

Well put!  Definitely exercise helps you feel better.  Feeling better actually reduces your 5 year all-cause mortality — your likelihood of getting dead in the next 5 years.  Feeling positive about life is a huge benefit.  Move some today, so you can move some more tomorrow.

What makes muscles grow?

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It’s a specific adaptation to an imposed stress.   You consistently work a muscle to at/near the point of failure, and as it rebuilds itself, additional muscle is put there to help you out, to keep that spot from getting stressed out so much next time.

So  how do you use this to your advantage?  Do strength training, of some sort, every other day or so.  And/or lift heavy things often in the course of your life.  Or simulate a heavy lifting life by lifting real things in an exercise session which requires a lot of different kinds of movements and muscles to get the job done.  Even if you have to reduce your amount of cardio to get the strength training in, that’ s OK.

You lose 10% of your muscle mass per decade of life if you don’t do things that require that strength.  IF you don’t use your muscles, they go away.  If you do use them, they grow.

How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety

Rsearchers at Princeton University recently discovered that exercise creates vibrant new brain cells — and then shuts them down when they shouldn’t be in action.

For some time, scientists studying exercise have been puzzled by physical activity’s two seemingly incompatible effects on the brain. On the one hand, exercise is known to prompt the creation of new and very excitable brain cells. At the same time, exercise can induce an overall pattern of calm in certain parts of the brain.

via How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety – NYTimes.com.

Frequently mentioned here and often studied …. just want to hit you up with this right at the beginning of the holiday weekend when you have time to exercise more.

Anxiety and depression can be actively, significantly improved by consistent daily exercising.  It may be the LAST thing you feel like doing at the time, but it’s hugely important.  God made us to be movers and shakers, literally, and until the last 50-100 years it was about impossible to live without getting moving.  Just true, live with it.

You were made to move around.  You were made to be outdoors a good part of the time, too.

Get off the computer and go do something active.

Does my number of calories burned during my workout matter?

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Yes.  Every hour you work out, you can figure on anywhere from 200 to 600 calories burned, depending on how much body weight you’re lugging around and how intense your activity is.

It does matter.  At that rate you can produce a pound or more of weight loss a week purely from upping your activity.

But — only if you control your eating too.

Because you can eat that same 600 calories in the time it takes to walk from your car into the gym.   Just a big burger, or a big shake, or whatever.

Of course you’re still getting the cardivascular benefit of exercise, and the feel-better endorphins, but the caloric benefit depends more on what’s going IN as well as out.