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by Barbie
Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Blood Pressure
Replies: 24
Views: 2958

Re: Blood Pressure

How's your sodium intake? Check your nutrition labels, it's in some things you wouldn't expect. Some people's blood pressure is very sensitive to sodium--it causes your circulatory system to retain more water, which means more blood volume, so your blood pressure raises.
by Barbie
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Working Out Sick?
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Working Out Sick?

For your interest, a relationship between activity level and viral infection: http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1999/graphics/0699/shephard1.gif The article I got the image from gives details about the physiological effects of exercise on the immune system. Actually, working out hard while being s...
by Barbie
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Working Out Sick?
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Working Out Sick?

Exercise is a stressor. It depresses the immune system ( source ). Maybe the increased body temperature brought about by exercise will help you out a bit... but at the cost of putting the rest of your immune system out of commission. I've heard this before (no source, I don't know how credible this ...
by Barbie
Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stretching workouts?
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Re: Stretching workouts?

I'd just forgo the stretching altogether . Pre-exercise stretching is controversial (many studies show it puts you at a higher chance of injury), but I as far as I know, most research supports post-exercise stretching. I can't make any personal claims about enhanced performance or decreased risk of...
by Barbie
Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Casual Excercise:Excercising without working out
Replies: 22
Views: 2889

Re: Casual Excercise:Excercising without working out

Take transit instead of driving. (You spend more time standing and walking).

Stay standing on the bus/train, and if you want a core challenge, don't hold onto anything.

If you -really- want a challenge, dance ;)
by Barbie
Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Skinny Hell + Weight Gain
Replies: 35
Views: 3263

Re: Skinny Hell + Weight Gain

Gunfingers wrote:
Barbie wrote:Each of those three sentences enraged me.

That's an understandable reaction, i am the first person to ever be wrong about something. :'(

If you were -actually- the first person to ever be wrong about this particular topic, your post probably wouldn't have annoyed me :P
by Barbie
Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Skinny Hell + Weight Gain
Replies: 35
Views: 3263

Re: Skinny Hell + Weight Gain

Well as you're a chick, i'm going to say that weightlifting is probably out. I doubt you're interested in looking muscley. Some stuff, low weight/high reps maybe, but i'm not really sure how much that would help. Each of those three sentences enraged me. I am a personal trainer, and I have female c...
by Barbie
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Need some advice...
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Need some advice...

You could do deep water running on your own. You don't even need a flotation belt if you have good buoyancy (it's just more exhausting without one). You work the same muscles as real running/walking so it's really functional. The related websites are always geared toward runners/athletes, but it's r...
by Barbie
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Need some advice...
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Need some advice...

Have you ever tried aquafit (aerobics in the pool)? If you have limitations, it's an excellent way to get a workout in a forgiving environment. I have been an aquafit instructor since I was 18, and I have seen so many people who cannot exercise elsewhere find success in aquafit . In my classes I hav...
by Barbie
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fasting
Replies: 25
Views: 2570

Re: Fasting

5. No your body dumps toxins quick and hard My skin broke out in red blotches all over. Mouth and tongue had to be cleaned off a lot. My theory behind this (don't take it too seriously) is that when you aren't eating in nature it's because there is something wrong so your body starts to try to get ...
by Barbie
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 3241

Re: Meditation

A tip, based off of my own practice: It might be much easier for some people to start a 'moving meditation' practice such as Tai Chi or Chi Gung. I agree. I've done yoga for years, and the focus on control and mindfulness gave me a taste of what meditation should feel like. If you have mental chatt...
by Barbie
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Yoga!
Replies: 16
Views: 1685

Re: Yoga!

My boyfriend and I tried acroyoga for the first time the other day, and it was a lot of fun. It's a nice contrast to normal yoga, because as well as being challenging and engaging, it's also hilarious and terrifying. It's a really nice couple activity, because you have to work together to achieve so...
by Barbie
Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 24035

Re: Parkour

Parkour is definitely cool. It's a really functional form of exercise that makes you better at moving around in other aspects of life. I would go so far as to call it meditative because you need complete awareness of your body and of your environment all the time. If your mind drifts for even a seco...
by Barbie
Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...
Replies: 79
Views: 7055

Re: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...

question about carbs stands-is it really hard? To be honest, the "no carb" part is a lot easier than the "low carb" part. I only lapsed slightly in the no-carb period because I was travelling at one point, and I ways have trouble being picky under those conditions. I seem to lap...
by Barbie
Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tricking
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Tricking

I was getting into tricking and parkour for a while, but there seemed to be such a high chance of injury. The guys I talked to that were the most impressive and fearless were also the ones that had sustained the most injuries. It seems like the only way to improve is by taking risks: eventually you ...
by Barbie
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Yoga!
Replies: 16
Views: 1685

Re: Yoga!

Doing yoga really changed the way I exercise because of the focus on being aware of and mastering control of every single muscle fibre. If your only goal is health, yoga is a pretty complete program. When you do slow, controlled yoga you gain muscular endurance, when you do sun salutations you gain ...
by Barbie
Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Girls and lifting
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: Girls and lifting

A woman at my gym has an inspiring blog about how she went from this: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1037/989692100_cc52ad41dd.jpg ...to this: http://members.shaw.ca/broken-box-of-wow/ma1.jpg ...and how she maintains it. She advocates (quite aggressively) less cardio, more weights and high-intensity...
by Barbie
Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...
Replies: 79
Views: 7055

Re: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...

Yeah, those things are awesome (though not entirely accurate). If you can get access to one of these to use once a week or so (aimed at Belial, btw), this could be your new goal, rather than just weight. The gyms around here suck ass (and are dirty fucking cheats besides), but I'll see if I can fin...
by Barbie
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stupid elliptical machine!
Replies: 19
Views: 2977

Re: Stupid elliptical machine!

I know i've always been told to eat protein after a workout because it helps rebuild the muscles. Seems logical that the same would hold true for bones. There are quite a few studies that have found otherwise. In all of my fitness-related education, I have never seen a credible textbook that suppor...
by Barbie
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stupid elliptical machine!
Replies: 19
Views: 2977

Re: Stupid elliptical machine!

Whenever my legs start to hurt, I usually drink some milk. The high amounts of calcium and protein help ease the pain and speed up the recovery process. [citation needed] I have never read anything to support those claims. Unless you're deficient in protein or calcium, I doubt that consuming extra ...
by Barbie
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Every Day Till April 30. Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 1996

Re: Every Day Till April 30. Quest - 'Before' pics posted :)

I spent most of yesterday in bed, doing nothing because of a beginning flu. I still have a head ache, but if it gets better over the day I'll possibly do some turns and then a little stretching. Full blown training again tomorrow. Be careful, exercise can depress your immune system. Going back to f...
by Barbie
Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Improving my fitness.
Replies: 21
Views: 2208

Re: Improving my fitness.

No, I kind of need encouragement and pressure. I don't really want to do this, but I should, so i can't really set a goal for it. It's going to be really hard for you to maintain an exercise program if you don't have clear motivation. You said you don't really want to do this, but that you should. ...
by Barbie
Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Distance Running Training
Replies: 15
Views: 2809

Re: Distance Running Training

It's my experience that if you don't vary your workouts, the longer train, the harder it will be to improve. This will eventually lead you to a plateau and you'll probably just get disheartened and quit your training. You can still get in decent shape without varying your routine, but you just won'...
by Barbie
Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stupid elliptical machine!
Replies: 19
Views: 2977

Re: Stupid elliptical machine!

Don't even bother with elliptical machine- in the fitness industry all those cross training ergometers are nicknamed "fakercise machines". You want real cardio benefits, box, walk, run, ride, row or swim- our bodies have evolved by design to do the actual thing, why wouldn't you take adva...
by Barbie
Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Stupid elliptical machine!
Replies: 19
Views: 2977

Re: Stupid elliptical machine!

I have the same problem. I usually have pretty good knees, but the elliptical really bothers them. I have relatively short legs, and I think the machines were designed for a longer stride length. I feel like my knee hyperextends at back of the stride, and it's hard to prevent it because there's so m...
by Barbie
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rudimentary Fitness Test
Replies: 49
Views: 4773

Re: Rudimentary Fitness Test

Akashra's right, certain muscles can have better oxygen uptake than others, depending on how you train. For example, an elite swimmer with excellent oxygen uptake in his upper body, may struggle to get enough oxygen into his body to supply his less-efficient leg muscles. That said, if you can walk u...
by Barbie
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Distance Running Training
Replies: 15
Views: 2809

Re: Distance Running Training

I do a couple half marathons every year. My dad tried to convince me to do the knee knacker with him this year, because it will be his tenth and last year doing it, but I think he's going to have to settle for me doing a nice tame marathon with him instead. Since I'm going to do a marathon anyway, I...
by Barbie
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Zombiepocalypse preparedness scale
Replies: 27
Views: 5661

Re: Zombiepocalypse preparedness scale

Weight has nothing to do with appearance, or size, or strength, or endurance, or, well, anything besides the number you see when you step on the scale. I have a hard time believing you're doing this just for the status of being 100 lbs. (And you already know that kid c will date you at your current ...
by Barbie
Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 195947

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

Nope, it's called conservation of energy. The first law of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. For your body to survive it needs a certain minimum amount of energy, roughly proportional to the quantity of water it contains (more water requires more energy to maintain at a ...
by Barbie
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 195947

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

Does anyone have any good hints, or ideas, for keeping this sort of thing in mind, 24/7? Because I sure as hell don't. You need to adopt habits that make you more mindful about eating. As mentioned above, food journals are a great way to make you aware and accountable for what you eat, but there ar...
by Barbie
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fat Loss vs Strength Training
Replies: 7
Views: 1705

Re: Fat Loss vs Strength Training

So, given all that, is it true that fat loss and strength training are generally in mutual opposition to one another? Is it self-defeating to spend half an hour on a treadmill and then go lift weights? (I have it on good authority that I am in fact in good shape, but apparently I also have 20% body...
by Barbie
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Help moi!
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: Help moi!

5x push-ups. (Do 'em from your knees if you can't get through 5.) ... 5x crunches As you can see, it's just an inverted pyramid of alternating push-ups and crunches. Sometimes we'd make it 6, 5, 4 instead. Be careful about doing push-ups and crunches without balancing them. If you have a really str...
by Barbie
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Help moi!
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: Help moi!

To decrease your resting heart rate and increase your lung efficiency, you need to do cardiovascular exercise like running or swimming. This (PDF) is an excellent program to get you into running. It's really gradual and achievable. As for strength, to start, choose 3 strength training exercises and ...
by Barbie
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I'll have a 6 pack please
Replies: 51
Views: 7624

Re: I'll have a 6 pack please

I've recently eliminated most crap from my system over this time, unfortunately however beer binge sessions are probably a killer on weekends. ... I have a strange feeling the double rolls may also be a bit much, but the running should hopefully counter balance that? Maybe it's time to start a stri...
by Barbie
Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Before and After pictures.
Replies: 4
Views: 2199

Re: Before and After pictures.

There's quite a big time-gap here. I lost about 20 lbs over an intense year of rollerblading, cycling and running. Then over the next few years, I gained some of that weight (but not size) back in muscle. It's nice to feel great in your body. Before: http://members.shaw.ca/broken-box-of-wow/before.j...
by Barbie
Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Your Favorite Workout Songs
Replies: 21
Views: 2733

Re: Your Favorite Workout Songs

Wow! Why did no one tell me this sub forum existed? I'm excited :D If you're doing aerobics-style workout, nothing beats "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell. I teach aquafit, so sometimes that's pretty much what I'm wearing when I'm using this song :P If you're doing something more hardco...
by Barbie
Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life, Rocks, and Siddhartha
Replies: 12
Views: 1975

Re: Life, Rocks, and Siddhartha

If you set your sites too high and constantly fail to achieve your goals, you will lead a dissatisfying life. Part of achieving what you want is wanting what you can achieve. That said, if you are constantly doubting your chances of success, you're being unrealistically negative. Exams aren't that h...
by Barbie
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Work/Life Balance
Replies: 29
Views: 3756

Re: Work/Life Balance

What the heck do people do if they aren't working? They stop. The less willing you are to take time to slow down, the more you need it. I would suggest yoga as a method to learn how to do this. At first, you wont be able to sit still and hold meditation or even a stretch for even thirty seconds, be...
by Barbie
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life, Rocks, and Siddhartha
Replies: 12
Views: 1975

Re: Life, Rocks, and Siddhartha

Miles Invictus wrote:It's not about positive thinking. It's about discipline, perseverance, and sacrifice.

Even with all the discipline, perseverance, and sacrifice in the world, we only have a limited amount time. Some things can just not be completed within one lifetime.
by Barbie
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Burning of books?
Replies: 88
Views: 10703

Re: Burning of books?

each book once burned reduces the number left under your logic we only need one of every book in the world but in order for the books to be books they need to be enough of them so that many can read them so that they aren't forgotton. I'd say it's okay to burn books that are defective in some way. ...

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