There are lots of cues for improving posture: keep your chest up, pull your stomach in, sit up straight, etc. But my favorite has long been to imagine a string attached to the top of your head pulling you up. (Just keep those abs tight!) Well, imagine no longer!
Pretty much every day I'm home, I make my Super Giant Salad for lunch. It generally weighs in at about two pounds. The picture doesn't show its unsuspected depth. Rest assured: it's big.
Looks delicious, right? And it is, which is why I have it most every day. (On the road, I buy one, lately from Cafe Basil.)
Recently, I was giving myfitnesspal.com a spin to check it out. (It's not bad.) And the numbers on my salad were interesting, so thought I'd share:
Slams are fun for power and energy system development. Common slam tools are medicine balls and heavy "battle" ropes (but not cats). Unfortunately, people often shortchange themselves by slamming using primarily their arms. This limits the muscle involvement and so the power (and calorie burn) of the exercise.
Instead, get your body weight into your slams, as shown in the video below.
I spend a lot of time in New York City. (Not just "New York." No one says "Kansas" for Kansas City or "Oklahoma" for Oklahoma City or "North Carolina" for North Carolina City. Or do they?) Here are a few pertinent-ish ramblings.
It's not hard to find articles about the hazards of too much sitting. If you're stuck with a job that requires lots of it, that stinks. There are things you can do to mitigate it, but the best option is to do less of it.
If you do a lot of work on a computer, you might think sitting on a Swiss ball is a good ideal. Alas, not so much. A stand-up desk can be a great option, but they tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there are improvisational options. (Click on the images to see larger versions.)
Starting a new, irregular (as in not on a regular schedule vs. just odd, although it may be that at times, too) series: "Quick Question". So if you have any (questions, that is), ask them in the comments and I'll try to get a response post. Unless it's a stupid question. (I'm looking at you, Sparky.)
Today's question is, "What is triple extension?" It's one of those questions best answered in a video. So voila.
Be seeing you.
This question reminds me of the adage that the only way to never fall off a horse is to not ride. If you work out, sooner or later you're going to want to skip because you just don't feel like doing it. If it happens too often, your fitness plans (or dreams) are doomed. And let's face it, that's pretty common, and is partly why every year the gym crowds of January dwindle back to "normal" by March.
But it doesn't have to be that way. While never missing a workout would be ideal, there's a compromise: on the days you feel like skipping, feel like doing nothing, just do something. Anything.