the environmentalist in me talking hydration :)

I read an article the other day that explained that the millions of plastic bottles being dumped in landfills every day are hurting the earth, because it takes thousands of years for them to decay into the ground…So I took their advice and now own to plastic jugs: one from jamba juice, and the other from baja fresh. They cost me like 2 dollars each, and they are large like more than 40 ounces of liquid. But I can take for refills at less than the cost of a normal beverage at those places, as well at any drinking fountain, or filtered water at home from the fridge or a brita or whatever you use. Also places like ampm and 7eleven: will let you get a refill for like 99 cents, cause they dont have to buy a cup for you. I often get green tea, rasberry tea, or gatorade, or deluge(a low calorie sports drink), or horchata…..So if you want to save the earth a little at a time, and stay hydrated then buy a thermos, or a jug that is durable and get refills, wash it after you use it, and use it again and again…

I am pretty sure most vendors wont mind if you use your cup instead of theirs, just ask for permission first…I drink lots of water all day, so keeping a mug with ice and water with me is important. And I often fill it at places like the gym or any place that has cold water…Honestly I drink tons of tap water, and it is free and sometimes cold…I dont get sick that often. If your travelling overseas, then yeah dont drink the tap water. But wherever you live locally you can drink the tap water and feel pretty safe about it. Or if you have time, then boil the tap water, put it in some ice cubes and your good to go. The need to buy bottled water is silly to me: I heard companies like coca cola and pepsi basically just put tap water into their pretty dasani bottles anyways.

I also hear they are gonna tax soda pop, like they do for cigarettes and alcohol. I am glad, cause soda pop is only good at two things: making you fat, and decaying your teeth and organs with its high acid content. The obesity crisis has a lot to do with families drinking as much soda and diet soda as they should be drinking water or milk….

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pre and post pregnancy fitness for women

I found this article on the internet, and thought it was very helpful. Especially since so many of my friends are having children, or getting married and likely may have children in the future. Yoga is also a great option for pre and post pregancy and many studios have classes for pre and post pregnancy.

Most women who perform regular weight-bearing exercise prior to pregnancy note a progressive decline in performance beginning in early pregnancy. Here are some tips from Elizabeth Pryor, MD, to help keep you moving at a rate that’s safe:

  • Keep it regular. Exercise regularly (at least three times per week) — this is preferable to intermittent activity.

  • Easy on the heart. Keep your target heart rate at 140 beats per minute or less.

  • Don’t lie on your back. Avoid exercise that requires you to lie flat on your back after the first trimester. Such a position is associated with decreased cardiac output in most pregnant women.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Pregnancy requires an additional 300 calories per day. Thus, women who exercise during pregnancy should be particularly careful to ensure they’re eating an adequate diet, and one that’s providing all the necessary nutrients.

  • Less oxygen, less intensity. The amount of oxygen available for aerobic exercise decreases during pregnancy. Be aware of this fact, and modify the intensity of your exercise according to your symptoms.

  • Resume exercise gradually after pregnancy. Many of the changes of pregnancy persist four to six weeks postpartum. Thus, prepregnancy exercise routines should be resumed gradually based on your physical capability.

  • Know when to call it quits. Stop exercising when you feel fatigued and don’t exercise to exhaustion.

  • Don’t overheat. Take care to not become overheated when exercising during the first trimester. You can protect against this by ensuring adequate hydration, appropriate clothing, and optimal environmental surroundings (not too warm) during exercise.

  • Weight-bearing exercises. Weight-bearing exercises may, under some circumstances, be continued throughout pregnancy at intensities similar to those prior to pregnancy. Non-weight-bearing exercises such as cycling or swimming will minimize the risk of injury and facilitate the continuation of exercise during pregnancy.

Depending on your needs and the physiologic changes associated with pregnancy, you may have to modify your specific exercise regimen. Your expectations of exercise performance may in turn need to be modified during your pregnancy. Ask your doctor about the changes you may need to make in your exercise program.

if you get dizzy during a workout

That is your body telling you to shut it down. I had a guy preparing for the fire academy, about 30 minutes into the workout, he felt dizzy. So I had him lay down and elevate his feet to get blood back to his brain. Awhile later, he asked if he could continue. at the end he was rushing to trash can, cause he was gonna vomit. If it happens to you eat some fruit and a sportsdrink like gatorade, or powerade or water. Your brain and body are asking you to stop and rest. If  exercise is new to you, and you go really hard the first time out, then this could easily be you. If you got dizzy you wouldnt go drive your car. So same thing, just rest until you feel strong again. Normally this happens to clients who dont eat before their workout.  It happened to me when I did my normal workout after not being active. And I needed help cause I thought I would pass out. The trainer at the gym gave me an orange and some gatorade, and after awhile I was able to get home and luckily I did not have to vomit.

But dont let this be the end, this just means your body needs to improve its endurance as well as its strength level.