Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Being a Child at Heart with Exercise

By Amy M.

Exercise doesn’t always have to be a structured class or serious routine, it can be as carefree as it was when you were a kid.  Exercising or playing like a kid is a fun way to stay fit whether you have kids and want to join them or you want a fun break from your regular routine. Why not race your kids outside and hula hoop with them?  You could use one of theirs or get a weighted one to get even more out of your workout.  You will certainly work that core not only by using the hula hoop but also from all the laughing with your kids as you bust a move with them.  Even if you don’t have kids it’s a great way to have a cardio workout and burn a lot of calories in a fun way. Put some music on and hula hoop to a fitter you. If using a hula hoop is outside your comfort zone then grab a piece of chalk and do some hop scotch or draw circles all over the driveway that you can jump to.  When’s the last time you jumped rope?  Replace your walk or run with jumping rope to switch up that cardio workout this week.  Switching up your regular exercise routine by taking a lesson from your kids or the kid in you will help you to stay motivated by keeping it fun and carefree.

Check out the article below on the Gale Resources database on the Blackstone Public Library  website.

Jumping Rope:
Synopsis: Tish Davidson, AM Jacqueline L. Longe
Source Citation: "Jumping rope." Tish Davidson, AM. The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness, Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. Detroit: Gale, 2012. 2 vols.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Drinking More Water for Fitness and Overall Wellness

By Amy M.

We all know our bodies are comprised mostly of water and the importance of replenishing that fluid for overall wellness.  However, most of us don’t drink as much water as we should or any at all.  Staying hydrated is just not important when your exercising but for overall health.  Water is important not only to cool down the body during exercise but helps with the body’s overall function. The trick to drinking more water may be as simple as what you choose to drink it in. For me this was no different than that favorite coffee mug that I drink my coffee from.  For some reason the coffee just tastes better from that mug and most importantly the way the mug fits just so in my hands. When I was trying to up my water intake I used this philosophy with what I drink my water from.  I noticed I drink more water from an insulated tumbler that has a straw or a sports water bottle.  For some reason I just don’t finish the water from a glass or a store bought water in a disposable bottle.  Just like I add milk and sugar to my coffee, I tend to like my water better with ice.  In the summer I’ll add a lemon or orange slice but not any other time. Just try different things till you figure out what works for you. Maybe your favorite water cup is a sparkly one your granddaughter got you or it features your favorite sports team. You could also try using a water app on your phone to track the water you’re drinking. The important thing is to keep hydrated in a way that works for you so you can be a healthier you.

Check out the article below on the Blackstone Library site. It is located on the Gale Resources Health and Wellness section on the Pathways to Success link.

Water and Nutrition
Source Citation: Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, 3rd ed., Detroit: Gale, 2013, pp. 3549-3552.