Sunday, June 24, 2018

Did You Know- Fitness Facts & Truths

Did you Know Series - 20 Fun Facts About Fitness and Health.

The Facts and The Truth. Change the way you think about your life, your lifestyle and your fitness. Get fit, stay healthy and live life to the fullest. Check out our list below and see if you know any of these facts or if they are news to you. Enjoy the read.
  1. Muscle glycogen is about 3 parts water to 1 part glucose. This can add water weight at the beginning of strength training
  2. Trying to be perfect with your diet? this will set you up for failure. Strive to make progress by creating healthy eating habits.
  3. Muscle does not weigh more than fat – it’s just denser.
  4. Workout intensity is positively correlated with the afterburn effect. Boost your intensity if you want to burn more fat.
  5. Only fat and protein are essential macronutrients – carbohydrates aren’t
  6. Carbohydrates, protein, fat, and alcohol have 4, 4, 9, and 7 calories per gram.
  7. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. Muscle tissue eats fat at all hours of the day.
  8. You don’t need to do cardio to lose weight. You only need a calorie deficit.
  9. Weight loss is not a physical challenge – it’s actually a mental one.
  10. You can eat anything you want and still lose weight – but weight doesn’t always equal fat. It could mean muscular.
  11. Eating healthy is not more expensive than a junk food diet, Junk food leads to health care costs later on in life.
  12. Just because a box says “whole grain” on it, it doesn’t actually make it healthy.
  13. You can lose weight and still gain muscle; likewise, you can also gain weight while still losing fat
  14. Cooking your food can both lower some nutrient content, and make some more bio-available.
  15. Once an adult, fat cells can be created, but they cannot be lost – only shrunken.
  16. Thyroid hormone output and exercise intensity are positively correlated.
  17. The body has 3 energy systems – ATP-PC, anaerobic glycolysis, and aerobic
  18. Dehydrating a muscle by 3% can cause a 10% loss of strength. You should always drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  19. Exercise reduces aches and pains - it reduces stiffness in your muscles. It helps strengthen your bones and increases your range of motion.
  20. Exercise reverses stress symptoms.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

20 Of the Most Interesting Sayings, Idioms, & Phrases

20 Of the Most Interesting Sayings, Idioms, & Phrases

Idioms are figures of speech that have become fixed in a language, but they once had a literal meaning. These meanings, or idiom origins, can help us understand where a phrase originated.

Ever wondered why a bird in the hand is worth "two in the bush" and who was it that said (and made it official) "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" (or, an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay,) 

Some sayings are so commonplace, we say them and have no inkling of where they even came from. But every phrase and saying begins somewhere. We've traced the meanings and some of the stories behind some of the most commonplace sayings, with surprising results.

  1. Hold a candle to
    This phrase originates from when apprentices were expected to hold the candle up so their more experienced colleagues could see what they were doing. The phrase first appeared in print in Sir Edward Dering's The fower cardinal-vertues of a Carmelite fryar, in 1641.

  2. Chow down
    'Chow down' was first used by the U.S. military during WWII. 'Chow' which is a Chinese breed of dog, became a western slang for food due to the Chinese's reputation for eating dog meat.

  3. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    This medieval proverb comes from the sport of falconry, where the 'bird in the hand' (the preying falcon) was worth more than 'two in the bush' - the prey.

  4. Straight from the horse’s mouth
    getting information directly from the most reliable source
    This is said to come from the 1900s when buyers could determine a horse’s age by examining its teeth.

  5. Off the record
    This American phrase was attributed to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, who was recorded in The Daily Times-News saying "he was going to talk 'off the record', that it was mighty nice to be able to talk 'off the record' for a change and that he hoped to be able to talk 'off the record' often in the future."

  6. A sight for sore eyes
    Jonathan Swift first used this phrase in A complete collection of genteel and ingenious conversation, 1738, with the line "The Sight of you is good for sore Eyes."
    Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels

  7. Let the cat out of the bag to mistakenly reveal a secret
    In the 1700s, a common street fraud included replacing valuable pigs with less valuable cats and selling them in bags. When a cat was let out of a bag, the jig was up.
  8. A stone's throw
    This term for 'a short distance' is a variation of 'a stone's cast', first used in early editions of the Bible. Writer John Arbuthnot revived this saying when it fell out, in The History of John Bull, in 1712.

  9. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
    The earliest recording of the phrase in 1866, states "Eat an apple on going to bed, And you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread". In 1913, Elizabeth Wright recorded this phrase "Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An' you'll make the doctor beg his bread; The popular version states: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away." And also an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay.

  10. Butter someone up -to praise or flatter someone, to gain favor
    A religious act in ancient India included throwing butter balls at the statues of gods to seek good fortune favor.

  11. Cool as a cucumber
    Cool as a cucumber first appeared in John Gay's Poems, New Song on New Similies, in 1732: "I ... cool as a cucumber could see The rest of womankind."

  12. A baker's dozen
    This phrase is believed to originate from medieval times when English bakers gave an extra loaf when selling a dozen to avoid being penalized for selling a short weight. Bakers could be fined, or flogged for selling 'underweight' bread.
  13. Hands down without a lot of effort;

  14. Winning “hands down” referred to 19th-century horseracing, when a jockey could remove his hands from the reins and still win the race due to being so far ahead.

  15. Basket case
    This term was used by the US military after WWI, referring to soldiers who had lost arms and legs and had to be carried around (usually in baskets) by others.

  16. Bee in your bonnet
    First recorded in Alexander Douglas's Aeneis, in 1513: "Quhat bern be thou in bed with heid full of beis?". It has been said that the bonnet resembled the protective headgear that beekeepers wore.

  17. Beat around the bush
    This saying evolved from "beat about the bush", a term used in bird hunting to rouse the prey out of the bushes, and into awaiting nets. There are Grouse hunters that still use beaters today.

  18. Barking up the wrong tree - pursuing a misguided course of action
    Refers to hunting, When a dog would bark at the bottom of the wrong tree after the prey in question moved to the next branch.

  19. Bite the bullet: to perform a painful task or endure an unpleasant situation
    In the 1800s, patients would bite on a bullet to cope with the pain of having surgery before anesthesia was used.

  20. The ball is in your court is up to you to make the next decision or step

  21. Best thing since sliced bread -A  good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Is America's Health Declining?

Is America's Health Declining?

Is America's Health Declining? Less Than 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle. Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. 28.0% of Americans,( 80.2 million people), aged six and older are physically inactive. The average American man has a body mass index barely under the medical definition of obese. A 2013 ranking of countries’ health, the United States showed to come in last.

A study defined a “healthy lifestyle” as one that met four qualifications:
1. Moderate or vigorous exercise for at least 3 hours a week
2. A diet score in the top 40% on the Healthy Eating Index
3. A body fat% under 20% (for men) or 30% (for women)
4. Not smoking
Researchers looked at data from a sample of 4,745 participants in the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Physical activity was measured with an accelerometer that participants wore for one week, and diet was scored based on a 24-hour food diary.71.5% of adults were non-smokers,46.5 % got enough exercise, 37.9 % had a healthy diet, but only 9.6 % had what the study referred to as normal body-fat percentage.
Just 2.7 percent of people met all four.
The U.S. age mortality rate—a measure of the number of deaths per year, rose 1.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the Society of Actuaries. That’s the first year over year increase since 2005.

Almost one in three Americans age 65 to 69 are still working.
Postponing retirement can make financial sense, but a study shows some caution health-wise.

The University of Michigan economists used survey data to compare middle-age Americans’ health. The study showed the number of middle-aged Americans with ADL (Activity of Daily Living) limitations has risen: 12.5% of Americans at the current retirement age of 66 had an ADL limitation in their late 50s, up from 8.8 % for people with a retirement age of 65.

Michigan researchers found at the current retirement age of 66, 1/4th of Americans age 58 to 60 rated themselves in poor health. That’s up 2.6 points from the group who could retire with full benefits at 65.

A study showed that Cognitive skills also declined.11 percent already had some kind of dementia or other cognitive declines at age 58 to 60.

Theories offered by researchers say obesity may be taking their toll, as well as, suicide, drug overdoses, and alcohol. All play a role with the middle-aged whites.

According to the latest figures from the Society of Actuaries, life expectancy for pension participants has dropped. A 65-year-old man can expect to live to 85.6 years, and a woman can expect to make it to 87.6.

One study shows that there is an obesity problem in the U.S. It persists even as Americans eat more produce and work out more.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Did You Know Series -Amazing Facts About The Human Body

Did You Know Series - Amazing Facts About The Human Body

It's Amazing what you can learn. I found some pretty amazing facts about the human body you just have to read. Do you already know some of these? If so you are ahead of me. These are all new and interesting facts, I have just learned. Take a look at the list below and test your knowledge.

You might also enjoy reading Did You Know Series Amusing Facts
  1. The cornea is the only part of the body with no blood supply – it gets its oxygen directly from the air.
  2. The human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap.
  3. Stomach acid can dissolve metal. If it were to touch your skin, it would burn a hole right through it.
  4. Embryos develop fingerprints three months after conception.
  5. Between birth and death, the human body has a bone decrease. It goes from having 300 bones to 206.
  6. Every organ that you have two of, you only need one of them to survive.
  7. You are taller in the morning than you are at night.
  8. Hearts can actually beat outside of their bodies.
  9. Babies only blink twice a minute, while adults average 10 times a minute.
  10. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin each and every hour.
  11. When you blush, the inside of your stomach does too.
  12. There are certain kinds of tumors that can grow their own teeth and hair – these are called teratomas. Who knew!
  13. Humans are bioluminescent, the light just isn't perceptible to the human eye.
  14. Astronauts can actually grow up to two inches taller, while in space.
  15. The highest recorded fever ever was that of 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  16. 50% of your hand strength actually comes from your pinky finger.
  17. Your brain can survive for up to 10 minutes without oxygen.
  18. In cases of extreme starvation, the brain will begin to eat itself. (how do they know this)
  19. When listening to music, your heartbeat will sync with the rhythm.
  20. Humans can’t digest grass. (why are we eating it, to begin with?)
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