Friday, June 11, 2021

What To Do If You Don't Own A Set Of Weights.


I just moved and I am not sure which box has my weights.  I own a 3 pound set and an 8 pound set but I have no idea where they are at the moment.  So I have to use a substitute so I can continue my workouts.  Fortunately, there are so many things I can use until I find my regular weights.  In addition, I can use substitutes when I'm traveling so I don't have to haul them with me.  I know many of you are thinking that most hotels have a room with fitness equipment but that isn't necessarily true when staying at hotels overseas.

If you buy milk in those half gallon or gallon jugs with handles, you can use those by filling them with water, sand, cement, or dirt.  The handles allow you to lift weights just as you would your dumbbells.  The total weight of each milk jug will be determined by the material used to fill it.  If you don't have milk bottles around, you could use laundry soap bottles with the handles filled with soap, water, or sand. However, if you don't want anything that large or heavy, you could use two small water bottles filled with water or sand.

On the other hand, you can grab a pair of canned foods to use.  Canned foods, especially the smaller 16 ounce ones are really great if you are just beginning but you can use larger cans such as the #10 ones like you would use a medicine ball.  These are especially good for tricep kickbacks. 

You could also grab a couple bags of beans or rice and use them for bicep curls or other move needing a lighter weight. Both rice comes in bags ranging from 1 to 25 pounds but those that weigh 5 pounds or less.  One can also use packages of flour since they come in 2, 5, and 10 pounds but you'd want to place these in plastic bags or shopping bags so there are handles to use. On the other hand, if you have a couple cans of paint around the house, you can use those for bicep curls or to work triceps. 

Do you every buy potatoes, onions, apples, or oranges in bags?  You can use those bags of fruits and vegetables as weights.  You would hold them with your hands wrapped around the top.  In addition, these usually come in 5 to 10 pounds and are good to replace heavier weights.  

If you have 32 ounce boxes of plant based milk, soup, or other liquid, these are perfect to use instead of the normal 2 pound weights.  I usually have boxes of almond milk or regular milk around the house and since they are boxes, they are fairly easy to grasp.

Speaking of shopping bags, you can put anything such as multiple cans, boxes of milk or soup, rice, beans, flour, or sugar to make them easier to use as weights. You could even use books, or logs in the bags. The use of shopping bags opens up the possibility of using so many different items.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Skipping As Exercise.

I love walking but hate jogging or running because it puts a bit more pressure on my shins but I sometimes  go crazy and do something a bit different when I decide to skip instead of walking around my neighbor.  I admit, it sometimes feels a bit weird to skip as an adult but it is fun.  Sometimes one just has to let the inner child out and go for it.

Most people think of skipping as something only children do and most of us did it as a child but when be hit the teenage years, we left it behind.  I suggest that we need to revisit skipping because it is a great form of exercise.

Overall, skipping will improve muscle tone, helps coordination, works on balance, and improves flexibility. Skipping specifically tones the legs and thighs wonderfully and engages hip flexor muscles and abdominals which help stabilize a person's body.  It also improves heart health and blood pressure. Since skipping is classified as a high intensity cardio workout.  Furthermore, it helps build bone density, improve endurance, and agility.

Skipping requires a bit more energy than walking and can cover more distance in a shorter period of time than walking.  Research indicates that skipping produces about half of the peak force on the patella or knee joints that running does.  In addition, skippers experience about 30 percent less stress on the knee hinge where the tibia, femur, and patella meet than joggers.   Those who skip burn about 30 percent more calories than joggers but skipping does not cover the distance as well as jogging.

It has been found that skipping offers more support via the natural gait of step and hop on the first leg, step and hop on the other foot while jogging produces more stress since the jogger is either landing or launching at all times. The process for skipping provides enough support that it cuts down on the force experienced when the leg hits the ground. 

Although skipping produces less stress on the knees, it can produce more repetitive stress on the ankles and calves so it is suggested that skipping be mixed in with other forms of exercise such as alternating walking with skipping. Skipping is usually done outside where there is space.  It can be done on the beach, in the yard, on a trail, on a running track, or inside down the hall way or around your back yard.

It is important to wear a proper pair of shoes like cross trainers to provide the correct amount of support as you skip.  When choosing to skip, one needs to warm up with walking or marching.  Once you start skipping, it is important to keep moving and keep the jumping low rather than trying to clear hurdles.  Start with shorter periods of time, adding a minute or two until you are skipping for longer periods. 

If you want to change up things, add some skipping into your routine.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.


Monday, June 7, 2021

Eyebrow Threading

When I first heard the term eyebrow threading, I imagined someone sewing loops of dark hair through the eyebrows to make them look better but it refers to a method of hair removal.  The technique is the primary method used to shape eyebrows in Asia where it originated. The process requires the technician to roll a twisted cotton over hairs above and below the eyebrow which yanks the hairs out by the follicle. 

Although it sounds painful, the level of pain depends on the individual. Some people hold on to the chair with tight fists while others just ignore it.  Most people experience it as an unusual feeling but not one that hurts. What it does is to allow the technician to be precise and only remove the hairs that are outside the desired brow shape. Due to it's nature, one can remove a line of hairs one row at a time.

Furthermore, threading can remove regular eyebrow hair or peach fuzz and it is very sanitary because each and every thread is thrown away after it is used once. One advantage to using this method of hair removal is that the replacement hairs all grow in at the same time.  Some people pluck incoming hairs after a couple of weeks but it is recommended that the process be repeated every four to five weeks to reshape the eyebrows.  As far as cost goes, it costs about the same as eyebrow waxing.

Furthermore, this method is considered the gentlest because only the hair is removed.  There is no skin involved, no pulling, no straining, no chemicals, just the thread.  Threading is considered to be a better choice for those with acne or sensitive skin.  However, the thread rubs against the skin so it might cause a small amount of redness due to friction but a small application of aloe vera gel or tee tree gel takes care of the problem.  The whole process takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

This method is not recommended for any other part of the body since it takes too long and most other hair is thicker and tougher than eyebrow hair.  Due to the closeness of the cotton thread, it might mess up your makeup so you might skip it when you get this done. This is a method that should be done by a professional because it is difficult to do it yourself. 

When you go in for your first consultation, the practitioner should look at the shape of your face, do a brow mapping to determine the best shape for your eyebrows. Then when the technician is carrying out the eyebrow threading, the skin around your brows should be held taught.  If the job is not properly, the hairs can break, which leads to unevenness and possibly result in ingrown hairs.  Furthermore, if the eyebrow threading is done too often, the follicles can be damaged and the hair stops growing.

The cost ranges from $10 to $70 depending on where it is done.  So it doesn't cost a lot and takes less than a quarter of an hour.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.