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What Type of Fit Are You?

What Type of Fit Are You?

Hello everyone!! I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

Today I spent a majority of my day on the couch haha. I watched Horrible Bosses, read blogs, updated mine a bit, and watched some tv. The fresh snow on the ground really made me just want to bundle up and relax, so that’s exactly what I did!

I also browsed through a bunch of the “Photography 101” posts on Ashley’s blog The Edible Perspective. These posts are SO incredibly informative and helpful. I bookmarked them so that I can really start to learn how to work my DSLR camera 🙂 .

While reading these posts, I decided to take a few pictures of my engagement ring with my camera in manual mode, and I actually think they turned out fairly well!

In this one the center diamond isn’t very clear, but I still like the pic!

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The other day I was thinking about how amazing all of my fellow FitFluential ambassadors are and it got me to thinking about something- how we are all physically “fit”, but in completely different ways! I think that’s awesome.

Being fit is not something that is one size fits all. If it were then we’d either all be fit enough to run a marathon but not to participate in Cross-fit, or we’d be fit enough to do some intense hot yoga but not enough to complete a tabata workout. Thank goodness that isn’t the case. We are all unique so it only makes sense that we are fit in different ways and our bodies are “fit” for different styles of exercise.

I discussed with Personal Trainer Shoreditch the different types of fitness and we came up with the below list.

Some of the different types of fitness are (source):

Stamina: a combo of cardio-respiratory and muscular endurance
Cardio-respiratory endurance: the ability of your body to supply oxygen to your muscles so they can perform for long and steady state activities- like a half marathon
Muscular endurance: the ability of a muscle or muscle group to perform for a longer period of time; higher reps and lower weight
Strength: the greatest amount of force a muscle can produce; low reps and high weight
Speed: how quickly our muscles can move our joints
Flexibility: the ability to lengthen muscles so they can move our joints in a large range of motion
Power: a combination of strength and speed; allows your body to produce an explosive effort
I see myself as physically fit in several of the above areas. That makes sense because I don’t exercise and train in one particular way. I like to lift weights, do steady-state cardio, complete interval workouts, and do plyometrics. I may not be as fit as others in these areas, but for me and my personal goals, I am fit enough to complete workouts that I consider hard and yet still find them challenging enough that I have to push myself. And that in itself is what being fit is for me.

Everyone can be fit. You don’t have to be a marathoner or a power lifter. You have to find what works for you and makes you happy and then focus on that. Then you will be able to develop the skills necessary to become fit enough for your physical goals!

Questions:

What type of “fit” do you consider yourself to be?

How have you gotten there?

Fitness-bicycling-for-better-blood-sugar

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It is a new day, but that has nothing to do with my new goals to do better for my body.

Really.

Nothing.

I’m serious. But…since you brought it up, let me tell you about my Goals.

Bicycling my way to better blood sugar diabetes For starters, I bought a new (to me) bike. It’s an old Schwinn Traveler from the late 80s. Baby blue. Adorable. All fixed up and ready to ride.

I live about 2 miles from the office and have started biking into work each morning. I haven’t noticed tons of differences in my blood sugar just yet. But the benefits are already starting to roll in.

REASONS I LOVE BIKING TO WORK:

I get here faster.
I don’t feel tired when I get home at night.
I’m helping others by staying off the crowded bus/BART.
I feel more focused in the mornings at the office (this could also do with the standing thing I talk about below).
I’m notorious for getting really excited about new things (exercise routines, diets, reality TV shows) and then ditching them in a few weeks after the shiny outer layer is worn off. So far, however, I’m looking at this as a new part of my lifestyle instead of a passing thing. Ask me in a week.

standing desk setup at office diabetesI have also been getting really excited about the standing desk setup that I’ve created at work. I read somewhere on the internet (so it must be true) that SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING. So I threw a bookshelf on its side and now I stand all day at work.

I do sit down during my lunch break and sometimes during meetings. I find myself zoning out significantly less than I used to when I was hunched over in my chair. And the fatigue at the end of that day is really minimal.

REASONS I LOVE MY STANDING DESK:

My after-lunch slump is doesn’t bring me all the way down to near-coma levels.
My creativity levels are higher. I even draw while standing.
I can self-righteously leave the office every day feeling like I just did a workout.
I get more Fitbit steps in since I’m constantly dancing and walking in place.
So there are my two new lifestyle changes that I’ve made…coincidentally at the beginning of this new year. My birthday is in March; check back then to see if I’m still with it.

White Rice May Increase Diabetes Risk

White Rice May Increase Diabetes Risk

In this blog post we look at the research that suggests that there might be a possibility that white rice may increase your risk of diabetes. There is a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which shows a link between consumption of white rice and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Study participants who ate between 3 to 4 servings of white rice each day experienced a 10 percent increase in their risk of developing the disease for each serving consumed, compared with those who ate only one or two servings each week.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston evaluated data from four separate studies that varied in length from four to 22 years and included a total of 352,000 people, with 13,284 of the participants developing diabetes throughout the course of the study.

None of the participants had diabetes when the studies began, and research showed that a person’s likelihood of contracting Type 2 diabetes, which is linked closely with obesity, rose dramatically depending on the number of servings of white rice that were consumed each day.

The study shows a correlation between consuming starchy carbohydrates that are low in fiber and high on the glycemic index, which causes a sudden spike in blood sugar levels, and contracting the disease.

In addition, eating other white starchy carbohydrates, such as white bread, white pasta, and white potatoes, will likely have the same effect if eaten often enough.

To avoid this, you are advised to opt for whole grains more often than white carbs, which should be consumed in moderation. Since all starchy foods are believed to increase the risk for diabetes when consumed regularly, those who are at high risk for diabetes should aim to reduce the number of calories from this particular food source and increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that are eaten each day.

The research showed a close link between instances of Type 2 diabetes and white rice consumption among participants regardless of their ethnicity or place of residence, but women were found to have a greater likelihood than men of suffering from the disease.

Keep in mind that genetics also play an important role in determining whether or not you are at a significant risk for being diagnosed with diabetes, but obesity is also an important factor. Thinking about your food choices and understanding the role that carbohydrates play in your diet is critical here and is something that should be considered carefully by everyone.