Archive | January, 2011

Being A Kid At Heart

29 Jan

by Phillip Tomlinson

Kids.

They’ll do the darnest things and be happy.

Even if it means hopping around for hours-on-end on one leg.

Mind you, that’s no surprise — considering we were all kids once.  Well, that’s debatable.  But more on that later.

The one thing on which we can definiitely agree though is that sometimes being a spectator can be just as fun as being in the game.

That’s exactly what happened as I watched some kids hopping around on one leg some time ago.

Yeah, you guessed it.  Hopscotch. 

This was the superbowl of hop-scotch.  Yup, in a world of PlayStation, XBox and Nintendo, these kids were giggly-giggly hopscotching themselves to fun and exercise.

As for us once being kids — well, we’re all still kids.  Kids at heart.  So, I know you can appreciate this.

And I suspect that’s why you know that, while it can be great being a spectator, ultimately it’s better being in the game.

So, if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, it’s time to play catch-up — having some fun while being part of the game and being healthier for it.

If you are already part of the game, you can still play a litte hopscotch.  The BodinSync way.   It’s a challenging way to keep those fast twitch muscle fibers firing while improving agility, explosive power, leg strength and, of course getting some high-performance-looking wheels.

How’s that for playing a little hopscotch?

To stay in the game, let it all hang out and be a kid at heart, check out the BodinSync Prescription Below.

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BODINSYNC PRESCRIPTION

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  1. Place an aerobic step in front of you about three paces away.
  2. From where you are standing, use tape to mark off (on the floor) two single paces.  The third would be where the aerobic step is positioned.
  3. Position yourself at the first marker and pick one leg up, your thigh parallel to the floor.
  4. Hop on the other leg from the first marker to the second.
  5. Hop from the second marker onto the aerobic step, cushioning the impact by landing lightly from the ball of your foot to the heel, knee slightly bent.  See diagram 1.

    diagram 2

     

  6. With your landing foot firmly on the step, place the other

    diagram 1

    foot behind you on the floor.

  7. Bend the leg on the step to assume a lunge position, lowering your body so that the knee behind you is a few inches from the floor.  See diagram 2.
  8. Push back up to straighten your back leg, standing tall again in your landing position on the aerobic step.  You should again be standing only on one leg as in diagram 1.
  9. Jump back from the step, bending slightly forward from the waist so that your weight is centered over your leg.
  10. Jump back to the starting position.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Do 10 then switch legs.

TIP:  You can increase the degree of difficulty by

  1. using two aerobic steps — one on top of the other
  2. placing the tape markers farther apart
  3. Doing 10 continuous lunges at the end of the routine on each leg

 NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30.

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Where Tasting The Love Isn’t So Sweet

15 Jan

by Phillip Tomlinson

Well, sometimes you can make a false move  just by reveling in the moment.  Soaking up the attention.  Smiling for the cameras.

‘Cause, after all, they’re all pointed at you — you being the guy or gal of the moment.

Intoxicating.  Addicting.

It all smells good.

You can taste the love.  Or so you think.

So, you Smile a little more and enjoy.

And then:  

Wham!

Creamed!  Pie in the face!

Well, that’s about all that cream is good for anyway.  Well, not if, of  course, you are the recipient of one of those darn pies in the face. 

Just ask man-0f-the-hour Bill Gates when he got creamed — in the face, no less — with one of those things as he mugged for the cameras some years back.

Turns out that’s hardly much of an inconvenience compared to what can happen to you if you are wolfing down certain inglorious treats sold in convenience stores.

The bottom line is that you can really be creamed.  And it’ll amount to more than a pie in the face.

You may smile and enjoy but, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, it could turn out to be no laughing matter, with disaster but a hair’s breath away.

Definitely no pie in the sky here.

That’s because, if you are indulging in those cream-filled snackaroos — study authors want you to know that phosphorous compound additives found in junk foods like Twinkies may significantly raise your risk of cardiac and kidney disease.   And, well, tasting the love could turn out to be not so sweet anymore.

What to look for?

If you scan an ingredient list, the main culprits would likely be the ones you’ve probably glossed over in the past, unless you have a chemistry degree.  The ones with names like disodium phosphate, sodium alumininium phosphate and monocalcium phosphate — a pretty mean troika with an eye on destruction.

So, better be forewarned than harmed. 

Now, suddenly, a pie in the face may not be so bad afterall.

For more on the dangers of  preservatives and additives see exerpt from the book North American Diet in the BodinSync Prescription below:

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BODINSYNC PRESCRIPTION

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http://www.freedomyou.com/nutrition_book/enriched_fortified_synthetic_food.htm

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30.