Archive | January, 2013

A Healthy Way To Get A Leg Up. Wow!

13 Jan

PhilLegUpSmlby Phillip Tomlinson

Sometimes a leg up is more than you expect.

And what a leg up it was!

Wow!

Right there from the other side of the variety store I had gone into just to look around.

There she was with a leg up.  And I mean way up.

To put it into perspective, a-hundred-and-eighty-degrees-way-up.

Yes, and if you must know, it could be referred to as a complete split — one leg firmly planted on the ground and the other pointed way up there to the heavens.

Heavens!  What a look!

Know what I did?

I took her home.  Yup.

And, yes, that postcard with an eighty-something-year-old woman at a bus stop, her body pressed up against a light pole, one leg snaked up against it into a complete split, is still my favorite postcard never-to-be-mailed to anyone.

Now that’s a leg up!

What’s your idea of a leg up?

Need a minute to think?

Well, here’s a suggestion:

Postpone your thinking by checking out the BodinSync Prescription below and trying its version of a healthy way to get a leg up.  You may notice that it’s an even more effective take on a routine that has already been covered in this blog.

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BODINSYNC PRESCRIPTION

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  1. Select a moderately weighted dumbbell.  Place one leg, instep-side behind you on a weight bench to assume a lunge position as in diagram 1.   The other leg should be firmly on the ground in front of you.  CAUTION:  Be sure to position your front leg at a distance that will not cause your knee to protrude past the front of your sneakers when you lower yourself into a full squat.  Place the dumbbell on the outside of  the foot on the ground (placing your free hand on the ground to assist you if need be) and re-assume the lunge position.  See diagram 1.  Check your stance for a firm base before proceeding.

    diagram 1

    diagram 1

  2. Now, lower your hips and reach across your body with the hand furthest away from the planted leg and snatch the weight as in diagram 2.

    diagram 2

    diagram 2

  3. As you raise yourself back up from the squat, use the other hand to re-enforce the one holding the weight as in diagram 3.  Simply do this by curling your fingers on top of the snatching hand.

    diagram 3

    diagram 3

  4. Continue your motion upward raising your arms over the shoulder opposite the leg on the ground.  See diagram 4.

    diagram 4

    diagram 4

  5. At the top of the arc above your shoulder, begin to descend again by lowering your hips and swinging the weight across your body — as in diagram 5 — just past your knee.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Immediately begin to raise your arms and body back up to start the next repetition.  Do 10 repetitions on each side.  CAUTION:  On the squatting portion of this wood-chopping motion, be sure to reach sufficiently across your body so as not TO strike your knee.

    diagram 5

    diagram 5

TIP:

You may vary the difficulty of the squatting portion of the routine by lowering your hips to a manageable height, going lower as you become stronger.  You may also vary the load by experimenting with different weights.

NOTE:

Interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness?  You’re welcome to send your E-mail to chairotom@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

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Cartier: To Your Health!

3 Jan

PhilPortraitSmlby Phillip Tomlinson

Cartier.

Oh, Santa Baby!

Hey, was just The Season To Be Jolly when the images can be pretty heartening.

And if you were thinking French this Holiday Season, well there’s nothing wrong with reaching for the finer things in life.

Cartier if you please or, should I say, if you could have. But, then again, may be Santa climbed down your chimney with one of these super-sparklers from Louis Francois Cartier and had you instantly feeling like a million dollars when you stepped out.Cartier copy

TOP OF THE LIST

Anyway — before getting ahead of ourselves here — you know there’s only one thing that can really keep you feeling your best, and it’s at the top of the list of the finer things in life.

Yup, you guessed it, your health which, incidentally, could also have you feeling like a million dollars.  And since we’ve just bid adieu to the Holiday Season and you may still be dead set on Cartier, let me add another one — Cartier that is — to your list:

A NUTRITION JEWEL

Jacques Cartier, another Frenchman. The one who brought an-oft-overlooked nutrition jewel to the Americas back in 1536.Cabbage1Cropped

Yes, cabbage — the other Cartier — is a-jewel-of-a-powerhouse that, according to research, can improve your health and add years to your life. Years more to enjoy those super sparklers you may have acquired.

FOOD AS MEDICINE

To put things into perspective, just consider these key links to this cruciferous vegetable which has long been used as food as well as medicine:

  • It is a potent source of natural antioxidants which can help minimize oxidation, thereby limiting cell damage and inflammation.
  • It has been found to play a significant role in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Can help steel us against cardiovascular illnesses.
  • Red cabbage in particular was found to contain some 36 anthocyanins — phytonutrients that are believed to help fight various cancers. Among them, cancer of the prostate, bladder, breast and colon.

A pretty good bargain for food on the cheap which, as one story has it, was fed to laborers to keep them healthy as they built the Great Wall of China.

If you are averse to eating this nutritious vegetable, you can avail yourself of its healthful benefits by taking cabbage pills which have been shown to be effective.

May the Cartier tradition — Louis’s and Jacques’s be yours in good health for a great, many sparkling years.

In the meantime, learn more about the super family of vegetables that cabbage is a part of by clicking on the link below in the BodinSync Prescription.

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http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/super-veggies-cruciferous-vegetables

Interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness?  You’re welcome to send your E-mail to chairotom@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20