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Running Stairs for Excercise

Sometimes for exercise I like to go to a place local to me out at Grenada Lake. There are some emergency spillway stairs that are 110 steps up and down. Its very hard to jog them for a lot of times.

For several years I have visited these steps and I usually can do it twice. That’s going up and down one time and then do it again and I am usually spent! Well then I got to where I could do it three times. To me this was a big accomplishment cause I have heard that no one in the area has done it more than five times. I shall keep those two people that have done it five times anonymous.

So anyways I did it three times on several occasions.

Yesterday I had a wild idea that I wanted to go run the stairs three times and try to get a fourth.
Then being the avid camera guy and media junky that I am, I thought to myself …Why not video it?
I know you are saying, why video it? Well here are several reasons.

  • It may be cool to see how it looks doing it
  • Just in case I actually succeed in doing a fourth time.
  • It would be cool to show others how its done
  • If I trip and stumble it will be something for us all to laugh at

This is a very challenging exercise. It really gets exhausting. At the top of the stairs it feels like you have little children hanging on each leg. Incredible pump. This is great for HIIT (high intensity interval training) if you are looking for something to do to burn fat fast.

So here is the video I put together using a pair of DVR sunglasses to give you the effect of what I see, then two point and shoot personal hand held cameras set up on tripods to catch 2 angles. I edited this in iMovie on the Mac.

Lost Bluff Trail Video

I often run/jog/walk the Lost Bluff trail here in my hometown. It is a very challenging trail to run. One that requires you to be alert, as there are many dangers like sleep hills, and descents, exposed tree roots to trip on, and if its in the summer, sweltering heat.

The trail claims to be 2.2 miles through rigorous terrain, I find it to be 1.62 miles using GPS.

I ran this trail at around 1 p.m. when the heat was a blistering 102F and heat index of 113F.

When I was done I could ring out my tank top and get a half a cup of sweat from it.

If you want to test your stamina, endurance, and cardio, you will want to give this trail a try. Once you get it down pat, your only competition will be that of your stop watch as you try and beat your last time. My best time was 23 minutes. I average about 26 minutes.

In the video below, I take you with me on my jog, using a pair of mini dvr sunglasses that I purchased online.

So that it would not be completely boring, I threw in some still shots of the trail and some extra footage taken by the dvr sunglasses.

All of this was shot using the DVR SPY SUNGLASSES, the music was obtained from royaltyfreemusic.com and all of it was edited on an iMac using iMovie.

This is a large video, about 26 minutes in length so I had to break it down into two parts due to the limitations of YouTube.

Sorry for all the shake, it is on my head and I was jogging after all. Hopefully the music and still shots and sometimes video scenes that do not shake, will help you tolerate it and watch it all the way to the end.

Part One.

Part Two

These glasses are great, and would probably be great for hunting and fishing as well.

Get you a  pair on E-Bay really cheap.

How diet drinks make you gain weight

Today in #bodybuilding on IRC on #efnet , a good friend found a very valid video about how diet sodas actually make you can weight.

If you don’t know what IRC is, it’s Internet relay chat, and in that channel (#bodybuilding) we discuss all things diet and exercise.

The video that was posted was about 9 minutes long and very informative.

I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years. Now it’s put into an easy to understand simple video.

The video covers the acidity and alkalinity of several foods and drinks and how your body struggles to maintain an internal balance.

Some things not covered in the video are facts about the artificial sweeteners used in the diet sodas that also do harm to your system.

Did you know that aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body? Why put your liver through such hell?

I’ve covered that before on this site, feel free to look for it, or email me for a link.

Check put the video link below.

Never too hot for a bike ride!

Ok so today it reached 99F with a heat index of probably 105F and what do I do? Go for a bike ride of course!

I biked the same path as I did last time but unfortunately as I logged the trip with RUNKEEPER on the iPHONEI noticed that it failed to log 6 miles. See I use the free RUNKEEPER app and it has sponsored ads on it. Well one of these ads popped up not a tenth of a mile down the road and it stopped tracking until the X was pressed. I noticed this when I reached the nature trail by the tennis courts at Grenada Lake.

I have now purchased the RUNKEEPER PRO app and this should never happen again. It has more feature too!

This time around was easier than the last.
I purchased one of those Hydration Packs to help me out this time.

In the map below, 6 miles are missing. I left where the red pin is, went to the nature trail/tennis court area and rode through the nature trail, then onto the emergency spillway area and run down and back up the 100 steps, then proceeded back and rode through the nature trail once more and back on home. The sun took a break at one point and let a few drops of rain fall onto me giving me a nice cool down.

I think next time I will try for 25 miles.

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Cure your Sinus Infections and Other Ailments with ACV

cyderOk I need some filler material for my site so I decided today to write about something that is beneficial to all.

I couldn’t really have timed it any better either, as many of you are sick with a cold or sinus infection right about now. Who wouldn’t be sick around these parts when its 70F one day and 16F the next?

Ok so what I would like to chat with you about today is an old folk remedy that works really well.

It wasn’t too long ago that my wife was sniffling a lot and had severe head congestion. Should blew her nose often, took lots of drugs and could not get relief. I don’t want to sound too gross right now, but you can tell alot about the stuff that comes out of your nose just by noticing the color.

To put it simple, there is green snot and yellow snot. Mucus is normally clear, so when it turns to a thick yellow or green, odds are you are on your way to a sinus infection which she now had.

Now when she told me on a Friday afternoon that she had a sinus infection my first thought was to go to the doctor and get a shot. You know, one of those shots that gets rid of most things, decca something… anyways since that wasn’t happening untill probably Monday, I went to the internet to see if I could find some form of relief for her until she could visit the doctor.

I found out about a remedy that had been used for years to thwart such things as this and many other ailments.

[ad#largeblock]Its apple cider vinegar! I know I know the word vinegar sends chills down everyone’s spine, but hear me out.

I read that if you mix about a tablespoon to 16 oz of water and sip on it all day you would be good to go. However I don’t think I can stomach that. I read a little deeper and found out that if you wanted to, you could get a coffee mug and mix some Alpine Spiced Cider Original Apple Flavor Drink Mix from the packets, and add 2 teaspoons, maybe 3 of the apple cider vinegar to it and drink it down.

Is it good? Well I have weird tastes but I have to say……..yes!

It stinks a little, but the hot apple cider masks it pretty good and its very tolerable.

She drank a cup, maybe two and by Sunday she was right as rain, her sinus troubles were gone.

I have to admit that I had a stopped up nose and one sip made it open up. I drank 2 cups and I have not had any trouble.

This is not something you will have to do every day. Just when you start to feel like you are getting sick, or simply want to get over something faster.

I have mentioned this to many, and all have thanked me.
You too can thank me later if you wish by leaving a comment below.

Here is a little more detail about the old folk remedy…..

Apple cider vinegar is an old folk remedy claimed to be beneficial in treating a long list of ailments. Proponents say that it can cure arthritis, guard against osteoporosis, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent cancer, destroy infection, assist in digestion and weight control, maintain memory, and protect the mind from aging.

Vinegar is said to have been used for medical ailments for at least 10,000 years. The Babylonians first converted wine into vinegar in 5000 BCE using date palms, grapes, and figs, and believed vinegar had exceptional healing properties. Hippocrates is said to have used vinegar as an antibiotic. Samurai warriors supposedly used a vinegar tonic for strength and power. During the U.S. Civil War, soldiers used vinegar to prevent gastric upset and as a treatment for various ailments including pneumonia and scurvy. It was used to treat wounds during World War I.

I believe this is the actual link I stumbled upon when I was looking for a cure for wifey.
http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_infection.html

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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for stopping sinus infections. We wish more people knew about this amazing home treatment. The idea is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc.

We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.

There are a couple ways you can drink apple cider vinegar (“ACV”). One way is to put 1/8 to 1/4 cup ACV in 16 oz of water and sip it throughout the day. The other method is to gulp 2 TBSP of ACV in 8 oz of water all at once.

If you have an existing sinus infection, keep drinking a mixture of ACV and water throughout the day for several days.

Please remember — the key to success is to use apple cider vinegar before a sinus infection appears (i.e. during the first stages of a flu or allergy attack, or after you’ve eaten a bowl of ice cream).

Question: Why does ACV alleviate sinus congestion so quickly?

Answer: ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection. Once you have thin mucus, you can clobber the infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent. Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep up the apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots and lots of water.

Hope this helps you all.