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Archive for May, 2009

Target the Abs

Posted by cavewomanrunner on May 27, 2009

Different ab exercises work different muscles. There are  numerous ab exercises out there, including those for weight lifters, yoga folks, dancers, etc. Here are a few I’ve found that I’d like to incorporate into my own workouts, in addition to the core yoga/Pilate exercises (that I’ve been really good about not doing).

Upper Abs Inner Abs Outer Abs Lower Abs
Crunches
Rope
Crunches
Plank
Plank
variations
Tap
taps (hip extensions)
Broom Twist
Oblique Crunches
Russian Twists
Lying Leg Raises
Hanging
Leg Raises
Reverse
Crunch (legs over chest)
Bicycle

Runner’s World also has some great ab exercises for runners. These include:

  • Side Planks
  • Bird Dogs
  • Back Extensions
  • Swiss Hip Extension (with ball)
  • Lateral Bends
  • Turkish Get Up (from sitting position)
  • Body Curls (hanging)
  • Double Leg Hops

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Fatties Cause Global Warming

Posted by cavewomanrunner on May 27, 2009

Several news articles are putting a new spin on the causes of global warming – fat people of the world are emitting more carbon dioxide and are more likely to drive instead of walk, bike or run, which causes even more CO2.

According to Dr. Phil Edwards, “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.”

So why aren’t more people out there protesting the obese? We protest Hummers and cows that emit too much CO2. What about humans? Or does it still boil down to people feeling it’s not PC to berate the obese? Why point fingers at ourselves and huge food industries that promote  mass quantities of nasty foods to make a buck, when we can point fingers at everything else? Why isn’t body weight part of Al Gore’s “carbon footprint”?

The even worse news? People of the world are getting even fatter. “UK health surveys estimate fatness has increased from an average body mass index of 26 to 27 in the last ten years…A staggering 40 per cent of Americans are obese, among 300 million worldwide.”

So there’s another good reason to get back to the basics – eat primal foods for fuel, not for the sake of eating. Exercise. Eat better and workout not just for your health and to look and feel better – but do it for the environment.

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