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Acai Berry Walk

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Unwanted pounds flushed away in two weeks! Acai berry boosts our metabolism so that fats don't stay long in our bodies. All kinds of berries have a thousand and one health benefits, and antioxidants and detoxification is just among them. And more so with the powerful Acai berry. 

The hardest to achieve in fitness is a flat belly. It's easy to develop muscles anywhere, but even a lot of body builders who have amazing muscles confess to being at a loss how to lessen their flabby stomach fat. I have lots of jogging and brisk walking pals here in our community who have been doing their workout for years an years and still have their tummies bulging. 

Well, Acai berries help put away fats around the waist and stomach and even reduce puffiness and bloating. And it does this fast with regular intake. And the best about Acai berries is that, while you're in a weight loss process it gives you energy to stay active and energetic to do your job better and continue your workouts more. Other weight loss procedures leaves you languid and weak.

Now, imagine if you make brisk walking and Acai berry work for you. That would be a super healthy slimming and fitness alternative! Well, with Acai berry, you need to invest some money. But I will always vote for it together with brisk walking, than spend money on gym membership. I know a lot of guys who have been members in a gym and working out there but still looks overweight. 

At least, with Acai berry, you not only get weight loss possibilities but also sure natural nutrients to make your body stronger and healthier on the inside.

Walk-Jog for More Power!

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

  Walk-jog more for more power!

I can't tell health and fitness buffs to just jog or run and forget about walking. All medical doctors I've talked to were unanimous in saying that brisk walking is still the best exercise there is no matter how many new exercise and workout forms are available today. So, I always say, walk-jog for more power!

When starting your walk-jog, walk leisurely for 15 minutes  first. Enjoy that walk, like window shopping. After 15 minutes, brisk walk. Don't break into a brisk walk immediately when starting. A leisurely walk is a good warm up. After about 15 minutes of brisk walking, start your walk-jog. 

If you're doing your walk-jog in your community, brisk walk one block and then jog one block. If you're in an Olympic oval, brisk walk for half the oval and then jog the other half. The same with a linear route--walk half of it and jog the other half.

Of course, this depends upon your body condition. Some days your body seems to need longer walks, some days it needs longer jogs. If you're not competing in a sports contest, you don't need to set records and break them each walk-jog session. Just enjoy what you're doing, putting in some small challenges now and then. 

So, why did I say "Walk-jog for more power" if you'd just enjoy everything without pressure? The word "power" always gives us ideas of self-punishment and doing more than you did yesterday. My point is, if you just enjoy your walk-jog, chances are you'd be able to keep it more. Staying with your exercise program is the key to power. I've seen young people do their exercises rigidly, gaining more power each day, only later to give it all up due to boredom. 

I've seen guys who were formerly so athletic, always at the gym, but now are overweight and sickly.

Walk-jog is more likely to make you enjoy your workout and keep it up till a ripe old age. In my case, I switch from brisk walks to walk-jogs to runs to shadow kick boxing, and to tai chi and Filipino martial arts. It keeps me excited about working out daily. Now that's real power!

Why Water Therapy Before Brisk Walking

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 6:11 PM

  It's strongly suggested that you do your water therapy before brisk walking. Why? Here are salient points.

First, you've been sleeping for 6 to 8 hours--your night sleep. That means you've not been eating or drinking for the same length of hours. Your body is a bit dehydrated. Thus, the first thing you should do is to drink water in the morning. And make that 2 to 3 glasses of water, daily. It's a good water therapy to ease your body systems and help it do its natural detox better. Hydrating does a lot of wonders to the body.

Second, Water therapy helps you unclog and detox your body systems, as mentioned. It's bad for the health to exercise with your body systems clogging somewhere. It's recommended that you do warm up stretches after water therapy to loosen tight spots and jammed connections in your body, and this might need a quick trip to the toilet after. After releasing toxic matter, then you can do your brisk walk much better with lightened up bowels, kidneys, and bladder.

Third, water is good for the brain. This helps calm you down and be in a healthy meditative state while brisk walking. Your mind can better control your body. Did you know that drinking enough water neutralizes irritation and anger and other negative moods? Being dehydrated makes you susceptible to mood swings more.

  Oh, and yes! Do bring a bottle of water with you if you plan on doing long distance brisk walks. Better yet, bring a water canteen strapped to your waist belt for convenience. It's quite disadvantageous to be brisk walking out there and then find yourself so thirsty and have nothing to drink. And yes, it's better to drink clean tap water (not cold water) for workouts. Now you know why the need to do water therapy before brisk walking. 

Breakfast After Walk

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

  Breakfast after walk is vital. Never skip breakfast or be light about it. Take it seriously, and I mean eat seriously well.

Right after waking in the morning, do your water therapy--3 glasses of clean water on an empty tummy. Rest for a while, take your fruit, and go out and walk. After your Walk Slim workout and rest, eat a full breakfast. And what we mean by "full" is not loads of carbo. We mean full of protein and vitamins and micro-nutrients. Do eat some carbo for balance, but make sure you have more fruits and nuts and veggies. Eat eggs and milk. And always opt for home-cooked meals. Often pass on fast food. Take our word for it.

What's ideal for breakfast after walk? I often have eggs, boiled or fried. Eggs are natural food. Whatever you do, stay away from processed food. Processed food are unnatural and stay longer in your system and often rot there, especially if you don't workout. Eat fish and veggies. I often have sauteed Chayote or "sayote" with generous onions and garlic, fish, 2 eggs, tofu, and a small amount of rice. Sometimes we have eggplant omelet. But usually it's just sauteed sayote for me.

I also regularly have my fresh lemon drink with wild honey. And oh, before I forget, do take 10 ml of apple cider vinegar with half glass of water daily. That's added super Vitamin C plus energy booster, aside from other powerful nutrients.

So there's my breakfast after walk routine. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal. So don't take it for granted. And never skip it. 

Pineapple for Walking

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 5:40 AM

  Pineapple for walking. Have you tried it? Try pineapple before walking. After water therapy, eat fresh pineapples after 30 minutes. It will send you quick to the toilet for detox cleansing. Then the powerful C Vitamin from pineapple gets you strong for a long Walk Slim workout. The fiber and Vitamin C will keep you lighter for your brisk walks. 

I used to think pineapple would harm my tummy which gets reflux attacks now and then. But pineapple for walking early in the morning is actually alkaline and does wonders in controlling acid build up in your tummy. It's good to juice pineapple in the morning, so you'd be able to consume more than one slice, compared to eating. But health experts advise that eating than juicing pineapples is better. 

Pineapple for walking helps a lot in increasing speed in your pace without much effort. This is due to its fibrous quality that helps in weight loss, particularly its Bromolina content. Another reason is that pineapple can perk up your energy fast. If you are overweight you will have difficulty increasing speed in your brisk walk. After regularly including pineapple in your diet, you will feel the result. Some walkers say they felt the benefit immediately after the first try. This is because pineapple is easy to digest. Just make sure you incorporate pineapple for walking with water therapy and a balanced diet rich in veggie fibers.  

Run to Perk Up Your Walk!

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 9:23 PM

  Run to perk up your walk! Sometimes, you don't feel like doing your walk slim workout. You tell yourself you'd just do it some other day. You're simply lazy to workout. You know what you should do? Run to perk up your walk!

Run for a hundred meters. Or run past several houses. After you run you'd discover that your mood has changed. Suddenly you feel active and athletic. You'd want to do your workout. What happened? Well, it's the adrenalin rush. After you secrete energy boosters from your adrenalin gland, you'd feel stronger and more active. You'd feel like tackling something challenging.

So, if you feel lazy about your walk slim workout, or any workout for that matter, try running some distance. Don't run all the way--just cover a few meters, about 30 or 50 or 100. Just enough to get your body fired up and your blood rushing. That will change everything for the better. Then try to perk yourself more by walk-jog sessions.You'd see that you'd be willing to walk all the way to finish your workout.

Often, peak performance is just a few runs away, and laziness is kept at bay with the same. Remember, run to perk up your walk! So you'd never miss any of your walk slim workouts and keep fit and healthy.

Community Walking

Posted on November 21, 2010 at 8:59 PM

  Some like it in parks or ovals or gyms. If you can do your walk slim workouts there, well and good. But if not, I also love walking around the community. Community walking is simpler, and yet it affords as much fun as you get from special venues. Just go out there in your streets and walk.

I walked this morninng and met neighbors who were also doing their walking or jogging workouts. Just a simple "Hello!" makes you feel good inside. And I wathced towering trees, noting how beautifully they have grown. Far away I hear the lovely singing of birds, the kind I often hear in the countryside when we go on vacation. It's great to have them here in our city.

Should you have any emergency--like a real urge to go to the toilet, especially after water therapy--you never fear. You can always hike back to your place and use your own toilet throne. Had you been to a far away place--like a park away from your place--you'd have to use a public toilet. Worse, if the public wash rooms were closed. Community walking is often more convenient--and safer. You know your neighbors; they know you.

Either you brisk walk or leisurely walk, you can enjoy them within your community. Ours have uphill streets, so I enjoy my early morning walks here. They strengthen my heart and lungs--my mind, too, and spiritual lfie. I also enjoy my walk-jogs. I thank God for this community. But I have to watch out for street mines left there on the streets by stray dogs. They don't explode but their smell can choke you. :(

Walking Uphill

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

  Walking uphill is a great workout. More so if you brisk walk or jog-walk. Walking uphill strengthens your heart and lungs more as you negotiate the trek upwards. This forces your muscles and bones to exert more effort, exerting your heart and lungs, too, in the process. And because it's mere walking, it's safe.

But again, we say, always check with your physician and get his or her approval always. And even if you do get the approval, always proceed with care. Brisk walk uphill but then be sensitive to what you body tells you as you go along, especially in the way you gasp for air. If you feel like choking, gradually switch to a leisurely walk. Or gradually stop to catch up with your breath--look around a moment to enjoy the scenes--and then proceed with a leisure walk again once your breathing is okay.

Where to do your waking uphill? Go out and look for ascending streets or roads. Or a gently rolling hill. Steep angled surfaces, like mountain sides, are a definite no-no for novices or those used to leisurely walks. Don't shock your body with sudden extreme demands. Do everything slowly and with your doctor's nod.

Stair Climbing

Climbing stairs is a good form of walking uphill. Choose stairs with landings. The beauty of this is that, stair landings allow you breath recovery. Usually, getting to the fourth floor begins the gasps. Listen well to your body and act accordingly. Change pace or speed or gradually stop to rest and catch up with breathing. Four repetitions of climbing up to the fourth floor should be a nice Walk Slim workout.

Short-Flight Steps

If you can't find a long flight of stairs or hillside or ascending street, look for stairs with 2 or 3 steps. Hop over 2 or 3 steps at a time with the right foot and then go back down with the left foot, and then hop up again, and so on alternately. Do this interspersed with plain walking. 

How downhill walking improves glucose tolerance.

Running Gives You a High

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 2:56 AM

  When you've warmed up with brisk walking you can then break into a run and feel like The Flash. Then, make sure to return to a brisk walk mode, and then a leisurely walk to cool down. Then, resume with your brisk walk. You see the progress phase? You need to be sensitive to your body. Don't punish it with sudden demands. But running is good--running gives you a high.

Try to jog-run. I do it this way--I walk leisurely first, then brisk walk, then jog, then run. Then I return to brisk walk, and then a leisurely walk. Then I do the routine again. And so forth. It's the best way not to wear out the body (or tear the body). When you're young you just do whatever you think of doing. You just suddenly run at top speed, then suddenly sit down to rest. You keep doing that and it's going to get you later in your old age. The heart might suffer dearly for it. Almost everything in life needs a warm up. Bear that in mind.

Well, in emergencies, when you need to suddenly run like hell, you need to. DON'T warm up first. Run like crazy for your life. It's okay. Anyway, it's not everyday that you do this. Even in martial arts, you don't train daily by starting it full speed at once. You warm up first. But in an emergency, you must move with lightning speed from beginning to end. And then run away.

Anyway, do try running. If you're sticking it out with leisurely or brisk walks forever, you have the right to it, but do try running for highs. Running gives you a high. You feel light in your head and body. The burst of energy coupled with gasping for air gives little oxygen supply to the head, thus the "high" feeling. When I ran 7 kilometers for marathon training I had this wonderful "high" feeling each time I finished. I cooled down before resting to make sure my body adapts well and does not get rapid-pace-change shock.

I don't recommend running too much, but a brisk walk-jog-run routine is good. If you need to relax from stress or be relieved of problems or anxieties, try running. Running gives you a high that will make you feel good. Just remember to do it gradually from a leisure walk.

Walking Sets You FREE

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM

  I used to spend almost all day writing and reading. It was awesome, and yet I felt I haven't really maximized my time with them. That was until I discovered the wonders of walking. Yeah, I worked out with martial arts training and shadow boxing, but walking outdoors was totally something else. It changed your perspective. It gave you new ideas. It set your mind and spirit free. Indeed, walking sets you free.

Best of all, it set my cluttered writing and thinking free. I started leaving my work for a while and went out for a walk. Sometimes I walked around the block. Sometimes I leisurely paced along the street and watched birds and butterflies live simple lives. Mostly, I brisked walked for a workout and that, I discovered, could change you a lot.

Scientifically, brisk walking makes your lungs stronger to do its function better and take in more oxygen. That's more food for your cells, especially your brain cells. And that helps you get a better viewpoint on life. You begin to think better. And when you get back to work, you see how things can be done better. Yeah, walking sets you free.

Probably that's why Adam and God walked a lot in the garden in the cool afternoons. God knew walking could better help Adam get deeper in mind and spirit. But then, Adam and Eve started hiding from God, and the pleasant afternoon walks stopped.

Jesus was often seen on the hillsides or mountain sides or remote places. What did he do there? I guess he walked with God. And he didn't stopped walking with God so that he finished his job with flying colors.

Elisha kept walking with Elijah until the latter was taken from him. There were 50 other prophets who merely watched them. They didn't go out to walk with them. But because Elisha walked all the way from Gilgal to Jordan, he was set free from being ordinary like the 50 prophets. Walking sets you free, especially if you walk with God or his anointed men all the way.

Physically, spiritually, or mentally, walking can take you to the next level of anything beneficial. If you haven't made walking a regular regiment, start now and be set free.