Monthly Archives: April 2012

As Simple As Riding A Bike

Road Bike

Road Bike

Staying active can be long and boring if you aren’t doing the things you enjoy while you are being active. Everyone has ridden a bike before but if you get a couple friends to go with you, it can be a day of pure enjoyment!

One of my favorite ways of having a day full of exercise is bike riding. I put some headphones on and will ride for miles in the morning. It’s great because it’s not hard on your joints and unlike running, there’s no constant contact that can wear on you. It’s just you and the road and the music you decide to listen to. Read the rest of this entry

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Play The Drums

Practice pad and drum sticks

Practice pad and drum sticks

You would be extremely surprised if you picked up some drum sticks and started jamming on the drums. It’s actually a great workout for your whole body because you are always moving and getting faster and faster.

Part of the reason I started playing the drums was because they were easier to pick up and play compared to a guitar or piano. I have always enjoyed listening to music and the drums are great if you can keep a rhythm but yet you can’t read music at all or at least too well. I haven’t played for awhile but I still use a practice drumming pad to practice because the actual drum set is quite loud. Read the rest of this entry

Obstacle mud runs and overexertion injuries

“Man dies during Mud Run competition” read the headline of a news website on March 10, 2012. I was in shock when I read the news article. Obstacle mud runs have become a new genre of athletic event. These races range from 5k to 10k trails with obstacles and mud in between. Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac and Muddy Buddy are a few examples.

As a past participant in both Mud Run and Warrior Dash, I have found that people enjoy the camaraderie and adrenaline rush of these events. Some people make groups and start training six months in advance. These are the ones who take the race very seriously. Others do it just for fun, walking instead of running and completing only the obstacles that they can master. However, after knowing that a man recently died in one of these races makes you wonder about both the security of the event and overexertion injuries that can occur during competition. Read the rest of this entry

The Breakfast Eater

Growing up, I always had breakfast in front of me before starting my day. However, now that I’m an adult, it has become increasingly harder to find time for a meal before leaving out to start my day. In the last few weeks, I have made a promise to myself to eat breakfast every morning and test the results. I have found that I have much more energy and strength plus I’m not dying of hunger pains an hour after leaving home. Eating a healthy breakfast has been proven to aid in weight loss more than those who skip that important first meal of the day. Here are some healthy small breakfast ideas to jump start your day:

Baked Chicken breasts, Delish!


  • Here is what you need:
  • 1-3 chicken breasts( or as many as desired)
    • ¼- ½  cup of melted butter.
    • 1 -1 ½ teaspoon of seasoned salt, or desired condiment ( I use lemon pepper)
    • Oven
    • Aluminum pan
    • Hunger and much love!
  • Directions 
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Spray your pan with cooking spray or pour a small amount of melted butter and with a cooking brush, or a napkin cover the bottom slightly. ( less butter, the best)

 

On The Lake

Another good but surprising way to stay active is to join your friends on the lake. Go ahead and give wakeboarding or water skiing a try, you might just really like it! Wakeskating is a variation of wakeboarding and it’s a lot like skateboarding on water.

I’ve been riding for a few years and it never gets old. We ride behind a jetski, or you can even ride behind a winch if you are in a tight spot. After riding, your arms and legs are extremely worn out if you haven’t done it much so it’s an awesome way of staying active and having fun at the same time. Read the rest of this entry

Hiking Eagle Rock Loop: 26.8 miles of forest, streams and hills

Hiking the ERL (Eagle Rock Loop)  was definitely a challenge. The trail consists of 26.8 miles of trails along nine mountains and the Little Missouri River. It is the longest loop train in the state of Arkansas. Hiking through the shaded trails of mixed hardwood and pine forest on a flat terrain was very pleasant. However, once the elevation started to increase, the fatigue kicked in. On the way down, the trekking poles really came in handy to take the pressure off the kneecaps.

We started the hike at the Albert Pike Recreation Area following the Little Missouri Trail. The scenery in this hike was wonderful, along with the sound of the rushing river. Before making camp for the first night, we stopped at Eagle Rock Vista overlook, which provided great views of the Viles Valley. It was a great opportunity to take pictures. The next day, we passed through Winding Stairs formation, a scenic area with a swimming hole. However, we didn’t have enough time to spend in that beautiful spot, since the sun was setting and we needed to make camp for the second night. Read the rest of this entry

H2O – How much water do you drink?


 Many of us tend to drink soda and other sweet drinks when we get thirsty; forgetting that water is our number one form of healthy drink and hydration that we can have.

But, why is water good for our body?  Did you know that water can help you with weight-loss and energy along with other positive effects in your body.

By saying water can help you with weight-loss I do not mean doing the extreme water diet, in which you do nothing else but drink water for three days. NO, NO, NO.

H2O is a fantastic form of hydration, and the best thing … it contains zero calories. By replacing sodas, juice, liquor, or any other type of sweet drinks with water you are minimizing the calorie intake per day. Also, there are times in which we are thirsty, but because our thirst mechanism is not as strong as the one for hunger and has similar symptoms such as feeling weak, dizzy, etc… it is easy to confuse these two.  Water can work as a suppressant and Read the rest of this entry

Active At Work

When it comes to finding ways to stay active, it’s important to stay motivated and to enjoy what you’re doing. A great thing about running or walking a 5K is that you gain awareness and raise money for good causes.

There are many places you can go to run a 5k worldwide. A 5K is approximately 3.1 miles, so it can be a bit intimidating to some people but don’t let that stop you from at least trying it because you will meet a ton of fun people and you might end up liking it and enjoying the community. Read the rest of this entry

Peanut, Peanutty, Peanuts!

Hello there!

Last week I promised the recipe for the peanut sauce that goes perfect with the delicious spring rolls!

Well, today is the day! But before I give you the recipe let me tell you a few facts:

Did you know . . .

  • That peanuts can help you lose weight?
  • Peanut are legumes related to beans that are packed with protein and fiber. These delicious and tasty legumes contain a fat [good fat] that allow you to control hunger and cravings.
  • According to research eating a portion of peanuts daily will help you reduce the risk of heart disease; the best thing of all, there is no weight gain!
  • And… They are rich in vitamins. Peanuts and peanut butter contain B-vitamins, folate and Vitamin E.

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