Icelandic Fitness

Month: June 2014

Leaving behind technology and making your life better

Last week I was in Chipolte enjoying lunch.  Like always I was carrying my cell phone with me and was browsing useless information on the web and Facebook.  What I also noticed was everyone else in the restaurant was doing the exact same thing, also the people standing in-line.  Technology has become a security blanket for society.  Instead of being connected to our thoughts  we have become addicted to these electronic devices.  We don’t even look at one another in line, we look at our phones.  Google just released a study that the average person looks at their phone up to a 150x a day.  If we subtract our sleep we average 8x an hour, and that doesn’t account for how much time we spend on the device.  I decided to come up with a list for places we use technology that would positively impact our lives if we left our phone or tablet in the car or put away.

Top 5 places to ditch your cell phone:

1.  Gym – unless you are listening to music leave your phone in the car.  Your distracted workout becomes pathetic while your texting  in between sets or on the treadmill while walking.

2.  Bed – having a cell phone near your bed causes interrupted sleep, either turn it off or turn to airplane mode

3. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner –  Enjoy your company and your food, leave the phone alone during eating

4. Car – your text can wait, I see people texting on the interstate, at stop lights, anywhere they can look at their phone, put your phone in your backseat and arrive to your destination safely

5.  The Outdoors – we don’t need technology on a hike, ski slope, or golf course.  Enjoy what you are doing and ditch the phone

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Red Rocks Workout

Red Rocks Workout

I received a text from a client on Wednesday about writing up a workout for her and her friends that they could do at Red Rocks today.  Red Rocks is one of the most beautiful places in the world to see a concert and an equally great place to workout.  This is what I came up with.

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Red Rocks, Morrison, CO

Warmup:

Jog small steps from top to bottom and back down

Workout:

Complete 3 Rounds of the following exercises:

20 Elevated Push-ups on Steps

15 Single Leg Lunges each side, back foot on upper bench from foot on bottom step

20 Tricep Dips

20 Lateral Lunges (10 each side)

Step up full distance bottom to top of big steps

Rest 45-60 seconds between exercises and 120-180 between each set

Enjoy!!

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5 Common Garden Herbs

5 Common Garden Herbs

 

Every year I plant a vegetable and herb garden. Getting outside provides great health benefits, and by planting an herb garden I bring those benefits into the kitchen all year long. Five of the most common herbs you can grow yourself are basil, mint, cilantro, dill, and chives. Each herb provides different health benefits.

Garden Herbs

Garden Herbs

 Basil

Basil for instance, has flavonoids that help prevent damage to our cells from radiation and oxygen-based damage. Basil helps prevent more common illnesses too. The volatile oils in provide protection against unwanted growth of bacteria in our bodies, preventing bacterial infections. Basil has also been found to be an anti-inflammatory, so if you have arthritis or IBS try including more basil in your diet – you will feel better! One extra use for basil is as a solution to rinse the rest of your fruits and vegetables with.

 Mint

We all know mint for the wonderful taste it can provide. There is more mint can provide you though. Mint can be mashed with oil and applied to your forehead to relieve a headache. Mint can also serve as a decongestant, so you definitely want to keep some on hand for your next cold. For ladies, mint is a great natural way to deal with menstrual cramps. Finally, mint is anti-bacterial, so if needed you can rub it on wounds.

 Cilantro

Cilantro is one of the best tasting herbs – just try it on a taco! There’s more than just taste to cilantro, though. Studies show it may help prevent cardiovascular damage. Cilantro can also help cure diabetes. Cilantro may improve sleep quality because it is also believed to have anti-anxiety effects. Cilantro can even clean your teeth and gums.

 Dill

Dill is similar to basil. Dill has properties that help prevent body damage from harmful environmental agents, particularly those found in all types of smoke. Dill also has bacteria regulating effects like basil. In addition, dill can aide in preventing osteoporosis.

 Chives

Chives are a great low-calorie flavor addition to your meals like the rest of these herbs. Chives also have a lot of fiber too, which is an important part of a healthy diet. The high sources of vitamins A and K in chives make it a great resource for preventing cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. If you are pregnant, chives are also a great source of folic acid, a key to preventing defects in newborns.

 

My favorite part of including herbs in my diet is that they are a low-calorie taste provider. So there is no guilt about using them. How do you enjoy herbs?