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Friday, January 31. 2020
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Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:09 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
A reader noted yesterday that "exercise isn't training."
Photo is people exercising. You can tell, because they are smiling and having fun together.
The reader is correct. We use the term "exercise" to apply to many sorts of movement, from taking a walk to taking a calisthenics class to throwing weights around in the gym. Random efforts in the gym do not lead to much progress but do keep you moving.
Training refers to a program for measureable fitness improvement, whether in endurance, strength, power, or all of the above. (The Maggie's Program of weights, calis, and cardio is designed for "all of the above").
For example, if you swim a mile daily that's exercise, but it's training if you aim to reduce your time a bit each week or two by adding anaerobic sprints. Eventually, you will reach your limit and you can call that new level "exercise" again.
Another example: If you go for a 3-mile jog most mornings (many people do 3-5 mile runs most mornings, which I do not recommend doing on roads), that's exercise. It's great for the mind. If you mix it up with speedy segments to steadily reduce the time, it's endurance training.
A final example, from weight training: Let's use deadlifts because they are foundational for general sturdiness. Barbell or kettlebell, but barbell is better because you can do more weight. If you do 5 progressive sets of what you can do, it's exercise. If your plan is to add 5 or 10 lbs to your final set of, say 5 reps every month or two, you are training.
So "training" is about progressive goals, steadily upping intensity and stress. That is why so many people take their phones in the gym. It's not for texting; it's to follow their program and to map progress.
Yesterday's cardio/calis post was an hour of exercise, not training. Quite intense endurance exercise with plenty of cardio stress, but mostly do-able (I can not jump rope for 3 minutes). It was a high-level "recovery day." A lower-level recovery day might be 50 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical (boring), or a 4-hour mountain hike (not boring, especially with company).
My final point is that exercise is great, especially for maintaining a level of physical functioning and for the mental benefits. However, many of us who catch the fitness virus want to see steady gains in various areas of fitness. That's where the training program begins. You keep your records, and have a plan to surpass them. Trainers are experts at that for any level of fitness.
In the first year or two of a daily or near-daily training program, people advance rapidly. That is partly neuro-muscular (getting used to it), and partly because beginners are often in poor condition. After a year or two, progress slows and can often be discouraging. That's just the way it is if you choose to play this game. When you attain a new speed or a new weight, though, the success feels good.
Whether your goal in life is intellectual, spiritual, or physical, it takes dedication, effort, time, and strain. Of course.
But it is only in fitness where you can easily graph it out over time. On your iphone.
A revolution of independence without a war. Pretty cool.
Down with White Medical Science
Rometty Replaced As IBM CEO
IBM still exists. Who knew?
Sorry, dear millennials, but we may have screwed you for life
What weed smokers need to know before going into surgery
Elizabeth Warren: A Young Trans Person Will Have Veto Power Over My Choice For Secretary Of Education
Michael Bloomberg Does Nutty Video Promoting ‘Big Gay Ice Cream’
Losing a step or two: Forget the Map: Biden Can't Locate Ukraine in His Mind
Ashley Biden organization received $166K federal grant while father was vice president
FEELING THE BERN IN CALIFORNIA
Jerry Nadler was overheard on the metro bragging on the phone about how he should be the one leading the impeachment against Trump … the day after Trump took office
ABC, NBC, CBS evening newscasts favor Democrats on impeachment coverage
Hey, If You Can’t Trust the Chinese Government, Who Can You Trust, Right?
Arab Israelis Hate Trump’s Peace Plan. Israel-Haters Will Hate The Reason Why
Thursday, January 30. 2020
I disagree. Similar things done to excess days in a row can be overtraining. It is impossible to overtrain with a mixed fitness program like Maggie's, done 6-7 hours/week.
What might entail overtraining? Max deadlifts two or three days in a row.10- 20 mile speed runs two or three days in a row. In other words, intense efforts without recovery time.
This morning, a pal and I did a recovery day together to make it fun. We both did powerlifts yesterday. Her cardio fitness is amazing, so I wanted the challenge of trying to keep up with her for an hour. A workout partner can be a good thing.
Here's what we did (I barely kept up - no breaks unless indicated):
5 minutes elliptical warm-up, just to break a sweat
30-sec water break
2 minute mixed jump rope
(Two rounds of the above, then 30-sec water break)
3 minute mixed jump rope routines
(2 rounds of that, then 30-sec water)
Set of 20 goblet squats (light kettlebells)
(2 rounds of that, then 30-sec water/rest)
Set of 20 stepup and overhead press (hand weights)
That's an example of a recovery day of cardio and calisthenics. After 24 hours with good sleep you will be ready for hard things a day or two later. In many ways, an hour of heavy is easier.
It's good to take one day off weekly for just fun recreation regardless of age.
Nigel is good fun, always.
Colorado bill allowing organic ‘composting’ of deceased clears first hurdle
"The Dangerous Rise of Men Who Won't Date 'Woke' Women"
Women Publicly Whipped for Violating Sharia in Indonesia
Deficit Will Top $1 Trillion This Year As Entitlement Spending Continues To Rise
Democrats Warn That American People May Tamper With Next Election
Sharyl Attkisson: The Department of Justice Coverup of its Spying on Me Continue
The Steele Trump-Russia Dossier Was "Completely Fabricated", Leading British Spy Expert
The role of the chief justice in an impeachment trial
'GAME OVER,' Trump declares, as old Bolton, Schiff videos surface amid Senate impeachment trial
Trump’s Successful Iran Policy and Team Obama’s Existential Crisis
Where once there was fury, Palestinian issue now stirs up apathy. Region no longer views fate of Palestinians as lynchpin, or – in some cases – even a cause worth championing loudly
How it all went right: the great Brexit wound has almost healed. It didn’t take a generation – it took about two weeks
NIGEL FARAGE BIDS FAREWELL TO THE EU
Wednesday, January 29. 2020
Doing mine now. Last chance, and easy to do if your August pruning was done correctly.
I am not as careful as this guy. If I were that careful, I would have a Wisteria jungle
For real muscle magic, steroids and maybe GH. Do not touch that stuff though, friends. It is bad juju.
Amusingly, the only other supplement the Greysteel doctor recommends is coffee. Without a cup at 4:30 in the morning, there is no way I could get my head into effort.
Here's the Greysteel doc on Creatine. Good basic energy physiology. The stuff works like a little battery.
Dracula on Gratitude
CBD: Therapeutic benefits of CBD show promise, but popularity outpaces research into safety, effectiveness
It's a scam
Hemp prices plunge as CBD demand falls short
When Even Art Is Problematic
Gun-grabber David Hogg puts out a statement so stupid everyone is now dumber
New York State Now Charges to Look at the Stars
Harvard Professor Arrested For Failing To Disclose $50,000 Per Month He Received From China
NJ Governor Murphy Makes Big Pledge To Force Citizens To Fight Hotcoldwetdry
Elizabeth Warren’s proposed fracking ban was rejected as too radical by the Obama administration — for good reason.
Peter Schweizer: Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich
Money for nuthin...
Democrats Enter Panic Zone Over the Rise of Bernie Sanders In Iowa and New Hampshire
#Red-Carded: How I Got Pushed Out of an LGBT Soccer League for Gender WrongThink
George Soros partners with colleges to 'transform higher education'
Three years after violent attack, Charles Murray set for return to Middlebury
Reynolds: Campus leaders couldn't care less about racial progress. Hadn't we already agreed as a nation that racial segregation is morally wrong? Apparently, these schools haven't gotten the memo.
New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
CNN Calls Trump Supporters Stupid Illiterate Rednecks
That's me! And Mrs. BD too.
Impeachment Is Killing Trump Derangement Syndrome. You can only hit the rage button so many times.
They deny Trump the right to present a defense, then complain that he has produced no evidence.
Jonah should focus on results, not personality.
Shut Down This Tiring Farce. The high court of the whole enfranchised nation will determine whether the president retains his office, in nine months, and this kind of unfounded assault must be discouraged, lest it become routine.
Venezuela May Be Forced To Sell Off Its Oil Company… To Russia
Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in east Jerusalem
Wake me up when the Palis want peace. Not likely in my lifetime. Without hate, what would they be?
Tuesday, January 28. 2020
Few people nowadays want to carry cameras around, especially bulky ones. This bulky point-and-shoot has an impressive zoom.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:41 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
My book stack is high enough for another 6 months. I have enough outdoor clothing (I do like to do outdoor things) for a lifetime. I have enough gym clothes for daily workouts if I do the wash weekly. For hunting and fishing gear I am ok. Too many firearms too, really.
So the family got me some of the usual rare stinky cheeses I love along with exotic jams to go with them. Also, a cool spy boardgame: Codenames. It makes you think about words.
They also gave me a trip, but to where remains a secret surprise to me. I hope it's low on museums, medium on quaint or historic architecture, and high on hiking, cafes, and vino. Provence might hit the spot, and I think the Hadrian's Wall hike is in the pipeline. I never know.
They did identify one thing I didn't really need but is an excellent layer: that featherweight Patagonia quilted vest. I don't like sweaters - too constricting - but I do like to feel relatively comfortable outdoors. A bit chilly is fine with me. Yeah, fleece is great too but heavier than this thing.
Next year I think I will get one of them for my lad.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:12 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
University Of Derby Offers Crybaby Students And Staff Therapy For Climate Anxiety
Do College Students Need ‘Safe Spaces’?
When Laws Make Divorce Easier, Research Shows Women Benefit, Outcomes Improve
She Has It All, but She's Depressed
THANOS SMILES: Quebec politician praises coronavirus for reducing carbon footprint in Wuhan.
"These aren’t easy days for travel touts.... I couldn’t help feeling a few pangs of sympathy for the writers and editors who put together The New York Times’ recent Travel package '52 Places to Go in 2020.'"
The Problem of Birth Tourism. An important step — will birthright citizenship be addressed next?
The Left’s War On Women That Will Jeopardize Women’s Progress
The Story Behind Miss Virginia Exemplifies The Moral Case for School Choice
Neil Gorsuch Issues Savage Rebuke to Activist Judges and Nationwide Injunctions
“What makes so many people angry at Washington,” Schweizer writes, “is the fact that those with political power get to operate by a different set of rules than the rest of us.”
Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Just Go Away?
DEMOCRATS DETERMINED TO FRACK THEMSELVES
Democrats on House Impeachment Team VOTED AGAINST the Aid Package for Ukraine They Want to Impeach Trump Over
So That's Why Schiff Won't Release the Transcript of the 18th Witness
Bolton’s Former Top Deputy Blasts Bolton’s Book Maneuvering As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Inexplicable’
Target Trump Forever. Destroying the president is not just the only viable trajectory for the Left, but it is also the only possible narrative given that focus on the current left-wing agenda is slow-motion suicide.
Monday, January 27. 2020
Bob Turner and I have been friends during our college years and after in Vietnam military service and since and colleagues on defending the cause and rightness of South Vietnam's defense from communist takeover. Turner's career as the nation's leading professor of national security law and his contributions are summarized in the press release on his retirement from the University of Virginia law school.
It's worth reading. Please do, to recognize the lifetime of sacrifice, focus, and hard work to protect the security of the United States.
Fortunately, as Bob announces in his Facebook post today: "After more than 32 years on the UVA faculty, I will be retiring on Friday. I am not ceasing my work on issues I care about, and indeed should have more time to focus on them...."
Thank you Bob, from a lifelong friend, and from a grateful nation.
How College Became a Commodity. Market-based thinking is at the heart of how academe thinks of itself.
The article covers the topic well. Complicating thing is that it can be difficult to know what "college" means these days.
There’s no need to panic about coronavirus. Nasty bugs derived from Chinese livestock markets never fail to whip up mass hysteria
Prince Charles Flew 16,000 Miles In Just 11 Days On Three Private Jets And A Helicopter Before Photo Op With Climate Alarmist Greta Thunberg in Switzerland
Trump Administration Repeals Federal Protections on Puddles, Dry Stream Beds, Some Ditches - Hysterical reactions greet the White House's modest changes to federal clean water rules.
Today saw the premiere of two videos, each with a different vision of America
Juan Williams: Trump was wrong to attend March for Life rally because ‘it divides the country’
Members of President Trump’s legal team on Sunday previewed what will be the meat of their forthcoming defense this week by saying that even if all the allegations Democrats laid out last week were true, they would still fall short of “impeachable” offenses under the U.S. Constitution.
TRUMP VERSUS DEAN WORMER
WHAT IF THEY GAVE AN IMPEACHMENT AND NO ONE CAME? The Democrats are desperately trying to flog their impeachment show, but so far both the ratings and the reviews are bad.
“They Virtually Accused President of Being Russian Asset, of Having KGB Email Address” – Jonathan Turley Breaks the News to CBS Hacks that Democrats Just Lost Their Case
" ‘Thank God I was alive to hear Adam Schiff speak these past few days,’ Jennifer Rubin tweeted.”
Dan Gainor: In impeachment trial coverage, liberal media heap praise on Schiff and Democrats prosecuting Trump
US ‘satisfaction’ best in 15 years, Trump's high four times Obama’s low
ABC/WaPo: Trump Climbs To Highest Job Approval Rating Of His Presidency Amid Impeachment Trial
With Putin’s Proposed Changes, Russia Begins Its Transition to One-Party Rule
Sunday, January 26. 2020
Is this latest Chinese influenza over-hyped, or serious? You never really know until time passes because there are always hysterias. The news is always about hysterias, because they sell.
Already 6000 Americans have died from the ordinary flu this year. It can be the last straw for the frail elderly and otherwise fragile and ailing. Normal, natural final straw.
As greeters at church this morning, I refused to shake hands because I am getting over a stubborn cold/cough. To good friends, I explained "Just back from Wuhan."
Mrs. BD was NOT amused. Your Editor can be a jerk sometimes. I like dark humor but not everybody does, especially when entering church.
She's at the theater and dinner in NYC this afternoon/night with gal theater friends, so my high crimes and misdemeanors will blow over as long as I do the dishes, the laundry, and a bunch of indoor and outdoor pick up (I am doing, including clipping the heck out the the Wisteria as best I can - but I would do them anyway on a winter afternoon without plans. Except a steak supper out with a dear old pal later today cuz whenever She is out for an evening, I get together with pals. Me not much of a sitter except when I edit this darn website - and for my day job).
There is always a reason for not sitting, unless at work. I am off to the damn gym while the laundry cycles. Beer after. Life is pretty good in the good old USA.
Supershoots throw up 1000 birds in a morning.
When I was younger, I enjoyed these shoots a lot. Plenty of fun for the "sports". Now, not so much because it just feels like slaughter. I do enjoy the nice lunches and drinks afterwards. I now prefer real bird hunting in the north woods. Killing birds is fun, but hunt is a real thing. Good exercise, and you miss most of the time.
An inside look:
I learned that Friday was National Peanut Butter Day.
The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas. They supposedly made a paste out of them too. Wow. Another New World food that I missed on my list of European appropriations of native New World foods: Squash, corn (maize), all peppers, tomato, potato, sweet potato, beans, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, avocado, cashew, walnut, etc.
Here's a food question for the day: Where do Fluffernut Trees grow?
4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.
4:13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,
4:14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
4:15 "Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles
4:16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned."
4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen.
4:19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people."
4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
4:21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.
4:22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Saturday, January 25. 2020
It has been a project of the American Left to destroy Western civilization, or at least its history. It seems like a fool's errand to me, but also evil in a way.
It might work in spineless academia, but not in real life. Stop by to see a show at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC sometime. There will be a line of thousands from all over the world waiting to get in. Every language, nationality, color, etc. Universally known as best museum in the world if not best in every single area.
People know what is amazing to look at, despite academic fads.
My high school Art History course was mind-expanding, cave art through Egyptian and Assyrian up to the Renaissance (yes, we had to learn the math of the Parthenon's steps and of the columns), and the required semester of Art History Intro in college almost equally-so. We learned a bit about Asian and African art too because of their influences on Western art and design.
Yale is getting rid of it. It's "too white."
Pieta was carved by Michelangelo at age 23. That is just not normal. What have I done lately? What have those students and academics done lately? Those smartypants are not Michelangelo.
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