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Wednesday, March 31. 2021
How much HIIT is right?
The NYT warns about doing too much. I don't think that is much of an issue for 99.99% of people.
People who do Soul Cycle and similar programs, if done daily, might exceed those sprint warnings - if you believe them. Still, sprinting is like flying. It feels good.
As we have discussed before, HIIT is true Cardio exercise, meaning that it is designed to stress, not just use, the heart muscle. The goals are to improve or maintain heart function and to increase your odds of surviving your first unfortunate "cardic event" by developing collateral blood supply.
As we have also discussed here, it is sprints which have this effect. Exertions commonly grouped as "cardio" - like biking, swimming laps, jogging, rowing - are worth doing to maintain general endurance but do not get the heart rate to the 70-90% max that efficiently stresses the heart to the point of heart muscle development. Same idea as curls for the biceps.
Assuming you have a well-balanced fitness program (weights, calisthenics, and both types of cardio), two 20-minute sessions/wk of HIIT is good. Most calisthenics circuits include bits of HIIT too, such as speed rope, heavy ropes, or row sprints.
Obviously, all of this depends on age and level of fitness.
What is a typical 20-30-minute HIIT session? It's 30-60-sec. all-out sprints followed by 60-80 seconds of slow recovery. Rinse and repeat. The sprints are anaerobic.
The way I do it is to include sprints in one weights recovery day, which is like an hour of treadmill jogging, fast-walking, or elliptical, interspersing sprints in it. It keeps it interesting. On another day, I do 20-min of HIIT and then 30 minutes of weights or accesssory weights. You do not need to monitor your heart rate, because you know dqrn well when you are going all-out.
What is cardio? And what is the difference between cardio and high intensity interval training? And why is there a place for both? That piece is reasonable, but seems to assume that the only fitness exercise anybody does is "cardio." That is surely better than nothing but it is not a balanced fitness routine.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Physical Fitness at 13:35 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
Stop on the Next Urban Hike?
Funny to be mentioning the Urban Hike. It's been a long time. We were trying to plan out an Upper Manhattan/Bronx hike last year (much more technically difficult than it may seem), but if we do get to have a hike again, maybe it will be in the fall of 2021. I hope so. I'm thinking movie sites or movie-related sites - which could be very engaging.
I told Mrs. Bulldog that I had found this and decided it was a place we had to visit. Normally, Mrs. Bulldog isn't very interested in this sort of thing, but one thing made me realize she had to go with me.
Untapped New York struck a chord today, by publishing this little item, which we could have "visited" on the last Urban Hike. Those of you with us on that hike may remember standing on the hillside of Coogan's Bluff, just north of 155th Street, which leads to Macombs Dam Bridge, and hearing the brief commentary about walking down to the Polo Grounds from that spot.
The Urban Hike is very much on my mind and I hope we have a chance to run another one this Fall (and then get back on a Spring schedule in 2022). Movies, and movie-related, sites may be a fun source of material. Any thoughts or suggestions from our regulars - or from anyone hoping to join?
Posted by Bulldog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:24 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday morning links
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa wants gov’t to punish all the ‘goobers’ who still believe in stuff like ‘individual ‘freedom” during the pandemic
CDC Director: Our Data Shows Vaccinated People Don’t Carry COVID
Doom: Hotcoldwetdry Threatens Potato Chip Production!
Virtual school resulted in ‘significant’ academic learning loss, study finds
Therapy via Text Message
For The First Time Ever, Less Than Half Of Americans Are Members Of Churches, Synagogues, Or Mosques
A “New Deal” For Indian Country?
Schools gone woke: a view from America. In a warning to teachers around the world, one American teacher opens up about the invasion of woke orthodoxy in the education sector
Trump Education official asks Biden lawyers to strike down college programs that exclude men, whites
Big Media and Big Tech Collude to Control Thought
Defending free speech is now racist
As Democrats Claim Voter ID Is Racist, New Poll Shows Nearly 70% of Blacks Support It
BIDEN HITS THE DISHONESTY JACKPOT WITH CLAIMS ABOUT GEORGIA VOTING LAW
Tucker Carlson: Unsafe Cities, Divisive Mainstream Media The Real Legacy Of George Floyd's Death
After Sixty Days Biden Is Drifting Into Surrealism
Rich and Entitled Allies Don’t Need US Support. Why should we protect stable allies who won’t protect themselves?
Nobody believes China
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:10 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, March 30. 2021
Best Deadlift tutorial I've seen
My new weights trainer is more of a high-rep guy (8-12) than my previous guy was (more 5X5). I think it's because it's what he feels I need for right now. All I can say is that he makes it damn difficult. And no, I do not really need to use a mask in my gym. People fake it.
A video is not really a substitute for a trainer who can critique your form right at the moment, but this guy is good. Best mental trick: Push the floor away from the bar.
Posted by Bird Dog in Physical Fitness at 15:50 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Four and twenty Blackbirds
They all enjoy my birdseed.
Posted by Bird Dog in Natural History and Conservation at 13:56 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The Blockchain and Why It Matters
I know many who follow Maggie's may be unfamiliar, at best, or skeptical, at worst, of Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency. But there is a lot of promise in the technology, and the tokens (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.) are modern versions of 'value transmission' which are not unlike money. They represent the value of the technology. So, to understand why cryptocurrencies are important, it may help to understand the technology. Here is a brief video which explains the tech behind the currencies. Not all blockchains are the same, that's an important thing to remember. Improvements are made almost every day on all the different kinds of blockchains, and their uses. It's my personal opinion that the next 'big' one may be Cardano, as it has solved many issues behind the concept of 'smart contracts'.
Continue reading "The Blockchain and Why It Matters"
Posted by Bulldog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 11:07 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Galápagos tortoises: 185 babies seized from smugglers
Top Paid LA Lifeguards Earned Up To $392,000 In 2019
Study suggests high vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people
"Right Now I'm Scared" - CDC Director Chokes Back Tears As She Fearmongers "Impending Doom"
UK Government Minister Says People Should "Call Out" Others For Hugging Their Loved Ones
Was a Trump critic's 1st Amendment violated by Yale? We're about to find out.
Cops investigate Virginia teachers' Facebook group for naming parents who were 'against critical race theory' and urging members to 'gather information' on them
Nearly half of Americans changed sports viewing habits because of social justice
If you want border security, forget about Mexico
Associated Press Says It Won’t Use “Crisis” To Describe Border Situation…
The Hail Mary of Power-Sharing in Afghanistan - In a multi-ethnic nation such as Afghanistan where all other types of autocracy have failed, a democratic and decentralized system of governance is perhaps the only remaining option
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:05 | Comments (32) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, March 29. 2021
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:03 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday morning links
What Happened to Rules Girls?
Dolphins spotted in East River — a great sign of NYC’s environmental progress
It’s Official. “Vaccine Passports” Are Required In New York
Turns Out What Biden Called Texas’ ‘Neanderthal Thinking’ In Eliminating Restrictions/ Mask Mandates Was Right
UK Supreme Court Judge Expects People Will Be Forced To Wear Masks, Stay Home For Ten Years
THE WEEK IN CANCEL CULTURE: FIRST EDITION
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE GREAT EVIL OF OUR TIME
University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raise concerns about music curriculums' 'complicity in white supremacy' after Black Lives Matter movement
US Special Operations Command Appoints a Political Commissar to Make Sure the Whole Place Is Woke Enough to Suit the Left
The Meaning of the Woke Military
The Not-White Party
How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare
THERE IS NO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
Why Trump’s White House Leaked and Biden’s Hasn’t
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:16 | Comments (43) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, March 28. 2021
Born in 1890 and self-educated, she had the gift: Great Books Podcast - Episode 172: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:40 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
An eminent Connecticut Yankee: Seth Thomas
Everybody has seen Seth Thomas clocks. Seth Thomas, born in 1785, brought mass production to clockmaking in the US.
The Seth Thomas company had a good run, going defunct in 2009. The factory employed so many people that the town's name was changed from Plymouth Hollow to Thomaston.
Yes, the clock in Grand Central Terminal was a Seth Thomas company product.
Posted by The Barrister in History at 14:36 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Growing your own Horseradish
It happens to be part of a Seder, but I have often grown it. It is a perennial in New England, grows like a weed, but does not spread.
When you want some fresh root, you just stick a shovel in and chop some side root out. Then grate it. I love it on almost anything. It will not damage the plant.
Easy to find beginner plants online. It is kind-of like growing rhubarb.
Posted by Bird Dog in Gardens, Plants, etc. at 10:07 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
From today's Lectionary
11:1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
11:2 and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.
11:3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'"
11:4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,
11:5 some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"
11:6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.
11:7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
11:8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
11:9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
11:11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Posted by Bird Dog at 06:59 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, March 27. 2021
At 53, He Took the Tough New Army Combat Fitness Test.
Posted by Bird Dog at 16:58 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday Bob: Good sound quality, and the band is a wooly animal
Bob Dylan - Complete Show, Huntsville, Alabama, 4/19/1993. First tune is a lovely Hard Times
Posted by Bird Dog at 15:23 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
If the Passover Haggadah is correct, we've got education all wrong
This morning, when I went out to fetch the morning newspaper, at my door was a box, a gift from the local Chabad, containing all the makings but the feast for the Passover seder. Instead of wasting my time over tea to scan the headlines which repeat mostly the answers that the legacy media want us to repeat, I went online to see what wisdom I'd find at the Chabad.org website, a frequent source of thoughtfulness.
The Passover Haggadah is the booklet containing the order of the prayers and rituals at the seder feast table on Passover. It starts off with the Four Questions by each of four sons of differing knowledge and attitude. The point of this Chabad essay is that the point of the seder is to solicit questions from the young, so they may understand what's truly meaningful, not just to repeat what authority tells them to. Authority rewards youth for repeating what authority wants them to say and think. Education rewards youth for questioning the delivered authority and then finding out what is accurate.
So, I tossed the morning newspaper aside. Each year I find some meaningful readings from different angles and insights to share with my sons at the seder table. Here's the one that spurred this post that I'll share with my sons tonight night at the first seder. You may share it with me.
If the Haggadah Is Right, We’ve Got Education All Wrong: How the Haggadah turns education on its head
Posted by Bruce Kesler at 12:00 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday morning links
Elephants driven to the brink by poaching
'Lonesome Dove' Novelist Larry McMurtry Dead at 84
How big is the boat stuck in the Suez canal?
Hot mic never good: Pilot
NY Times Seems Pretty Upset That Riders Are Abandoning Public Transport, Which Hurts Climate Fight
HOW WOKE MEDIA BECOMES BROKE MEDIA
Chronicle of HEd: The Apocalyptic New Campus Novel. In Christine Smallwood’s story of scholarly precarity, what the academy wastes above all is human potential.
Former CDC Chief Redfield: Coronavirus 'Escaped' From Wuhan Lab
Bring Better Justice to U.S. Universities - How President Biden can reform Title IX.
Parler Just Flipped Big Tech's Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory on Its Head
On the Dignity of Work, AOC's View Has Replaced FDR's
A New Crime Wave—and What to Do About It. New York City rejected the policing lessons that led to its success, and violence is surging.
Oakland California To Send Out Monthly Checks Of $500 To Every Family In The City Who Isn’t White…
Collins: “Human Trafficking, Child Abuse, & Drug Smuggling Are Rampant” In Border Crisis
Senator Collins: I Toured the Border. Cartel Members Taunted Us.
Escaping from North Korea in search of freedom | Yeonmi Park | One Young World (video)
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:44 | Comments (16) | Trackback (1)
Friday, March 26. 2021
We saw her once on Broadway. This is amusing. Yes, she is an opera singer, a Broadway singer, and a country singer.
Posted by The Barrister in Music at 17:21 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Tucker on the presser
Posted by The News Junkie at 17:11 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
"Follow the Science"
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:45 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
The press conference
Byron York was not impressed.
Kimball: A tame press conference for a lame president. The air of unreality that suffused the Biden presser was stultifying
I felt that it was awkward and uncomfortable, but what do you expect?
What do you think?
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:26 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday morning links
More 'Bad News' Coverage of COVID in America Than Anywhere Else
Do The Vaccines Help People With “Long COVID”?
Does it exist?
Teachers Unions Hate Science Now That It Supports Reopening
Minnesota theater cancels production of Cinderella because the cast is 'too white'
The One-Party Orthodoxy of Equity and Anti-Racism
Nobody is for racism
Via American Exodus - Don’t wait for the oligarchy to let you in. Just walk away.
No Vietnamese Need Apply. Joe Biden’s politically motivated hypocrisy on immigration.
Candace Owens Schools Democrats for Sport - Check Out This Candidate Who Just Got His Lesson
Read the Shocking Pentagon Training Materials Targeting Conservatives in the Military
Securing Peace in the Middle East After Trump
Ethiopia’s Dam over the Nile Risks War with Egypt
Palestinians Funneled Hundreds of Millions to Terrorists, State Dept Report Reveals
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 07:22 | Comments (16) | Trackback (1)
Thursday, March 25. 2021
Bears having fun
Posted by Bird Dog at 15:48 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
UK Lockdown One Year On: It Doesn't Work, It Never Worked, & It Wasn't Supposed To Work
"In my opinion, the covid lockdowns in Europe, the U.S. and some other countries have been one of the worst public health fiascos in recent history."
The Dream of the '90s Died in Portland.Once an up-and-coming city, Portland was destroyed from within by radical activism and political ineptitude.
At a Certain Point, Even The Gestapo Had To Stop Cancelling People
Today’s blacklisted Americans: Lincoln and Washington, by Chicago’s Democratic mayor
What Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Wrought
Biden’s insane $3 trillion race to transform the nation overnight
Biden hasn't been talking for a reason
'Money Laundering' for Terrorists
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:56 | Comments (40) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, March 24. 2021
From A Wilderness of Lies
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 17:33 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
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