My Nutrition Kryptonite

HaveMatWillTri.com: My Kryptonite
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We all have a kryptonite, something that weakens our otherwise strong-willed decision making. For me, it is cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies. I must eat them when put in front of me. If they are in my house, they will not be for long. A lot of the time, I purposefully buy other kinds of dessert: ice cream, puddings, pies, and cakes. These desserts are no temptation for me. I can easily give them to … Continue reading

Train Like a Man

HaveMatWillTri.com: How to lift weights for women
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Too many women fall for the myth of strength training: that men and women should lift weights differently. It isn’t true. I don’t care if you aerobic instructor who got her training back in the 80s says so. A lot of instructors, yoga or aerobic, just repeat things they have heard other instructors say without any real back-up. Women gain strength in the same way that men do: by gradually lifting more weight. Some women … Continue reading

How 30 seconds Can Change Your Life

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IMG_3154 30 seconds, that is all it takes to take huge steps towards a healthier you. That is several recent studies have shown. While this might all seem like hype for the HIIT, high-intensity classes, out there, it is not. You can do it even if all you do otherwise is walk. The new studies have shown that a 30s burst of activity, of vigorous exercise going as fast as you can, can lead to … Continue reading

Preventing Alzheimer’s

HaveMatWillTri.com: Preventing Alzheimer's
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You can reduce the chances that you will Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is not all due to chance and heredity. Check out the areas that you can work on to reduce your risks by up to 30% (according to this BBC article): Diabetes Mid-life hypertension Mid-life obesity Physical inactivity Depression Smoking Low educational attainment Except for the last 2, all correspond to diet/nutrition & exercise. Diabetes- exercise helps MORE than food in leveling off blood … Continue reading

Why You Should Be Taking the Stairs

HaveMatWillTri.com: Make staircases pretty and prominent to make people healthier
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When you walk in a building, which is prominent and apparent to take: the elevator or the stairs? If it is a newer building, likely the fancy bank of elevators. (Let’s leave out buildings with escalators.) Now, let me admit, I always prefer stairs. I need to weighed down with children or luggage or be going more than 3 flights to use the elevator instead. So, I was very happy to read NPR’s article, One … Continue reading

Great Ways to Stay in Shape on a Florida Vacation

HaveMatWillTri.com: Great places to run in Florida
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Trips to Florida inspire me to run, do yoga, and exercise. I hope to inspire you too over the next few weeks. First, you might look back at my posts on the Destin area. Now, let’s look at a trip to Disney or Legoland. One of the first ways to be inspired to exercise at Disney is to sign up for the Disney half- or full marathon. I have heard it is a lot of fun, and … Continue reading

A Beach Inspired Yoga Practice

HaveMatWillTri.com: Beach Inspired Yoga
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Some poses to practice at the beach or when you want to think about the beach. 1. Bridge: You cross the bridge to get to the beach 2. Boat (the real name is Bow, boat is an ab pose, but go with the flow, this is an informal routine): Take a boat ride along the beach 3. Dolphin: See a dolphin in the water 4. Dive In: Do a straight-in dive (aka Headstand) into the … Continue reading

Why You Get Shorter Everyday and How to Stop It

HaveMatWillTri.com: Why you get shorter every day
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Have you ever measured yourself in the morning when you get out of bed and again before you go to bed? If not, give it a try; you might be surprised. We recently did this with my son, and although I knew it occurred, even I was surprised by how much a difference it made. My children lost 1/3 inch over the day, but my husband and I lost 3/4 inch. This lost height is … Continue reading