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  1. Is anyone into winter sports? I snowshoe, XC ski (Nordic back country), downhill (alpine ski), snowboard, and skin (AT ski). I just got into skinning recently, and I have the hardest time staying warm on the way down. I find my body temp drops very quickly when my activity level decreases. I have to bring an extra shirt or two, extra jacket, glove liners, socks, and ski pants in a back pack on the way up, otherwise I end up shivering pretty bad on the way down. I generally have a hard time staying warm in winter. Fingers and toes especially as I probably have Raynauld's. Anyone else have these problem? Any suggestions?
  2. Hi all, Last Friday, I encountered two stray dogs fighting and they ended up nearly on top of some children. I pulled the dogs away from the kids, but managed to get bit in the bicep really bad. They actually had to stitched the muscle together. I was told it was 80% torn. I am actually surprised at how little pain there has been. My arm is tender, and I could not lift more than maybe a pound the day after it happened, but I can lift about 5 pounds now. I was told to rest it and take predisone. I did some research on this and found predisone is not good at all, and exercising will increase rate of healing. I have been stretching and working the muscle since the day it happened, plus heat and ice, and I am surprised at how quickly my strength is returning. I am curious if anyone else has had a similar type of injury and what they found to be the best for healing. I am certainly not convinced rest and drugs is the best course. Here is a study that suggests you never want to use corticosteroids for muscle injuries. http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/27/1/2
  3. When I was fat, the only people to fat shame me were some members of my family. At the time I accepted it as simply their misguided concerns for my health. Now that I am thin (thinner then almost all of them now), they actually thin shame me. I also find a lot of thin shaming in society in general. I get called "health nut" or "extreme" rather often. Has anyone else experienced this? Has society become so unhealthy that to strive for health is becoming taboo?
  4. Of course most deficiencies are because of low caloric intake and a very variety of foods in poor countries. This is because most of their land is being used to grow food to feed to animals for meat. If they can't afford food in their own country now, how is another food they can't afford going to help? Too many people trying to fix the symptom and not the cause.
  5. First thing I would suggest is to never compare yourself to anyone. They might not even be natural. You might be surprised at how many guys do some sort of enhancement drug. Also, genetics and hormones are a huge factor. The highest recommendation for protein for bodybuilders I have seen is 1.7 g/kg.(.75g/lb) It comes out to around 13.5% protein by calories. Concerning hormones, I make sure I get enough magnesium, and I take suma root powder. I found it helps keep my testosterone up. Also, leg exercises, especially squats, can increase testosterone. Hope this helps.
  6. I wouldn't trust those HRM's built into the machines. I have seen them very inaccurate. You probably should get something with a chest strap and also that records your HR over time. Then you will have a better idea what your HR is doing and can show a cardiologist or other health professional.
  7. The first thing I would do is try a different heart rate monitor. Did you manually take your heart rate during your exercise?
  8. Hi Jeremy, We are inundated with the concept that our bodies constantly need food to grow and repair. However, our bodies actually maintain a large reserve of nutrients to recover and repair during fasting. Digestion and metabolization require a large amount of energy and biological resources, so when you stop eating, those resources can be directed toward repairing and healing the body. This is why injured animals instinctively stop eating. There is a lot of evidence that fasting helps fight and reverse diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. There is a lot of info on intermittent fasting online. It has many benefits and no real drawbacks for most healthy people except for the hunger. But it gets easier the longer you do it. The day after I fast, I eat a light breakfast of fruit, and then workout. My performance is always highest on those days.
  9. I think a lot depends on the intensity of your training, your age, your diet, your genetics, etc. Some people's bodies recover faster than others. I know some very intense people that only work out every other day, because they need the rest in-between each workout. I know other people that workout out 7 days a week and report no problems. Personally, I like two rest days a week, and I fast on those rest days. Your body is able to repair and rebuild much faster without having to constantly be trying to digest and metabolize food. Find out what works for you. That is the only advice I can offer. I know it is vague, but people's bodies are very different and react different ways to exercise. Goodluck
  10. I just tried Vega again this morning. The first time I tried it, I developed so much gas, that I was literally doubled over in pain. This morning, I had a smoothie with it, and so far so good. I am skeptical of these products in general, so I will let you know if I notice anything in my performance or recovery.
  11. I detest zoos as well. However, I would have actually liked to see someone like you working there over others who don't care for the individual animals. You could have been a force from the inside to illicit change. Although, I think that would have made your job very difficult. Also, you would be a guard against brutality and abuse of the animals. If an animal is suffering, your voice might be the only thing that helps that animal. If you do take a position there in the future, there will be some vegans who understand your motivations. Unfortunately, a lot won't.
  12. Organic diary still has large amounts of hormones and antibiotics. That is what it does for the calve. It provides the mothers hormones and antibiotics while the calves endocrine and immune system are still developing. It has animal protein which is shown to leech calcium from the bones. Countries with the most animal protein consumptions have the highest rates of bone fractures. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11034231 Caisen, a protein in dairy, is found to strongly promote cancer growth. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/6/1667.full Cow's milk is made for calves and the ratios of minerals and vitamins to macro nutrients is not conducive for health in humans. http://www.vegetarian.org.uk/campaigns/whitelies/wlreport05.shtml Cow's milk is highly linked to type I diabetes. (Yes, you can still get it as an adult.) http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/17/1/13.full.pdf Dairy has no nutrient in it that can't be better obtained from plant sources that don't have all the fat, cholesterol, hormones, and antibiotics. Not to mention is involves the forced rape of a female cow, the abduction of her daughters to be raped and enslaved and she is, and the abduction and slaughter of her sons at only a few weeks old to become veal. If you have ever lived near a dairy farm when they take the calves from their mothers, the sound is torturous. Moaning for weeks at all others. The pain they feel is the same that we feel. What do you think you can get from dairy that you can't get from plants?
  13. Well into month two now. The works out are very hard, but so rewarding. I still take longer breaks that the video allows, but then again, I am older than most of the people in the video. I was hoping I could train up my max heart rate, but it seems to be stuck in the high 160's. My resting heart rate gets very low on these videos. I have seen as low as the high 30's. These videos make any cardio video in P90X look tame. I highly recommend them. I have never been in as good of shape as I am now.
  14. Another thing to consider is that atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia. Millions of people who have it don't even know they have it and aren't diagnosed. I would suspect the people most likely to recognize it are those people who engage in high intensity exercise. So, there may be the same ratio of AF in moderate or low intensity exercisers, they just don't know they have it and are obviously not treated.
  15. In regards to the first study. it stated: "But the most active group, those who did daily strenuous physical activity, also had increased risk of dying of heart problems than people who were active only two to four times a week, according to the study." Heart attacks aren't caused from a build-up of plaque in the arteries, but rather a rupture of the plaque causing a blockage. Intense exercise is more likely to cause a rupture than light exercise. The second study is a survey. I wouldn't put much faith into a survey based study at all. They are the most inaccurate.
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