Monday, December 23, 2013

Check Your Neck Before You Wreck Yourself

Totally dug this article, Seven Tricks To Boost Your Energy -- my morning reading material courtesy of Consumer Reports (Sept. 2013).
Stand up and move. Your brain equates being seated to being stuck and responds by restricting energy...
Bring green into your space. A Taiwanese study found that office workers reported feeling less nervous or anxious when a plant was visible nearby. That's an important benefit because anxiety can burn up a lot of your energy...
Check your neck. If you need another reason to sit up straight, consider this: For every inch your head tilts forward, the amount of weight your neck  has to support doubles, a chore that could affect your daily level of fatigue.
Very cool article. There was also a tip about shocking your body with cold water -- the shock producing the equivalent of 15 minutes worth of extra energy...

Had kettlebell practice today and I had energy.

10 x 10

10...Jumping Jacks
10...Two-Hand Swings
10...Kb Cleans (5/5)
10...Presses (5/5)
10...Rows (5/5)
10...Knee Sit-ups
10...Goblet Squats
10...Around the Body with a Catch and Lunge

As Marisa pointed out, you're doing 100 push-ups but it seems easier. Well, I didn't do 100 push-ups. Julia and I made it through seven rounds and Jessica a.k.a. Crazy Lats made it to nine, I believe.

I really liked this workout. It was taxing but so doable.


  1. I used to do a "poker" workout, where you have a deck of cards and assign an exercise to each suit, like hearts are pushups, spades are lunges, etc., then you deal yourself a hand of five cards and do however meany of that exercise you dealt yourself. I think it ends up being 90 reps of each movement, but I don't remember... anyway one time I dealt myself something like 37 pushups in one hand! That was brutal; I had to do them in 3 or 4 sets.

  2. I remember your "poker" workouts. Re: the 37 push-ups -- that's really playing the hand that you're dealt.

    I, on the other hand, might have kept shuffling cards until I got the workout that I wanted.