Day 34/366: White Out conditions

A few nice gym membership images I found:

Day 34/366: White Out conditions
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"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
John Burroughs

The title of this plays on the title of the Norwegian band Bel Cantos song with the same title, which you can listen to here:

One of the benefits at my new place of work is that they support physical activity, either by sponsoring you with about 500 US dollars per year that could go towards a gym membership for instance, or you can choose to take one hour every week off during work hours to go exercise. I have chosen the last option, since the hectic family life that has to be followed up after work don’t give much room for going to the gym. I have my stationary bike and dumbbells at home that works for me since I can do it when there is a free moment. I have yet to pick that habit back up after Christmas, with the new job starting and the traveling to Leikanger for job training, but I will. For now, I have taken on trying to get out for a walk one hour every week.

Today is the first day of snow in forever here, and it was so gorgeous. I have discovered that right next to where I work is one of the largest wood trails here in Bergen! Called Canada forest, supposedly named so due to the large and tall pine trees that reminded a Boy Scout troop leader who’s troop used these trails a lot back in the early 1900’s of the woods he had seen in Canada once.…
(The blue marker is where I work, and you obviously see the forest area!)

Reading up on the area, it is also commonly used by paintball clubs in Bergen! I didn’t get too far today, given I had not planned this very well when leaving this morning, and had the total wrong clothes and boots on for a longer trail in ankle deep snow. Had I thought it through, i should have brought my cross country skis! I’m thinking this will be a wonderful place to hike once a week, especially come summer and spring. I could include my lunch into the time, and eat lunch up by the water for instance. I’m thrilled about this opportunity, as I crave spending time in nature on a regular basis for my spirit and mental health, and getting time to do so after work is not always easy! It is going to be a nice weekly retreat me thinks, with lots of photo opportunities!

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
Rachel Carson

Shot with Samsung Galaxy SII

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No More Fitness Battles – Win The Fight Today

Fitness is not only exercise, it encompasses many different things. Things under the umbrella of fitness include workout systems, nutritious foods and exercise regimens. There are a lot of things someone can do to become fit and healthy. Read on to learn some tips and advice if you want to get into shape. Find a fitness program that fits you.

Use smaller machines first when you are handling weights. The smaller muscles in your body get tired out before the larger muscles, so begin with lower-weight dumbbells and then move up to tougher-weight machines. That way, you can give your small muscles a break while you exercise your large muscles.

You can keep your metabolism up and stay motivated by doing light exercise while watching TV. Try walking in place between commercials. Lift small weights instead of vegging out on the sofa. There are many chances to squeeze in some exercise.

One way to quickly build up strength in your legs is to do “wall sits.” Choose a spot along a wall where you have plenty of space to do the exercise. Turn away from the wall and distance it with approximately eighteen inches. Bend at the knees and slowly lean backward until the entire surface of your back meets the wall. Keep your knees bent and slide down the wall until your thighs are in a crouched position. Hold this position until you really can not handle it any longer.

Be sure you have a great pair of workout shoes before you start your exercises. When you are not wearing the proper footwear you can injure your back, legs, and feet. In addition, it will make you feel uncomfortable when you’re done, which can make you not want to exercise as much.

When you find yourself unable to get into your exercise routines on a regular basis then all you need to do is create a schedule. Set a number of days during the week that you will work out, and stick to that number. If you have to skip a day of working out, simply make it up later in the week.

Are you looking for ways to get more impact from your workouts? Stretching has proven to help build strength up to 20%. Take 20 to 30 seconds to stretch your muscle in between each exercise sets. Stretching can greatly improve your workouts.

When bicycling, aim for your pace to be around 80-110 rpm. You will be able to sustain your speed without feeling fatigued and strained. Determine your RPM by counting how often your knee comes around in ten seconds, then simply multiple that number by 6. This pace should be your goal.

When using a workout machine, always begin by testing the pads by pressing onto the seat or back cushion. If the wood can be felt directly under the top pads, you should consider using another machine. A machine that does not have adequate padding can cause bruising during your workout.

When you lift weights over your head, make sure that you flex your glutes on every repetition. This is an excellent workout for your butt, but most importantly, it helps you minimize your chance of injury because your body is being forced to position itself more effectively. More specifically, the positioning effect helps increase the stability offered by your spine.

When you are using a bench, test the sturdiness of it first. Test the padding by pressing your thumb on the seat of the bench. If you feel wood or metal that is under the bench, get another seat.

In closing, the topic of fitness is a rather wide area of knowledge and information that ranges from commonplace products to specific exercise routines. While there are certain things that must be avoided -or included- in any routine, there are just as many things that can be customized to meet your needs. If this article has achieved its purpose, it’s given you some useful suggestions you can incorporate into your own routine.