Mediterranean Diet Linked To Improved Quality of Life in North Americans

Not only overall quality of life, but reduced pain, disability, and depression symptoms.

Action Plan: Move your current way of eating more towards Mediterranean.

Source: Adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with better quality of life: data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative

Improve your quality of life and lose excess weight with with the Advanced Mediterranean Diet.

Santorini, Greek seaside

Santorini, Greek seaside

Speaking of Hiking: Canada’s 15,000-Mile Trail Is Almost Done 

“Do you like to hike? If your answer is yes, consider booking a trip to Canada for 2017. But you might want to pack a few extra pairs of hiking boots—as Eillie Anzilotti reports for CityLab, Canada’s newest trail will be nearly 15,000 miles long.

No, that’s not a typo. When it’s finished next year, the Trans Canada Trail will clock in at 14,864 miles long, nearly 13,000 miles of which are connected. As Anzilotti reports, the trail will open to everyone from cyclists to skiiers, horseback riders and hikers in 2017 and will be the world’s longest recreational trail.”

Source: Canada Is Building a Trail That Measures Almost 15,000 Miles | Smart News | Smithsonian

5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit

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My Merrell boots (model unknown)

Click through (link below) for the details. I enjoy hiking and will eventually have to replace my current boots, which I paid about $120 for. So this post is for future reference. I hope it helps you, too. It’s easy to buy boots that don’t fit.

Intro:

“Ever wonder how to buy boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit.

Here are five simple ways to know that your boots fit right… A proper fit is when the boot is snug enough to prevent your feet from moving inside (which is how blisters are born) but not so tight as to constrict circulation.”

Source: 5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit

PD Mangan Makes the Case for Compound Lifts

And he’s right. RTWT:

“Many people seem to have the wrong idea about weight training.

Whether you are in the gym for overall conditioning, for building muscle to prevent aging, or to become an actual bodybuilder, the process should involve working all of the skeletal muscles.

It appears to me — and this is a guess — that many people look at muscular men and see big arms to the exclusion of anything else. They then proceed to do isolation exercises, like biceps curls and triceps pull downs, to the exclusion of most other things.If your goal is health, work on all of your muscles.

If your goal is size and strength, work on all of your muscles.”

Source: Why Compound Lifts Are Essential – Rogue Health and Fitness

QOTD: Mussolini Defines Fascism

“The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State. The conception of the Liberal State is not that of a directing force, guiding the play and development, both material and spiritual, of a collective body, but merely a force limited to the function of recording results: on the other hand, the Fascist State is itself conscious and has itself a will and a personality — thus it may be called the “ethic” State…. ..The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone … ”

Benito Mussolini, 1932

P.D. Mangan: Brief Workouts Produce Significant Strength Gains 

"One more rep then I'm outa here!"

“One more rep then I’m outa here!”

You don’t need to spend lots of time a the gym to gain the benefits. Depending on your goals, 30 minutes a week may be enough.

From P.D. Mangan:

“Bodybuilders, gyms, and most publications devoted to it advocate that you train often, as frequently as five times a week. Is this necessary, and is this optimal?

The fitness industry has an obvious conflict of interest here: it wants you to use their products as much as possible in order for them to earn more money. If you are told to workout more often, you will be more likely to renew your gym membership, buy more supplements and equipment and magazines, and just generally to order your life so it revolves around weight lifting and fitness.

Others, more scientifically oriented, claim that you don’t need to train as often to maximize muscle gains, not that you need to do more than one set of each exercise. In the very informative book Body by Science, Doug McGuff, M.D. advocates once weekly workouts, a far cry from the three to five a week often advocated elsewhere. McGuff bases his recommendation on a number of things, most importantly the speed at which muscle recovers and grows from an intense workout, which is much slower than most people think.”

Source: Brief Workouts Produce Significant Strength Gains – Rogue Health and Fitness

Bodybuilders Sell Steroids to Fund Their Own Use and Maintain Social Status, Report Finds

No evidence of anabolic steroids here. Primarily estrogen.

No evidence of anabolic steroids here. Primarily estrogen.

This study was based in Europe, so may not apply to the U.S.

Anyway…

“Many bodybuilders illegally sell steroids to help fund their own use of performance and image enhancing drugs and maintain their social status in the weightlifting community, a new academic study has found. Researchers at Birmingham City University analysed more than 60 criminal cases and interviewed dozens of people involved in the purchase and sale of performance enhancers in the Netherlands and Belgium, to identify the different types of people drawn to selling the drugs.

The report found that sellers often broke the law to help fund their own use of steroids and that most viewed the substances no differently to high street supplements such as protein powders, energy bars or sports drinks.”

Source: Bodybuilders illegally sell steroids to fund own use and maintain social status, finds report