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post Nov 21 2009, 04:32 AM
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Tip 1. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
After a long nights sleep it is important to refuel. It will help you do better in school. Some ideas for quick, healthy breakfast: Peanut butter on toasted whole-grain bread, Yogurt with fruit, Cheese slices on toast, and Fruit on cereals.
Tip 2. Eat a variety of foods.
Your body needs nutrients and many different vitamins and minerals from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking nutrition labels will help you to get the nutrients you need.
Tip 3. Get moving....Get Jogging And Running
Walk, bike or jog when going somewhere. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator. Try to do something active for a total of 30 minutes every day.
Tip 4. Participate in activities you enjoy.
Always start with warm-ups to get the muscles going. Do 20 minutes of an aerobic activity followed by activities that will make you stronger like push-ups or sit-ups.
Tip5. Choose healthy snacks.
It is wise to choose snacks from different food groups. Some choices would be: graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.
Tip 6. Include whole grains and fiber in your diet.
Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also good choices.
Tip 7. Participate in physical activities at school or out side.
This would include physical education and sports. It will make you feel good about yourself.
Tip 8. Drink plenty of water.
Your body is 65% water. That shows how important water is to your body. Make sure you drink a total of 8 glasses of water each day. That can inlcude the water from foods such as fruits.
Tip 9. Include others in your activities.
Take a dog for a walk. Walk or workout with a friend.
Tip 10. Having FUN is important.
Try new things, this can be in activities or food. Never be afraid to try....who knows you might just like it. And your body will thank you in the end.


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Mata
post Dec 1 2009, 01:43 PM
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I tend to try and listen to my body and relax when I think I need to. I usually keep myself busy most of the time, between writing, drawing comics, exercise, and playing computer games I seem to always be doing something.

In terms of exercise, I usually will set myself a time or a specific goal. Recently I've been putting on an episode of something American (Battlestar Galactica is the recent choice, but I suspect Heroes or Supernatural will be following that) then exercise for the duration of the show. I'll do 10 minutes of jogging on the spot to warm me up, then weights, stretches, abs workouts, upper body workouts, yoga, or martial arts forms for the next half hour. I'll usually be nice and warm, and pretty tired after 40-45 minutes, but not exhausted, and that's a good time to stop.

In terms of commitments such as socialising and work - I'm going to be trying harder to go out more now I've got more time to myself, but I've still got a job to do and things I want to achieve in my own time. Working hard on my own projects a few evenings a week can be relaxing because it gives me a sense of personal progression with my life, but too much of it makes me feel like I'm never stopping to enjoy that feeling! Something that helps me balance things is talking with other people about what I've been doing with my time - quite quickly it becomes clear from their expressions when you're doing a weirdly large amount with your time!


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post Dec 2 2009, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 1 2009, 01:43 PM) *
I'll do martial arts for the next half hour.


I've always been tempted to practice a martial art for several reasons: fitness, self-preservation (should I ever need it), and a greater affinity with my 'shell'. I've also read that people who practice a martial art tend to have less clumsy accidents, because a.) their balance is generally better and b.) they are more in tune with their body's reactions and responses.

If I were to start learning a martial art, I think I would prefer to do it on a one-on-one basis (to begin with at least), rather than as part of a group. I don't think if this is something that is particularly "available" ? I would be also interested to hear any recommendations for which art to begin with?
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QUOTE (Hobbes @ Dec 2 2009, 05:20 PM) *
QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 1 2009, 01:43 PM) *
I'll do martial arts for the next half hour.

I've always been tempted to practice a martial art for several reasons: fitness, self-preservation (should I ever need it), and a greater affinity with my 'shell'. I've also read that people who practice a martial art tend to have less clumsy accidents, because a.) their balance is generally better and b.) they are more in tune with their body's reactions and responses.

If I were to start learning a martial art, I think I would prefer to do it on a one-on-one basis (to begin with at least), rather than as part of a group. I don't think if this is something that is particularly "available" ? I would be also interested to hear any recommendations for which art to begin with?

The right choice is a very personal thing, it depends on your personality and what sort of results you're looking for.

So, here are some options, with pros and cons:

Muay Thai (AKA Thai kick boxing)
Pros:
Incredibly intense training that will improve your fitness very quickly
Very practical - if your main goal is to be able to win a fight on the street then this is the one for you
Reasonably quick to learn up to a reasonably practical level

Cons:
Most training happens in gyms (not good if you're looking for personal tuition)
Most people learning Muay Thai are pretty macho
Very punishing training (it works fast, but you'll be very sore)

Tai Chi
Pros:
Excellent for building balance and general physical awareness
Very relaxed, calm training atmosphere
Very slow to become practical, if the teacher will even show you the combat applications
Okay for building muscle tone
Focuses on the inner strength to complement the outer movements

Cons:
It takes about ten years to become practical (although it's superb once you're there)
Useless for weight loss for anyone already at a moderate level of fitness

Karate
Pros:
Depending on what form of karate it ranges between good to excellent fitness training
Builds physical awareness and control
Easy to find classes
Quick to learn the basics
It's a sport more than a martial art, so competitions and group practise are easily available leading to a good social scene

Cons:
Not often available one-to-one
Most classes are fairly macho (but not all)
Builds false levels of confidence in fighting ability against anyone with moderate combat experience - it's not as practical as its teachers think that it is

Kung-fu
Pros:
Lots of forms of kung fu are available, offering a wide variety of styles
Often available one-to-one if you ask the teacher and are prepared to pay for it
Builds physical awareness, control, and inner strength
Often there are elements of mental preparation for combat, making you less likely to need to fight anyone in the first place
Usually there are calmer, more fun lessons than some other martial arts
Usually quite friendly classes from a variety of backgrounds that make a good social scene

Cons:
There are so many forms of kung fu that it is sometimes intimdating trying to choose one
There are many teachers with many styles, some love intense physical training, others ignore that outside the pure training of the movements
Occasionally there are macho classes
Learning to a useful level takes a while - ranging from a year or two up to six or seven, depending on the style.
Kung fu forms can be slightly more expensive to learn, usually because the teachers have had to train longer to be allowed to teach (but you do get a better quailty of teacher at the end, so this isn't really a 'con' unless money is very tight)
Competitions aren't very common because most of the techniques are quite dangerous

Aikido
Pros:
Tactical, intelligent combat style
Good for physical training and body awareness
Often uses small movements to get big results
More likely to be available one-to-one than some other styles
Quite a good competition and social side

Cons:
Classes can be a bit macho, but it depends on the teacher
It is a very violent and destructive martial art, so it's hard to train or expensive to buy protective gear... It can also be a little intimidating possessing the knowledge it gives you!
Takes a while to become practical (but very good when you get there)

Tae Kwon Do (AKA T.K.D or sometimes simple called kick boxing)
Pros:
Easy basics
It's a sport, not a martial art, so there's a strong social and competition scene
Quite easy to find classes
Excellent for building flexibility and srength
Like all kick boxing forms, it gives a very good workout - excellent for weight loss and building muscle tone

Cons:
Not very practical until the user is very proficient with both speed and control - it can give a false sense of security, like other sport-martial-arts
You're going to hurt for quite a while until you level of fitness increases to keep up with the training!

Jujitsu
Pros:
Good for strength and general health
Fairly easy to find classes
Basic techniques can be learnt very fast and are effective quickly
Advanced techniques are very good, but taught later on in your training

Cons:
Limited in its scope - it's excellent at getting opponents onto the floor, but not so good with doing much to them once they're there
It's a very hands-on style, so you might get punched in the face before you can get to grips with the opponent and use the early techniques (though this is improved on considerably later in the forms)

MMA (mixed martial arts)
Pros:
Not dedicated to one style, so they tend to develop very practical fighting skills
Generally available for one-to-one
The practical focus means you can learn basic, effective techniques very fast
Lots of competitions available
Increasingly easy to find classes

Cons:
Usually there's more testosterone than Chuck Norris's jock strap
There's no old-school philosophy driving the style so it tends to attract people who want to fight (any good martial arts teacher usually wants to avoid fighting, but win if they are forced into it)
People get hurt learning it because of the other students' attitudes
Some classes require a basic set of combat skills before they'll let you join.

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Personally I started with Tai Chi and went on to Wing Chun kung fu. Along the way I've tried two styles of kick boxing, five animals kung fu, wu shu, and jujitsu (and possibly others that I've forgotten). I've trained under two Tai Chi instructors, and five Wing Chun instructors. All the teachers have been different, with different good and bad qualities, so even when you find a form you like you might have to try a few different teachers before you get one that clicks for you. In some respects, the teacher is more important than the form, but both do have to work for you to really get the true benefits.

I've played around in combat with one jujitsu instructor and a few karate students, and I've only had to use my skills once in seventeen years of training.

I've found that Wing Chun suits me - I like the (generally) relaxed atmosphere in the classes (though I have been to some macho ones in my time - I didn't go back to those ones), the simplicity of the form appeals to me due to the economy of the movements, the lack of strength required to overcome opponents appeals, and it seems to just feel right.

My main advice is to try a few different classes. Try to keep separate in your mind 'the martial art' and 'the teacher'. You could love the style but not enjoy the class, which will tell you to go and find somewhere else, or you could dislike the form but enjoy the class because of the teacher - in which case you've ticked one form off your list, but at least you've got a fun class to go along to while you're looking for something more suitable. I cannot emphasise enough how much difference a good teacher makes.

'Hope this helps!


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- BruceSmith   Hi............Tips for stay healthy...   Nov 21 2009, 04:32 AM
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- - Daria   I walk most places. That's about it.   Nov 22 2009, 12:21 AM
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- - Mata   Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! I tend to ...   Nov 24 2009, 01:08 PM
- - Mata   I tend to try and listen to my body and relax when...   Dec 1 2009, 01:43 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 1 2009, 01:43 PM) I...   Dec 2 2009, 05:20 PM
|- - Mata   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Dec 2 2009, 05:20 PM) QUO...   Dec 6 2009, 03:25 PM
- - Secret Santa   My suggestions for staying healthy are very simple...   Dec 2 2009, 07:09 PM
- - Hobbes   I went to the gym today for the first time in a lo...   Dec 5 2009, 08:18 PM
- - Hobbes   ^--- Thanks Mata, that's given me a lot to con...   Dec 6 2009, 04:15 PM
- - Mata   One other thing to note is that most kung fu forms...   Dec 6 2009, 05:58 PM
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