With the start of the Olympic games, many of us are not satisfied with simply marvelling at the prowess of the athletes. We look up from our recliners, our chests covered with salt and vinegar potato chip fragments and ask ourselves why we can’t have the bodies of beach volleyball players or decathalon medalists. First of all, if you want to keep from getting anymore of those chip crumbs on your gut, you should close your mouth before asking yourself any such questions. Thank you.
Luckily for all of you armchair jocks and hot body wannabees, good old “Coach 1-Point” is here with some helpful tips.
You need to know that those chips are not the best way to go. If you insist on the chips, then for an additional push in your workout, hold the bag away from your body, so you have to reach further for each handful. Salt and vinegar chips are better than other varieties, since they start to macerate your lips and tongue before you can get all the way to the bottom of the bag. Having a mouth that feels like you gargled with battery acid is nature’s way of telling you to put a chip-clip on that bag and save the rest for your next workout. By golly, those things are sure salty – so remember to keep yourself hydrated! I suggest diet tonic water in your gin and tonics as an easy way to avoid empty calories.
There have been some commercials lately which espouse the benefits of drinking chocolate milk after exercising to replenish vital nutrients. I’ve started working out a little, and the chocolate milk afterwards really does seem to make a difference. Since my initial burst of enthusiasm, I’ve slacked off on the exercise itself, and now I just continue the chocolate milk component of my regimen. I’m thinking the addition of some Amaretto or Bailey’s, and maybe a small scoop of vanilla ice cream would make it even better. Fit-Body Super Hint: Stick with a small scoop of ice cream – you can’t expect to look like a world class javellin thrower if you put extra big dollops of Ben and Jerry’s in your post-workout Kahlua/chocolate milk energy shake!
Any athlete knows about the importance of stretching before and after exercise. Keeping the body limber will limit injuries and help you get the most out of your workout. Many stretches are best performed lying on the floor on ones back or stomach. The stretch can be controlled this way and prolonged to tolerance by the comfort of the position. Most people would agree that while a gentle stretch feels tolerable for a little while, but a more agressive stretch can be downright unpleasant. I’ve found that minimizing the force of the stretch has enabled me to actually doze off during it. My wife, who doesn’t have the expertise on exercise which I possess, has accused me of napping when I’m supposed to be working out.
1 Point Workout Key: Success in stretching needs to include being on a comfortable floor which your spouse is not trying to vacuum.
Most of us know that a long run or trip to the local healthclub can be both boring and time consuming. “Coach 1-Point!” you cry, “I just can’t find time in my busy, workaday world to work out!” First of all, don’t use the word “workaday” – you probably work 8 hour shifts in an office building if you’re lucky enough to have a job. My blog statistics show you’re unlikely to be slaving away in a steel mill or mining diamonds in South Africa. The good thing to know is that many of your typical daily activities can be substituted for formal exercise. For instance, doing a load of laundry burns roughly the same calories as when an Olympic athlete does their laundry. Power 1-Point Uber Workout Advice: To add a super-challenge to your workout, skip the machines and beat your clothes on rocks down by the river.
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Anyone who’s been paying attention to all of the stories about the Olympics knows that having the right warm-up suit and gear is critical. I suggest getting a permanent marker and crossing out “China” and writing “USA” on the tags to keep from having negative media attention (Unless you’re from China – but according to my blog stats, you probably aren’t). You’ll need to choose your accessories wisely, as some of that stuff will put a dent in the old wallet. Those prosthetic legs cost more than your car, and don’t even get me started about the sneakers the Dream Team wears! Your best bet is to emulate the swimmers.
You can score a snazzy pair of goggles, a swim cap and a chamois for less than the price of dinner out at a French restaurant. Also, you can buy a pair of spandex bike shorts instead of the high tech bathing suits to save another couple of bucks. If you go with the bike shorts, steer clear of the ones with the butt pads sewn into them, they will not help your look. On another swimming related topic, you may want to skip shaving down. Though body hair can slow your times by as much as a thousandth of a second, it can also help to hide some of the imperfections. A creative man-scaper can actually give the illusion of washboard abs, simply by shaving the belly hair in horizontal bands. For the ladies, consider a one-piece suit with the added aerodynamic benefits of a Spanx insert. Mega-Power Disclaimer: In the event that these helpful workout hints don’t give you the results you had your heart set on, you can always go with the blazer and hat ensemble popular at the closing ceremonies.
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