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Coffee – Who can drink and who should avoid?

Coffee is healthy. Coffee is not healthy. Drink it. Avoid it.

Why all the confusion?

If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.

Is this you? What should you consider before your next cuppa joe?

Not to mention, what’s my recommended recipe (and does it contain coffee, decaf, or tea?). Oh, the suspense!

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The Perfect Workout

 

Perfect workout2I think this is the perfect workout because it burns a lot of calories, and you are in the fat burning zone for 1/2 the time and the cardio zone for the other half.  This workout , which includes 1 set as is and the 2nd set for 1/2 the reps. Ending with lower back exercises and stretches.   Have fun!

Footwear- Barefoot or Thick Sole

Footwear

I have a good friend that swears by her “Five Fingers” Shoes.  She has worn them for years, even when she is wearing dresses. Although it appears a little odd, she is a firm believer.  She tells me that it has improved or eliminated all back pain.  I never bought into it, but I think she has been right all along.

Why Shoes and Feet are So Important?

  1. A typical worker walks up between 5000-7000 steps/day (2.5-2.8 mile)
  2. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. (According to www.arcamax.com/knowledge/trivia/s-120859-363782)
  3. The foot is rigid and mobile
  4. When running barefoot the loading pattern is gentler on your joints because it causes you to strike with your mid-foot first as opposed to your heel first. ( Footwear and Function- Views on Barefoot Training by Michol Dalcourt).
  5. An athletic shoe that is has a higher and wider heel will cause more of a shock to your body from your foot all the way up the chain.

Since most people won’t go barefoot when exercising, what should we look for when choosing shoes?:

  1. The heel cushion should be same width as the body of the heel
  2. The rearfoot and forefoot should be the same height
  3. The shoe should have very little cushion

 

Notes

  • This information was compiled from a paper and webinar that I read and watched entitled Footwear and Function- Views on Barefoot Training by Michol Dalcourt and  based on research by Daniel Lieberman, Professor Human  Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, “Kinetic Pulse Effect with Various Footwear”
  • Vibram 5 Finger Shoes were used in this study
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