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On Bearing a Hard Thing

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.

~ William Barclay



Swish Some Carbs and Breeze Through Bootcamp

Cool new discovery: During intense exercise, you don't have to drink a sports drink or chew carb gummis to get a boost. All you have to do is swish a carb solution around in your mouth, no swallowing or ensuing cramps necessary. Apparently, our brains can sense when carbs hit our mouths and responds by giving us an energy burst. It's not a sweetness things — it doesn't work with artificial sweeteners. It's not even a taste thing. Scientists have triggered this effect with tasteless carb solutions. It's a cool special carb sensing thing. (via the New York Times)

Swish it (via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/130459534/">redjar</a>)


Doing Good Deeds Makes You Buffer

Next time you need an energy boost, skip the gummy chews and help someone instead. First, because it's nice. Second, because making choices you're morally proud of boosts your willpower and physical endurance, at least according to two new studies out of Harvard University. In one study, participants were given a dollar and given the option to keep it or donate it to charity. Then they were asked to hold a five pound weight for as long as they could. Turns out the donors were able to hold the weight a lot longer. In a follow-on study, participants were asked just to think about good deeds, in this case writing a story in which they were either helping or harming others or doing something that had no impact. Like the donors, the fictional helpers were subsequently tougher in physical endurance tests. Of note, the fictional villains got a boost, too. Good and evil: Both more powerful than the blahsville middle. 

Team In Training (via <a href="http://www.teamintraining.org/">teamintraining</a>)

sandyliz said "

this makes me feel much better about all the times I do what I know ..." More comments...


Where Does A Kick Butt BootCamp'ish Class Fit In?

Ex-NFL Player instructor, 50-50% guys/girls, group fitness class = heart pumping, butt-kicking, sweat-inducing, amazing workout!!!!

45 minutes that truly pushed me to the nth degree!

Loved every second!!

Where (gym, studio, etc.): : 
Workout Date: 
Fri, 04/16/2010 (All day)

Wake Up Call

Fight Back

For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph.

~ Thomas Mann

Image: 2007 Winter Toughguy, Staffordshire, England

Mud Pit, Toughguy (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairy_matt/372433629/">Matt Cope</a>.)

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On Endurance

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.

~ Albert Einstein

NYC Marathon (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19942094@N00/4065959500/">Randy Lemoine</a>.)

msh258 said "

love that quote!

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Cardio Junkie!

It's amazing how a quick half hour workout can be as intense if not moreso than an hour long session.  This class had my heart thumping and beating out of my chest!

A perfect, quick half hour.  Felt great.  Done fast.  Looking forward to next week.

Where (gym, studio, etc.): : 
Workout Date: 
Thu, 02/11/2010 (All day)

Wake Up Call

On Nobility

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty.

~ John Ruskin

Hang on! (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/s-t-r-a-n-g-e/375748571/">Victor Bezrukov</a>.)

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Run, You, Run

Endurance is patience concentrated.

~ Thomas Carlyle

Marathon (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/seamusnyc/290067719/">Seamus Murray</a>.)

Term of the Day

Mitochondrial Density

Mitochondria are tiny little things inside your cells which convert oxygen from your blood stream into the sort of chemical energy (ATP) the rest of your cell needs to do whatever it needs to do. Like, say, run, do a chinup, or hold plank pose. Mitochondria power your "aerobic system," i.e., they do your breathing for you, at the cellular level. So, the denser your mitochondria, the more oxygen you can process, faster. Cool evolutionary factoid: Mitochondria has its own DNA, and  probably started out as independent bacterium that slipped into our cells long ago just to hang out. Several million years pass, and now we couldn't breathe without them, and we're all living happily ever after. Cool contemporary factoid, courtesy U.S. News: If somebody who isn't already an athlete just exercises hard for a few months, they can get a 50 percent to 100 percent increase in mitochondrial density. Got that? Double your aerobic capacity in just two months. Be good to your mitochondria.

Mitochondria (Via <a href="http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/biology/bio4fv/page/mito.htm">CUNY-Brooklyn</a>.)

sandyliz said "

I'm not quite sure I understand this, but am oddly comforted by the ..." More comments...

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