Dec 15, 2011

Get the right idea!

I want to share some things that are misunderstood. Some of these are still talked about like they are just common sense facts when in fact they are wrong. For now I will only share a couple.

1. Lactic acid is what makes your muscles sore.

This is probably one of the most popular myths that still drums around the fitness world. It is true that lactic acid will become present during certain exercises, but it is not what makes your muscles sore. Your muscles are sore from tiny micro tears that formed from the muscle being used more than what it is used to.
I cannot tell you how fast someone loses credibility in my eyes when they are “supposed” experts and this myth rolls off their tongue. Many of us (me included) have heard this from talented athletes, coaches, or the local shoe store salesman who really doesn’t know what they are saying. When coming from such. it is more forgivable. However, those who have taken any physiology courses on muscle know better and should not make this mistake. That being said, means that stretching, massaging, or other things have other purposes besides helping to push out the lactic acid. They serve by helping your muscles recover.

2. Running will kill your knees.

This is one of those things that you hear and think nothing of it. Many people have claimed that they cannot run because they just have bad knees. For some this is true, and others it isn't. That is what makes this myth tricky. When mentioning this I am discussing those who fear that the act of running is going to grind their knees into oblivion. I used to have achy knees when I first started running and thought that I should take up a different exercise. However, over time I noticed as my legs became stronger, my knees no longer became an issue. Here is a link (click here) to a story that was broadcasted on NPR that goes into better detail about this subject. Check it out!

Hopefully this may help clear up reservations about not exercising. There are other myths out there, but they can be discussed later.
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Dec 6, 2011

A little mis hap

This past week my neighborhood (Davis County Utah) has been dealing with high winds. We had a strong one come through that knocked out the power for a day, and many beautiful mature pine trees came tumbling down. As if the smog around here doesn’t get bad enough in the winter, we had to witness these massive beautiful trees get torn down. 


A couple days later a possible storm was coming and the town was put on alert. This set everyone into motion to clean up any loose debris that could become problematic. I went to a church water well to fill up some water jugs to have on hand. The tap water was working, but this well water tastes so much better!

When I pulled up to the well a black impala was parked just adjacent to it with 2 people sitting inside on their cell phones. I backed up my car up to the well and opened up my trunk to get out the jugs. When I turned on the well a man holding a bow saw approached me, and angrily told me that he was already there and should be allowed to go ahead of me. Since I had already begun filling one of my jugs I told him that I would not be very long. When the first jug filled up I placed a second one to fill while I put the first one in the trunk. While I was walking away the man moved my jug and started to open his up. I told him that he needed to wait his turn, and than we exchanged some more angry words at each other. While I was pulling out the 3rd jug of my trunk my left eye brow was greeted by the handle of his bow saw. I immediately went after him, but he darted back to his car and drove off.

When I got in my car my nose was bleeding and the left side of my face was covered in blood. Luckily when I cleaned up my face I saw that the cut was very small and that my nose did not show any signs of being broken. So the moral is….well…. when its time to panic, don’t! Exercise reduces stress and can help you remain calm in stressful situations, so get moving!
 As you can see by this photo that was taken a day later, things really were not as bad as I thought they were.