Sorry guys! It has been ages since I posted my last blog. Well, my L4-L5 disc is herniated in which I am suffering from also, I have 2 bulging discs and 2 protruding disc in my cervical spine area. It has been 6 months since I stopped all my physical activities and I am focusing on my healing and I hope it will.
As a fitness enthusiast and well I may add that I took up BS Psychology though was not able to finish my study, I am thinking that having a body that looks healthy will never be enough. Having a healthy mind correlates with having a healthy body. Why did I say so?
In every sport, it would require you to think clearly, of course and without a healthy mind, can you think clearly? Having a healthy mind is a wide subject to talk about I know as it is hard to distinguish having a healthy mind when we have clutters within us that are stopping us from thinking clearly. Having a healthy mind in my own opinion is connected to what attitude, on how we adapt to distractions. Again, this subject is too wide as there are many aspects that we need to consider like psychological tests and stuff like that. Okay then, let me simplify this by, finding ways how we can think clearly. How can we think clearly? By training our brain which we can find the full article about it here: http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/bdnf-basics-7-ways-to-train-your-brain
In my own personal experience, meditation plays a very important role after every exercise. It looks odd I know sitting inside the gym or outdoor after every exercise routine that I do but, I do not mind as it is for my wellness, my goal: a healthy mind and a healthy body.
Okay, I had a training two days ago wherein I had to spar with a person taller and heavier than me. The result, blister on my left foot as a result of twisting the foot to execute round house kick and I have strain on my right foot as a result of pinning my sparring mate. Pinning is a general grappling hold used in ground fighting which is aimed to subdue by exerting superior control over an opponent and pinning the opponent to the ground. Pinning holds are also used in submission wrestling and mixed martial arts, even though the pinning hold itself is not a winning condition. I love sparring with him as he is heavier and taller than me and I am thinking that I will learn more as time goes by.
So the question, am I supposed to apply hot or cold compress? I was not able to ask my coach because I did not feel it after the training but I felt it day after the training. I went to our clinic and I was advised to apply cold compress because it is not swelling and it will help to alleviate pain and I have to take pain relievers (which will not fix the problem, right?).
So I asked some friends and it was like I administered a quick survey. I asked five friends who are nurses and three of them advised me to apply hot compress for 20 minutes, let my foot rest so that the blood flow will be cleared in that area, then after 10 minutes wrap it with bandage, and apply cold compress for 20 minutes until it feels numb then let it rest for 10 minutes and apply cold compress for 20 minutes which I did, and I feel better now (I did not take pain reliever).
They left my curiosity at play, so I did some google searches and here is what I have found: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=4483
When to Use Hot and Cold Therapy?
Heat and cold are the two most common types of noninvasive and nonaddictive pain-relief therapies for muscle and joint pain. Which one you use depends on whether the pain is new or recurring.
In general, a new injury will cause inflammation and possibly swelling. Ice will decrease the blood flow to the injury, thereby decreasing inflammation and swelling. Pain that recurs can be treated with heat, which will bring blood to the area and promote healing.
The following information can help you learn when and how to use temperature-related therapies.
What does heat therapy do?
Heat opens up blood vessels, which increases blood flow and supplies oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain in joints and relax sore muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The warmth also decreases muscle spasms and can increase range of motion. Applying superficial heat to your body can improve the flexibility of tendons and ligaments, reduce muscle spasms, and alleviate pain.
How is it applied?
Sources of heat can supply either dry or moist warmth. Dry heat sources may dry the skin. Moist heat may penetrate better. Heat can be applied by an electric or microwavable heating pad, hot water bottle, gel packs, or hot water baths. The heat should be warm, not too hot, and should be maintained at a consistent temperature, if possible. Ask your doctor or physical therapist which heat source would be best for you.
When do you use it?
Apply heat if you have stiff joints or chronic muscle and joint pain.
How can I use it safely?
Don’t apply it directly to skin. Instead, wrap the hot device in a thin towel.
Here are other tips:
Don’t apply heat for longer than 20 minutes, unless your doctor or physical therapist recommends longer.
Don’t use heat if there’s swelling. Use cold first, then heat.
Don’t use heat if you have poor circulation or diabetes.
Don’t use heat on an open wound or stitches.
Don’t lie down on a heating pad; you could fall asleep and burn your skin.
What does cold therapy do?
Cold slows down blood flow to an injury, thereby reducing pain and swelling. Cold therapy slows circulation, reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. It should be used if the area is swollen or bruised.
How is it applied?
Cold is applied by an ice or gel pack.
When do you use it?
Any cold treatment should be used for 24 to 48 hours after an injury. Cold therapy is good for sprains, strains, bumps, and bruises that may occur in sports or lifting. Apply cold packs or ice bags to injured areas for no more than 20 minutes at a time, removing the cold for 10 minutes and reapplying it again.
How can I use it safely?
Don’t apply it for longer than 20 minutes. Also, wrap ice or ice packs in a thin towel before applying.
If in doubt as to whether to apply heat or cold to an injury, call your health care provider’s office.
FOR PREVENTING MARTIAL ARTS INJURIES, you may also want to read http://fistgym.com.ph/articles/preventing-and-dealing-with-martial-arts-injuries
I was able to cut down the number of sticks a day from a pack to 10 sticks a day, then to seven and down to 5 sticks a day without any trouble. Now, I am trying to make it 3 sticks a day to keep up with my quite active lifestyle in which I am having trouble. I have this cold like sickness and there is a pain at my left lower chest. I was like, “Damn! What are these that I am feeling?” I never had problem quitting drugs abruptly and I was able to manage the cravings, tingling sensations and all of the stuff connected with abruptly quitting drugs. But, why the hell I am having problem quitting cigarettes?
I am reading some articles as of this moment and makes me think that it is quite normal and a clinic located here in Mandaluyong City offers smoking cessation program by using non-invasive medical tool, utilizing acupuncture or acupressure points but quite expensive. You have to pay around PHP 12, 0000 – PHP 15, 000 but there is a disclaimer which makes me doubt the effectiveness. Is there anyone out there can give me any idea on how to manage the side effects of quitting cigarettes?
I usually drink green tea like 1 sachet a day every afternoon on my office desk 30 minutes before taking my lunch break. Now, it came to my mind if green tea is good or bad. Well, anything that is too much is bad for you I must say. But, some people that I know will not even try drinking not even green teas.
If you are part of a very big and constantly growing religious organization like The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saint or simply known as mormons, then you will not even dare to drink tea. I was part of the church and know, guess what? I am a Luciferian. Well, I am not going to tell more about the religious dum dum here. I am having thoughts about why you should or should not drink green tea.
Let us take a look at what they call “Word of Wisdom” which can be found at their site (https://www.lds.org/topics/word-of-wisdom?lang=eng)
What is the Word of Wisdom?
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. On February 27, 1833, as recorded in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat and which substances are not good for the human body. He also promised health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom to those who obey the Word of Wisdom.
In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord revealed that the following substances are harmful:
Alcoholic drinks (see D&C 89:5-7).
Tobacco (see D&C 89:8).
Tea and coffee (see D&C 89:9; latter-day prophets have taught that the term “hot drinks,” as written in this verse, refers to tea and coffee).
When people purposefully take anything harmful into their bodies, they are not living in harmony with the Word of Wisdom. Illegal drugs can especially destroy those who use them. The abuse of prescription drugs is also destructive spiritually and physically.
The Lord also declared in the Word of Wisdom that the following foods are good:
Vegetables and fruits, which should be used “with prudence and thanksgiving” (see D&C 89:10-11).
The flesh “of beasts and of the fowls of the air,” which is “to be used sparingly” (see D&C 89:12-13).
Grains such as wheat, rice, and oats, which are “the staff of life” (see D&C 89:14-17).
To those who keep the Word of Wisdom, the Lord promised:
“All saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
“And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
“And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
“And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them” (D&C 89:18-21).
The best course is to completely avoid the substances that the Lord prohibits in the Word of Wisdom. Those who have engaged in addictive behaviors can stop and become free from addiction. Through personal effort, strength from the Lord, help from family members and friends, and guidance from Church leaders, anyone can overcome addiction.
So, are you gonna drink green tea or not? Now let us take a look at what a green tea can benefit drinkers (http://www.livestrong.com/article/180974-lipton-green-tea-benefits/) which are Immunity Boost and Healthy Heart:
Green tea may boost your immune system, helping to ward off illnesses. In a study published in the “Journal of the American College of Nutrition” in 2007, researchers gave some participants green-tea capsules twice daily and other participants a placebo. At the end of the three-month trial, 32 percent fewer subjects in the green-tea group experienced cold or flu symptoms. In addition, those taking green tea had higher levels of gammadelta T cells, which help fight infection. While green tea is not a substitute for vaccines or other medicines, drinking it might help you stay well during flu season.
A Healthy Heart
A number of studies link green tea consumption to improved heart health, according to Harvard Health Publications. While more research is needed to confirm these results, scientists have found green tea to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein — the kind of cholesterol that builds up on artery walls — as well as lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some of these studies were performed using catechin capsules, however, so Lipton green tea may not duplicate the effects.
In addition to that, it can also aid in weight loss as from what I have experienced, from 158 lbs, I am now at fluctuating from 160 lbs to 156 lbs (I guess water retention is affecting the fluctuation), by drinking green tea and of course, you should accompany it with proper diet and exercise. What is good in drinking green tea if you do not have control or discipline in eating foods that contain bad fats? It is up for you to decide if you should or you should not drink green tea. Of course, any thing that is too much is not good for your health as everything needs to be taken at certain moderation. Like what I have said, I only drink it once a day, in the afternoon at my office desk. Again, moderation is the key. Even listening to music is good, can be harmful when you are using your headphones at the loudest settings for long hours.
Myth: If you are fit you are healthy.
Fact: When you are fit it does not necessarily mean that you are healthy. Have you checked if you are getting enough macronutrients and micronutrients from your diet? Check what you are eating and to learn more, you may check this site: http://bonfirehealth.com/micronutrients-macronutrients-food-breakdown/ . Not because you look fit does not mean you are healthy bruh.
Myth: If you are fit, you are flexible.
Fact: I guess this is no brainer. Flexibility comes from a specific training. In BJJ, you are being trained to be flexible as you have to do some rolls and with wrestling as well and I know some people who looks fit yet they cannot even reach their foot while they are standing.
Myth: People who look bulky are strong.
Fact: Who said? I know some who are steroid users and not because you look fit, you are strong.
To be strong:
- Do Strength Training. Since I strongly believed that this should not be costly, have time to read more about strength training and there are so many exercises that you can do that does not require you gym membership.
- Get Enough Rest. 8 hours sleep a day is advisable and it is science. No need to provide further details about this because I am sure that you have heard or read a lot about benefits of having enough sleep.
- Eat Real Foods. Get away from food that contains high cholesterol and those foods that contain bad fats. (You can read more about good and bad fats here: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/good-fats-bad-fats)
- Have a Positive Outlook. You know the old saying that what your mind can conceive, the body can achieve? Or have you heard about “Law of Attraction”?
Want to learn more about strength training, I highly recommend this site which I am not affiliated with: Muay Thai Pros
As much as I wanted to add more to this myth and fact thingy and add more information, I cannot think of any other as of this moment. By the way, I found a gym near my place, walking distance from my apartment that would only cost Php 650.00 ($13.94) per month for unlimited visit. Will be posting a review soon…
So, a friend of mine said her legs are weak so she cannot do exercises. I had weak legs too and not to mention, I am flat footed which made it more challenging for me. Luckily, there are so many ways on how to develop strong legs. Thanks for my Muay Thai training but most of all, if you are determined enough to do so, you may try the things that will help you develop strong legs.
Start by walking 15-20 minutes a day (walking your dog is okay) and if you can jog, much better. The more you do, the more you are exercising those legs, the more they will develop. Since I am such a believer that you can achieve your fitness goals without suffering from being broke, here are some exercises aside from walking or jogging that will help you achieve strong legs (Some exercises will not only help you develop legs):
Repeat this light cardio warm-up twice before beginning the main circuit.
- March in place for 60 seconds
- Run in place for 60 seconds
- 20 seconds high knees (quickly tucking your knees as close to your chest as possible)
- 20 seconds with legs wide (slightly wider than shoulder distance apart)
- 20 seconds butt kicks (as if you are trying to kick your butt with your heels)
- Side jacks for 30 seconds
Start standing with your feet shoulder-distance apart. Step quickly to the right and do a partial squat. As you squat, raise your arms above your head. Return to the start position and repeat with the left leg. Repeat for the time duration.
- Lunge with alternate arm raises for 30 seconds
As you lunge forward with the right leg, raise your left arm. If you cannot keep your balance with your arm raised, then simply do alternate lunges.
The Circuit (50 seconds per exercise)
How to: Begin in a standing position on the left leg. Slowly lower yourself as far as you can. Push back up to return to the start position. Switch legs halfway.
Box incline pushup
How to: These can be done with your knees on the ground if you cannot do them with your legs at full extension. It is more important to have perfect form than it is to have your legs extended. Put your hands on a box and the feet on the ground. Slowly lower the chest until it is even with the hands. Push back up to return to start position.
How to: The title might say basic, but when these are done correctly, they will pump your abs up! Keep your back flat and try to prevent it arching as much as possible.
How to: Begin with feet shoulder-width apart and hands on your waist. Step the left foot backwards until the knee makes contact with the ground. Return to the start position by pushing off your left foot and returning to the start position. Switch legs halfway.
How to: Lie flat on your stomach, with your arms stretched over your head and your palms facing down. Lift your left arm and your right leg, hold briefly. Switch sides. Repeat.
How to: Begin in a sitting position with the hands facing forward on the box and feet on the ground. Slowly lower your body until the arms are at 90 degrees and then return to start.
How to: Lying on the ground with knees bent, take one leg and cross it over the other. Keep shoulders on the ground as you raise your hips up to the ceiling and slowly lower down. Switch legs halfway.
How to: Start by lying face down, with your forearms on the ground, palms facing flat on the ground. Come up on to your toes and forearms. Make sure your back stays flat with no arch or pike. Keep your abdominals tight. Hold the whole time.
Squat thrusts (aka “burpees”)
How to: Begin with feet shoulder-width apart in a standing position. Descend into a squat position and kick the legs back and bring your hands forward to create a pushup position. Once the legs come into contact with the ground, pull them back under the body and return to the standing position. To increase the difficulty, you can add a hop when you come up to standing position, and/or a pushup when you are in the high plank position.
How to: Lie on your back as if you are going to do a basic crunch. Raise your legs so they are at a 90-degree angle, with your shins parallel to the floor. Place your hands lightly behind your head, not pulling on your neck. Extend your left leg straight and bring your right knee into your chest while bringing your left elbow over to your knee. (They likely will not touch, and that’s not necessarily the goal.) Think about twisting to bring your chest to the knee, rather than your arm to avoid pulling on your neck. Alternate sides continuously for the whole segment.
Alternative Exercises (If you can’t do the list above):
Here’s the leg circuit routine that we did:
Walking lunges for the length of the basketball court
- 10+ box jumps on a 2 foot high box
- 10+ vertical jumps starting from a full squat
- 25+ 1 leg standing calve raises
- 25+ bodyweight squats on your tippy toes (i.e. aka hindu squats)
Repeat the circuit at least 3 times. If you are feeling extra energetic you can do more, but 3 times through will be a killer workout for most people.
Just to add, daily calcium intake is also helpful in developing leg muscles and avoiding fatty foods that will cause your knees suffer from uric acid which are caused by you know, fatty foods.