1. Walking boosts your mood even when you’re not expecting it. In a recent study, researchers conducted three experiments on hundreds of college students to find out if they’d experience a positive mood boost while walking, without knowing that walking could be the reason. The researchers disguised each experiment as an alleged test of something else, all the while tracking mood changes linked to the simple act of taking a stroll. They found that just 12 minutes of walking resulted in an increase in joviality, vigor, attentiveness and self-assurance versus the same time spent sitting.
I didn’t go see “Captain America: Civil War” opening weekend as crowds aren’t my favorite – and I did have some other obligations. But I went last night. I was nervous about how they were going to deal with the idea of “registering” people with powers (as we’ve seen in the ABC TV Show, “Marvel: Agents of Shield” (which does run in some fashion as a companion to the Marvel films). The film focuses more on The Avengers; than “inhumans” or people with powers – specifically. The idea is that the United Nations wants to control The Avengers – determining when/if they are needed and calling the shots. The United Nations wants to bring them to heel; they are simply too powerful without a leash.
IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE AND DO NOT WISH TO BE SPOILED, STOP READING. I AM GOING TO BE TALKING DETAILS HERE.
I did get in some great walks this week (AND this morning too). I didn’t mean to skip the posting this week, but there is a lot going on – so I was just busier than normal. Anyway, my hope is there may be 1 or 2 people that may read this and be inspired by another older/heavier person enjoying walking and looking to be healthier as we get older (and NOT heavier!). This post is for YOU!
Try reading that title in a pirate accent would ya? That is the only reason for the horrible grammar. Thanks!
So this morning, I made myself sleep in an extra hour and THEN I got up and went for another walk. AGAIN I spent a few minutes stretching my lower legs a bit more to help curb any possible shin/tendon pain. (Huge success – and I will never go out for a walk again without taking the time to stretch – and neither should you.) Here is the recap photo of my walk this morning.
So after taking a few days off, I got back to my walks tonight. I am happy to report that I did not experience any shin/tendon pain today. I did start off slowly, and kept my walk relatively short (2.32 miles) AND I did some stretches for a few minutes prior. Seems to have made all the difference in the world. Thank goodness! The rain did arrive today and may still be here tomorrow; so we’ll see if I get a walk in tomorrow morning.
That was today’s photo. I’m not sure why my fitbit share decided to rotate the image, but I’ll deal with it. I actually think it’s due to the fact that I took the image at a 4:3 ratio rather than 16:9. Anyway, during today’s walk I listened to a podcast instead of music. Today’s choice was “Sorry not Sorry w/Jenna Kim Jones”. It’s a lovely sweet profanity free podcast by Jenna Kim Jones and her husband Allan Moss. I discovered Jenna via Alison Rosen’s podcast, “Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend” – which is one of my very favorite podcasts. Anyway, look up Jenna Kim Jones here.
I spent a little bit of time culling through some of MyFitnessPal’s forum today just to get some insight and inspiration. I want to make sure that I have the right caloric intake for tracking. It does strike me as a little odd that I can have the same weight loss goal at both MyFitnessPal and Fitbit – with the same stats listed – and yet they will have different caloric intakes listed. I do have to force myself to be as honest as possible when tracking foods and lately I’ve started weighing/measuring portions again. It really is the only way to be as close to accurate as possible. Never fear there is NO chance of my starving myself here; I simply like food too much. I’m take great care to eat better in general (mostly limit the eating out and bringing snacks/desserts into the house) and make sure I’m getting enough calories to fuel the walks. But I also am tracking. I NEED to lose as well as get healthier and fitter.
I wrote a bulleted post today over at my Tumblr page about this weeks “Arrow”, “Flash”, and “Legends of Tomorrow”. The link may still be showing up in my Tumblr RSS feed to the right, but it’s also (here) “CW TV Round Up May 6th”.