Showing posts with label spring training 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring training 2013. Show all posts

Good News: Less May Be More When It Comes To Exercise

Friday, February 15, 2013

At least that's what a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham determined.  According to the results published in Exercise & Science in Sports & Medicine, four workouts a week might be the sweet spot.

The New York Times puts the findings in layman's terms.

        "We think that the women in the twice-a-week and four-times-a-week groups felt more energized and physically capable" after several months of training than they had at the start of the study, says Gary Hunter, a U.A.B. professor who led the experiment. Based on conversations with the women, he says he thinks they began opting for stairs over escalators and walking for pleasure. 

       The women working out six times a week, though, reacted very differently. "They complained to us that working out six times a week took too much time," Dr. Hunter says. 
       Rather, they felt pressed for time and reacted, it seems, by making choices like driving instead of walking and impatiently avoiding the stairs" 

Just from my experience, I've found the less is more approach to be more effective.  When I was training for marathons, I gained weight because I ate more and was so tired that I was pretty much a sloth the rest of the day.  When I exercise too much during the week, say six times, the workouts aren't the highest quality.  There's can be a "going through the motions" aspect to them.

My sweet spot is around five workouts a week with one of those five being a simple power walk with the family.  That's something any of us can do.  The workouts don't have to be long ones either.  30-45 minutes of quality exercise.  I did just that this Friday morning with one Texas Rangers executive before our day began at spring training. 

Workout Wednesday: Getting Workouts Done on the Road, Even at Spring Training

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's happened.  I'm multitasking way too much.  I'm writing this blog post as I log an interview with Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish following his first workout of the season in Surprise, Arizona.  His is an interview that has a bit of "downtime" because he still uses a Japanese interpreter and answers his question in his native tongue.

But the whole multitasking thing is good when you're trying to squeeze in a workout.  This actually came up in a conversation with Elf & Slater on the 105.3 the Fan Radio this morning from Surprise.  These days at spring training are packed.  We must be at the Rangers clubhouse at 8am to get pre-workout interviews.  We don't wrap up until around 930pm in the evenings.   There is little downtime but that doesn't mean I have to forgo exercise.  It's all about fitting it in when I can.  These are lessons you can incorporate into your busy day, too.

One thing I make sure to do is walk everywhere, even if it's inefficient.  I take the long way to get places just so I am moving.  I also squeeze in pushups, situps, dips and squats.  Wednesday morning, I did 100 ab exercises and 50 pushups.  Tonight I will do some squats, dips and lunges.  This is a segmented version of my Quickie Workout that you can do anywhere at any time.

I also use my iPad and do a yoga or pilates workout that's been downloaded.  If I get a free hour at night or at crackthirty in the morning, I will hit the hotel gym.  They key, to paraphrase Nike, is to just do it. 

Getting in some exercise is a vital to our mental health as it is to our physical wellbeing.  In fact, I find it MOST important to stick to an exercise regime particularly when I am super-busy.  I'm more focused and do a better job when I've had that chance to decompress and get the blood flowing. 

Workouts are particularly important when the famous Cookie Lady is here with her wonderful treats.  This morning I sampled Mench's Munchie's named after former Ranger Kevin Mench.  These are Ritz crackers filled with peanut butter and covered in chocolate almond bark.  Very good. 

San Jose del Cabo's Flora Farm is Beyond Baja Fresh

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

As I'm delayed on a rainy Dallas morning while waiting to go to Phoenix to cover Rangers spring training (for more on what I am looking forward to seeing in Surprise, read the Monday Memo) I'm longing for some quality beach time. 

Cabo San Lucas is always a perfect, easy getaway from Dallas.  In fact, I helped a Rangers executive with a Cabo itinerary for himself and his wife after the 2012 season.  On that list, and many subsequent lists for friends, was Flora Farms.  This is a wonderful restaurant that is worth the bumpy drive.  Much of their produce is grown onsite and their seasonal menu is outstanding.  In addition to their unique restaurant, they have a great market.

February's Travel + Leisure elevates Flora Farms from the hidden gem category to hotspot noting that "dinner is booked months in advance by in-the-know travelers (chef Thomas Keller and George Clooney are fans)."  

Okay, so I didn't encounter Clooney, Keller or a lengthy wait at dinner on my multiple visits.  What we did find was a delicious vegetable plate, excellent meats, amazing cocktails, fresh salsa and a half dozen friendly dogs more than happy to take your table scraps.

This is beautiful Baja Sur California dining at its best.   It's also a wonderful experience for kids.  My daughter, Jordan, enjoyed walking through the orchards.  If you're headed to the Cabo San Lucas area, definitely pay Flora Farms a visit.