Tag Archives: Exercise

Tigard’s Outdoor Fitness Center

Fanno Creek Bridge Crossing into Dirksen Nature Park During brisk afternoon walks I often cross a pedestrian bridge in my neck of the woods.  It’s located on Tiedemann Avenue in Tigard at the North East corner of Fowler Grade School next to the track. This bridge crossing over Fanno creek is a pedestrian access point into Dirksen Nature Park.  One day after walking across the bridge I broke stride to focus on a youth doing pull-ups (more…)

Diabetes A Serious Disease

Diabetes Basics 101 – Reduce Health Risk. Last Updated:  19 January 2018 An individual with blood sugar levels outside of normal range and diagnosed as having low insulin production… and/or glucose absorption malfunction is best described as a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas allowing glucose to be absorbed by the body.  This hormone is required to stabilize & metabolize the body’s sugar.  Insulin triggers cells of the (more…)

Consumers Bilked by Fitness Pitch Half-Truths

Updated:  20 July 2017 Do you recall infomercials and advertisements where exercise gadgets and weight loss supplements, etc., promised great weight loss or muscle building results? Remember the abs flex, thigh buster and trampoline equipment and plethora of herbal supplement and dietary programs that guaranteed fat would melt away like butter.   Or the latest DVD or fitness class promoting High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT], or dance, boot camp, spinning class, or circuit-like exercise promised to be your ticket to Atlas or body beautiful status. If your familiar with these things, you’ve also noticed a celebrity, athlete or other recognized talent, or regular (more…)

Walking is a Superior Fat Burning Activity

What many people don’t know is during low-intensity aerobic exercise like walking the muscles prefer to burn fat fuel. That’s right the metabolic energy needed to walk prefers stored body fat to move the large muscles in the legs and buttocks. But those same muscles used during high-intensity aerobics exercise like running, sprinting or high intensity aerobic dance or boot camp training prefer mostly blood glucose [sugar] and stored liver and muscle glycogen fuel from carbohydrate conversion. When intense (more…)

Natural Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

Is this the secret to safe weight loss?  The answers may surprise you. Updated 22 February 2017, Marc Woodard It seems as we age and for many body fat seems to increase each year. And with that being said, a commitment to improve eating and exercise habits seem to fail miserably each year. We tell ourselves we’re going to get serious this time and lose that excess body weight once and for all.  However for many it is thought easier said than done. But you can easily (more…)

Back Pain Relief Wisdom

Don’t let back pain prevent you from exploration and activities you enjoy. Last Updated:  24 Jan 2016 The most common muscular skeletal weight bearing pain typically occur within the lower back for many.  Whereas soft tissue and bone, or musculoskeletal tissue becomes compromised.  Which include nerves, cartilage, disc, ligaments and tendons where localized swelling, soreness and aggravating and radiating pain occur. Human studies and statistics have shown low back pain will account for more sick leave and (more…)

Challenging Social Disability Expectation

Author: Marc Woodard on a 15 mile rural walk within/outside of hometown city limits Updated: 17 May 2015 I know many out there are hurting with disabling mental, spiritual and physical pain thinking there is nothing more that can be done to improve the situation. I do understand the feelings associated with loss of finances, immobility, productivity, loneliness, worth and dignity.  I’ve personally experienced these things during my own physical adversary and mobility challenge from 2003 (more…)

Monitor Fitness and Health Like a Pro

Walking beaches is great low-impact aerobic exercise activity. How to monitor and sustain healthy body weight, appearance, physical performance and fitness levels like a pro, and without spending any money. Believe it or not, if you use a weight scale and monitor two bodily vitals; blood pressure and heart rate, these measurements provide a good indicator of oxygen utilization, fat burning capacity, metabolic efficiencies and overall health condition.  There is a direct correlation between these particular vitals, fitness levels, health and (more…)