Fitness Articles of the Week #55 – Endurance Lifting, Swimming Technique and Learning to Meditate

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Build more muscle and experience better pumps with only one exercise

This is the type of workout that only the very dedicated would be able to stick with. I can only imagine how tired my body would be after training one body part for so long. It sounds very interesting though. I don’t know if I’ll ever try it, but I would like to if I had more time.

Keep Your Plants Warm Over a Chilly Night with a Bucket of Water

I just might have to try out this clever trick. For me, it depends on how expensive buckets are. At least it would be a one-time purchase though and then my garden would be good to go every year.

Swimming Technique: Animations & Articles From Experts Swim Smooth

If you need to work on your swimming technique, like I do, you should check out everything this site has to offer. You can choose the type of swimmer you are and get some great info on how you can swim better.

Fitocracy’s First App Makes Fitness Tracking Competitive

This sounds like a really cool iPhone app for tracking your fitness and staying motivated. You can track activities, and in turn earn points as you do them, which allows you to “level up” and compete against other users. It sounds really cool. I have a super-old iPhone that isn’t compatible with this app, but I hope to get a new iPhone later this year, so I’ll try it out then.

No-Bean Hummus, Flax Crackers, Cucumbers

I really wish I had a Vitamix blender, because I would make this immediately. Mmmm, looks like such a delicious snack.

Remove Deodorant Stains with a Foam Brick

This is a cool trick, but I’m even more surprised at how long it took for the girl to tell us to use a foam block on the fabric. The best tips here are the links at the end of the article that tell how to remove dried stains using aspirin or baking soda.

How to Meditate Daily

Meditation is something I’ve really been wanting to get in to, and starting at two minutes per day sounds like the best way for me to get into it. Lifehacker also has a great article containing things you can do while meditating.

The Most Difficult Dinner Guest Ever: And 5 Delicious Meals To Feed Them

This is something I’m sending to everyone in my family. Yes, I’m a difficult dinner guest, lol. Nobody ever has anything for me to eat. My aunt at least tries though and usually has some frozen Boca burgers, a vegetable tray and some hummus.

Triathlon Training Plan

This is a pretty good article for a beginner wanting to do a triathlon. This post starts from the very beginning of triathlon training and covers all of the basics. I want to do a triathlon some day, but I never learned to swim as a kid so I’m still working on that. Hopefully by the end of this summer I’ll be more confident in the water.

Inverted Rows – Build Your Back Without Weights

It would be so cool to have a set of TRX straps. They’re just too expensive though, especially when I already have pretty much all of the weights I need. It would be nice to switch up my routines by mixing in a few moves like the inverted rows in this article though.

Is Foam Rolling Bad for You?

Foam rolling is painful and in most cases, when something fitness related hurts, it’s not a a good thing, but as the author of this article points out, foam rolling is an exception to that rule. Read it and learn why.

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