New Iron Supplement!

Actually I do not know how long this type of iron supplement has been on the market, but it is new to me and I liked what I heard. It is marketed by several different companies on line, you only have to type in “iron supplement blood builder”, and it will give you the list. What impressed me about this product is that it is made from plants that have iron occurring naturally without artificially adding iron to be absorbed by the plant.  Anything that is found naturally in nature has to be better and more easily absorbed by the body. I have mentioned many times the benefits of iron for those with Restless Leg Syndrome, so I like to continue to look for the best products available for us.

Just as a side note they have found that iron helps our thyroid to function better and since our thryoid helps us sleep better and maintain our weight, taking iron now has a double benefit. Besides who couldn’t use a better night sleep.

More things to think about.


Interval Training

All right, I went to Wal-Mart and for about $40, I purchased a wrist watch heart monitor. It is really pretty easy to use and seems really accurate. I have wanted to buy a heart monitor for a long time, but never really understood how it could help me in my workout. After reading a little more and actually trying one session at home, I am convinced anyone can do this. So this is how it works. You decide what kind of exercise you want to participate in; walking, running, biking/spinning, swimming, or elliptical crosstrainers. I chose the elliptical. Before you start you need to know your heart rate target. If you are a beginner and not in the best of shape take your age, subtract it from 220. 220 – 40 (age) = 180. Now multiply that by 70%.  180 x .7 = 126. If you are 40 your heart rate target should be 126. If you are in fairly good shape do the same math but multiply by .85. If you are in excellent shape multiply by .95.

Now that you have your target heart rate, do a 5 minute warm-up. Then pretend you are being chased by a wild animal and walk, run or swim as fast as you can. Do this until your heart rate reaches your target. Then slow to almost no effort at all, until you can breathe easily and there is a 30 point drop in your heart rate. Now go full tilt once more until you reach you target heart rate and then slow down again. Repeat this process until you have exercised for at least 30 minutes.  You will probably only be able to do this 7 or 8 times in that amount of time, especially if you are just beginning the program. I went through 7 cycles and was surprised at several things: one, how easy it was to accomplish; two, how fast it went; three, how tired I got, and four, how sore I was the next day. I usually am only that sore after a good workout at the gym.

I think I would recommend this to anyone. The nice thing is you can choose the type of exercise you enjoy most, so it might help you stick with it and not give up. And remember you are still burning calories many hours after you have finished the training.

Hopefully, something that might energize you.


The New Exercise Program: Interval Training

There is a new book out on interval training that I had not been aware of until my doctor mentioned it to me and began to expound on the virtues of this type of excercise. I learned some interesting things.  First, that the most important piece of equipment one can have is a heart rate monitor.  Second, that there are two types of workouts. One is an endurance class and the other is an interval class. The endurance class is for keeping our heart and lungs in shape. The interval class is for losing weight. (Now why am I talking about losing weight? Two reasons, first, how many of us in this fast food, sweets and soda drinking society hasn’t had to fight to maintain our weight; second, being over weight has to be a factor in worsening the onset of RLS. Breathing is harder, exercising is harder and I can’t help but think that all that extra weight could be effecting our circulation.) Anyway, back to the interesting facts. The third thing I learned is that interval training can help us burn calories longer than running. I was surprised at that. My doctor said that if you ran at a good pace maintaining that speed for an hour you would continue to burn calories for another 2 to 4 hours. That sounds good, but doing an interval workout for just a half an hour can help you burn calories for up to 48 hours. That seems unbelievable, but he is a very knowledgeable doctor and I am sure he is right. He gave me some more information on how to do interval training and use the heart rate monitor that I will share with you next time after I have tried it and also had a chance to look at the book that was written on it.

Heres to a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get in shape! Might it happen for all of us.