Now, this is old news to me, as someone who’s lived what the study was studying. But, it’s great to have an actual “study” backing up what those of us who participate, already know.
1,000 Geocachers volunteered to be part of the first ever major study of geocaching and its effect on health. The 14-month Texas A&M study called Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research(GEAR) launched in January of 2013. The first set of results from the study were presented on November 5 at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Boston.
Each of the participants were given devices to track their movement and a logbook to record their level of geocaching intensity. The first results showed the effects of regular geocaching. Researcher Whitney says, “The GEAR study has identified an association between geocaching and improved health.”
Another researcher, Garney, goes on to say, “GEAR participants who report geocaching once a week or more are more likely to meet national guidelines for physical activity and are more likely to report good or very good health status compared to those who geocache less frequently.” In addition, research showed that geocachers reported fewer days of poor physical and mental health compared to state level data.
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These findings are still preliminary, but nevertheless we’re excited about them. The study concludes in early 2014 and final data will be analyzed and presented later that year.
Any other Geocachers have the same experience? Please share yours!
In case you didn’t know (or figure it out by now), I’m a huge advocate of coconut oil.
While reading an article today on various “healthy fat” foods, it had mentioned about putting coconut oil in your coffee as an easy way to incorporate it into your morning intake.
The first article was a little vague on how to do this, but I found another article (click here) that explained it further.
Actually, let me backtrack a little and explain about fats for breakfast. There’s more and more research coming out understanding the role that fats play in our overall well being, and debunking much of the “low fat” diets that have been prevalent over the years. Much of what we were previously taught was bad for us, is in fact good for us, as we understand the roles they play. A fat isn’t just a fat anymore. According to a 2010 study in the International Journal of Obesity, a breakfast with a source of higher fat actually burned more carbs and fats throughout the day. Couple that with the other benefits of coconut oil, and it make for a heck of a kick-start to the day! For those who need further incentive, here’s a list of the health benefits of coffee (click here). And now back to our regularly scheduled program…
Anyway, it’s pretty easy. It’s adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil and mixing in a blender (or a magic Bullet in our case). The results is a coffee with a creamy appearance and a foam head like a cappuccino. The taste: not bad at all! Slightly oily taste, but since coconut oil is very palatable, it’s nothing that takes away from the coffee. As the article stated it’s a great alternative the the processed oil creamers (which are oil anyway). I think this is my new morning routine. Give it a try!
Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales. – Paul Sweeney
I often say that everyone who is serious about weight loss needs an “enough” moment; which I define as a time when something scares you enough, or shocks you into realizing that you can’t keel doing what you have been until now.
A good friend of mine recently had her “enough” moment. We talked about it before, but she never really “got it” until then. At the time she thought she was having a heart attack, and the thought of leaving her family scared the hell out of her. Fortunately all the test results were negative, but it made her realize that things had to change before the next time is for real. That was her moment. Now she’s changed her eating habits and has been exercising more. Good for her! Recently, she was expressing her frustration with her weight. She was saying that even though all of her clothes are fitting loose, the scale shows no change.
Unfortunately, we tend to use the scale as a gauge of our progress, but really it doesn’t show the whole picture. As you put on muscle and lose fat, the numbers will usually balance themselves out. The better way to track your progress is to measure loss of inches rather than loss of weight. For example; over the summer, my weight has stayed relative the same with only a minor showing of loss on the scale. However I’ve gone from being on the second-to-last notch on my belt to recently having to cut a new hole in my belt to keep my pants up (you’re welcome). As muscle is denser than fat, the same weight will have less volume. So while the scale will say the same, there should be less of you (if that makes sense).
The scale gives instant gratification from a lower number, but it’s a small part of the big picture. Don’t get discouraged, and carry on!
It finally came! Now, to set a start time and get to it! Heard lots of great stuff about it and seen some amazing testimonials. I like the idea of DDP Yoga; giving the benefits of yoga without the fluff, and with the workout I’m looking for. Finally decided to bite the bullet and get it. Doesn’t look like much, (considering what I paid) so here’s to hoping great things come in small packages!
Stay tuned for more…
Back of the “Extreme” DVD. Nice!