Jack Witt
Are you Hydrated enough?
More than half of our body is water. Our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because we lose water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. Your skin will look healthier and you'll have more energy when you are properly hydrated. The Mayo Clinic recently came up with a nifty formula to determine how much water we should be drinking per day: Step 1: Take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2.2. Step 2: [...]
My Personal Journey on an ancient Pilgrim Trail in Japan
For thousands of years, a venerated Shinto Buddhism shrine in the Kii mountain range of Japan has been a place to visit for millions of pilgrims. All levels of society, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the walking journey to this shrine. The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and purification. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretched across the mountainous Kii Peninsula in Western Honshu. In 2004, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were registered as UNESCO World Heritage, and a twinning program [...]
11 Remarkable Health Benefits of Fasting
Many of us are well aware of the spiritual and psychological benefits of fasting. But modern science is now confirming that fasting is beneficial to our physical health in many remarkable ways. HERE ARE 11 REMARKABLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING: 1. FASTING CAN BE A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. Studies show that fasting increases your resting energy expenditure- how quickly you burn calories at rest. It has been shown to be a more effective way to lose weight than dieting. 2. FASTING IMPROVES HEART HEALTH. Studies show that fasting decreases triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure. 3. FASTING IMPROVES [...]
Are you part of “The Resistance” in the gym?
You don't have to lift weights like you're preparing for the Olympics to reap all of the benefits of weight bearing exercise. And you don't even have to have weights, you can use your own body weight as resistance. While cardio training does burn more calories per hour, with resistance and weight bearing exercise, your metabolism is about 20% higher for the following 48 hours after resistance training. What that means is that it's kind of an "after-burn" effect from weight bearing exercises, so your body will be burning more calories for you while you are watching TV, sleeping, at [...]
Joshua Tree National Park – One of California’s True Gems
Still one of my favorite national parks in the United States, Joshua Tree sits just about a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, and is truly "other-wordly" feeling when you're there. Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley. The park offers visitors endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Depending on the number of hours you [...]
The Don’t list for the next time you’re in the Gym
Here's 5 "don'ts" to keep in mind the next time you are at the gym. 1. Don't try to strike up a conversation with somebody behind you while jogging or running (or even walking) on a treadmill. I saw somebody once fall off, tumble and end up about 5 feet away from the treadmill they were running on by trying to strike up a conversation with somebody behind them while they were jogging on the treadmill. Stay focused on your treadmill cardio and keep your eyes and head forward at all times.  2. Don't wear cologne or perfume while you're [...]