TechGenix FitITproNews

Vol. 02, #235 - September 05, 2018 - Issue #0050

FitITproNews: The car wash workout

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Editor's Corner

Want to have a good workout without hitting the weights or going to the gym? Yesterday I decided to wash our BMW myself instead of taking it to the cleaners, and while my main goal was to save a few tens of bucks it turns out I got an extra benefit out of washing it: some exercise!

Think about it. You have to fill buckets of soapy water and carry them out to the car. Then you need to sponge away all the greasy dirt and grime that sticks in various hard-to-reach places which involves reaching over, bending down, squatting, and so on. Then you need to rinse everything well with a hose. And then you need to start drying off everything with some towels, and doing it fast! If you don't dry your car quickly you'll end up with water spots making it look like you were out recently driving in the rain. Then you want to lay down a nice coat of wax and buff it until it shines.

Well guess what? That's about an hour of pretty good exercise, especially on a hot day. Afterwards your arms will be tired (one of them anyways) and your hips may be sore from bending and squatting so much. But you'll feel good afterwards -- and your car will look good too. 

What I'm saying is simply that ordinary household and workplace activities can augment and sometimes even replace a gym workout. For example, once a week we have half a dozen 5 gallon jugs of water delivered to our offices, each of which weighs more than 40 lbs. When the water arrives I sometimes take a break from what I'm working on and go down and carry the jugs -- two at a time -- up three flights of stairs. In fact on occasion I've even carried them back down and up again if I missed my morning workout and can spare 15 minutes for some exercise and boy, does that ever help me work up a sweat!

Yard work and gardening are also good forms of everyday exercise you might consider getting interested in instead of simply hiring a yard-care company or buying your tomatoes from the supermarket. Painting your house either inside or outside is another way of working out both your arms but also your back and core, for even though you need to work slowly to do a good job, the steady arm work requires you keep your core tense at all times. 

In my father's generation manual labor was still a common part of most people's lives, both men and women. We've lost much of the fitness benefit of doing such labor in our modern, seat-bound technological world. So instead of taking a walk to the local drugstore we drive there instead, saving us time but costing us gas and missing opportunity to exercise our leg muscles which are the most important muscles in our bodies to exercise. We even go golfing three times a week and get lots of exercise for our legs doing so, but gee whiz are golf memberships ever expensive!!

I'm not saying we should return to chopping wood to make a fire to cook bannock or washing our clothes on rocks beside a river. I simply feel that manual labor, especially at home, can bring benefit both our bodies and our minds. Repairing and maintaining something ourselves saves us money, makes us use our muscles, and brings us psychological benefits of satisfaction. It also slows our lives down by filling our time, and it can help us reduce our caloric intake by keeping our attention away from eating. 

What kinds of manual work do you enjoy doing that might help you lose some of that IT pro fat and become as lean as your dad (or granddad) was in his day? Send in your thoughts on this subject to share with other readers of our newsletter by emailing me at [email protected]

Cheers,

Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
FitITproNews.com 

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Please read our full disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter.  

Exercise of the week - VIDEOS

The other day I had to lift a heavy rock (about 40 kg) and carry it across our yard for better landscaping placement. Afterwards I found this video:

Heavy Rock & Carry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_yKCgDwSM

Just be sure to wear steel-toed boots when you do TRY like this!!!

The toolbox

>> Got any fitness products or services you'd like to recommend to our readers? Email us at [email protected]

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Brute Force sandbags are heavy duty workout sandbags for fitness, exercise & CrossFit with adjustable weights:

https://www.amazon.com/Brute-Force-Sandbags-Athlete-Sandbag/dp/B079J5V45V/

RUNFast Adjustable Weighted Vest is a great way to add resistance to your workout:

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Mir Womens Adjustable Weighted Vest is designed to let you breathe easy and train hard:

https://www.amazon.com/Mir-Womens-Adjustable-Weighted-10lbs/dp/B002SCWD7Q/

Mailbag

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Bob Hunt a Systems Administrator based in Connecticut, USA sent us the following links for readers interested in learning more about keto dieting:

Hey Mitch, sent you a letter last month about my success with KETO. I believe I also may have mentioned to watch a documentary called "Fat Head":

https://youtu.be/evcNPfZlrZs

It is available on Amazon Prime, you should watch the Director's Cut if possible, the above link is for the regular movie on YouTube. I think they charge to watch the Director's cut

I also found another you may want to watch called "The Magic Pill":

https://youtu.be/Z_eNNcEIbQU

And if you really want to see some results, on Facebook, join some KETO groups like:

  • Ketogenic Success
  • The Low Carb Life

People are usually posting their success stories. The transformations are usually quite amazing.

Enjoy, Bob

Pro Corner - Mark Bell

Mark Bell is the founder of Super Training Gym, Power Magazine and the inventor of the Sling Shot. He is also a pro powerlifter who has totaled 2601 at 275. Mark can be found on Twitter @MarkSmellyBell

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Product of the Week

Configuring Dell EMC VNX and VNXe with Veeam

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In this webinar, storage and virtualization expert, Rick Vanover from Veeam, will explain the integration with EMC VNX and VNXe hybrid storage arrays: how to get additional free recovery options with Veeam, reduce the impact of taking a backup on VMware environments, and configure a custom snapshot schedule on the VNX or VNXe.

Watch now.

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Editorial Team

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of FitITproNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud technologies. He has written numerous articles and whitepapers and has authored or been series editor of more than 50 books for Microsoft Press. Mitch also successfully made the transition from being a typical "fat IT pro" to becoming fit by losing almost 50 lbs through a combination of resistance training, cardio exercises, and proper nutrition. Mitch's passion with FitITproNews is to help other IT pros do what he has been able to accomplish by sharing his personal story and lessons learned.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of FitITproNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. She is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program. Ingrid is also committed to personal fitness and is a believer in clean eating and proper supplementation for optimal health and longevity.

Mitch and Ingrid are also the editors of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. For more information about Mitch and Ingrid see their website.

Disclaimer

This newsletter is designed for informational purposes only and the health and fitness information presented in it are based solely upon the personal experience of its editors and of any guests or readers who contribute content to it. Nothing in this newsletter is intended to be or should be construed to be professional medical, fitness, or nutritional advice. Always consult a physician or other health care professional before starting an exercise or nutrition program to determine if it is appropriate for your personal needs. Do not follow any of the suggestions in this newsletter if your physician or other health care professional advises against doing so. If you are exercising or dieting or taking supplements and experience any dizziness, faintness, pain, or shortness of breath, you should stop immediately and seek medical help. The use of any information presented in this newsletter is solely at your own risk.

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