Sunday, April 24, 2011

Krispy Kreme Donuts are Actually Good For You?

Okay, Krispy Kreme donuts may not actually be a health food but they could be a healthy choice when compared to the alternatives.  Donuts are definitely one of my vices and I broke down and bought some last night (and ate two of them).  This was the first time I have had a donut in quite some time.  I'm down to one donut or less per month so I feel I am doing pretty good.

But donuts as a healthy snack alternative?  Well, if you're going to eat a donut, then pick one with the least negative impact.  It would appear that there are lower fat, sugar, and calorie alternatives.  I had to read the article that popped up in front of me from Yahoo! when I closed my Yahoo! Mail.  "8 Best Supermarket Sweets" by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding from Men's Health Eat This, Not That fame states that the Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut only has 190 calories, 11 g fat, and 10 g sugars compared to others with much higher fat and sugar content.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Why Does A 50 Year Old Male Have A Health Blog?

Mostly because I am 50 years old.  Well, almost, I will be on my next birthday.  I'm definitely not getting younger but with some effort, I can see myself getting fitter and living better.  I have had some health issues in the last decade, most notably hypertension, high cholesterol, and cataracts.

So what am I doing about it.  Well, I started exercising, eating better, and generally trying to live better.  Of course, its not always easy.  I've developed a sedentary lifestyle and I love baked goods.  Guess I'm a carb junkie as well as a bit of a computer geek.  All of this from someone who grew up on a farm and did a hitch in the Army.

So I'm walking more, standing more (increasing my body movements), and intending on spending more time on the Wii.  I should start jogging but maybe a bicycle would be easier to start with.  My joints aren't what they used to be.  And with spring starting, it won't be long before I can spend some time in the swimming pool.

As far as my workout goes, I've been doing a combination of things, not one set workout regimen.  Some of what I do was learned in elementary school, some in high school, some in the Army, and the rest from a combination of TV exercise shows and books, or websites, on fitness.  There are some great workout programs out there and I would love to profile some of them here.  So we'll see how that goes.

Most of what I do tends to be stretching and range of motion exercises.  I spend a lot of time on these, working on my flexibility and joint strength.  I've come a long way but have further to go.  I need more cardio and strength training and to work on my endurance.  I started out last year with mostly upper body with some lower body, then started concentrating more on the lower body.

Working a lot on my core now and have seen improvement there.  Now if I could lose more belly fat I might start working on a six-pack.  Of course, taking a few months off in the latter part of last year didn't really help.  But I have learned a lot and hope to impart some of that knowledge to others through this blog.  I'm thinking I want to take a look at interval training and see what its all about.

I'm not a professional trainer by any means (this should be evident so far) and am not a fanatical health nut either.  I just want to improve my quality of life and share some of my research and observations with others.  I love to meet new people and am looking forward to making friends with like-minded individuals.

So, if you're interested in health, family, finance, or generally improving yourself and your quality of life, feel free to tag along.  Hopefully I can come up with some topic of interest to you, and maybe even provide a little entertainment and education along the way.  All comments and personal insights are welcome and encouraged.  So please feel free to add your two cents worth.  Live long and prosper.

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