Yoga And Exercise

Yoga is a spiritual and physical form of exercise that has traditionally taught peace and contentment can be attained through balance. Read the rest of this entry »

Cable Biceps Curl

Using a cable machine is a great way to work the biceps muscles (in front of the upper arm), especially when you’re looking for a change from free weights. Here are two exercises to try on your home or health club cable machine – one uses a straight bar and the other uses a rope, both hooked to the machine’s pulleys. Here’s how to perform the movements correctly: Read the rest of this entry »

Like a Fine Wine

You’ve heard the old adage, ‘a fine wine gets better with time, but does that also hold true for female bodybuilders?’ Marilynn Mathis-Carle and her well-developed physique are certainly making a case for that argument. Read the rest of this entry »

Supercharge Your Diet!

After three kids, years of being overweight and tons of yo-yo diets, I finally got serious and made the commitment to lose weight! I decided that I would eat a healthy diet, begin exercising and take nutritional supplements to get me started! But with so many choices of supplements, herbs, vitamins and minerals on the market today, I was confused and didn’t know where to begin. When it came down to searching for the right supplements, I found it was a matter of separating hype from truth. Then one afternoon, a channel “surf” led me to Body By Jake’s ThermoBurn Fat-Fighting System. I haven’t felt the same way since! Read the rest of this entry »

Activity Increases Chances of Survival After First Heart Attack

Your members who have already had one heart attack should know that staying active can significantly lower their risk of death or a second heart attack. According to a study released in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, people who kept physically active after a first heart attack had a 60 percent lower risk of having a fatal heart attack or a second nonfatal heart attack than those who did not stay active. Read the rest of this entry »

Fibromyalgia Fact or Fable?

If you think you have fibromyalgia, you are not alone. Fibromyalgia affects about 5 million people in the United States. Read on to learn more about this painful disease and how you can treat it. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 4

I yelled at him to show me where we could possibly camp. He came over and we “discussed” a compromise. Wilson talked and I yelled and he finally said we could camp there. We had already paid $80.00 US to camp, which is far too much to begin with. I shook the guys hand after the said we could camp. Stan and I then set up camp, filtered water and cooked dinner. First came the soup then our usual post summit meal of mashed potatoes and gravy. The food was really good. As we were savoring our tea Wilson came over to discuss the trip, i.e. the tip. I sat there for about a half hour and told him what we thought and gave him suggestions for the future. He took them graciously. I told him to stop asking for tips early in the climb and to be better prepared. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 3

The French people left at 2am. We saw their headlamps when we were packing up our tent. I can’t believe these people climbed the wall! They all roped up and it took them a long time but they did it. I admire them greatly. We got up to the crater at around 9am. Very cool place. As usual I had my “Kick Butt” tapes on my cassette player. They really help through the tough parts. The sun was shining up here and brought much needed warmth. There are great places to ice climb with all the huge ice walls of the crater. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 2

Our first camp is beautiful. Stan and I set our tent up in a small clearing away from the porters hut. The porters use wood for their cooking fires and it tends to get really smoky if you camp nearby. After setting up camp we took a nap then found a water supply and Stan filtered water for cooking. Dinner was great! We had chicken and dumplings with apple-blueberry cobbler for dessert. The views of Kili poking through the clouds at sunset, are breathtaking! It sure does look far away from here. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 1

With the completion of this climb, my husband Stan and I have climbed the highest peaks on 5 out of the 7 continents. What follows is a journal type record of our climb in Africa. Hopefully our experiences will be helpful and guide others to a great trip such as ours. We went up the Machame route and descended on the Marangu route (the traditional tourist route). Read the rest of this entry »