Efren Martinez – Modestoview https://www.modestoview.com The Independent Guide to the Modesto Area Since 1997 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:21:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 87300716 FitView: Find Your Own Fitness https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-find-your-own-fitness/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:19:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=25407 FitView: Find Your Own FitnessBy Efren Martinez There are so many choices when it comes to physical fitness. Quite often I get several emails in regards to what other options if I don’t or cannot swim, bike or run. Maybe the 3 I just mentioned don’t work for you as they once did before. My […]]]>

FitView: Find Your Own Fitness
By Efren Martinez

There are so many choices when it comes to physical fitness. Quite often I get several emails in regards to what other options if I don’t or cannot swim, bike or run. Maybe the 3 I just mentioned don’t work for you as they once did before. My advice is to step back and remove yourself from the normal and quite often the go-to fitness routines. As we age so do our bodies and we must learn to adapt our fitness plan to them. Perhaps we were once able to run or even ride our bikes for long periods of time. Possibly an injury or age no longer allows us to do that anymore.

I always try to recommend other forms of physical fitness that don’t involve so much impact on our bodies. Why not try Yoga, Pilates or even Taichi. If you’re looking to get back into fitness and those don’t work out for you I’d invite you to explore other options. How about joining a baseball or basketball team. Joining a team is not only a healthy alternative but it allows you to practice working with others to achieve your goals. If that still doesn’t sound like your game, I’d invite you to think back and remember the days when you were more athletic. Look back and try to remember what physical fitness activities you enjoyed or even might have been pretty good at it in high school. Getting back to physical fitness that you once enjoyed while you were a student is a good start. Give it a go! Some more options would be Golfing, playing Frisbee, 4 Square, Tennis, Tether Ball, Racquet Ball or simply playing catch with a football or baseball.

For myself, it’s not hard to remember some of the fitness activities I did after high school. My buddies and I stayed in contact with each other by forming games at the park such as 3 flys up with a Frisbee. We also liked to get together at night and form games of tag. Silly as it sounds it was really quite a workout. We would pick any given playground at a park and the rules were that we couldn’t leave the sandbox area. Mind you we always got pretty roughed up playing 3 flys up and tag but one thing was for sure, we always got quite a workout. I guess the bottom line is don’t be afraid to try something different when it comes to physical fitness. After all, any kind of physical fitness is better than none.        
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FitView: Summer Fitness Family Fitness https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-summer-fitness-family-fitness/ Mon, 05 Jul 2021 15:33:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=25236 FitView: Summer Fitness Family Fitness
By Efren Martinez

Summer came roaring back along with our State re-opening. Although we may not be out of this global pandemic entirely, our State and County are able to enjoy some of the loosened rules. This is due to your diligence and good behavior in following the Covid restrictions and getting vaccinated. It’s been a long time coming and I’m happy it’s now happening as we enter into the hottest part of the year.

I for one can’t work out wearing a mask. I’d pass out from breathing in my own C02. Thankfully the rules have changed and many of us can now go without a mask in many places of businesses, including most gyms. Timing is everything and as the summer sizzles it’s best to move your workouts indoors. It is just too hot to workout outside in the summer unless you start your workout at the crack of dawn. Another concern from working out outside is the air quality. Last summer we had the worst air because of all those wildfires. Although I sure hope we do not have a repeat of last year’s wildfires our States extreme drought conditions make it an unfortunate possibility. So let’s keep our workouts safe and healthy with workouts as much as possible indoors. Many gyms are offering specials right now for you to join or even come back.

If you decide that outdoor fitness is for you please remember the sunscreen, stay continuously hydrated, avoid working out in the hottest part of the day and be mindful of how your body is reacting to the heat. Knowing the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion can save your life. Unlike heat exhaustion, a heat stroke requires immediate medical attention. Someone experiencing heatstroke may have a headache, confusion, no sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea or vomiting and may lose consciousness. If heatstroke is suspected it is vital to take the following steps. Move to an air-conditioned place, take a cold shower or using cold compresses, drink plenty of fluids, remove tight or extra clothing layers. If your symptoms continue or worsen, seek medical attention right away. One of the best ways I personally know to quickly bring down the body’s temperature is to apply cold packs directly under your armpits.

Another mindful note is to please remember not to take your pets for a walk anytime the temperature is over 80 degrees. Quite often we think it’s OK because even when the outdoor temperature is a pleasant 77 degrees for a walk, the street payment can be as hot as 125 degrees or more. Your pet’s paws are susceptible to 1st and 2nd-degree burns. Another simple way to tell whether or not the pavement is too hot for your dog to walk on is to put your bare hand on it and try to hold it there for 10 seconds. If it is too hot for you to keep your hand on for 10 seconds or longer it is too hot for your dog to walk on. Let’s stay safe and mindful this summer for ourselves and our pets while we work out and work off those shelter in place extra pounds.


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FitView: Strength Train Yourself Into Happiness https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-strength-train-yourself-into-happiness/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:44:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24611 FitView: Strength Train Yourself Into Happiness.
By Efren Martinez

Like many of you, I too have not been totally immune from this pandemic. Yes, some days are better than others. The biggest challenge I’ve experienced is not being able to DJ and entertain you. At times it can be quite heavy on my mind with thoughts of being forgotten about. A feeling of no need for us, in my industry, right now. I’m sure many in our business, like musicians, dancers, photographers, event planners and sound engineers, have also had similar feelings. Yes, our entertainment industry has been shut down now for a year because of Covid 19 restrictions and for good measure.

As a God-loving man, I wouldn’t want my business to be tied to a super spreader event or even worse have it on my conscience that I was part of the death of anyone because I chose profits over people. Thoughts like this have made it a bit harder to keep my mind healthy and happy on certain days. I long to go back to work and DJ/Entertain you at your Schools’ dances, Weddings, Fitness Events and even at our city’s fantastic 4th of July parade. I have worked to find an amazing way to help overcome these uncertain sad feelings. As many of you know I am a Tri-athlete. I love to swim, bike and run! Training outdoors has been exceptionally healthy for my soul. I truly recommended it. The sunshine and the fresh air have been a great way to break up my days of unemployment.

Honestly, I realized I am training nearly 24 hours a week to get faster with no race insight just didn’t make sense anymore. It’s a sure bet that Triathlons won’t be coming back perhaps until next year so I decided to flip the switch and start strength training even more. A lot more. Soon after not only did I start to see my body change from a super slender runner type to a 32-inch waist and a 42-inch chest “V-Shape.” I also started to see huge improvements in my mental well being and sleep. Curious about knowing why I did some research and found that when we strength train a chemical reaction develops in our brain called Serotonin. Serotonin is an important brain chemical that improves mood, as well as improves your sleep/wake cycle. This is also why many of the prescription medications that are prescribed for depression help increase the Serotonin levels in the brain. As many of my friends know I am an Anti-Meds kind of person and prefer to always go natural first. This “Strength Training” thing was really starting to become my new thing. Furthermore, it also provides a certain level of dopamine in my brain, although not nearly as much, as what a runner would experience as a “runners high.” Just the same I’ll take it all. I still keep up with my outdoor fitness but increasing my strength training has not only improved my mood it has given me that Super Hero kind of body.
Friends, you can achieve this too even if you don’t have a gym to go to or free weights right now. I’d recommend using your own body’s weight along with gravity for strength training. Some of the 3 simplest exercises you can do are pushups, sit-ups and pull-ups. Start off slow with these strength training exercises. As you go gradually move up to lifting dumbbells, then motorcycles, followed by cars and then by lifting houses. Giggles! Pardon my humor it must be the Serotonin flowing through my brain because I just finished strength training myself into happiness. Cheers to your health, mentally and physically!
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FitView: Vaccinated and No Side Effects https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-vaccinated-and-no-side-effects/ Tue, 02 Feb 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24065 FitView: Vaccinated and NO Side Effects  By Efren Martinez This month’s FitView has less to do with fitness and more so with what’s on most peoples mind when it comes to getting vaccinated. Just recently, my wife, who fell under those in the first phase category, was vaccinated with the Pfizer’s Covid 19 vaccine. Soon […]]]>

FitView: Vaccinated and NO Side Effects  
By Efren Martinez

This month’s FitView has less to do with fitness and more so with what’s on most peoples mind when it comes to getting vaccinated. Just recently, my wife, who fell under those in the first phase category, was vaccinated with the Pfizer’s Covid 19 vaccine. Soon after, many of her friends wanted to know if she had any side effects. My elderly parents, who also fell under the first phase, got their vaccine. They were among some of the seniors who received the Moderna vaccine.  

I’m happy to say that my wife had zero side effects after being vaccinated. In fact, after working all day, she got vaccinated and came home and made dinner. We then went on our big monthly grocery shopping trip to get home very late and put it all away. Her vaccination day was quite full, and so was her weekend. The following day she cleaned the entire house and ended her day by stuffing 22 bell peppers. On the third day of being vaccinated, she visited her dad only to come home later that night to make and freeze a mound of meatballs. The vaccine proved safe for my wife, and the only discomfort she experienced was a sore muscle from where the injection was administered. She compared her injection experience to the same as getting a Tetanus shot. In any case, that soreness went away after a day. Make no mistake; my supportive “Team Efren” loving wife is a  Wonder Woman! I owe that to her will on living a clean and healthy life.

For my elderly and disabled parents, they too had zero side effects from their Moderna Covid 19 vaccine. The following day they carried on as any other day. My father cared for his birds, and my mother stayed as bossy as ever. Friends, I’m sharing this experience with you for those who still might be on the fence about being vaccinated.

I understand your concerns.  It’s also important to mention that I have not yet been vaccinated and will do so when it’s my turn. I’m still not too excited about putting something that isn’t natural into my body, but as I’ve said in last months FitView, this is way bigger than me. It’s about our community back to the way was before Covid 19. Yes, I’m taking one for the team, and I am taking one for my community.  

I recommend you consult with your own doctor if you have any concerns or allergies before getting the vaccine. Regardless, continue to practice the healthiest lifestyle you can. Eat a well-balanced diet, take your daily vitamins, that would especially include zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C. Continue to build up your immune system with moderate exercise, plenty of good sleep and stop stressing on what we can’t control. In fact, stop stressing completely and give your worries to God.        
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On a side note, I think it’s important to remember that even after one receives their first vaccination shot, your immunity is “NOT” instantaneous. Just like the flu shot, it takes at least 3 weeks for your body to build up its immunity against the virus. Even after one receives their second covid vaccination, it will take a few more weeks to achieve the vaccine’s full effect. I’m mentioning this because I informed and educated my elderly Hispanic parents the importance of how vaccines work. Many in my culture were not aware of this and thought it was OK to toss away their mask. So friends, please remember that even after you get your first and even your second vaccination, we must all still keep wearing our mask.  We should continue to socially distant and wash our hands. The truth is we won’t be fully immune from the virus until most of our society gets vaccinated.   

 
 
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FitView: Vaccinate Your Fitness 2021 https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-vaccinate-your-fitness-2021/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 17:50:48 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24025 FitView: Vaccinate Your Fitness 2021By Efren Martinez As we enter into 2021 I know we all are looking forward to a brighter and better New Year. One of the most exciting and promising parts of the New Year is the Covid 19 vaccine. It will save lives and is the start of getting us back […]]]>

FitView: Vaccinate Your Fitness 2021
By Efren Martinez

As we enter into 2021 I know we all are looking forward to a brighter and better New Year. One of the most exciting and promising parts of the New Year is the Covid 19 vaccine. It will save lives and is the start of getting us back to our normal pre-pandemic life. As many of my friends know my nutrition and well being is one of the most important parts of what makes me, me. I personally have never been one to be excited about putting anything into my body that wasn’t natural. I don’t eat fast food and I avoid processed foods along with sugar and salt. You won’t find butter on my dining room table. When it comes to medications both my wife and I always prefer to go the natural way to healing if possible. Thus far it’s worked out very well. In my world, I’ve always known that eating a well balanced diet along with taking my daily vitamins has not only kept me out of the doctor’s office but has helped ironclad my immune system. I haven’t had a cold or been seriously sick in nearly 20 years. I owe this to living a healthy natural way of life along with fitness.

I try to do my very best to take care of myself. This would include me doing one of my not so favorite things, getting a flu shot every year. Although it’s not something I enjoy, I do it to protect myself and the ones I love because I know it’s good for me. For many, the choice to get the flu shot is a personal choice of course. As last year showed many stepped up and decided to get the flu shot more than ever before. Soon many of us will be given the choice to get vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus. I am thrilled that we now have an end in sight from this deadly pandemic that has crippled the world we live in. Some may have reservations about putting something so new in their body. I do as well, but I also believe and trust in science. I’m treating this vaccination as I would if I was going to get a flu shot. In short, I’m taking another one for the team for the greater good of the human race. Having studied some on how vaccines work through online research, I’ll look to change my way of life for the next few days after I get vaccinated. First and foremost I will not exercise for at least two to three days after I get vaccinated. Rest is so important to the body. The body not only heals when we sleep, but it also helps rebuild muscle and fights off disease. This is why it’s so important for me to get good sleep and continue to eat right along with keeping up on my daily regiments of vitamins. So when my turn comes to get the vaccine I am ready.

Friends at this point I’d ask you to join me in taking one for the team if vaccines aren’t something you’re crazy about. Of course, before you do check with your doctor if you have any existing allergies or concerns. My friends 2020 was challenging for us all. I’m so looking forward to not only seeing you this year but also Entertaining you as your Quake Mobile DJ.

Happy New Year friends, I love you all.
Efren j
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FitView: Get the Balance Right https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-get-the-balance-right/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:54:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23880 FitView: Get the Balance RightBy Efren Martinez Get the balance right “Fitness & Food” Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. This is my favorite time of the year! The smell of wood-burning in a fireplace along with all those yummy baked goods in the oven. This also being the two times a year that I personally […]]]>

FitView: Get the Balance Right
By Efren Martinez

Get the balance right “Fitness & Food”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. This is my favorite time of the year! The smell of wood-burning in a fireplace along with all those yummy baked goods in the oven. This also being the two times a year that I personally let somewhat loose with my nutrition. On my Birthday I always indulge with my favorite a brownie alamode and during Christmas, I look forward to being the taste tester for my wife’s Christmas cookies. A very important job since it’s up to me to make sure the cookies taste good and yummy.

I know what your thinking. How is this going to help you to continue your healthy lifestyle? Well, all year long we strive to make the right decisions when it comes to our health, exercise and nutrition and that’s a good thing. In my opinion, it’s not healthy to deprive yourself all year long without enjoying the taste of life or in this case the taste of rich high-calorie food. This is why I am encouraging you to break from that for just a bit during the Holidays and especially enjoy this 2020 Christmas Holiday Season. No doubt this year has been extremely challenging in every direction for us due to the pandemic. So I’m encouraging all of our friends to have that second slice of pumpkin pie, go for that second helping of stuffing or eat another gingerbread cookie. But, you know there’s always a “but,” do it with some control and moderation.  This means go for that extra slice of pie, but don’t eat the whole pie! Save some for tomorrow and the next day.

I admit I’ve never been one to see food as an indulgence, instead of as a source to fuel my next workout. This is why the Holiday’s are such a big deal for me. After a year of eating as clean as I can when I indulge in eating something outside of my regular nutrition it’s like eating it for the first time all over again. It’s an amazing feeling! Still, this can also be a test of one’s self-discipline not to go overboard and put yourself in a food coma. Indulge yes, but with discipline. You’ll find that when you do you’ll enjoy your treat all that much more.



Ok so here’s the offset. There is always a price to pay for any indulgence of food. So don’t tax yourself too much with an extra workout. My advice is to go for a family walk after those big meals to offset the holiday high calories. You will find that when doing this the balance sets in just right when it comes to fitness and holiday food. Friends enjoy your 2020 Holiday’s knowing that after the first of the year things get very exciting for all of us. We begin our new fitness goals and challenges. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  

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FitView: Winterizing Your Fitness https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-winterizing-your-fitness/ Wed, 04 Nov 2020 15:21:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23716 FitView: Winterizing Your FitnessBy Efren Martinez Winter work out in some ways like going from night to day instantly. As winter starts to set in our entire workout regiment can start to change as does our internal clock. Go with the flow and don’t kick all of your fitness to the curb just because it’s […]]]>

FitView: Winterizing Your Fitness
By Efren Martinez

Winter work out in some ways like going from night to day instantly. As winter starts to set in our entire workout regiment can start to change as does our internal clock. Go with the flow and don’t kick all of your fitness to the curb just because it’s too cold or dark outside. Things are much different now from our summer workouts. If you’re like me, you wake up early only to get your run in before the sun starts to bake you by 9 am.
As winter sets upon us so does the effects of losing the daylight and also the hour we lose from daylight savings time. This makes it so easy for many of us to put our healthy lifestyle in the backseat through the colder months. Don’t! The colder months are actually the best time to ramp things up when it comes to our fitness.
First off let’s break our mindset that we can only work out in the mornings. This is the key to making your outdoor fitness workouts transition into the winter months. So let’s start with running and having an open mind about getting your run/walk later in the day verses at the break of dawn. In the winter afternoons, the temperatures warm up significantly in contrast to the near-freezing temps early in the morning. Plan your route accordingly so that you can double back to home base to un-layer. As I start off my runs, I run a mile loop layered up near my home, remove my layers at home base and then continue the rest of my 8-13 mile run. Once your in full stride your own momentum of fitness will keep your body temperature comfortably regulated. In fact, you might even experience the cooler weather to be in your favor.
Other things to remember are keeping your head and feet warm which are essential to any kind of outdoor winter activities. This is where we lose the most heat from our bodies. Another great tip is that before you start, take a hot shower to make sure your core is nice and warm. If you start working out when your cold, you will be even colder when you head out. Keep in mind it’s all about being able to continuously change up the norm when it comes to exercising during the different seasons of the year.
You got this! Don’t give up! Changing the norm is something that we’ve all had to master in 2020 so don’t be discouraged. Just go with the flow because your continued healthy lifestyle is part of who you are. Staying healthy isn’t just a hobby or a fad it’s a lifestyle.
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FitView – Staying Mentally Fit https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-staying-mentally-fit/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 18:10:11 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23616 FitView By Efren Martinez Mental Fitness When most of us think of fitness we usually think of it as just working out our bodies. Why do we not include fitness of our minds? As the saying goes,” Mind, Body and Soul.” Over the years I’ve learned that to be truly fit it must go beyond […]]]>

FitView
By Efren Martinez
Mental Fitness

When most of us think of fitness we usually think of it as just working out our bodies. Why do we not include fitness of our minds? As the saying goes,” Mind, Body and Soul.” Over the years I’ve learned that to be truly fit it must go beyond the physical abilities of ones life. In previous Fit Views I’ve often refereed to a lifestyle creed that I’ve learned to live by: 1. I build/sculpt my body by lifting weights. 2. I do cardio to strengthen my heart and lungs as well as to increase my endurance.3. I stretch to keep my mobility, flexibility and reduce injury. 4. I study and read to keep my mind sharp and smart. 5. I rest my body with 8 hours of sleep so my body heals and recovers. 6. I worship and pray to enhance my faith and spiritual well being. 7. I eat and drink the cleanest foods to help ironclad my immune system against sickness, diseases, viruses, and stress.

Let’s talk about number four a bit more, mental fitness. In today’s world our minds are being bombarded even more so with the challenges of not only living in a pandemic, but the stresses that go along with it in our everyday lives. At times the stress can be as unhealthy to your mind as a greasy meal filled with saturated fat is to your body. This is why it’s so important to make sure you’re exercising your mind daily so your able to maintain a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. These type of exercises would not only include mental thoughts to get the mind working but also a mental feel of well being that is surely to project a well persona on others. A well persona is not only important in our society, it is also as contagious as a smile. To workout ones mind I recommend going analog verses digital. Limiting/disconnecting from any and all digital screens is a must.

Some of the best ways I’ve learned to exercise my mind is reading, preferably your Modesto View that is filled with 100% positive good vibes. Whatever you decide to read make sure it’s a hard or paperback book or magazine instead of digital. This helps rest and ease our eyes and mind from those countless daily hours of screen time. Crossword puzzles, board games, sowing, artistic painting/coloring books and puzzles are also another good way to get your mind exercising.

So let’s talk about the enlightened mental persona part that goes along with mental fitness. As part of my day I make sure to only wear baggy sweat clothes when I’m working out in my home gym. Afterwards it’s a must that I put on a nice dress shirt, slacks and or something that helps me feel good about myself. Yes, wearing a nice outfit even if it’s to only romp around your home, as we all staying home, helps put us in a better state of mind. We feel handsome and pretty. “Pretty” it works well for men as it does women. This is why I also make sure that I’m caring for myself with self facials and daily grooming of my hands and feet. The analogy is simple and I’d compare it to the same feeling when ladies try on a new lipstick that’s just perfect with their complexion. In other words, feel good about yourself with what you wear and how your pampering/taking care of yourself. Below are a few other suggestions that may help you achieve a full-rounded mental fitness workout.

1. Limit the amount of daily news to 30 minutes per day.
2. Connect with 2 positive friends daily on an old fashion land line/analog phone.
3. Limit your social media time to one hour.
4. Encourage your friends to call you on the phone instead of texting or face timing you.
5. Listen to vinyl record on a record player.
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FitView – Fitness In Place https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-fitness-in-place/ Sat, 08 Aug 2020 18:12:50 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23329 FitView By Efren Martinez Fitness In Place With gyms and fitness studio establishments closed once again so many are looking to alternatives. When it really comes down to it gyms aren’t the only option. For some reason we’ve come to believe that in order to get fit we need a gymnasium or a variety of […]]]>

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By Efren Martinez

Fitness In Place

With gyms and fitness studio establishments closed once again so many are looking to alternatives. When it really comes down to it gyms aren’t the only option. For some reason we’ve come to believe that in order to get fit we need a gymnasium or a variety of special equipment. Not today! Sure being outdoors has always been my personal preference to get my workout in but actuality all you really need, depending on your size and height, is roughly a 6×6 space. I have found I can get a very hard workout in my own 6 foot bubble that includes a cardio workout. Mind you if you’re over 6 feet tall you may need an 8×8 square bubble to maximize your fitness in place workout and that’s OK. Another plus for this fitness in place space is that you can do all your fitness without any kind of expensive exercise equipment machines such as a treadmill, elliptical, spin bike or dumbbells. It’s all done in the simplest form by using gravity and your own weight along with a jump rope.

Knowing that one size doesn’t fit all in our fitness levels I’d invite you to jump online and search a calisthenics workout that may be the right fit for you. Below is one I put together that can be adjusted for beginners to the advanced. Friends please, if you are a beginner in fitness always check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to start any kind of exercise program. Note! This fitness in place 45 minute workout below is not only doable on your patio, living room or in your garage but one that will kick your fitness Astronauts.

Calisthenics Exercises in 45 minutes

* Stretch and Loosen Up: Start with warming up your core and muscles by stretching easy for 5 minutes.
* Jumping Jacks and Deep Knee Bends: Warm up for 5 minutes. (Various sets of 12) for 5 minutes.
* Skip Rope: This is an extreme cardio workout only equal to running. 5-10 minutes depending on your fitness and ability.
* Push-Up: Works the chest, triceps, and shoulders while strengthening the core in a plank. (Various sets of 12) for 5 minutes.
* Plank: Builds stability and strength in everything below the chest and above the glutes. (Various sets of 12) for 5 minutes.
* Lunge: Builds strength and mobility in the lower body. (Various sets of 12) for 5 minutes.
* Burpee: Getting down and up off the ground is useful to practice and also does wonders for your heart. (Beginners, try half burpees: no push-up, no jump.) (Various sets of 12) for 5 minutes.
* Cool Down: Take a walk around your block and rejuvenate yourself as you cool down.

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FitView – Family Fitness https://www.modestoview.com/fitview-family-fitness/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:06:32 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23091 FitView By Efren Martinez Family Fitness It’s been so fantastic to see so many families exercising outdoors during my runs lately. Some are enjoying walks together while others are shooting hoops with their own basketball hoop. But mostly what I’ve been encountering are families bike ridding together; some even with baby in tow on the […]]]>

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By Efren Martinez

Family Fitness
It’s been so fantastic to see so many families exercising outdoors during my runs lately. Some are enjoying walks together while others are shooting hoops with their own basketball hoop. But mostly what I’ve been encountering are families bike ridding together; some even with baby in tow on the back end of the bike getting chauffeured. Boy, I wish they had that when I was a baby, but the closest I ever came to it is being roped down on the front handle bars while my mom rode her bike to the corner store. Needless to say a lot has changed in that aspect in 50 years, it’s much safer now.

Lately friends cycling has become even more popular for obvious reasons. In some case, stores are having a hard time keeping bikes on the racks. Don’t be discouraged, supplies keep coming in and the good news is you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on bike if you’re just using it for recreational exercise. As a tri-athlete, yes I do have more than one bike, one for racing, the other is for training and the rest are for recreational use like our tandem bike. Cycling is quite frankly one of the most impact resistant exercises we can do when it comes to caring for our joints during fitness. After years of running I can personally testify this to be true. In fact this is in part why it’s generally the second leg of a Triathlon with running being the last of the three.

Friends if you’re still unsure, for whatever reason, to exercise in public indoor spaces, it’s OK. During these times a family fitness of togetherness’ just might your best option for the overall health of your family as well as for yourself. It’s summertime and no matter how hot it can get, the cool breeze while ridding your bike will be defiantly noticeable in comparison if you were running verses riding your bike. So sit back and enjoy the ride, even if it’s on a granny seat or a banana boat style one. Truth be told, I actually have a granny seat on my indoor spin bike because it’s all about comfort for me while spinning for 2 or more hours. So here it is, if your looking to invest a limited amount of money in a family bike pack I’d recommend you shop at Target or even Wal-Mart for one and our local bike shops have entry level bikes that would be a great match. No need to spend thousands of dollars on a bike if your just going to ride as a family to the park and back. Also no need to spend too much money on a child’s bike when they will grow out of it in a year. On the other hand, if you’re looking to ride in groups with the big kids than you might consider stepping up to a carbon road bike. My great friends at Fun Sport Bikes or Oakdale Bike Shop are just the right fit for you.

One more thing, always wear a helmet. It kind has the same principle of wearing a facemask during a pandemic, it’s needed and can be uncomfortable but it’s for our own good as well as those who are depending on us to be team players. Everyone be safe and enjoy your summer.

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