HIH Rerun: Endorphins Kicking with the Chemical Brothers

Written by Suzanne on October 8, 2008 – 7:50 am -

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This housewife has way too much junk in her trunk, and that’s not just in my mini-van. So to rid myself of the excess baggage around my midsection I’ve upped my work out schedule. Normally this would be a grueling task worse than 10 loads of laundry but I’m equipped with the endorphin pumping playlist of The Chemical Brothers.

Many of you have probably known about The Chemical Brothers for years but I just heard about them about two years ago when my younger brother had their song Do It Again on his Myspace profile.

I’ve never been one to sweat to the oldies. I love vintage, retro music, but it does nothing to motivate me into burning off calories. The Chemical Brothers alone can fuel your work outs. Their electronic music with pulsing beats help to keep me pushing on past my fatigue level. This is one of my favorite songs and music videos. The message is great too, Get Yourself High:

I’ve heard their live acts are amazing with strobe lights, psychedelic imagery and lasers that project over the crowd. If only I could find an aerobics class like that I’d burn off 1000 calories a day! Too bad we didn’t already have Star Trek like holodecks where we could submerge ourselves into a dance club effect without ordering fattening, and unhealthy beverages. Of course that could always be used the wrong way and we could spend our time goofing around like Captain Piccard, Data, and Riker.
What a waste of technology!

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Endorphins Kicking with The Chemical Brothers

Written by Suzanne on June 25, 2008 – 8:22 am -

This housewife has way too much junk in her trunk, and that’s not just in my mini-van. So to rid myself of the excess baggage around my midsection I’ve upped my work out schedule. Normally this would be a grueling task worse than 10 loads of laundry but I’m equipped with the endorphin pumping playlist of The Chemical Brothers.

Many of you have probably known about The Chemical Brothers for years but I just heard about them about two years ago when my younger brother had their song Do It Again on his Myspace profile.

I’ve never been one to sweat to the oldies. I love vintage, retro music, but it does nothing to motivate me into burning off calories. The Chemical Brothers alone can fuel your work outs. Their electronic music with pulsing beats help to keep me pushing on past my fatigue level. This is one of my favorite songs and music videos. The message is great too, Get Yourself High:

I’ve heard their live acts are amazing with strobe lights, psychedelic imagery and lasers that project over the crowd. If only I could find an aerobics class like that I’d burn off 1000 calories a day! Too bad we didn’t already have Star Trek like holodecks where we could submerge ourselves into a dance club effect without ordering fattening, and unhealthy beverages. Of course that could always be used the wrong way and we could spend our time goofing around like Captain Piccard, Data, and Riker.
What a waste of technology!

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The Godfather of Fitness; Jack LaLanne

Written by Suzanne on June 15, 2008 – 7:41 am -

As a kid who loved re-runs, I would rush to the TV whenever Jack LaLanne came on. I’d grab a dining room chair like he told me to and follow along as he showed me leg lifts, bends, and squats. I’d listen to him talk about the importance of a healthy diet, and watch him whip up honey banana desserts. This was the early 70’s, but his show began in 1951. “The Jack LaLanne Show” ended in 1985, becoming the longest running television program devoted to exercise and nutrition. In the early years, his audience was made up of mostly housewives, and Jack always referred to the viewers as “his students.” age_40.jpg

In 1936, LaLanne, known to many as The Godfather of Fitness, opened up his own health club in Oakland, CA. He designed many of the first weight machines, and pulley systems that are now standards in the fitness industry.

Jack LaLanne has created many inventions including the Smith Machine, the Power Juicer, and numerous products such as vitamin supplements, DVD’s, and books. He has appeared in movies, and recorded songs with Connie Haines.

In my opinion, Jack LaLanne is a modern day superman. With amazing feats of strength, a star on the walk of fame, and a list of famous quotes to inspire the masses, he motivates people with his healthful lifestyle and enduring positive outlook on life. He is 94 years old now and still living what he teaches when it comes to overall health, exercise, and nutrition. jack_at_92b.jpg To find out a bit more about Jack LaLanne take a look at the questions I asked him and the answers he sent back to me.

HIH:  When you created the first nationally syndicated exercise show on television, did you imagine you would become such a celebrity icon?

JL: No, I just wanted to help people get in shape.

HIH: You have accomplished many super human feats such as when you were 40 in 1954 you swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record. At age 70 you were handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds with currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary. Who came up with the idea to do these things and what did your wife think about them? I know I’d be a bit concerned if my husband wanted to swim handcuffed and shackled, even in our backyard pool.

JL: I came up with all the ideas. Yes she was concerned and she says if I try another feat she’ll divorce me. I might have to defy her: my next feat is to tow her across the bathtub.

HIH: One of your LALANNEISMS is “Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” Many people say that you can get away without exercise if you focus on eating the right foods. What do you think about that statement?

JL: You can’t have one without the other. You’re lopsided.

HIH: I’ve heard you say that fattening, sugary foods don’t appeal to you. Are you ever tempted to wake up in the morning and start your day with coffee and a donut?

JL: Are you kidding? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Never had a cup of coffee in my life. And the only thing good about a donut is the hole in the middle.

HIH: Before becoming a health conscious individual you said you were a sugarholic and a junk food junkie. Americans are trying to stop their sugar addictions but they are using chemical sweeteners instead. What is your opinion of sugar substitutes?

JL: No comment.

HIH: There is a lot of controversy and concern these days about athletes and steroid use. Do you think extreme measures such as steroids, and plastic surgery changed the way people view health and fitness?

JL: Taking steroids is like going to bed with a rattlesnake; it’s got to get you. Plastic surgery is up to the individual.

HIH: You have always included a positive mental outlook as an important component to a healthy lifestyle. Do you think Americans have gotten better at doing this or are they still trying to do things apart from each other rather than putting it all together?

JL: All I have to say is some do, some don’t. We still have a lot of out of shape Americans.

HIH: Your grandson Chris LaLanne is featured on your website. Does he have ambitions similar to yours?
JL: Chris is my grandnephew. He does have similar ambitions. He is opening a LaLanne Fitness Center in San Francisco.

HIH: I noticed you have a radio show on Voice America via your website. What is that about and how can we tune in?

JL: Go to www.jacklalanne.com and click on the Radio link. You can also get the archives of our past shows through that link.

HIH: My last question comes from my 7 year old daughter. I’ve introduced her to your television show on DVD and we are now both your “students”. She asks, “What is your favorite color?”

JL: Red, black and silver

credit for above color photo of Jack by Morro Rock to Brian Smith. 

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