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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:21 am

We run outside, never on a treadmill, and more often throughout the winter than the summer. Running barefoot is not an option, nor is wearing minimalist shoes through the snow that we occasionally have to deal with.

Anyway, I've run my entire life, this isn't something I've picked up on a whim and decided to do. I think my current lack of fitness in areas other than running was a contributing factor to the muscle strain I just experienced. It's already lessened to the point of being almost unnoticeable and I imagine I'll be back running next week, but will be sure to stretch and start doing more core exercises in order to make sure my muscles are a bit stronger.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:36 am

I find it incredibly amusing when I see people running through the city barefoot. Considering the number of times I have seen broken glass, dog shit, and hypodermic needles on the sidewalk I think they have a pretty warped view of what is "healthy."
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:42 am

katraya wrote:I find it incredibly amusing when I see people running through the city barefoot. Considering the number of times I have seen broken glass, dog shit, and hypodermic needles on the sidewalk I think they have a pretty warped view of what is "healthy."

Exactly. I don't even like the idea of running on a gym treadmill barefoot. Ew.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:35 am

There is a woman at my gym (which is at my workplace) that runs in just socks and without a shirt. Obviously she is illiterate since there are signs everywhere saying that neither of those things is acceptable.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shyrtandros » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:41 am

katraya wrote:There is a woman at my gym (which is at my workplace) that runs in just socks and without a shirt. Obviously she is illiterate since there are signs everywhere saying that neither of those things is acceptable.


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:28 am

Got a fitocracy invite! \o/
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:20 am

I ordered a Fitbit last night, I am really quite excited about it. I have been hearing great things about it from people on another forum I frequent.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:19 am

Only problem I'd have with that is being unable to take it into our vault. It could be completely safe, but we aren't allowed wireless transmitting devices (heck, we can't even have a regular old iPod...)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:21 am

Skye1013 wrote:Only problem I'd have with that is being unable to take it into our vault. It could be completely safe, but we aren't allowed wireless transmitting devices (heck, we can't even have a regular old iPod...)

What... like a bank vault?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:38 am

Intel vault... where we keep all our secret squirrel stuff (shh... don't tell anyone!)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Aubade » Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:39 pm

Hmm that fitrep thing looks pretty cool
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:21 am

Ok... so this falls more under the "health" category...

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.) It never really lasts more than about 10-15 seconds, but I'm wondering what could be the cause of it. Anyone else ever have similar experiences?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:53 am

Skye1013 wrote:Intel vault... where we keep all our secret squirrel stuff (shh... don't tell anyone!)



Not gonna lie, when I first read this post, my mind put "Intel" together with "Squirrel" and went to something along these lines:


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and I imagined a secret underground research facility containing thousands of squirrel-powered server banks.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Hrobertgar » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:18 pm

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.)


I have experienced something similar, associated with a Niacin overdose in my case. Niacin is a vitamin that can 'encourage' you blood vessels to dilate. I learned about it in college and would sometimes take extra Niacin to sort of 'cleanse' if you will. Its an interesting experience, but it can be rather intense if you take too much. Your body gets all red (dilated blood vessles) ALL over, and you itch/burn everywhere. It can last for 20-mins for a modest OD to like 1+ hour if you are too irresponsible. Afterwards you would need to replenish your B-vitamins.

If this is what is happeneing to you, then it will happen after you take a vitamin/niacin supplement or consume food high in Niacin. But that is the only thing I am familiar with that is similar to what you describe.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:26 pm

Skye1013 wrote:Ok... so this falls more under the "health" category...

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.) It never really lasts more than about 10-15 seconds, but I'm wondering what could be the cause of it. Anyone else ever have similar experiences?



Does it feel like the same 'pins and needles' that you get when a foot falls asleep?

If so, it sounds like something nerve-related. At any rate, you might want to get that checked out by an actual doctor.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:29 pm

Arnock wrote:
Skye1013 wrote:Ok... so this falls more under the "health" category...

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.) It never really lasts more than about 10-15 seconds, but I'm wondering what could be the cause of it. Anyone else ever have similar experiences?



Does it feel like the same 'pins and needles' that you get when a foot falls asleep?

If so, it sounds like something nerve-related. At any rate, you might want to get that checked out by an actual doctor.

That is what I was thinking. Nerve/circulation. I'd talk to a professional. It's probably nothing but better safe than sorry etc.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:57 am

I did some google searches before I posted, and most people that have described similar experiences, have them for days/weeks/months at a time. Mine only ever last about 20 seconds. And I'd have to say it's not quite like a foot falling asleep, it's like your entire body starts itching at the same time. At one point I thought it had to do with extreme temperature changes (like my body was overheating while adjusting from coming inside after being in the cold) but I'm not so sure about that now, since when it happened yesterday, I was inside the entire time.

I'll hold off seeing a doctor just yet (I don't want it to somehow delay my leaving Germany any longer than I'm already being delayed.) Maybe I'll discuss it with someone while I'm on leave in the states.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:59 am

Hrobertgar wrote:If this is what is happeneing to you, then it will happen after you take a vitamin/niacin supplement or consume food high in Niacin. But that is the only thing I am familiar with that is similar to what you describe.

I guess that's a possibility, but I'm not taking any sort of supplements. Not sure if Niacin is something typically found in energy drinks (Monster/Amp) guess I could google that as well.


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What's in AMP Overdrive? I'm glad you asked, because whoever designed this can did a great job of making that information easily available (unlike many of the other cans, I mean, who makes an energy drink and doesn't list the mg of caffeine?) The following are mg and % of daily allowance (where applicable) per serving: Riboflavin 1.7mg/100%, Niacin 20mg/100%, Pantothenic Acid 10mg/100%, Phosphorus 20mg/2%, Taurine 148mg (this is fairly low compared to other energy drinks, but I don't seem to miss it that much), Guarana Extract 124mg, Caffeine 80mg (guarana/caffeine is a better combination than caffeine/taurine IMHO), Maltodextrin 74mg, Panax Ginseng Extract 17mg, Yerba Mate Extract 8mg (which contains caffeine, but is reported to be gentler on the stomach than other forms of caffeine. To me, the amount here is so negligible, I wouldn't expect it to make a great deal of difference).

Got this from an energy drink review website, so can't verify accuracy (the Amp website wasn't helpful.)

Looks like Niacin could have been the culprit.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Amshel » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:28 am

When I had a energy drink overdose, I got really clammy, hot, dizzy, and shaky. Erratic breathing. My skin might have gone a bit puffy too, but it was so long ago, I can't recall all the details. It was pretty special.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:44 am

Not sure I'd call it an "overdose" as I rarely, if ever, drink more than one energy drink in a day, and it's almost always spread out over at least a 2-3 hour period (most times I can go an 8 hour period on the same one.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:12 am

Skye1013 wrote:Not sure I'd call it an "overdose" as I rarely, if ever, drink more than one energy drink in a day, and it's almost always spread out over at least a 2-3 hour period (most times I can go an 8 hour period on the same one.)

Energy drinks tend to be loaded with B Vitamins, particularly B6. Niacin is a B Vitamin as well. Anyhow they tend to have significantly more than your daily requirement (like thousands of times more) of B Vitamins which increase circulation among other things which helps generate that "energy" feeling. That said, they can certainly cause the sensation you are having. Cut them for awhile and see if you stopping having that feeling.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:13 am

It's not so much a "cut them for awhile" since I just had the one yesterday. And the feeling is sporatic enough (maybe once every few weeks?) that I can't necessarily correlate it to energy drinks (maybe specifically to Amp, since I don't generally have this issue with the Monsters that I drink.) If there are other Niacin heavy food items, then it's possible I just eat them sporatically enough for it to cause this problem. Hopefully I'll remember the next time I drink an Amp and see if that's the possible cause.

For reference, the Monsters I drink:
Absolute Zero (most common)
Low-Carb (second most common)
M-80 (would be most common if I could find it more often)
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Regular

I will occasionally drink other flavors, but those tend to be the ones I have most often (ie. maybe 2-3 a week at my "highest" point.)

P.S. I hope I'm not sounding argumentative or defensive like an alcoholic denying he has a problem. If there are similar Niacin levels in the Monsters that there is in the Amp I drank, then I can't imagine that's the issue, or it would be a more common occurrence.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Hrobertgar » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:38 am

The Niacin overdose I am familiar with usually took like 200mg - 500mg to initiate and the effect usually started less than 1 hour from the overdose. Also, the body apparently can build up a short term tolerance to Niacin so that it takes more to cause the effect. If these energy drinks only have like 20mg and this has been going on intermittently for a while, then maybe it is something else.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Kelaan » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:44 am

Skye1013 wrote:Only problem I'd have with that is being unable to take it into our vault. It could be completely safe, but we aren't allowed wireless transmitting devices (heck, we can't even have a regular old iPod...)

To be fair, if you're in some kind of secure vault where you do super secret analysis, you're probably not walking all that much, or climbing steps, so you could probably just leave it in a basket outside (assuming they even let you bring it in the building).
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Geaux » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Just started doing some Crossfit exercises recommended to me by my buddy who is a Crossfit instructor. I am normally an old school strength training junkie, doing heavy weight and low reps to build mass and cutting before summer time for beach season. Due to a recent back problem and surgery I have been out of the game for awhile and this Crossfit stuff , in conjunction with a palio diet, has got my best bud shredded in just a few months. Anyways a workout he wanted me to try out was quick, fun, and seems to be challenging for anyone who tries it. All you need for men is 1x45lb plate or 1x25lb plate for women.

The goal is to do as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes, keeping good form on all reps...

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1. 10 Overhead weighted lunges (5 on each leg, use the 45lb plate)
2. 8 Pushups (All the way up, All the way down)
3. 6 Burpees

It looks simple but I assure you that you will be ready to vomit when your finished and covered in sweat. try it out and provide some feedback, I had a lot of fun doing it and my thighs were screaming at me from the workout.
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