From Cutest Paw.
From Cutest Paw.
Gong Yoo, lead actor in popular drama (and also the one I’m watching on Mondays and Tuesdays) BIG, showed off his six packs for Japanese magazine MONSTER.
I’ve fallen in love with him since watching Coffee Prince. I wonder why guys like to buff up until they’re so huge they eat and eat and lift weights then eat again till they suffocate. I’m exaggerating. I mean, really? This is what girls AND women want – buff yet lean. Don’t believe me? Ask the millions of Korean fangirls who think he’s the perfect man, out of all the South Korean male celebs and their six packs.
AND HE’S TALL! (185 cm) (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) zOMG.
OK bottom line: This ripped body is a product of superhuman discipline. It’s a great motivation told in just 3 B&W pictures, isn’t it?
1.12 mi walk in 20:01 min
1.08 mi run in 11:30 min (pace: 10’41″ / mi)
Music: Corsten’s Countdown by Ferry Corsten Episode 263
PM workout. I actually wanted to just walk, not run. I just wanted to sleep easier tonight, so I thought a stroll around my neighborhood is enough. Yet my body really felt like running after a good 20-min walk.
Turns out I can run faster (compared to last week) after I do my walk. Even when I was done running, I wasn’t as tired as last week’s run at the Embarcadero. In addition to that, I have uneven pavements and strong winds (yes, winds! During summer! WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO) to deal with, I managed to run faster.
So that’s good news.
Well, I wanted to go for a walk also because, while I was tearing out my favorite articles from all the magazines I want to throw out of my cabinet, I stumbled upon a Psychology Today article that I want to share with you. The article, Walk This Way, appeared on the November/December 2009 issue of the magazine, written by Mina Shaghaghi. I’m just going to quote the whole article here.
No need to envy marathoners. Walking is just as good for your mind and body.
A MIGHTY HEART
Biking and rowing may get your heart racing, but a low-intensity stroll in the park five to six times a week is actually more effective in preventing obesity and eliminating heart risk factors including insulin sensitivity, total cholesterol, and blood pressure. Walkers trimmed their waistlines more and shed more weight.
A WALK TO REMEMBER
Walking improves memory. Subjects who walked on a treadmill were better at correctly identifying which numbers were repeated in a series of digits read aloud. Walking also improves attention, bolstering your ability to ignore distractions – probably because walking activates brain regions associated with attention.
A SPRING IN YOUR STEP
Your gait reflects your emotional state: Sad people walk slower and take shorter steps than people who are angry or joyful, and push off less with their calves with each step. By assessing speed, heavyfooted-ness, stride length, and arm swinging, observers can also identify sadness, anger, happiness, and pride.
DON’T TALK THE TALK
Half of all pedestrians on phones engage in dangerous road-crossing behavior, crossing when cars approach and pausing at the roadside when traffic comes to a standstill. Talking on the phone requires active engagement, drawing your focus away from your environment.
I’LL WALK HOW SHE’S WALKING
A woman’s walk correlates with her ability to reach orgasm. By observing stride length, fluidity of movement, and hip swaying, sexologists were 82 percent accurate in picking out women who could reach vaginal orgasm, according to a study in The Journal of Sex Medicine. Their tell? Orgasmic women had “free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis.” As for men, you can often tell their sexual orientation by their walk, according to a study at UCLA. Gay men sway their hips, while straight men swagger – as do lesbians.
We can identify friends by their walk. Observers did better than chance at identifying themselves and acquaintances by observing speed, rhythm, bounciness, arm swing, and length of steps.
WALKERS WITH WALKERS
How fast you move is influenced by unconscious factor. When elderly people were primed with positive-aging words (“wise,” “astute”), they walk 9 percent faster.
ADVICE FOR THE AMBLER
Walking is an art. How to get the most out of your stride:
Make the grade. If you want to burn fat, incorporate an incline. Whether you’re outdoors or on a treadmill, choose a hilly route.
Eyes on the prize. Keep your eyes forward, trained on a spot roughly 20 feet in front of you. Keep your chin parallel to the ground to minimize strain on your neck and back.
Posture, posture. To get the ideal posture, try shrugging once, then let your shoulders fall to a comfortable position.
All about the arms. Your arms deserve as much attention as your legs, since arm speed determines leg speed. Bend your arms 90 degrees to create a pendulum motion as you speed up your step.
Roll with it. Strike with the hell, roll through the step, and give a good push off with your back foot. To walk faster, don’t lengthen your stride; rather, increase the number of small steps you take.
Now do you see why I want to take a walk, even if it’s just a short one?
homemade cabbage and soybean soup
homemade vegetable and herb soup
garlic chicken breast with cabbage and soybeans
nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 slice no-guilt cake
WATER: 3 liters + innumerable little cups of green tea and other teas
- The no-guilt cake is really just a mix of spelt flour, coconut palm sugar, lots of cinnamon and ginger powder, chocolate whey protein powder, golden flaxseeds, sesame seeds, goji berries, 3 eggs, nonfat vanilla yogurt, instant coffee, light agave nectar and honey, a pinch of salt and some baking powder and baking soda. Then I put the mixture on a pan fully covered in virgin coconut oil. After heated in the oven and cooled in room temperature for some time, I sprinkled cacao powder.
- I LOVE CHICKEN BREAST. So juicy. It feels great to switch my usual soft fish to a good, hard chicken.