Look Forward to Workouts by Knowing How Awesome You’ll Feel Afterward

I was going to skip my daily swim the other morning. I had already walked three miles with a friend and taken my dog to the park for his exercise. I was really tired, my back was sore, I had a column to write and lots to do around the house.

But I knew from past experience that I would feel much better after 40 minutes of swimming laps. So in I went. And, yes, I did feel better — not just refreshed, but more energetic, clearheaded and better prepared than I would have been otherwise to tackle the day’s essentials.

Source: Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards

The article makes recommendations similar to what a study recently suggested about what to do for long term weight loss.

I’m often reminding myself that I (almost) never regret a workout, but I often regret skipping one.  Like a friend of mine, I like starting my day by cycling.  It throws off my routine and day in general; the cycling wakes me up.  And if it’s not one activity, there’s another – sometimes I change things up to go for a run instead, or swim if possible.  Doing the three disciplines of triathlon doesn’t mean I (or anyone else) has to race – it’s just cross training until you put on the swim cap and line up for the start 😉

Why You Still Shouldn’t Cook With Hot Tap Water

I grew up not drinking hot water from the tap (my parents didn’t, and I eventually looked it up and found out that in old homes, lead can leach from solder). Now that I have a high-efficiency tankless hot water heater and replaced the copper piping with PEX, can I safely use hot water from the tap for cooking? I must be able to save some energy vs. boiling cold water for pasta.

Source: Is It Safe to Cook With Hot Tap Water?

Good time to bring up that you can boil water faster if you microwave half of it

Surprising news, considering that home insurance gives discounts for having PEX because PEX is less likely to fail.  Water damage in a house is admittedly bad for everyone.

Always check your Water Tank Anode if your tank is more than 5 years old, and replace it ASAP. The minute that anode is corroded enough to be ineffective, that water is eating at your tank – not the rod. You should also drain the tank once a year till it runs clean too.

Six Myths About Digestion That Just Won’t Die

Most of us have a vague idea of how digestion works: we eat food, break it down (that’s the scientific term, right?) and, somehow, profit. But without a better understanding of what goes on in there, we’re liable to believe a few bizarre myths that have become commonplace.

In reality, our digestive tract is a complex system with many parts that communicate with each other and the rest of our body. It’s also very adaptable to what we put in it, and doesn’t need specific food combinations or “cleanses” to keep working at its best. Here are some of the top myths about digestion, and the truths behind them.

Source: Six Myths About Digestion That Just Won’t Die

This stuff hasn’t been covered in a previous post.

Harvest Energy From Your Jaw as You Snack/Talk

Are you sick and tired of wasting potentially tens of calories suboptimally chewing? If so, a pair of researchers from Montreal, Aidin Delnavaz and Jérémie Voix, have a solution: the piezoelectric chin-strap.

All you have to do is chew and talk and grind your jaw as per your usual doses of coffee and 5-Hour Energy, and the device provides tiny bits of juice that might be used to power hearing aids, wearable electronics, or some so-far unrealized implantable device of the cyborg future. And if you’re already a cyborg, why not just go for it, eh?

Source: Sure, a Chin Strap That Harvests Energy from Chewing

I think riding a bike to generate electricity would produce more, and be better exercise.