This Is How Hummingbirds Regulate Their Body Temperatures in Flight

Hummingbirds flap their wings a blistering 12 to 80 times per second (depending on the species) when in flight. This can generate quite a bit of extra body heat, which must be dissipated somehow to prevent the birds from overheating. Now scientists think they understand a bit more about how these tiny creatures regulate body temperature.

Source: This Is How Hummingbirds Regulate Their Body Temperatures in Flight

It’s simple – hummingbirds regulate their body temperatures using the burning fires of hate and rage against all living things that blazes deep inside them.  They are feathered wasps… 🙂

Why Standing in One Place Makes Your Legs More Sore Than Walking

Working retail, waiting tables, standing in line at the amusement park or just shopping with mom, anyone who’s ever been stuck on their feet for a long time more or less standing still knows that it’s much more tiring than walking the equivalent amount of time.  But why?

Source: Why Standing in One Place Makes Your Legs More Sore Than Walking

What’s interesting is there’s no discussion that I’ve encountered about the venous pooling being an issue for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) etc.  It’s always been sitting for long periods of time that I’ve ever been warned about.  The article also doesn’t mention that the pooling is part of why we sleep the direction we do relative to the ground.

Walking is very good for you:

Switch to Coconut Oil for Its Fat-Burning Properties

What really takes the (coconut) cake is that [coconut oil is] super affordable—a 14-ounce jar can cost as little as $7, making it the most wallet-friendly all-in-one product yet. Seriously, it’s a beauty product, household cleaner, and more. Check out these 76 ways to use coconut oil in your day-to-day life.

Source: 76 Genius Coconut Oil Uses

I had to look – there is vitamin K in coconut oil, but very little:

  • 1 cup/218 grams of coconut oil contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K, 1% of the Daily Value (DV)

Looking at the other nutritional “value” the article claims – 0.1 mcg of iron for 1 cup of coconut oil is 0% DV.  And 2% DV of vitamin E.  Coconut oil has a lot of calories, from fat.

Go Barefoot at the Gym to Get More Out of These Exercises

Walk into any drug store, and you’ll find an aisle dedicated to foot problems: inserts, insoles, foam, orthotics, toe spacers, heel liners, arch relief, arthritis relief, blister protection.

They’re supposed to relieve and prevent pain so you can comfortably wear your shoes. But we wouldn’t need the majority of these remedies if it weren’t for shoes in the first place, according to Martin Rooney, P.T., C.S.C.S., chief operating officer of the Parisi Speed School and founder of Training for Warriors.

Source: Go Barefoot at the Gym to Get More Out of These Exercises

  1. If you are worried about actually being barefoot in the gym for dead lifts *and* running afoul of gym rules (pushups and lunges you can do anywhere barefoot), you can try wearing shoes like Vibram Five Finger shoes. This is anecdotal, but I have them, and they work great for that purpose.
  2. If you do a lot of dead lifts, you know it’s generally not something you do after you ran/jumped rope/played basketball and got your feet all sweaty. It’s probably the first thing you did, with your freshly put-on gym clothes. Taking your shoes off for the 15 minutes you spend on that exercise will hurt nothing, except your potentially once-clean socks.
  3. This is an article pointing out something very small for secondary benefits to commonly done exercises. It’s a nice, quick post; however, not worth getting your socks in a knot over it. It’s optional.

I’ve been to gyms where going barefoot is totally acceptable, so it’s not a no-no everywhere. Those who think foot germs are somehow worse than regular dirt and sweat germs are welcome to choose a different gym (or just keep their shoes on, themselves, and refrain from licking the floor).