Monthly Archives: June 2010

Warm up exercises prior to lifting


As mentioned in one of my previous posts a common problem faced after shoulder surgery is that the muscles no longer coordinate properly. Activation exercises can help with this.  These exercises can be done to a) help re-engage the muscles and then latter on b) as a good warm up prior to more heavy lifting involving the shoulders.


At least 1,200 heart attacks prevented in the year after the smoking ban was introduced


Can you even remember what it used to be like, to go out for the evening and be surrounded by smokers? For me the fact that it just seems like a lifetime ago when we used to be forced to work and socialse in the midst of secondary smoke. Anyway, here’s why they’ll never bring smoking in public back.

The number of heart attacks has fallen dramatically since the smoking ban came in, figures reveal.

At least 1,200 heart attacks were prevented in England in the year after the ban’s introduction, according to a report in the British Medical Journal.

In the largest study of its kind, information on adult heart attack patients from the five years before the ban came into force in July 2007, was compared with data from the subsequent 14 months.

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Nutrition – the last 7 days


As you can see, this is showing that I have under eaten by approx. 1,409 calories over the past 7 days. This has to be viewed with a fair amount of scepticism. Now that my shoulders are improving week on week, I have been pushing up the poundage on my weight training with a view to adding some muscle. To this end I had initially increased the calories to give me a surplus of around 3,000 – 5,000 per week. Thinking this would allow me to add 1 – 2 pounds of muscle each week. The trouble was although I was adding muscle, I was worried I was also adding too much fat, so I scaled this back.

I’ve been working towards adding some muscle bulk now for around 6 weeks and so far have added approx 9 lb of muscles and 1 lb of fat. Which I am very happy with. The trouble is that I know that this is technically not possible to do this while under eating so what’s going on? Continue reading