Monthly Archives: August 2018

Happy Friday! Nostalgia Edition

Happy Friday! Lately I’ve been listening to some of the music that I jammed out to as a highschooler- mainly to laugh at my terrible taste in music, if we’re totally being honest.

What does that include, you may ask?

Oh yes, my friends.

As I told someone right after mentioning that I was listening to this, “I fully admit it’s terrible: doesn’t mean I’m going to stop listening to it.”

So I’ve been walking around the streets of Philadelphia basically giggling like a crazy person every time a new track comes on. Because, come on: if you can’t laugh at yourself then you need to lighten up. I’m not only typically to dwell in the past, but it’s fun to look back and chuckle now and again.

I’m also still trying to recall if I was still watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer at this point, or if it was shortly after. I’ll report back when I finally remember.

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Anyway, feel free to share your own bits of nostalgia and have a great weekend everyone!

 

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Science! Please Use Sunscreen Properly

Well, looks like we’re not using sunscreen properly, according to this article on IFLScience.

Long story short? Apply a thicker layer than what you think is the appropriate amount. I used to be someone who logically knew that I was supposed to put on sunscreen, but A) getting older and B) having a relative pass from melanoma have made me much more conscious about putting on sunscreen. It’s important: and make sure to reapply when you get back from swimming! I know I sound like an old lady, just deal with it.

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Surviving Hard Summer BJJ Training Sessions

It’s super hot and muggy here on the East Coast, and with that sometimes training can feel brutal. It doesn’t help when it’s basically 100 degrees outside, not much cooler inside due to body heat and whatever else- on top of the fact that you are wearing anywhere from 1 1/2 to almost 6 pounds of extra clothing. My general take on these conditions is to try and keep training (because if we all stopped we would have to basically take 3 months off…. inconceivable!) but also listen to your body and make sure to take care of yourself.

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  1. Bring water to class: I imagine there are a couple of academies out there in which there is that one person that doesn’t drink water in between sets. Friend, don’t be a hero, drink some water. Or gatorade- whatever it takes to keep yourself hydrated.
  2. Train with a lower rank: so maybe you’re not feeling great, but not to a point where you need to sit out. This is a perfect time to work with a lower rank- they are still working on trying to figure things out, you need some time to be in a position where you are still working on things, but presumably this will allow you to slow a little bit while you come back around.
  3. Sit out when you need to sit out: You’ve been a brave little toaster up until now, and you are just not feeling well. You’re nauseous, maybe a little dizzy… just sit out. Every jiu jitsu person I know is amazingly stubborn, and it truly becomes a double edged sword: on the one hand its great when you need to “dig deep” and persevere through some bad situations, but it can also become a liability and you can really hurt yourself because you were too stubborn to not stop.

So, those are my main tips for surviving some hard summer training sessions. Hopefully you either take my advice or maybe you’re just one of those people who “love the heat” and can train unfazed in super steamy conditions. If that’s the case, well then good for you: I imagine you lived in either Florida or are secretly a lizard. Hey, I’m not here to judge, just here to provide some tips for others who have trouble with the heat.

Have a great day everyone!

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