Posts by Michael French

Issue #31 – Hiking in Las Vegas

Las Vegas  has a great number of free walking and hiking trails available to the more adventurous of our readers. These are an excellent opportunity to get out into nature and see the great outdoors. Always remembering that it can get quite hot during the summer and not all trails are improved track or mobility accessible; we remind you to look up the trail before you go and see if it is right for you. For safety and comfort, we also recommend: carry your own water, wear a hat, bring sunblock, and walking stick and sunglasses are optional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calico Basin 

This trail is located at Red Canyon. Its 5.2 miles long. Marvelous views of the Las Vegas valley

Hualapai Canyon Trailhead

The address is located at 2-338 S Hualapai Way Las Vegas, NV 89144 and it’s located between Alta and Town Center Drive in Summerlin. The length of the trail is 0.8 miles. Trail is located above the wash. It is open 7 days a week from 7am-10pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pueblo Park

The address is located at 7663 W Lake Mead Blvd. The length of the Trail is 1.5 miles. It’s open every day from 6am-10pm. It’s free to enter the park. Make sure that you bring water with you because there are no water fountains available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wetlands Park

The address is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane. It includes ponds and 3 miles of trail. It also has restrooms to use. Plenty of space to explore nature. Trails to explore nature can be found from the parking lot by the Nature Preserve and Nature Park.

Walking for health is as great as it is cracked up to be. You should walk not run, in order to acquire a healthy heart. If you walk briskly you lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Researchers analyzed 15,045 walkers, in the National Walkers Health Study found and found that moderate intensity walkers and high intensity runners resulted in reductions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary disease of the heart. Walking for 2.5hrs a week can possibly reduce heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment required activity can keep you mentally sharp and can reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes.

A University of Utah study in 2014, found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered the risk of obesity by 5%. Walking can even help your mood. Studies from a number of sources that it’s as effective as drugs in decreasing depression.  It can relieve every day stress as well. Tensions start to ease as the road stretches in front of you.  Mood endorphin levels are elevated. Walking helps clear the mind too, it might help you find a solution to a problem or too that’s been bugging you.

You can take the dogs for a stroll through the neighborhood. Why not spend quality time at the park with your family? Park farther from your workplace and use the stairs instead of the elevator.  Window shop at the Mall. There are so many ways to go walking that it is unbelievable. So there are no excuses.

One has to start walking, and you will be able make your community stronger, as well. Social scientists found that if more people take to the streets neighborhood crime rates falls and the local economy improves a lot. You can benefit from interpersonal with your children, helps with behavior problems and improve with their academic performance as well. You can meet all kinds of new people and interconnect with neighbors. So don’t wait for another doctor’s appointment, go out to pursue, the joys of walking!

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Issue #31 – Basketball In The Park

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and one of the most widely viewed. It is a team sport that involves two teams of five active players each trying to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 300 cm (10 feet) high hoop (the ‘basket’) Under organized rules.

As well as being a great way to stay fit, basketball can also:

  • Help you to make new friends and see them regularly teach you about being a good team player
  • being a good team player
  • Be played by people of all ages and all abilities
  • Be played all year round because it’s usually an indoor sport
  • Be a fun game that kids of all levels and ages can enjoy

Basketball is a fast moving game that involves a lot of variety, including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense and much more.

Health benefits of basketball:

   

  • Burn calories (630–750 calories an hour)    
  • Build endurance
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Develop concentration and self-discipline
  • Build up muscle.
  • Aerobic exercise.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

          

         

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lssue # 31 – movie review: Super Size ME

Year Released:2004

  Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson

 Distributed By: Samuel Goldwyn Films, Roadside Attractions

 Directed, Produced and written by: Morgan Spurlock

Length of movie: 98 minutes We at Circles Magazine got together and watched a movie called Super-size me about an actor named Morgan Spurlock, who ate McDonalds every day for 30 days.

Part of the experiment was that Morgan could only eat what they sold at McDonalds, and if they asked him if he wanted to super-size he had to say yes. Morgan Spurlock went to see a couple different doctors and a nutritionist to help him with his experimental diet.  They did regular blood tests and physical exams throughout the 30 days.  The blood tests showed elevated blood sugar and higher cholesterol during the experiment.

One day while Morgan eating in his car he threw up outside his car window, it was gross, but then he felt better after he ate.  Morgan had every item on the menu and went to several different McDonalds throughout the country.

He was asked to super-size nine times during the 30 days and most of them were in Texas.

The movie was made in the year 2003 and released in 2004.

Since then McDonalds has changed its super-size policy and its menu significantly.

They claim that the movie had no impact on the decision to make the changes.

Of the 29 people that watched the movie 75% said to skip it.

 

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Issue #31 – Healthy Fast Food

True story: fast food isn’t healthy. It’s just not. But it is convenient, inexpensive, and tasty, so if you fall into the almost 50% of Americans who eat at fast-food restaurants at least once a week, at least you know you’re in good company. And given that fast-food consumption is practically woven into the fabric of our society, you don’t need to give up your drive-thru habit completely — or pretend you’ll just order a salad (who are you kidding, really?) — you just need to make healthier choices. And by “healthier,” we mean avoiding those 2,000 calorie fat-bombs like triple-decker cheeseburgers and jumbo-sized fries

Keep portion sizes small: If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass hamburgers with two or three beef patties, which can be close to 800 calories. Choose instead a regular- or children’s-sized hamburger, which has about 250 calories. And skip the large serving of french fries and ask for a small serving instead. This switch alone can save 200 calories.

Choose healthier side dishes:Take advantage of the healthy side dishes offered at many fast-food restaurants. For example, instead of french fries choose a side salad with low-fat dressing or a baked potato. Or add a fruit bowl or a fruit and yogurt option to your meal.

Other healthy choices include apple or orange slices, corn on the cob, steamed rice, or baked potato chips.

Go green: Choose an entree salad with grilled chicken, shrimp or vegetables with fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side, rather than regular salad dressing.

Watch out for high-calorie salads, such as those with deep-fried shells or those topped with breaded chicken or other fried toppings. Also skip extras, such as cheese and croutons, which quickly increase your calorie count.

Opt for grilled items:Fried and breaded foods, such as crispy chicken sandwiches and breaded fish fillets, are high in fat and calories. Select grilled or roasted lean meats — such as turkey or chicken breast, lean ham, or lean roast beef.

Watch what you drink:Many beverages are high in calories. For example, a large regular soda (30 ounces, or 887 milliliters) has nearly 300 calories. Instead, order diet soda, water, unsweetened iced tea, sparkling water or mineral water.

Also, skip the shakes and other ice cream drinks. Large shakes can contain more than 800 calories.

Have it your way

Remember, you don’t have to settle for what comes with your sandwich or meal — not even at fast-food restaurants. Ask for healthier options and substitutions. And keep your eye on portion sizes.

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