Archive for August, 2011

Controling Your Blood-Pressure

Posted in nutrition on August 31, 2011 by Dayron Booth

Here’s a few quick tips to help avoid hyper-tension :

Exercise regularly–  this helps to keep off unwanted pounds, pounds which can contribute to the  gain of high blood-pressure as well as high cholesterol.

Clean dieting- be sure to stay away from fried, sugary, and  high sodium foods.  Fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean meats are important parts of maintaining a healthy diet.  Try to incorporate whole grains, poultry, fish, nuts, Mushrooms, and garlic to help  reduce high blood pressure. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!!

Limit alcohol intake- alcohol is fine when consumed in moderation. Drinking too much alcohol can raise the blood pressure of those with hypertension or those with normal blood pressure to develop hypertension.  Keep in mind that if hypertension medication and alcohol are combined  can enhance side effects and change the effectiveness of the medication.

Caffeine and Stress- again, all in moderation.  Beverages with caffeine  cause only short-term increases in blood pressure. If you have hypertension or heart disease, your primary health care physician  may recommend limited amounts of caffeine.  Stress can play a major role in high blood pressure. Work, home, or other stressful environments can cause a spike in your blood pressure. Try to stay calm and avoid stressful situations to help reduce the chance of increasing blood pressure.

Follow these tips, and keeping your blood pressure under control should be easy!!

 

 

 

 

Mayweather vs. Ortiz 24/7

Posted in boxing on August 28, 2011 by Dayron Booth

Another great installment of HBO’s 24/7.  This weeks episode was filled with brash talk, emotion, and plenty of drama.

Victor Ortiz’s story is an interesting one.  Victor and his younger brother Temo, abandoned at a very young age by their parents, were forced to survive on their own.  Forced to live house to house with friends, until they eventually ended up in foster care. This experience gave Victor the hunger and determination to train hard,  with an unshakable will to strive for success.  Ortiz has this belief that this struggle that he has endured will help him in defeating Mayweather, that if he survived his youth, he can survive the challenge that is Floyd Mayweather.

There’s plenty to be said about the Mayweather camp. Floyd works hard in the gym as always, using the same training methods and the same team he’s always worked with.  Unconvinced, that the younger Ortiz poses any threat, Mayweather focuses more on his personal issues such as pending court dates, his new fiancé, and the ongoing feuds with his father. Towards the end of the episode, Floyd Sr. and Jr. engaged in a heated argument about whose the reason for Jr’s success.  Both father and son have great pride and arrogance, making it difficult for either man to back down in this debate.  Instead of  focusing on getting ready the fight with Ortiz, a fight nearly broke out between Jr. and Sr. The 2 had to be separated by security. Floyd Jr. asked Floyd Sr. to leave (in so many words).

This series is shaping up to be a great build up to the fight. Can’t wait to see what happens next week.

 

BOXING……POOR MAN’S SPORT?

Posted in boxing on August 27, 2011 by Dayron Booth

If  you interviewed any boxer, 9 out of 10 times they will tell you that they had a troubled upbringing.  Whether it’s gangs, drugs, absentee parents, abuse, poor household, rough neighborhood, or many other negative scenarios.  In most cases, these experiences compels a person into the sport of boxing.  Would a person turn to boxing if they didn’t have to, or does someone turn to boxing out of necessity to escape their situation?  Anger, frustration, bad behavior, and a destructive  personality seems to make for an easy fit and transition into boxing. But does this determine your greatness as fighter?  If your life experience is worse than the next fighter does that give you the upper hand or more talent?  Better yet, if you took a child that’s well-rounded, who attended the best schools, wealthy family upbringing, never struggled, and had unlimited opportunities, would he succeed as a boxer or even make an attempt at the sport?  Or could you put anyone in boxing, who’s a natural athlete with raw talent, and works hard in the gym and make him a world-class fighter?

All interesting questions.  I’d love to have everyone’s opinion on this topic.  Please let me know your feelings and if you agree with any of the above statements.

WORKING OUT TIL YOU FALL OUT

Posted in fitness on August 24, 2011 by Dayron Booth

 

Ever been to the gym and trained so hard that you felt dizzy, nauseous, or ready to pass out?  This is typical in most gyms.  In most cases, this happens when someone hasn’t been exposed to daily activity, or experience an unusual increase in workout intensity.  In other cases, it can be due to low blood sugar.   If you hadn’t eaten over an extended period of time and then workout, you may notice that your energy may be low, and eventually dizziness may set in.

Another big part of this can be lack of hydration. Drinking plenty of water can save the day.  Dehydration can be the main cause of nausea and the feeling of passing out.  Be sure to drink half your weight in water ounces daily.  This will help maintain the necessary hydration that the body needs.

It’s important that throughout the course of your workout that you pay attention to your breathing habits.  Like boxing, martial arts or any action where you need to breathe during short bouts, it’s essential that you maintain slow controlled breathing to get oxygen to the blood flow, expanding lunge capacity.  Take deep breaths in through the nose, hold for 3 seconds, and then release slow out of the mouth.  This will help slow the heart rate and prevents panting, keeping your breathing under control. This also helps the prevention of dizziness and nausea.

Try to remember these gym guidelines and the awful feeling of passing out and vomiting will pass you by.

Happy training!!!

GIANTS!!

Posted in sports on August 23, 2011 by Dayron Booth

The Giants finally play GIANT!! New York put their foot on the throat of the Chicago Bears and never let up. The Giants looked like a well oiled machine,completing passes, ripping off chunks of yards in the run game, and playing that aggressive defense that the Giants are known for. Even special teams play was up to parr. 1st and 2nd team offense and defense played extremely well, so good that you couldn’t tell that there was a switch. The Giants crushed the Bears 41-13! I know it’s only preseason but SO WHAT….I love my GIANTS!!!!

P.S. Congrats to Plaxico Burress on a great game for the Jets. I really wish we had him back. We’ll see you back home at the Meadowlands on Saturday.

TAYLOR VS. CHAVEZ

Posted in boxing on August 22, 2011 by Dayron Booth

 

 

This was definitely an epic fight between Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor. One of the fastest, or THE fastest fighter that I have ever seen. This fight single-handedly ruined Taylor’s professional career. He was beating Chavez throughout the fight and was way ahead on points, constantly scoring with sharp, lightening fast combinations. With the last and only knock down that Chavez scored in the last round, with literally 17 seconds left on the clock, Meldrick  got back on his feet with 11 seconds on the clock. Referee, Richard Steel stopped the fight with 5 seconds left!!! One of the worst calls in boxing history! Taylor should’ve remained a champ and undefeated. This defeat scarred Taylor mentally, from which he never recovered.

 

Check out this link to see what I’m talking about:

 

 

KID DYNAMITE!!!

Posted in boxing on August 20, 2011 by Dayron Booth

 

These are a few highlights of my son hitting the mitts. At the time he was 6 and 8 years old. He’s constantly improving, getting faster, stronger, and more skilled as a boxer. Unfortunately, a lot of his sparring footage was lost, but there will be newer clips of his progress coming soon….stay tuned.

Click on the links below to view:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1352585693820

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/KO-Fitness-Bootcamp/170637535107?sk=app_2392950137