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Fill ‘er Up!

You wouldn’t attempt to drive your car when it has no fuel.  You know better, and would make sure to put something in the tank before heading out even for a short trip around town, let along a long trip.

Food is our fuel, it’s our energy source that runs all of our body’s systems.  So why do we continually see people trying to workout without enough fuel in the tank? It’s important to make sure that you have a little something to eat before your workout – always.

Round It Out – Plan a pre-workout snack to have a protein, carb, and a fruit or vegetable.  Of course whatever you choose is going to depend on personal preferences, and any dietary restrictions you might have, but some of my favorite pre-workout dining includes milk, eggs, nut butters, cottage cheese, yogurt & granola.  All items high in protein that will help you to feel more satisfied yet keeping it light.  Morning-glory or Bran muffins, oatmeal with fruit or nuts, or high fiber cereals are all carbs that have whole or fuller grains to help you feel fuller without eating a large amount.  Bananas and apples are my favorite go-to fruits to round it out.  They are easy to take on the go, relatively mess-free and provide a decent amount of nutrients and fiber.  Mixed melon, cucumber, and mixed berries are a fresh,  light change as well.  Making a smoothie to go is also a great way to incorporate more than one of these nutrient groups together in a tasty way.  Try adding spinach for a high iron boost in a fruit/veg smoothie!

Did You Know? Cramping when running or swimming after eating a fuller meal is actually your body trying to digest that food.  The blood that supplying your body’s intestinal tract gets redirected to your arms and legs, and the food “stalls” in your intestines.

Don’t let your car sputter out, just make sure you put premium in!

Hybrid Vehicles: Is It for You?

Did you know YMCA Calgary has a Green team? The YMCA Calgary Green Team works hard to ensure our organization is doing its part to ensure the longevity of our planet. YMCA Calgary provides a Green tip each month in our YMCA Today electronic newletter (you can sign up to receive the newsletter on the bottom right corner on any page of the www.ymcacalgary.org website).

This month’s tip is about choosing a hybrid vehicle. National Geographic provides a great article about going about selecting one of these types of vehicles:

“Hybrid automobiles use both an internal-combustion engine and electrical power to drive the vehicle and can be built around one of several architectures. When selecting a hybrid vehicle, it’s important to consider the kind of performance and efficiency characteristics you seek and how much of a hybrid ‘price premium’ you’re willing to tolerate. In addition, weigh issues of reliability and safety as objectively with hybrid vehicles as with any other type of car.”

Click here to read the full article on the National Geographic website. Some other websites with useful information on choosing a hybrid vehicle are:

  • GreenCar.com has loads of info about hybrid vehicles.
  • CNet.com reviews a whole spectrum of hybrid vehicles.
  • HybridCar.com includes a mileage calculator and explains some of the technology of hybrid vehicles.
  • FuelEconomy.org is from the US Department of Energy for fuel economy information.

Electric Car Built from Recycled Oil Booms

Did you know YMCA Calgary has a Green team? We work hard to ensure YMCA Calgary is a leader in Green initiatives and to encourage others to live cleaner and with more love and care for our environment.

We also share information about actions individuals, organizations and companies are doing to ensure the longevity of our planet. Here is information about action General Motors is taking with the Chevrolet Volt:

Chevrolet Volt Spares Landfills from Gulf Oil Spill Waste
212,500 pounds of recycled oil booms provides year of air deflectors for electric car

Oil-soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico are providing more than enough recycled material to make a production year’s worth of air-deflecting baffles for the Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range, a positive outcome of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

“GM decided to offer assistance by collecting boom material from the Gulf coast until there was no longer a need,” said John Bradburn, GM’s manager of waste-reduction efforts. “We’re in the process of identifying other areas where the material we have left can be used – potentially in our plants – now that we have a sufficient quantity for the Volt.”

Using the recycled booms, whose oil and water was refined or used for energy, allowed GM and its supplier partners to:

  • Reuse 365 kilometres of the absorbent boom material
  • Save almost 110,000 litres of water and oil from the nation’s landfills
  • Eliminate 212,500 pounds of waste from being thrown out
  • Eliminate 149 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions from entering the air

The air deflectors comprise 25 per cent boom material, 25 per cent recycled tires from GM’s Milford Proving Ground vehicle test facility and 25 per cent packaging plastic from GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly plant. The remaining 25 per cent is a mixture of post-consumer recycled plastics and other polymers.

GM’s team of partners, including Heritage Environmental, Mobile Fluid Recovery,and GDC, Inc., worked together on the process to recycle the booms into car parts.

Before GM began the project, the only options for the contaminated boom material were disposing of it in a landfill or burning it for energy. While energy conversion was preferable to waiting hundreds of years for the material to decompose, both options end the life of a material that, if recycled, could live indefinitely.

“We applaud GM for moving beyond traditional corporate responsibility efforts and finding a way to turn a portion of the waste from one of the worst environmental challenges in our nation’s history into something valuable,” said Corey Lambrecht, president of Earth911, Inc., host of the US’s largest recycling directory. “We need more, creative cleanup and recycling efforts like these.”

In 2010, GM facilities worldwide recycled 92 per cent of the waste they generated. It uses recycled and bio-based materials such as plastic bottles, blue jeans, cardboard, carpet, tires, kenaf fibres, balsa wood and soy in its vehicles.

“We use recycled and bio-based materials whenever possible,” Bradburn said. “Fortunately, we were able to leverage what we know to aid in the Gulf cleanup efforts, produce a high-quality part for a brand-new vehicle and keep the boom material in its use phase all in a cost-neutral way.”

What do you think about the work GM is doing to try and find balance between the work they do and helping the environment?



Older Drivers: Hi-Tech Aid to Help While on the Road

Seems the folks at Newcastle University in England have been hard at work helping older folks drive from Point A to Point B. The researchers have converted a car into a special kind of mobile laboratory and have come up with some neat ideas:

“The work is part of a £12m “social inclusion through the digital economy (SiDE)” project, led by Newcastle University, which aims to see how technology can improve peoples’ lives.”

To read more about the new ideas coming out of Newcastle University, click here to read the article written by Caroline Parkinson on www.bbc.co.uk.