Why the Ab Slide is the Hardest Abs Workout I’ve Ever Done

When it comes to abs workouts, I’ve done quite a few during my lifetime. None of them have been as difficult and challenging as the workout I got when I tried using an ab slide to work my abdominal and oblique muscles. The ab roller slide is a relatively new device (it’s been out for a couple of years), and started becoming popular via television advertising shows.

Usually I don’t try such devices because they end up being cheap, plastic-like pieces of equipment that, well, don’t usually work like they are supposed to and end up breaking or hurting me in the process. However, with the abs slide I found something a little different (although I still don’t like how they have marketed the tool).

What I found was that it is a great way to work your abs, if you are an experienced and strong fitness buff. I had been working out every day for over an hour (for several years) when I first tried it, and I will admit that I could not do the exercise properly until I had used it several times. However, once I got the exercise down it truly did do a great job at targeting and building my ab muscles and oblique muscles, and I would recommend it to any other serious and experienced fitness nuts who are looking for a very unique way to target those areas. However, I would not recommend this to the average person, and certainly would not recommend it to someone who is trying to get into shape and loose some weight around the belly.

Emotional Upsets As We Age – Adult Health and Wellness

As we age, it is more likely that we will eventually experience emotional upsets, loss and change. Many of us go from busy, full time workers or full time parents to partial workers, empty nesters and grandparents, to full time retirees, with or without a life partner, adequate financial resources, secure housing, or a network of close family and friends. We may move from a familiar neighborhood to a different retirement community. Friends, neighbors, close relatives and even our beloved house pets may become ill and pass away. Depending upon whether we have developed the positive mental attitudes, uplifting and life affirming spiritual connections, healthy lifestyle, social contacts, and continued passion for living – which researchers describe as the formula for healthy aging – we are more likely to suffer more from illness, disability and emotional instability as we age.

Complications of Emotional Upsets and Stress

Stress Accelerates Cellular Aging

Research is beginning to substantiate the devastating effects of long term stress on health and aging. Telomeres, the DNA-protein structures that cap the ends of chromosomes and promote genetic stability, appear to play important roles in cellular aging and disease. Elisa Epel and colleagues examined the effects of psychological stress on telomere maintenance in 58 healthy premenopausal women. Results, appearing in the December 1, 2004 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that the psychologically stressed women had shorter telomeres and less telomerase, a telomere producing enzyme which affects immune function cells in the blood.

Stressful Jobs Affect Health of the Elderly.

In workers over age 60, problems on the job raise blood pressure in although these older workers often claim to be less upset and less sad than younger employees when work problems hit. They seem to “feel” less emotion, but their bodies reveal greater stress factors. Older workers may be more vulnerable to heart and cardiovascular problems if they remain in high-pressure jobs or situations.

Emotional Stress May Precipitate Heart Problems

Emotional stress can precipitate severe left ventricular heart valve dysfunction in patients who do not apparently have coronary disease. This reversible condition, called myocardial stunning, cardiac stunning or myocardial stress, is brought on by severe emotional stress. Research corroborates the phenomenon that severe emotional stress and heartbreak, such as the break up, loss, or death of a a loved one, can release an onslaught of stress hormones that cause the heart muscle to contract and spasm, possibly leading to severe complications and even loss of life.

Emotions Affect Blood Cells

Photos of frozen water crystals imbued with different emotions appeared in the book, The Hidden Messages in Water by Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto. Inspired by these photos, Rebecca Marina attempted to replicate the experiment by having her own blood samples photographed on slides while she caused herself to feel specific emotions.

She focused first on sadness. In this photograph, her blood cells seemed to actually take on the formation of teardrops and were seen moving rapidly (rather than slowly and sluggishly as we might expect) with a lot of white blood cells predominant, more so than in a normal blood sample.

When she felt fear, the blood cells moved around rapidly and frantically with an increased number of white blood cells and then stopped moving rather abruptly, as if exhausted.

Feelings of love produced slower, more placid movement and some sparkly substance in the fluid. Interestingly, when she felt love, the blood cells on the “sadness” slide that had remained on the screen began to change. In other words, even when her blood was no longer inside her body, her feelings of love actually affected the movement, shape and quality of her blood cells on the slide.

But the most astounding effect was when she focused on Divine Mother or spiritual love and peace. The fluid part of the blood became clear, the movement of the cells was placid, and the cells were just gliding along. The white blood cells that showed had a white glowing center and a pulsation in that center almost like a heartbeat! And some of the cells actually took on a heart shape. (EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique Research)

Sliding Miter Saw – Choose The Best Model For You

The compound sliding miter saw leads the list of woodworking tools that have the ability to save a tradesman time in the execution of clean and accurate angled cuts for use in the home construction industry, intricate cabinet work and furniture construction. The compound sliding miter saw is the preferred tool over its less sophisticated family, the cut-off saw, also known as a chop saw.

When considering a 12” or a 10” compound sliding miter saw or any miter saw for that matter note that these numbers refer to the diameter of the cutting blade. The 12” model offers the advantages of increased cutting depth and crosscut. The 10” saw offers the advantages of lower weight and lower cost. Generally the 10” model will complete the majority of cuts so the 12” model will not be necessary.

Every manufacturer attempts to make their saw outshine its competitors with adding shiny bells and whistles but the features such as maximum width of the crosscut, maximum depth of cut, maximum height of cut and minimum blade runout are essential in the purchase of a new machine. The term runout in the previous section is a measure of how true the blade runs and is affected by the bearings on the blade shaft as well as the straightness of the blade. Another feature to consider is weight. Tradesmen generally avoid very heavy saws if they have to be lugged around from job to job, however a heavy compound sliding miter saw mounted permanently is a workshop in no problem at all.

A tradesman must make considerations as to the primary use of his compound sliding miter saw. If it will be used for dimensioning 2×4 framing lumber then most of the machines will be suitable, ensure however, that the machine has a strong motor along with soft start and electronic brake. A saw that has to execute intricate cuts into expensive and exotic woods would want to have all the high end features to augment his accuracy such as micro fine adjustment, digital LCD displays, accurate dual laser which indicates exactly where the blade width will remove the material.

Compound sliding miter saw adjustments involving the miter and bevel adjustments are critical factors which must be considered when examining the machine specifications. A high end compound saw will be able to bevel at least 45 degrees left and right and sometimes closer to 50 degrees bevel on each side. It should also miter each side to at least 50 degrees with some models reaching 60 degrees on one side and 50 degrees on the other.

Other features to consider for your saw are the number of positive stops or preset detents in the bevel and miter scales. The saw must also be able to cut close to the positive stop setting but not exactly on it. The locking mechanism for both the miter and bevel scales must be strong to ensure identical angles every cut.

The ability to effectively manage the dust that your saw will create is an added bonus. This feature becomes more critical when working in enclosed spaces as uncollected dust will not only compromise the health and safety of the compound miter saw operator, but others who will sharing the workspace space with the saw, not to mention the cleanup for which the operator of the saw will most certainly be responsible.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a compound sliding miter saw and in some cases we must make trade-offs of features vs. price to get the most suitable saw for our application.