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St. Patrick's Day Exercises

Posted on 3/17/2015 to News
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Dancing has always been an essential part of Irish life, from conventional Irish folk dances to dynamic jigs. The opposite side of the spectrum of Irish celebrations is less active; indulging in some typical Irish traditions like corned beef and cabbage meal, strong whiskey, and stout beer.   Interestingly enough, indulging is not necessarily true of Irish folk.  According to the data from a 2013 survey by Irish Sports Monitor, 47% of all Irish men and women aged 16 and over participate in some form of regular exercises.

Some engaged in common activities like running, cycling, swimming, or other gym-based workouts while others enjoyed alternative, more Irish-centric activities like dancing and the sport of hurling. Why not go for a change of pace this Saint Patrick's Day and plan for a healthier approach to celebrating.  Why not try a few Irish themed workouts?

Exercise like a lumberjack

During the 1840s, the famine of Irish potato arose, and many citizens immigrated to the United States and Canada. Many immigrants found employment as lumberjacks and loggers in the timber industry. These days, there is an evolution of exercise known as the “Irish Lumberjack” which supports the arm and core strength needed to chop down trees.

  • Pump a few sets of one-armed dumbbell rows while you are balancing on one leg with your knee slightly bent
  • Be conscious of your stance and try to keep your back from rounding
  • Your non-weight-bearing leg should be towards the back with your torso equivalent to the floor, so your body makes a "T" shape
  • Repeat until you feel like an Irish lumberjack

Give hurling a whirl

Hurling is an Irish game similar to field hockey, yet played using shorter sticks that broaden towards the tip.  Hurling will have you getting in plenty of cardio with your field sprinting, good leg exercises, and working out your arms as you swat the ball.

Leap like you’re Lord of the Dance

Aside from the spectacular in-person show or unbelievable commercial takes that feature Lord of the Dance, the dancing abilities behind the dancing itself are truly astounding.  Dancers perform complex and rapid movements with their feet.  Attempting the same kind of cardio exercise is a powerful workout for your legs and. Start with some basic Irish dance routines and work your way up to Riverdance status.

Whether you are serious about your sports or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, BQuick Nutrition has the answers for all your sports nutrition and endurance fuel needs; regardless of your intensity level or occasion.
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