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Staying Healthy all the Time

workout-clothes-7Workout clothes for women are HUGE business these days. I can’t be sure because I was just a baby, but I would liken it to the early 80’s when aerobics classes were at their peak of popularity. From what I’ve seen, there were spandex suits and tights everywhere. It’s kind of funny because we’ve, in many ways, come full circle. The tight, form fitting, fitness clothing is back and it’s very popular. Most of these clothes are compression clothing, meaning they squeeze your body. The most popular are the shorts and leggings. Have you ever wondered…

More Sustained Power

In a 2003 study, a volleyball team of women was asked to wear compression shorts while doing a series of vertical jumps. These were more like squat jumps because they would get into a squat position each time they jumped. They jumped 10 times straight with a 3 second rest between jumps. The compression shorts did not affect their power during the actual jump, but it did register more sustained power over the series of jumps. In other words, the girls kept their strength longer after more jumps.

The researchers believe this happens because the compression holds your muscles in place as you go through impact and power moves. With less body jiggle, your muscles are able to be recruited with more ease. I hope that made sense.

Rice Cookers

Rice cooker capacities can be confusing, as some manufacturers quote cooked capacities while others quote uncooked capacities. To make matters more complex, there are at least 2 “cup” sizes quoted by different manufacturers — 6 ounce and 8-ounce. Then there’s the complexity of serving size. Some people consider 1/2 cup of uncooked rice to be a one-person serving; others say that one cup of uncooked rice equals a serving. We’ll do our best to clarify as we go.

The manufacturer of the Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker considers one cup to be six ounces. Also according to the manufacturer, a cooked portion of rice is 1.5-2 times the volume of uncooked rice. Perhaps the best way to look at it is by what actual owners told us: this is an ideal machine for couples and small families. General construction wasn’t faulted by our survey respondents, and all the internal parts come out easily for cleaning. However, it should be noted that the rice tray is metal and doesn’t have a handle, so care should be taken when the tray gets hot.

In terms of capacity, the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker is much larger than the Aroma and will produce from 4 to 20 cups of rice. It doesn’t really matter how Hamilton Beach defines cup size or whether they are talking cooked or not — in a nutshell, this machine will produce plenty! In fact, one owner complained that the only problem with the Hamilton Beach is that it’s not very good at cooking smaller portions of two to three cups.

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