COOL down the summer

while still getting your workout on!

It's the end of May. In Houston. You know, cool spring breezes, pleasant patio weather. Just kidding, we ALL know better in Houston! So what activities can we do in the summer to stay fit and healthy, even though it's so humid?

For starters, trampoline parks! That hits the quads and glutes like nothing you can imagine! How about rock climbing? Rock climbing is a great way to plan your summer fitness routine. "Ascending a cliff, boulder, or even an indoor rock wall requires a large amount of physical strength and endurance," says Huffington Post.Climbing for one hour burns up to 700 calories and also works your brain since it requires the use of problem-solving skills and body awareness. Climbers who completely lose themselves in their climb enter a mindset that can create a sense of euphoria and block pain, so you can be happy and stress-free while you get fit and take advantage of the spring and summer seasons.

There's always indoor swimming too—certainly a full body workout. And the evenings when your friends come in town to visit? How about a night of dancing...talk about cardio!

Jazzercise describes itself as "a high-intensity dance party that fuses cardio, strength, Pilates, hip hop, yoga, and kickboxing." You can burn up to 800 calories in one 60-minute class! Since Jazzercise offers a variety of classes to challenge you, it's sure to maintain your interest for summer fitness. In fact, they've been around as a popular exercise program for more than 45 years. Don't worry – you won't necessarily be dancing to 80s music. Jazzercise has made it part of their mission to continuously evolve their music, moves, classes, and methods.

All this to say, there's many ways we can be creative in our hot, humid, Houston summers to be sure we get our workouts in. Just make sure to stay hydrated, even when you're working out inside.

It's easy to eat healthy in the summer too. So many fruits are in season. Mangoes, strawberries, watermelon, peaches and cherries. They say fresh food is the best medicine. So many vitamins inside, without having to swing by a GNC. Let's turn a negative (sweltering hot, humid weather) in a positive (hitting different muscle groups trying new activities). You know, turn our lemons into some cold, sweet lemonade!


So keep your health up in the summer. It's hot, I know. But let's not wreck all our spring progress! Keep your heart rate up doing different exciting activities. We can do it! Thanks to fitness inspiration Sabrina Tour.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF O'BRIEN'S COACHING

Not my job: Texans outmatched when it counts against Steelers

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Another game, another loss for the Texans. This time it was only a seven point loss to the Steelers as they fell 28-21 in Pittsburgh. This time around, Bill O'Brien looked to be on his game as far as decision-making was concerned. However, there is still room for improvement.

One thing that I did appreciate that O'Brien did was have trust in the offensive line. The Steelers pass rush could be problematic, but their defense overall is very stout. That's how they were able to nearly make the playoffs last year with a Duck at quarterback. While the Texans did give up five sacks, they weren't all due to poor offensive line play. The Texans lost 33 yards on those five sacks. Tytus Howard and Zach Fulton handled themselves fairly well after looking like turnstiles the first two games. O'Brien called longer developing pass plays and play action in spite of this and it paid off with Deshaun Watson and his receivers putting up 264 yards in the air.

There also wasn't an instance of Bumbling Bill this game. At the end of the first half, there was a minute and fourteen seconds left. The Texans were down 17-14 and had all three timeouts with the ball on their 25-yard line. Classic Bumbling Bill situation right? Wrong! Not only was the play-calling on point, but the players executed and the timeout situation was handled perfectly. First timeout was used after getting to midfield with 47 seconds left. Timeout number two was used after a 20 yard gain after the previous play. A 15 yard gain later to the Steeler 14-yard line and timeout number three was used with 28 seconds left. This set up perfectly for them to call a multitude of plays. They only needed one as Watson found Will Fuller in the end zone on a jump ball in which Fuller rose up and was physical enough to grab the ball over the defender. They went up 21-17 at the half.

Bill O'Brien's teams were 37-3 when leading at halftime. I say "were" because they lost this one after not scoring a single point in the second half. This was more on the defense not being able to fight its way out of a wet paper bag, and a lack of execution by the offense. Specifically, the run defense has been atrocious and Watson either needs quicker reads or to stop holding onto the ball so long by making quicker decisions. That's on coaching to put players in positions to succeed, but also the players to execute.

Ultimately, this was on O'Brien the general manager more than O'Brien the coach. This roster is woefully outmatched. The only time an outmatched roster can compete consistently is in college football with a wacky offense. It just doesn't happen in the NFL. Hey, at least Bumbling Bill didn't rear his butt chin today. Today's Culture Map play call menu was brought to you by Pour Behavior. I suggest getting over there and checking out their daily specials.

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