Archive for the ‘wellness’ Category

20170319_151544I had the distinct honor of having Gary Reinl stop by my gym, the Cave, while he was in town working with a Pro sports team and take the time to do this podcast.

His approach to recovering from injuries makes too much sense to ignore.

Listen to the podcast here

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Iced!: The Illusionary Treatment Option

Anyone who lifts heavy and hard knows how important it is to get adequate rest and recovery. In fact, all those who train hard, even if they are in a non-barbell sport, know this.

However, many people sabotage their recovery through excessive amounts of stress. Much of that stress comes from being completely immersed in social media. I mean they cannot live without checking Facebook a gazillion times a day.

Another  source of high stress is the news, real or fake doesn’t matter. It keeps people in a constantly agitated state of mind.

People rant and rage about all manner of things they cannot do one thing to change.

For instance, people are ticked off about the election. Big deal, I have been ticked off about numerous elections over the decades, and it didn’t make one bit of difference in any of them.

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So, if you want to recover more effectively, here’s some things that should help

  • get out of town for a few days to a beautiful place (the mountains, a lake, a beach, for instance)
  • spend time with someone you get along well with
  • do some simple, relaxing things
  • stay off social media (you won’t die from that, I promise)
  • don’t watch the news (it will be just as bad, just on a different day)
  • get some extra sleep

 

 

I am studying this book now and it is one of the most informative I have read in quite a while, and I read a lot of books.

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Scott Iardella shows numerous reasons why strength is so important all through life, but especially as you age. He covers some subjects in depth that many people may not have looked into before, like muscle wasting (sarcopenia).
The Edge of Strength: An Unconventional Guide To Live Your Strength And Discover Your Greatness

In support of Movember (mens health awareness month) I just wrote an article on my other blog about being active and fit all your life.

Too many guys are dying way too you! It shouldn’t be that way and doesn’t have to be!

Read it here

 

One thing I hate is someone trying to make me think, act, and live how they think I should at a certain age.

They first try to get to you when you turn 50 and they send you an invitation to join a very large “geezer’s” organization (it starts with the letter “A”).

Forget it! Quit calling me a Senior Citizen, I keep that I am only approaching middle-age in my mind! I refuse to think old!

I feel 1/2 my chronological age.

Each year they throw more stuff at you that they automatically “just know” you have to have (this is in addition to all the prescription medications for  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and sexual dysfunction that they have conned many people into using)

  • free dinners to discuss retirement/investment options
  • discounts on burial plots
  • discounts on cremation services

They can flush all that junk!

All of it is for their profit, not your health and well-being.

I ain’t going for any of it!

  • I will continue to lift heavy stuff and get stronger every week
  • I will stay med-free
  • I will eat clean and get enough rest
  • I will stay mentally tough
  • I will never surrender

Folks, don’t buy their lies!

Think for yourself and take action every day.

Surround yourself with strong, smart, trustworthy people and you will prove all the slick marketers wrong! You DON’T need  their junk!

 

Unless you are living under a rock, you see and hear this poison every day.
On the Internet, hate is at epidemic proportions.
In traffic, people are ready to kill others because they don’t like how they drive.
People are seething with rage, bitterness, and vengeful thoughts.
Even if they don’t act out those thoughts, they are still wrecking their own health and lives.

 

Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:*

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Dampened thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to certain health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems.*Read more here

Here’s the thing, you don’t have to get sucked into this mess.

Here’s a few ways to avoid this trap:

  • exercise regularly
  • sleep more
  • limit social media usage
  • limit watching the news
  • avoid senseless arguments
  • don’t label others
  • take time to interact with real people in person
  • remember you cannot fix the whole world

Your thoughts eventually become your actions, good or bad.

The ancient writings remind us  “let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” Book of James 1:19

 

Summer is just about here and so is the next “fat panic” across America.

This occurs   around New Years also. It is very predictable.

The unreasonable fear of looking bad in a bathing suit suddenly hits those who have neglected their health and fitness all the rest of the year.

Here’s the main problem, though:

  • slick marketers know this and prey on the people caught up in the panic
  • every slick scheme imaginable will be promoted through the media, Internet, etc.
  • gullible, uninformed people will buy almost anything to get slimmer fast

You can help prevent your family and friends from getting suckered by  the con artists out there by making them aware of this. Some still won’t listen, but some might.

Remember:

  • No one can safely get a lean attractive body in just a few days or even weeks
  • Rapid weight loss scams are dangerous
  • Losing weight fast with a crazy diet usually entails losing muscle mass and other things your body needs
  • It takes good program design and a solid work ethic to get fit and lean

The people who will look great in a bathing suit his summer are already in excellent shape, they bare not in panic mode. They trained all winter. There are NO shortcuts or magic formulas!

My approach overall is strength and fitness are the main priorities

However, train the right way for strength and fitness and the improved looks are just a byproduct of that.

Don’t let the people you care about get suckered!