EXERCISE IS NOT VANITY

“So what if you want to look good.”


LIFE IN LIFTING

I have heard people who for some reason attach exercising with vanity. Why do we think it’s shallow for people to go to the gym? Or better yet, how did we get so far away from health? The looks you get when people can obviously see that you workout. But shouldn’t we all to some extent have fitness in our lives? Now I’m not saying you have to be Jillian Michaels or the Dewayne The Rock Johnson, but only anfew days a week goes a very long way. It makes so much physically feels better. Your clothes even starts to fit your body in a manner that makes you overall feel good. And the confidence you gain is bar none compared to yourself prior. So what is the real reason so many don’t attempt?

MOTIVATION IS KEY

When you work forty hours in a week it’s going to be tough to find time to exercise. But is it all about time? Because if you actually look at time in a week, finding forty five minutes at least three times a week is very basic. So it’s not the focus of the physical time. People have a mental stress which goes along with their jobs. And the more you don’t like your job, the more it will feel like a physical strain. So the idea you can’t do it because you’re busy is not true. Even for people with children. But then factor a kid or kids with a bad job. Now you have a recipe for disaster. Yet still, you have to get the motivation from somewhere.

ADELE REACTION

When singer Adele lost her weight the backlash from some of her fans was quite excessive. She admitted it was for her own good. But there are people who would rather her be overweight so they can feel good about themselves than her health be right. It’s very selfish of society to want someone to remain in bad health so they don’t have to work. Because what Adele showed you is this is a problem. But society would rather not be faced with the reality.


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PAYING FOR YEARS OF ABUSE

“Feed the machine properly.”


THE PRICE OF JUNKĀ 

As we sit in our homes through this quarantine we have to be cognizant of the meals we consume. I know that’s hard given the circumstances. But not only does it leave us open to the virus for not eating properly, we can see ourselves suffering from more debilitating illnesses. And trust me I get it, the junk taste better. But the is a cost that comes with not consuming a well balanced diet. You don’t really see it when you’re younger but over time it starts to work against you. It works against you such that most people can’t reverse the damage that has been done. You don’t bounce back from a sickness at forty like you did at twenty. So know and understand the contents in which you are consuming.

IF THE MACHINE BREAKS DOWN

Try putting sand in your transmission where you’re supposed to place oil. Or add water in your gas tank instead of gas. Then when your car breaks down you will see the long term effects of what you have been doing over the years. And the shocking part is that people get surprised when they have these problems later in life. It’s because you’ve been pumping your insides full of products that just shouldn’t be there. Because even though it taste good that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. You have to be able to discern between the consuming of something because it taste delicious and the benefits it brings because of the consumption of a delicious meal.

NEVER SETTLE

Most people are under the assumption that you have to be without children and not married to stay in shape. Because you have all these priorities with a family. And the reality is that there are people with four and five children and yet their lives work with health and fitness. You have to have a certain level of motivation otherwise you’ll start to have these internal problems that might actually block you from having a life as a better parent or spouse.


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GET YOUR DAILY WORKOUTS

“Good for your soul.”


ONE HOUR A DAY

We are all familiar with an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what good is the apple without any lifting or other forms of strength training. You have to do just more than eating an apple. You have to eat a multitude of fruits as well as vegetables. Oh and not to mention the poultry and fish that is good for you as well. The right seasoning also is key to healthy lifestyle in addition to the workouts. And you really don’t have to dedicate much time to your workouts. Just one hour a day for at least three days per week. And maybe some walking on the weekends. Me, like to get in a good five days and walking a lot on the weekends.

BREAK UP THE TIME

Do you always have to go an entire hour in your workouts? And reality is that you can break up the workouts to make sense to you. Now, you don’t want the time to be broken down too much because then you don’t get a good workout in. So my best advice would be a good twenty five to thirty minutes a frw times a day. This would actually constitute more time than an hour. You might even workout more muscles at various times of the day. But don’t do anything like ten minutes unless they are truly beneficial. Now, I don’t know what those workouts might be. Maybe pushups or even situps broken down into a few sets.

WORK HYDRATE WORK

During the course of your workout make sure you are drinking enough water the entire time. The last thing you want to do is find yourself getting dehydrated because you didn’t drink enough water while you worked. It doesn’t make you tough by not doing so. I see guys at the gym who lift weights and act as if they don’t need any fuel. But the reality is that the watet serves as fuel in your body to lift more.


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REGIONALLY OVERWEIGHT: WHY SPECIFIC REGIONS MUST CHANGE THEIR HABITS

Person Holding Tape Measure

“Get it together.”


overeating in america

I come from the Midwest, and if you know anything about this region of the country, you know we love to eat. And let’s not leave out the South as well. And to put things into perspective, when I say eat, I mean everything has pork fat, lard, fried, and glazed. Oh yeah, BBQ’d and smoked to perfection. And here lies the problem with the regions. Because when you have of the top fattest cities, four of the top five in one state (Texas) that possess a serious health concern. I know we live in a country where we can eat what we want, but there has to be limits. Texas, as I mentioned, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan; these places lead the charge in being overweight.

good eatin, bad problems

What happens when you consume so much food, you start to develop health issues surrounding the food you eat. Diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and loss of vision (which can stem from diabetes). Now, if eating good means any of these issues, keep the meal over there. But we seem to not care and tell people don’t tell me what to eat. But it will be the problem of someone when they are forced to care for you when you lose a leg to Diabetes. So eat what you like, but think for just a moment those who may have to care for you.

hell, water can be bad drinking too much

You want to have a few donuts, fine; a little Haagen Dazs, go nuts. But go nuts every now and then. You can eat anything, just don’t make things a habit. Too much bread and not a balance of other foods can lead to illnesses. And what is more healthy then good old fashion bread. Well, there are fruits and vegetables; but beware, too much fruit raises sugar levels as well. You don’t need to eat sweets to still get sick. And after hearing this you say, now who cares. If fruit gets me sick, let me eat my donuts in peace. Well, nothing is guaranteed, but fruit is a hell of a lot better than chips and cookies and donuts. So eat as you wish, but don’t say you weren’t warned.


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LEARNED BEHAVIOR: THE RESULTS OF MIRRORED EATING HABITS

 

Woman in Black Shirt Facing Mirror

“I did what I knew.”


in the home

Growing up, your image of health is your parents. They are the ones feeding you and feeding themselves in the process. And that is how it was in my household growing up. I ate whatever my mother would eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The only problem is that she battled a weight problem for most of her adult life. And only now is she able to take off the pounds. That’s how most people end up overweight themselves. They watch their parents consume food and never exercise, so it becomes a thing for them. Yet, my mother always stressed keeping yourself in shape and healthy. She never wanted us to battled like she did with weight.

affordability

If you grew up in a poor house and community, then chances are, you will not have the money for healthy food. And when that happens, you eat things that are not good for you, leading to illnesses. But what are you to do when you have multiple mouths to feed and you are operating on a limited budget. The food that is cheaper is unhealthy, but it is what the family can afford. This is when you need to go to other measures to make sure you’re eating right. Meaning, you can afford chicken, but don’t fry it, bake it. Use less sugar in teas and cool-aids. Don’t eat to get full, eat to fulfill what is necessary so you are not hungry.

remove yourself from the environment

In order for you to make your life better physically, you need to put yourself in a different environment than the one you are in. My immediate familial circle was always people who ate whatever we wanted to eat. Then there were a few people in my family who had no choice but to change their lives. But for the people who come from a family where people except their eating habits, you might have to remove yourself from them. Not because you don’t love them, you just have to love yourself.


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