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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HEALTH ON A BUDGET

“Eating healthy on the cheap.”


EAT WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

There is this prevailing theory that in order to be able to eat good you have to spend a lot of money. But the reality is that it’s much easier than you think if you’re willing to put the time into caring what goes into your body. And here is where so many people give up. When you are working all day long the last thing you’re thinking about is meal preps. You just want to grab something quick and easy which will fill you up the quickest. And the problem with this logic is that this is how you gain the most bad weight. So what are the meals one should take into their bodies. Well that all depends on the goal you’re trying to meet.

STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD

I remember going to a McDonald’s eating from the dollar menu everyday. Which is very affordable but it’s one of the most unhealthy ways one can consume a meal. My pockets were fine but internally I felt like garbage. And that’s because eating from McDonald’s is the worst meal to consume on a daily basis. You continue to live like this and you’re only asking for long term effects. So I had to make a decision to keep eating this way or I would take on a new way of living. Well, you can image which road I decided to take in life.

ITS STILL YOUR LIFE

Me nor anyone else is going to make you eat the right way. You have to make that decision yourself. Because it’s not me who will have to deal later it’s your choice. But don’t say you didn’t have the opportunity. It’s a discipline thing that one has to consistently practice. It takes years to eat right and exercise even more diligently. The road is long but for most it pays off.


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PAYING FOR YEARS OF ABUSE

“Feed the machine properly.”


THE PRICE OF JUNK 

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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FOUR MONTHS OF HEALTH

Female doctor with the stethoscope holding heart

“Health is wealth.”


INTERNAL SYSTEM

The next four months will be dedicated to our health and wellbeing. And when I say health I am referring to physical health as well as our mental health. And both are very important during this time period. We are bearing witness to a pandemic globally. Nothing like this has happened where the entire planet stopped being productive. Even during world wars the Earth continues to operate. Well not during the COVID 19 outbreak. This respiratory illness has hit the world hard. And people of certain age ranges and physical medical history are at the most risk. So for the next four months we will be observing a very interesting time on history.

WHY OBSERVE

You might wonder besides the obvious of what’s going on in our world why observe health in our society. We live in a world that is troubling to a large degree. And one of those issues is health. America has serious health issues stemming from our health as well as the mental issues we face. The mental issue are harder to discuss as a country. But they effect millions of people nationwide as much as the physical. So let’s read, learn, like, and share for the next four months the various topics surrounding our health.


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LIQUID CONSUMPTION: THE FLUIDS THAT GO INTO YOUR BODY

Clear Glass Cup

“The effects of drinks on the body.”


quenching our thirst

Whenever you take a sip or even guzzle down a drink, understand this, it’s just like food. Whatever fluid you bring into the body, will inevitably alter the body’s chemistry. So if you bring into the body soda, you will have a breaking down of the body because it is highly acidic, and the sugar content that exist in each soda. Conversely, if you drink water the body is 75% water, so you are bringing into the body something that is natural. Water also has the benefits for the Kidneys in expelling waste. Soda drinks out the body, and this is how you can develop things like Kidney Stones. Well, what about those delicious fruity beverages. Because they have their benefits as well: kiwi, bananas, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and cherry.

beware of the fruits

I eat all the fruits I need to be eating, but there is still something wrong with my blood sugar levels. And the problem is because they have quit a bit of sugar in them as well. That is a hard concept to understand because growing you you are always told to eat your fruits and vegetables. Now you have to make sure they balance out as you age. Because something that is suppose to aid you can hurt you when your intake is too high. So you have to bring into play the vegetables, which can also be used as a beverage as well. That’s right, a veggie beverage. And you’re probably wondering what does that taste like.

veggie drink

Me personally, I have never had a veggie beverage. I think the idea of drinking your vegetables is something I can’t find delicious. Now, I am sure there are many health benefits from consuming vegetables this way. And by all means, if there is anyone out there who can tell me of something that is good for you, that also taste delicious, please show me in that direction. Because I am always trying to look for new places to eat food, especially if the food serves some sort of holistic benefit.


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WHO INSPIRES YOU: THOSE WHO GIVE US COURAGE TO FIGHT FOR HEALTH

Man Lying on Floor While Woman Sitting on Man's Feet

“Who impacts your life?”


those who push you

We all have someone we look to that makes us strive for something better. That person can be a relative or someone in society that has no attachment to you. When you are young athletes and entertainers inspire you so much do a lot of things in life. But when we get older a lot of times those inspirations that were great to us then are not always the people we hold close to us as we age. Siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends are the people who change our perspective. Very rare do we hold to the other public figures unless they are someone that really changed to way we think and live our lives. But when it comes to health, the people in the public eye are so many of the people that inspire us.

those exercise tapes are useful

Anyone remember the Tai Bo exercise tapes, or better yet, we all know Richard Simmons. We see these tapes, and for those of us in shape, it really hasn’t impacted our lives. But for the people who needed that extra push to get themselves in shape, Richard Simmons was that man. He didn’t just exercise and explain to you how to stay in shape. He was so animated in making people feel like they were and could be the best version  of themselves. He inspired even the next generation of fitness gurus that dealt with weight problems, or watched someone close to them deal with issues concerning weight.

they are now watching you

Understand that when you start on your path to getting yourself in shape, there are the younger ones watching you. The next generation that will take your cues and persevere in their life’s journey. And even though you may not want the job, it is yours, because you will inspire them as others have inspired you.


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