Film Studies

Why the End of a Workout isn’t Really the End.

THIS JUST IN exercising leads to the break down of muscle tissue and the weaken fibers. Millions everywhere wonder why they are told to exercise. It turns out the first sentence is true, which partly leads me into the topic of discussion: The end of a workout isn’t really the end. In this short post, I am actually going to claim that the workout is the first/beginning part of achieving physical fitness.

Nutrition nutrition nutrition. I’m not going to get into particulars because different diets work for different people. When you work out your body is indeed breaking down and needs nutrients to rebuild. Breaking down your muscles and body tissues also trigger a sort of defense mechanism which tells your body to grow in tissue size and tone. This also requires more nutrients. However, this does not necessarily mean you need to eat more if you exercise as most of the time exercise is used to loose weight. If this is your goal, then what you take in becomes a much larger concern. You still need to eat, but you also need to trigger your body into using its stored energy in fat cells.

Secondly, your body needs sleep and rest. Now that you have exercised and properly input body with sustenance. You need to let your body do what it does best–repair and build. The best ways to help you body accomplish this to sleep and stretch.

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Now for the million dollar question: How come, no matter what I do, I can’t do [insert here] and good as [insert name here]. The missing part of fitness that nobody wants to talk about is genetics. Unfortunately, people cannot just be build, like something out of a Tim Burton film, defying many laws of nature in the process. How well and the maximum efficiency/ability for you to do something is partly already decided for you. For example in the video link above it talks about myostatin and maximum muscle mass. Part of you success has already been written for you, for better or for worse. You can go about this two ways. You can let this be the end of your workout and fitness plan (an excuse) or you can accept it, use it at motivation and TRAIN ON.

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Film Studies

Fitness: Comedians Need Not Apply

Have you ever heard of someone smiling their way into a physically fit state. Although there are obvious benefits to carrying a happier mood and viewing the lighter side of things, exercise does not play by these rules. Oftentimes, if you feel happy and comfortable while at the gym, you are doing something wrong. Humor and Exercise do not fit for two very fundamental reasons

Familiar with the story of Sisyphus? In Greek Mythology, this cunning king had even the wit to out do Zeus. Unfortunately, Greek Gods do no like to be one-up’d, so Sisyphus was sentence to roll a boulder up a hill only for it to roll away from him and back down the hill, deeming him to an eternity of pointless work. Why do tell  this story? Quite often people find exercise to a never-ending, pointless endeavor. They often turn to excuses, which leads to jokes and the whole “But then I’d have to get up” line of self separating humor ensues. If anything, making fun of yourself for being lazing is dark humor. Sure it may be funny, but substituting your health for a good laugh is no “laughing matter.”

Do you ever see professional athletes reading the funnies or making silly faces before they perform, didn’t think so. Happiness is a state of mind brought on by peace and enjoyment. One of the easiest ways to be happy is to not be mad, but what happens when you ARE mad…..exercise to the rescue. Aside from the endorphins and physical kick-backs of exercise, exercise can be an excellent mood improver, coping mechanism, and stress reliever. As the picture above explains, exercise give you an acceptable way to show your rage. Also, why not spend your anger by improving your overall health. Killing two birds with one stone is always nice, is it not? Next time your angry, wrap that closed fist around a dumbbell and Train On.