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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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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.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Technology and Fitness

Common knowledge tells us technology is advancing. As far as fitness and exercise are concerned however,the benefit of  technology remains vague. For this reason, I am going to address the good, the bad, and the ugly of how technology is influencing fitness in the modern age.

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THE GOOD

Yes, technology can be an excellent fortification to one’s workout. Today, there are many gadgets circulating the market which can greatly improve one’s satisfaction as well as their efficiency and motivation. When you have instantaneous measurements such as heart rate, steps, and distance, the feedback can drive one to new heights and self-orientated goals and challenges. Another great aspect of technology is its optional. Maybe today you just don’t feel like listening to music or strapping up the arm band. One of the fundamental components of fitness is variation, so there’s nothing wrong with a old-fashioned workout.

THE BAD

DISTRACTING. How often do you find yourself pausing a workout to change either the song or the channel or some other aspect of what should be helping keep working out? Don’t get me wrong, listen/watch on, but don’t forget what comes first–exercise. Technology, as convenient as it is, tents to be TOO convenient. The simple knowledge of knowing we can change the song (or whatever) in a matter of seconds leads us to telling ourselves to take that “quick pause” to make sure everything is “right.” Just remember another fundamental aspect of fitness, time under tension.

THE UGLY

Watching television, playing video games, surfing the web, Twitter, Facebook, technology tends to facilitate a sedentary, often seated positioning of the body, which by the way is TERRIBLE. Technology addiction, as I am going to call it, has the nasty habit of being a selfish act. In theory, technology should help us do processes/tasks faster, allowing for more of them to be done in a given time; unfortunately, this theory falls apart in practice. In the movie, The Truman Show, the creator of the show, Christof, states, “We accept the reality in which we are given.” Don’t let technology’s first impression be that it makes things easier, let technology be something that allows you to do more. Technology often consumes time and leads to unhealthy habits and the absence of…you guessed it, exercise. The bottom line is we need to make technology work to increase productivity, not hinder it. Whether your workouts use advancing technology or not, don’t let the latest and greatest thing keep you from the little voice in your head telling you to focus on the workout. As always, TRAIN ON.

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The Truth Behind Weight Loss

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CLICK HERE to learn how to lose 20 pounds instantly! Learn what doctors and physicians don’t know! Lose weight without the hassle of exercise! How many time have you stumbled across the “miracle food” or the “best diet plan out there” and other ostentatious claims while on the internet? There are hundreds of these claims circulating all around, yet none of them hit mainstream media or ever make it past their side bar advertisement status. These advertisements are lies, only gateway links to get spam cites their hits they need to make money. I know this is obvious, but there still remains the simple question of: What is the best/easiest way to loose weight? The truth behind weight loss can be as blurry as the truth in hollywood cinema such as Edward Bloom’s extravagant life stories in the Tim Burton movie Big Fish. As you will find out, there is no definite, long term “easy” way.

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Alright here is the secret: There is no best, all encompassing way to loose weight. This conclusion derives from the simple fact that everyone is different. People vary in metabolism, age, gender, family history, lifestyles, body types, physical preconditions such as allergies or bad joints, and many other factors relating to how one adds, loses, or maintains weight. Yes, there are even accredited programs who’s advertisements air on television telling of miraculous stories of how so and so lost so much weight. Unfortunately, we only hear of the best results, so how can we be sure it will work for us, right? The best way to lose weight shouldn’t require pills or the monthly bill for food made from who know’s where. The facts of weight loss are often too painfully true and therefore easy to deny allowing for questionable, “miracle” techniques to catch the eye and blind people from the truth. Here is what I have found to be true about weight loss:

I hope the five conclusions help clear the gray areas surrounding the truth about weight loss. If you have any other diets/ideas feel free to comment. As always I would love to learn new things. Until then, Train On.