Since pretty much forever, there’s been all types of people. Some skinny, some fit, some with a little extra, some straight up fat. As the centuries have progressed, that last group has been increasing its numbers. Now that a lot of us sit in comfy chairs all day and eat our food from packages, it’s pretty easy to understand how there’s just more fat people around in general. Up until recently there’s really been no change in how fat people are viewed. So lets see, usually when you see some extra heavy person walking around, there’s certain things that go through the average mind. Some of those may be “lazy”, “lacks self control”, or even a simple “gross”. Hey guess what? those are valid thoughts. They’re not universally true of course, but they’re about as true as seeing a fit person and thinking “active”, “self… [Read more]
Don’t you hate it when your body is sore from months of work but you still look like you slam cookies daily? This is one of the main reasons so many of us quit and use genetics as an excuse not to exercise. One of the biggest secrets to getting bigger and stronger is to continuously challenge oneself and be patient with the results! Trying to get a “beach body” or whatever by Summer when you’ve only started working out in March is a lie that is sold to you by workout gurus that are trying to pimp a machine or a Blu-ray box set. “I don’t know anyone that is a beast off of any workout Blu-ray” When you decide to get fit, it should be a life decision. What I mean by this is that it needs to be a commitment that you… [Read more]
Today’s bytes involve the topics of privilege, discrimination and whether or not black folks were happy before civil rights (lol). There is also a unique perspective offered up about marriage by a female writer that we had to include and it will blow your mind to smithereens. This week we’ve been on a fitness tangent so there are some good links to training advice by step queen Cathe Friedrich. Lastly a coach goes off on his players and Lady Dragon Lisa Ann does some stretches.
I’ve come to realize that after we turn 30 there becomes 2 distinct paths that we can take when it comes to fitness. The gravity of life and the world seeks to pull us down, bend our backs and extremities to make us old, slow, and helpless – this is of course if you let it. While some health factors and situations that affect random members of the human race may cause this to be inevitable, the rest of us are able to fight it and maintain a great quality of life well into our 70’s (Studies have shown this to be true). This is why I call it the fork in the road; life rewards those who break laziness in lieu of fighting for a better quality of life and even though luck plays a factor into this when it comes to finances, when… [Read more]
What would happen if the zombie apocalypse occurred while you were at work and you were stuck with 3 coworkers to survive and possibly find a livable future for the world? My coworkers and I started a game of this awhile back and it amazed me how it forced us to focus on the strengths of everyone in our office in order to pick our individual teams. The breakdowns were amazing as some people even chose one person to be possible zombie bait in case the camp got overrun. Some chose the office hawte (in case they needed to repopulate the earth) and quite a few picked people who they knew hunted, fished, or loved the great outdoors in general. The interesting part about this exercise was that all of us remembered who it was we picked for our teams and why, even months down… [Read more]
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He attributed his customary heartburn, constipation and the presence of blood in his stool as “normal” (to him), especially that hemorrhoids were common among his family members. Well, a colonoscopy had this vibrant 40+ year-old saying “Oh shit!” Did you know you should be taking a look at your poop on a regular basis to keep an eye on your digestive heath? Stools are the end product of eating and digesting our meals, as the body rid itself of undigested foods and toxins. Have you ever wondered what a “normal stool” should be like especially when we experience the hardness and looseness of this smelly necessity? Well, let’s take a look. Normal Stool should have the general color of cardboard, 4 to 8 inches long, and curved like a banana. It should leave your body… [Read more]
Taking part in exercise, whether it’s playing sport, running or working out at the gym, provides numerous benefits; fitness, physique, current and future health all see gains in a variety of ways. However, injuries during exercise are not uncommon and after sprains, strains and pulled muscles, ligament damage is amongst those most frequently seen. Ligaments are the tissues that connect bones to each other and therefore play an important role in movement. Those who take part in sport are most likely to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the ligaments in the knee, which usually occurs when you stop or change direction abruptly. You will soon know if this ligament has been damaged, as besides the “pop” you are likely to hear at the time it occurs, severe knee pain and swelling are accompanied by an inability to straighten your leg or place any… [Read more]
Everyone wants it – that nicely toned, slender, and sexy body, but not everyone knows how to obtain it. With the right amount and types of exercises, combined with a healthy eating plan that suits your specific eating style (vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, raw food, etc.), you can definitely achieve a fit body. A fit body is one that not only “looks” good, but that is very healthy on the inside as well. Strength Training The best exercise to increase your strength, slenderize your body, and increase your metabolism is weight-bearing exercises. There are several choices to tone your muscles, which create that sleek and sexy body. The most common tools in strength training are free weights, weight machines, strength bands, and kettlebells. No matter which tool you decide to use to build and tone your muscles, the important thing is consistency in training. You should… [Read more]