True … some of us are more susceptible to obesity than others. Some of us have to work harder—much harder—than others to get fit. And we may never be as lean as our neighbor. But, ultimately, even if lifestyle choices are not the primary cause of our obesity, lifestyle choices and behavior are the way we battle our obesity. Follow the link below for some insight into the factors of obesity.
A pulling exercise, the barbell row serves to strengthen the back, stabilize the spine, and activate the core. As with all exercise, proper form is essential to avoid injury. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
As we report here again and again, if it includes the word “diet,” it likely is not a good thing. Most diets, like the Carnivore Diet discussed in the link below, usually eliminate some essential nutrition element or another. And that is what makes them suspect.
Cravings are not hunger—we should avoid the urge to satisfy the craving with junk foods. Most cravings are just our innate desire for a reward called dopamine. So, let us treat that condition, not feed the addiction, by using one or more of the tips recommended in this link.
It is critical that we warm up properly before exercising. And the (very) old school method of static stretching is not the proper way. Save the static stretching for after the workout. What we need to do is called dynamic stretching as a way to prepare our body for exercise. Linked below is an excellent pre-workout dynamic stretching routine, presented by my very good friend, Mike Dean of MAD Fitness. Please feel free to visit and Like his new YouTube channel.
The DASH eating plan is not really a “diet” per se. Because it does not require special (often expensive) foods or supplements or preparation. The plan incorporates—in a healthful way—normal, every-day groceries from your store-of-choice. Originally developed to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure), the DASH eating plan has been shown to be beneficial in reducing blood sugar levels and other lifestyle ailments. Follow this link for more details.
As discussed here just last week, it is difficult to determine a universal exercise and nutrition program that works perfectly for everyone. Because our body chemistry is unique to us and not everyone enjoys the same results. However, as detailed in the link below, key to successful health and fitness is the What (general guidelines) rather than the How (detailed instructions). For examples, what we should focus on is: exercise (not so much which exercises); eat less (portion control versus specific diet or calorie counting); drink more water; eat more plants (without worrying about which specific fruits & vegetables); and other ideas. Let’s not stomp on the ants while the elephants are getting away.
Let’s be kind to our joints, shall we? Click the link below to discover new ways to get our strong on … without banging up our bodies with high-impact movements.
Milk is an often overlooked nutritious food source by many of us. But it is chock full of macro- and micro-nutrients. However, many of the currently fashionable milks (e.g., almond, rice, coconut, etc.) are nutritionally insufficient. Review the very brief discussion at this link for a comparison of the milk brands available. BTW … run away from cockroach milk. Yes—it is a thing.