It’s not for you?

Internal motivation is great but sometimes you have to think outside the box a little. How does your health or fitness effect the people around you? What did you look like when you first met your significant other? Do you still look the same? What is life going to be like when you’re 70 years old and your kids are adults? Did you give them a good example of how to live healthy? Are you a ticking time bomb for a stroke or heart attack? Imagine worst case scenario and you have a stroke. Now you are so incapacitated that someone has to bath you, change your clothes, serve your food, and maybe even change your diapers. I don’t think anyone really wants to complete the cycle of diapers to diapers (baby to elderly)

Then think about how you’re setting your kids up for their future. The food you give them and the amount of activity they get has a direct effect on brain function. If you’re sending them out the door for school with a bowl of golden grahams for breakfast or even worse no breakfast then how can you expect them to perform at their highest potential? These simple decisions have lasting results. The kid that struggles with school, and ends up not being able to move out when they get older may have been a result of poor nutrition throughout their childhood. If your “go to meal” is hot dogs and macaroni and cheese because you know that they’ll eat it because your “tired” and just want to get them to eat something. Then please walk over to the cabinet, and fridge, grab that shit and throw it away. Your kids deserve better than “tired”

So next time you’re smashing that cheesecake down. Think about the diapers.

My advice on fruit

I love fruit, and I especially love fruit in a smoothie, but its not always the right time to indulge in natures candy.  So here are some simple guide lines on when to eat fruit.

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Its good to have a few pieces for breakfast because you’ve been fasting all night and there is some room in your muscles to store the energy from the fruit.  Its always a good idea to eat fruit after a workout if its available.  At that moment your body needs nutrients and the sugars to repair itself and start the adaptation process of strength.

The times when I actually avoid fruit are when I’ve been really lazy and not had much activity.  Some small pieces wouldn’t hurt but I wouldn’t even eat a whole banana or just scarf down half a watermelon.  I also avoid fruit right before bed because I actually treat fruit as a quick energy type food.  I eat it to gain quick energy or when I’ve just expended a lot of energy.  Otherwise that fruit could add up to too much sugar in your blood stream, and thats not a good thing.

So there are my simple guide lines that have worked for me.  Hopefully they can work for you too.

Fitness as a sport?

Fitness as a sport is on the rise around the world, and there seems to be some debate about its legitimacy. I’ve heard people make remarks about how all the athletes are just washouts from other sports. That they couldn’t hack it at anything else so they just workout now. Well that kind of sounds like everything else when you look at it closer. How many kids grow up playing every sport known to man? Eventually they find out that they’re not very good at certain things but really good at one thing. So does that take away from how good they are at that one sport? Like Michael Jordan for example. He was great at basketball but not very good at baseball.  Would you now say that Jordan was a “washout”?

Truth is the sport of fitness actually has some very technical skill sets in it now. There is good reason that weightlifting is an olympic sport. That’s because it takes a very long time to learn and apply the proper technique to throw up 200 plus pounds over your head. One of the reasons I actually love the sport of fitness is because its measurable across time. Its one of the rare sports where there is no debate over an athlete from one generation to the next. Times and numbers are locked in forever and they are always comparable.  That also gives everyone the chance to really compare themselves to the professional athlete.  You can find a benchmark workout, look at the top times, and try your best to beat them.  Now you have a real understanding of just how good these guys and girls are.