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The Art of Saying “NO”

OK, you’re all set, week one is down, and you’re rocking. You’re working out 4 times/week you got your groceries. Your meal prep game is on point, and you feel good. Then you get the phone call… “Hey don’t forget it’s my birthday tonight and you promised you’re coming.” We are all familiar with these scenarios. If not, here are a few quotes that may sound familiar. “You can drink that, or you can eat that it’s only one.” “One drink is not going to kill you” or the biggest one “C’ mon you’re ruining the fun.”

So let’s have fun with a little math. If you have more than one friend, family member, or work event. IT WILL NEVER BE JUST ONE. Now I’m not saying to bore yourself to death and never have fun but how about you choose when you engage and don’t let anyone else determine that for you. Let’s make it simple when you make your fitness plan, factor in times to “cheat” and if the event doesn’t fall in line then here are a few cool ways to say “NO” that may help.

  1. “NO” (Don’t elaborate. Don’t justify. Don’t discuss.)
  2. “I’m on a cleanse.”
  3. Sorry, that really doesn’t agree with me. I won’t feel good
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Let me start by saying I am not a nutritionist. I am a CPT who covered fundamental aspects of nutrition. I have read a few books about food and consult with nutritionists regularly. No-one, not even a professional should have the final say on what you put in your body. The information that specialists provide is just suggestions. If you try a Vegan diet and your body doesn’t feel well, then do yourself a favor and stop. If you are on high protein meat-eating diet and your body doesn’t feel well, then please just stop. Do not let anyone force you into following their path or their journey, that path or journey is for them, not you.

My personal opinion is that anything excessive is going to be potentially damaging. If you eat an excessive amount of meat or carbs the potential for a negative impact exists.

My suggestion is that you combine the information you receive from reputable sources with how you feel and come to your own well-informed conclusion.

To Eat or Not to Eat!

To Eat or Not to Eat!

Ok so let’s start by saying, I promise you won’t die if you don’t eat for a few hours. Unless you have a medical condition that requires eating, I promise you won’t die if you don’t eat for 24 hours. We oftentimes eat junk food because there is nothing else around and we hear the proverbial mother screaming that we need to eat!! I am not saying to starve yourself. I’m merely stating if there’s nothing nutritious around then just don’t eat until you can get something healthy.

Example: The last time you ate was the day before, and you had to rush to work, and all that’s available are candy bars and donuts – WAIT TO EAT.

You didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast, it’s lunchtime and the only option at the moment is McDonald’s – WAIT TO EAT.

Now I know that it can be tough and frustrating and mess with your energy. My suggestion for anyone who is able is to first train your body to function by fasting periodically for at least one day or two. Fasting will help you to get a better understanding of your body and your hunger.

What Are the Health Benefits of Boxing?

What Are the Health Benefits of Boxing?

Physical activity in any form, even taking a walk around the block, is healthier than sitting on a couch. However, not all forms of activity are created equal. Boxing is one of the most physically demanding sports on your lungs, heart and muscles. If you can make it through this hard work you’ll be rewarded with health benefits like a longer life expectancy, less stress and more muscle.

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Aerobic Conditioning

It’s not uncommon to see a boxer glide around the ring covered in a sheen of sweat. That’s because boxing is such a physically demanding sport, especially on the heart and lungs. The minute-long rest between rounds in a boxing match is barely enough time for the competitors to catch their breath.

All of the huffing and puffing that comes along with throwing punch after punch is building your cardiovascular system over time. The better shape your heart and lungs are in, the healthier you are. According to an article from the University of California Davis’ Sports Medicine Department, being in good shape increases your life expectancy.

When your lungs and heart are stronger and better at pumping blood around the body, you feel the effects in your daily life. Your body recovers from stress faster and physical exertion, like walking up stairs, seems easier. You can also sleep better and are less at risk for heart attacks and stroke. In other words, boxing could be a life saver.

Fat Loss

Boxers are notoriously lean athletes. Part of the reason why they have so little fat on their bodies is that boxing is a weight-class sport. In a weight-class sport you have to fight people who are around the same weight as you, so the goal is to be in the lightest weight class possible.

Boxers would be naturally lean even if they didn’t need to make a certain weight class. That’s because training like a boxer can make you burn around 30 calories per minute. With 30 minutes of intense boxing, you could burn up to 900 calories. Even if a boxer wants to gain weight, he would have a hard time because he uses so much energy in training.

Losing fat from your body makes your healthier and less likely to suffer from things like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even joint pain. Of course, not everyone needs to lose fat, but if your doctor tells you that you’re overweight it would be a good idea to pick up boxing.

Muscle Gain

In the same sense that it’s tough to box and not lose fat, it’s hard to keep off muscle. In boxing you quickly snap out a punch with all the muscles of your lower and upper body, then retract it and move around. You’re constantly pushing muscles to their maximum power and speed.

Boxers have wiry muscles that help them create enough power to use their fists effectively. Having more muscle mass can increase your life expectancy, help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve your life by making you stronger and more capable. It can also make you feel more attractive and boost your self-esteem.

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