Make Sure You Do Some Cardio

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To all of you serious weight lifters and dieters out there, it may be a great idea to add in some cardio! Just remember that cardio is important.

Cardio is just as important as the weight lifting and the dieting.  Maybe you are wanting to be strong to the point that you started weight lifting, but endurance built from cardio will help you increase repetitions and sets during your workouts.  For the dieters, cardio is important because:  If you fail at your diet on any particular day, you can simply amp up the cardio and burn off those extra calories.

Take a look at any distance runner and conditioned athlete.  Just take a look at any of them.  They had to do a lot of cardio to get to where they’re at.  They had do a lot of conditioning and it may have taken a lot of running or swimming.

Also, as far as the running or swimming goes, you can choose to do whatever cardiovascular exercise you want.  I would just recommend that you do cardio three to five times a week.  It can be running, or swimming, or even walking.  There are a lot of different cardiovascular exercises.

Remember, the cardio is good for your overall cardiovascular health.  This means that in the ‘long run’ it’s good for your entire health.  By doing cardio, your blood flow will be better which in turn is better for your major organs.  It will help you lose weight, and you’ll be a well-balanced athlete.

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Three Reasons You Do Not Need To Quit Drinking

It’s the digital age and there has never been an easier time to get informative articles about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.  There’s also a lot of misinformation though, and some of you may not need to give up your afternoon sip of wine or your daily beer.  Some of you social drinkers may not need to quit drinking, as it may just be a few every weekend.

Let’s allow the facts and information about abusing alcohol speak for themselves, but in this article we are going to go over three reasons why you DO NOT need to give up your vice, I mean pass time(haha!), of alcohol consumption.

  • Studies Show That Moderate Drinking Actually Reduces Mortality Rates.

According to a collection of studies gathered by The University of Harvard, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol was actually shown to decrease mortality rates.  Here is a quote from the website I linked above:

“More than 100 prospective studies show an inverse association between moderate drinking and risk of heart attack, ischemic (clot-caused) stroke, peripheral vascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and death from all cardiovascular causes. (1) The effect is fairly consistent, corresponding to a 25 percent to 40 percent reduction in risk.”

It’s also worth mentioning that those who drank a substantial amount of alcohol were actually at an increased risk of mortality. What needs to be noted here is that alcohol, if consumed in moderation, has a few notable health benefits.

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  • Alcohol Can Reduce Stress Levels

According to this article on CNN, there are many ways alcohol is unhelpful when coping with a stressful day or situation.  However, the article was also admitting that it does have a calming effect and many of you reading this know from experience.  The key thing to remember is, again, moderation. Dependency is when alcohol seems to become a problem and causes more stress to you and your body than what it actually relieves.

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  • History Shows It Isn’t Going Anywhere, And Maybe There’s A Good Reason For That

It’s known that prohibition in the early 1900’s did not work, and it only led to people “bootlegging” which is actually the inspiration for Nascar.  Thank you, alcohol, for inspiring Nascar and fast left turns!  I’m sure the biggest reason it wasn’t successful is because people were dependent on it and craved liquor, and it was also considered a remedy for a lot of different illnesses at that point in time with the limited knowledge we had of medicines.

Also, just for fun, I wanted to add this quote I found on a well-sourced Ask Men article:

“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” – Benjamin Franklin

There you go!  See, if Benjamin Franklin loved it then you should also.  I’m kidding, but along with my other two points I’d like to once again stress that alcohol is fine for most people as long as it is drank in moderation.

The key word here = Moderation.

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Helpful Daily Reminders

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As a guy in his early 20s, it’s important that I consistently ‘check myself before I wreck myself.’ By that I, more or less, mean that I’m young and I don’t have everything figured out or the wisdom associated with getting older. I can still live a good life though, and seem very mature for my age. To do that, I try and remind myself three things daily.

  1. I Don’t Know Everything. It’s Best To Not Be Very Presumptuous. I’ve made the error, several times, of being a ‘know-it-all.’ The funny thing is that everything is 20/20 in hindsight and when I look back at my life a year ago or two weeks ago, I notice that I could have done things a lot better. I always look back at conversations I had with people I knew and it seems like l completely didn’t listen to them or show them the respect that they deserve.
  2. The World Really Is Kind Of Like A Mirror. Again, I notice that things are 20/20 in hindsight and it always seems like when I look back, that a lot of the problems I have with other people are at least 50% my own fault. There were times where I thought people didn’t like me or I had a weak conversation with someone, and at the time I thought that their side wasn’t justified. However, every time I look back I often think I could have handled my situations more maturely or been more confident in myself.
  3. Fake It Until You Make It. I know I was just talking about being presumptuous but I feel that this has got to be true. I learned this from a mentor of mine, and he told me that for whatever I want in life I will have to ‘fake it till I make it.’ According to him, if you want to actually be happy then you need to strive to always have a smile on your face. If you want to be successful then dress the part. If you want to be confident in yourself then start faking it until it becomes natural.

Those three points seem to be the best strategies for getting through life at the moment, and they seem to be a kind of “life-hack” for me as I know I’m young and I haven’t gotten everything figured out yet.

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Motivation. Results Take Time

I found this image on Google. It was from a user on Pinterest and the message is so true. It’s my third post of the “Three Day Motivational Quote” challenge and here is the last quote, and it really hits home for me:

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you,”

This is so true and if you’ve been weightlifting or running, then you know that commitment is the most important aspect in regards to getting lasting results.

Too often I am lifting weights and I get a lot of blood pumping to the body part I am working on, and it begins to look bigger. During that time my confidence is great, but sadly that comes to an end a few hours later. The pump shows me how big I could get, but then later reveals I’m far from being there yet.

The fact of the matter is this:  Even if I get discouraged by the fact that I am not where I am going to be yet, I must keep working hard at my goals. Things won’t happen over night and there will be a lot of struggle, but it’s how I react to the struggle and decide to continue working at it that defines my results.

The same applies to you in your fitness endeavors. Thanks for reading and have a terrific day. Please subscribe.

Eat Healthy Now, Don’t Pay For Being Unhealthy

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Here is a fact:  With a rare few exceptions, once you get so unhealthy you have a disease you will have to eat healthier.

Some people are born with diseases and sickness, and these people probably have to eat healthy and take medication too.

Personally, I have Crohn’s Disease. I was sick in the hospital about a year ago when I started thinking, “I wonder what life would be like if I got a colostomy bag and decided to undergo surgery.” For some, this is their only option. For me, it was one of my options and the easy way out.

At that point in time, I was filled with dread and felt hopeless but it is that thought that made me climb out of despair and take control of my life. I began researching colostomy bags and learned something interesting. If you have a colostomy bag, not only is your life very different and probably embarrassing, but you have to eat healthier! If you don’t eat healthy, your bag can get clogged up in the tubes and cause inflammation and infection.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to go through all that embarrassment and daily cleaning of some dumb bag I am going to go ahead and eliminate my bad habits before it gets to that point. I decided that in the hospital, and I climbed out of this despair I had as I realized that getting healthy now is my only option.

It was my best option. I have started this endeavor for myself and I am proud to say I went from a severe case of Crohn’s with all kinds of medication to only one medication.

Now, I have something to say to you. If you are at risk of becoming diabetic or if you have unhealthy habits, change them now. Do it NOW. Don’t wait and pay for your unhealthy decisions later, like a lot of people may do. Take control of your life and be transformed as your physical, mental, and emotional health all see tremendous improvements.

Thanks for reading. I hope that you apply the principle of “changing now” to your life. I hope you see improvements. I hope you at least give it all you’ve got and that you don’t give up.

Three Day Quote Challenge

I was nominated by “The Nerdy Author” user, The Other Girl, to do a three day quote challenge.  Basically, how this works is, I need to post a quote every day for three days and challenge three users to do the same each time.

That being said, here is today’s quote:

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough,” -unknown.  I believe this is true almost 100% of the time.  Make sure there is some doubt and that you are really passionate about your dreams, and then have persistence and dedication to prove your own doubts wrong.

No matter what your circumstances or who you are, at the end of the day, if you try doing something you love and you fail then at least you tried.  At the same time, nothing is stopping you from trying again with newly found wisdom and ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Here are three people I am tagging today:

Spartan Daddy

Finn West

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Again, thanks for reading, and to those of you who I tagged…..I sincerely hope you’re up for the challenge! 😉dreams

Intermittent Fasting Update – First VLog!

Intermittent fasting is more of an eating schedule than an actual diet, but numerous people have tried it and managed to lose a lot of weight.  I decided to give it a shot and see if it is truly a great way to lose weight or if it is mostly a myth.  Here is my first video log update on “intermittent fasting”.  I kept it short for you.  Also, at the end of this, I posted a picture and if you saw my previous post titled Attempting IF – Intermittent Fasting then you can see that I’m already starting to lose a little bit of weight.  Some of that is water weight but I am confident that this is working.

Here is my video.  I believe that this is really soon to credit or discredit my results, but here this is to get the ball rolling and I’ll keep you updated weekly.

Life Is Hard. Stay Soft.

Life is hard sometimes. If you’ve been living it for more than a few years you already know that. You also know the old saying, “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.”

As that old saying is saying, don’t allow the hardships and struggles in your life cause you to become negative. That negative energy is just something that you would wind up carrying around with you everywhere and it would be practically contagious to other people.

So far, I may have stated the obvious but what most of us don’t think about is the fact that we’re probably going to know this and still slip up and allow some of our personal struggles to mold us into something we don’t want to be in life. That something is “negative,” “whiny,” a “Debby Downer,” and sometimes even terms that are more derogatory. 

So how do we make lemonade when life throws us these lemons? Simply, through practice. It takes practice. You have to keep forgiving yourself for getting upset about things and continually try to see “the glass half-full.”

I hope you are having a great day as usual and soon I will be giving updates on my Intermittent Fasting. Thanks for reading tonight’s post and I hope you start making this metaphorical lemonade throughout all your struggles, or if you like lemonade go home and make a glass.

Never Give Up! Be Strong.

Never give up at things you are passionate about. If you want something badly, don’t ever count yourself out and always be pushing yourself further into the direction of success.

For more posts on motivation where I go more in depth, take a look at these: What I learned from seniors at the gymHow successful people thinkAppreciate Your Low Points, and To be the best you have to sacrifice.

There are probably more posts I have made on maxedoutmuscles that would be equally helpful to you as the ones linked above. It is my main goal to give you motivation, advice, help, and comeradery(we can accomplish a lot more if we work together). Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

How Successful People Think (vs. How Unsuccessful People Think)

This is a video I found while browsing youtube earlier and I think that it could be incredibly motivating for you. The moral of the story that this guy is projecting is right in line with what I am trying to convey to you through this blog. I hope it is of some service to you and that you have a great day. Enjoy the video.