2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Dec 30

2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

2015 Fitness, health, nutrition The New Year is almost here so all regular gym attendees have to get ready for the influx of newbies to the gym. Yep, the treadmills will all be filled, every class is going to be packed and trying to spot for bench pressing is going to be damn near impossible. As much as I love the New Year, crowded gyms are probably the worst part.

As for my 2015 fitness goals, I plan on eating much cleaner. 2014 was a great year for me as far as working out goes. I put in the time necessary to reach my fitness goal, I’m talking aerobic and anaerobic, but I must be honest, I fell short in the eating department.

I totally understand how and why people fall off track when it comes to sticking to a healthy eating regimen. Eating clean can tough because unhealthy food is so convenient and many healthy dishes can take a long time to prepare.  No that’s not an excuse but boy it sure is easy.

Let me be clear, my eating wasn’t a total failure in 2014. I had many good weeks and I don’t plan on plan on ever cutting out foods that I really enjoy completely. I believe that food is one of the great pleasures we have and I plan on pleasing myself every now and then…get your head out of the gutter.

Most fitness experts would agree that having a cheat meal from time to time is okay.  Incorporating cheat meals help to keep people like me sane. So between the guacamole, spinach and asparagus, I’m going to continue to squeeze an occasional cheeseburger in there.

I’m looking forward to 2015. Even though it’s going to be tough navigating through the gym for a month or two, I’m excited to get started. There will be a stronger dedication to the eating plan; with an occasional cheeseburger, but my eating will be much cleaner in 2015.

Tell me what your 2015 health and fitness goals are.
I’d love to hear what you’re planning to do and how you’re going to do it.

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Follow an Eating Routine

Apr 09

What time do you normally eat?  Are you a creature of habit and try to stick to the same times or do you go with the flow of the day?  I’ve found out that going with the flow of the day makes it extremely difficult to stick to an eating regimen.  We either lose track of time and eat too late or get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and eat something bad.

When it comes to eating healthy, most people have a fairly good understanding of what they should or should not be eating.  The problem is time management.  What I’ve found out is that the healthiest eaters are good at preplanning and time management.  They are also creatures of habit.  They stick to certain foods and snacks.  They also keep the same cheat day each week.  Many of us run into problems when we try to switch our cheat days around.

Let’s say you always use Saturday for your cheat day, but you got pretty busy at work one day and ended up cheating on a Wednesday, are you really going to eat clean on Saturday?  What if you had multiple busy days during the week?  Your intentions may have been in the right place but it can be extremely difficult to stick to a clean eating routine, unless you plan out your meals.

Try sticking to the same thing for breakfast for a week.  Something quick and simple like oatmeal.  It will keep you full and the preparation isn’t too difficult.  Prepare your lunch the night before and plan for your dinner the night before as well.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be surprised how easy it easy to have a good eating routine.

Written By: Gminski Stubbs

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Alternative Ways To Relieve Stress

Nov 11

Alternative Ways To Relieve Stress

Stress free zone2aHow do you relieve stress in your life?  This is a health and fitness blog so quite naturally we endorse the benefits of exercise and healthy eating to help relieve stress.  But everyone doesn’t use fitness and health foods to relieve the stress of everyday life, but they have alternative way that they have found very effective.  Here are 3 alternative ways that people relieve stress.

Clean Up

One of the most simple ways I found that people used to ease stress in their lives was to just clean up.  Studies have shown that clutter causes stress.  Clutter may be in a number of places in our lives, ranging from our homes, cars, offices, etc.  In addition to cleaning up, you will be more organized; which also helps relieve stress.

Sleep

There have been countless studies showing the benefits of sleep but for some reason we still don’t get enough.  The goal for everyone should be to get 7-8 hours of sleep every day.  Not only will it help relieve stress but it will also give us more energy.  Some tips for getting more or better sleep is to

  1. Turn the television off in the bedroom
  2. Keep the room cool
  3. Sleep in complete darkness

Meditation

Many people may shy away from meditating because they may view it as something weird.  However, if you take the time to look into what meditation is all about, you will find out that it is a great way to clear your mind and put your body at ease.  We get so busy throughout the day that we don’t take the time to relax.

Written by:  Gminski Stubbs

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How To Get More Confidence

Nov 07

How To Get More Confidence

How to get more confidenceThere is no better way to boost confidence than to start working out.  There is something about being active that makes you feel better physically as well as emotionally.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference.  Simply going for a walk in the neighborhood will give you a boost and help you feel like you can conquer the world.

As your fitness level increases, so will your confidence.  Have you ever seen a really muscular man or women walking around the grocery store like the place belonged to them?  Many people look at them as if they are weird but they are actually walking with a confidence that is out of this world.

That’s not to say that you need to try and be a bodybuilder, it’s just an example of the confidence that people have that obviously workout.  When we workout, endorphins are released and it makes us feel better.  It’s similar to a drug, but in a positive way.  Some people get a bigger endorphin release from resistance training while other may get it from cardio training.  It may require a combination of both for other people to get their fix, if you know what I mean.

Find out which workouts work best for you and gauge it by how you feel.  Once you find that thing that makes you feel like a million bucks, you will be more inclined to continue.  As your fitness level increases, explore different workouts and go to different locations.  You and your body deserve it.

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I Help My Wife Cook

Jul 02

Men, how do you get your family to eat healthier?  Traditionally men have been known as the breadwinners and women have been known as the homemakers, but times have changed.  Roles in the home are being shared or even switched in some cases, so more and more men are responsible for preparing meals.

As a child I can remember my dad and my granddad always getting the big piece of chicken or the oversized T-bone steak during dinner time.  My granddad also had a special mug that he drank his sweet tea out of.  I don’t know exactly how much tea it held but it seemed like a half gallon.  Whatever it was, it was too much tea at one time.

When I got a little older I too got the big piece of chicken and special mug.  I thought it was what I was supposed to do; that is until the pounds starting adding up.  I knew I had to make a change, so I told my wife we should start eating a little healthier.  A few of the meals were pretty healthy but for the most part, we continued to eat the same way we were accustomed to.

That’s no knock on my wife; she was working every day and cooking, so there were days she didn’t feel like preparing a healthy meal.  A rough day at the office may result in hotdogs and chips for dinner.  Once I began to take into consideration how hard she was working and how our health was suffering, I knew I had to do something.

I told my wife that I would start cooking dinner sometimes.  She was happy and nervous at the same time.  She welcomed the help but she also knew I had trouble boiling water.  After messing up a few dishes, I finally found some good/healthy meals that I cooked really well.

As time has passed, I cook more and even experiment with different healthy dishes.  I also prepare the meals so that everyone gets the right portions size.  Hopefully my son will remember what I’m doing when he gets a family and chose the healthy route and not the oversized T-bone or sweet tea mug.

Written by:  Gminski Stubbs

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