Hardy meal: white rice drizzled with braggs amino acids & nutritional yeast. Grilled boneless chicken drizzled with lemon. Grilled bell pepper, red onion & basil. Fresh avocado. #Badabingbadaboom #mmmgood #healthymeal #efcapproved
Push up circuit. 15 jumping clap/ 15 single hand tap/ 15 wide grip/ 15 close grip. 3 sets. #getpumped #pushupcircuit #noequipment #chestandtricepday #shredded #lean #workoutonvacay #deltoids #sofit #fitlife @hassanthegreat
I got your back like Chiropract… or.
For those of us who spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, or have some sort of back pain which may in fact be all of us, this post may be essential. This is a simple post that deals with a broad problem amongst people today, especially as modern technology creates new jobs and interests that promote sedentary behavior. I’m talking about bad backs folks!
Here’s some scary news, research on the spine is still relatively idiopathic relative to how far Western medicine has come, meaning we don’t know that much! So how can we maintain our back? By keeping it in its proper position! Our backs can change form if chronically altered from its set point.
One of the most common ways to injure your back is by lifting an object incorrectly. You might have heard this before, “lower your knees before lifting, don’t lean and lift” This statement makes sense, because it’s just a more logical way of lifting. Though the more technical way to look at this is that you want to bring your body closer to the object, this way your lumbar region is not being overly exerted. The image below simplifies what I mean.
Your lumbar area is vulnerable to bad mechanics. So be conscious of it when lifting!
You tech geeks who spend 40 hours a week on a computer! Sitting for long periods tend to effect the cervical region and can develop a kyphosis of your upper back! Not only that, research shows that people who sit longer, live a shorter life. I know, sad!
How can you improve your back? Here’s an idea, make a conscious decision to stretch your back more. Lengthen, and bring that spine back to its set point. The foam roller
can improve your posture by breaking the adhesion’s in your back muscles, and slowly resetting certain spinal regions.
If you don’t have a foam roller, buy one! It’s relatively inexpensive. Start experimenting folks, live longer!
The point of diminishing returns
Look at the graph above, and apply it to any aspect of life, both physically and mentally. Think about your love life; food intake; your recent crush; your work ethic etc. According to the graph there is a point where the amount of effort you put into any given circumstance is not producing the most efficient output.
Are you getting optimal efficiency for your effort?
Another question that may come up when looking at this graph is, when do you put a limit to a good thing? Again lets apply it to everyday life: Exercise; taking your vitamins; giving homeless people money; working hard at your job; putting an extra effort towards your lover! The traditional good things, that seem to do no harm. Now ask yourself:
Do we need a limit?
The point of diminishing returns refers to the point when what is suppose to be beneficial for you starts to no longer benefit you, and rather it hurts you. To apply this to exercise, lets take the fictional scenario of Jimmy. Jimmy does bicep curls everyday for the sake of getting stronger, and as time progresses the intensity of his bicep curls progresses. A few months pass, and Jimmy starts to notice that he is feeling much stronger, progressing from 15lb dumbbells to 30lb dumbbells. And though his biceps have physically changed, he is now enduring shoulder pains from overexerting his shoulder during the curls. The shoulder pain hinders the ultimate goal to gain strength. And this is where my good ol’ pops and his wise words kick in. “There is a limit to everything.” Overuse injuries can occur from pushing too hard physically. Overuse of mental and emotional state and can potentially impact and/or reverse one’s progress on goals.
Be conscious of the effort you put into any given situation, as it has its limit.
Optimal efficiency = moderate effort.
Feel the Beet
Let’s get to know our roots and introduce ourselves to the beet. If you’re searching for a food that has positive health benefits you will find what you’re looking for in the beet. Beets are low-calorie, have essentially no fat, a small amount of protein, and are a natural instant energizer because they contain carbohydrates. Beats can prepared and consumed in many different ways: boiled, baked, raw, steamed, juiced, etc. and you can use them to compliment almost any meal. You can simply eat them as a healthy snack throughout the day too.
Beets have strong correlations to many health benefits including: lowering blood pressure buy causing vasodilation of the blood vessels, fighting cancer through the pigment that gives beet their deep red color (Betacyanin), fighting leukemia by means of cleaning up our blood system, and helps the body rest by acting as a natural muscle relaxer. *Note that this is not a complete list of positive benefits*
If you’re trying to lose weight or get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting but have a hard time because you enjoy the buzz that alcohol gives you when you’re out having a good time, then you’re in luck. Beets can give you a natural buzz by consuming about 8 or more ounces of raw beet juice. Who ever would have thought that getting drunk would help prevent cancer? Now that’s pretty amazing.
Now get of your butts and go buy some beets.
Improving the quality of your life. This equation involves more than just diet & exercise, but a strong motivated mind that is disciplined. Which brings us to the Bulls eye above. Behavior modification may be one of the toughest things to do, when you are stuck in your ways or worse of all, addicted. For that there is a plan, an internal plan to change. Above in the bulls eye are the key parts to behavior modification. It consists of 3 aspects of life, that influence one another.
Behavior: This is your bad habit that you continuously perform from a day to day basis. Examples of this may be, eating fatty foods, smoking cigarettes or watching excessive television etc. The reason this falls on the outer most layer of the bulls eye, because it is the easiest to change. Though, continuous abuse of behavior influences your attitude towards that particular behavior and other aspects of life that are related.
Attitude: With consistent negative behavior such as watching television for long periods of time, cigarette smoking and eating fatty foods, it starts to influence your attitude where you justify your actions, and start to make this behavior a more permanent fixture in your lifestyle. For example, watching television for 3 hours a day, may cause you to be more sedentary each day, and less active. In which case you start to ignore more important aspects of your life.
Values: Once your consistent bad behavior has reach such a detrimental level, it is now embedded in your values, simply making it is so its part of every day life. This behavior discourages healthy cognitive function and the quality of life.
It all starts with changing one behavior that affects your health, once you eliminate this process from your life, more room can be made for healthier choices. Are you up for the challenge?
Author: Hassan Shabber
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