How do you define the perfect physique? A lot of people define it in terms of “having abs, bro.” Or getting to a certain weight and/or body fat percentage. And people all over the US beat themselves up day in and day out, trying to reach that “perfect physique.” Personally, I think that being healthy and having a body composition goal are admirable, but within context. What do I mean by that?
Today’s article is about traveling healthy. Too often, when people head out on a business trip or a vacation, they throw all inhibitions and rules aside, with respect to fitness and diet. And then when they return, they grumble about having gain a few pounds and feeling crappy, etc…Why do that to yourself?
Recently, Mark Sisson wrote an article called Crossfit Training: How to Support Overall Wellness and Longevity with Primal. I am a huge fan of Mark Sisson and I thought the article was great. As I reflected on it later, I thought to myself that this doesn’t apply just to crossfitters. This is information that applies across a wide swath of folks. So today, I give you excerpts from Mr. Sisson’s article, along with my own thoughts.
I personally find stretching to be an interesting topic, because it seems as though everybody knows all about it, yet the truth is that most people get it wrong, and may actually put themselves in unsafe positions. This week’s article is about stretching. In order to keep the size of the article reasonable, I will only focus on a few critical areas.
Cardiovascular exercise and strength training are viewed as opposites in physical culture. Indeed, it is often the case that people gravitate to one side or the other and identify fully with what they do best or like best (i.e. I am a runner and I do not need to lift weights). However, that thinking is wrong, in my humble opinion. We all need both cardio and strength training, in order to perform better and age more gracefully.
Many people believe that getting healthy is expensive. Paying for a gym membership. Buying organic foods or grass-fed beef. Vitamins and protein powder. Buying good quality running shoes. And the list goes on. It’s hard to argue with these points, although, they are looking through a short-term lens and I would argue that there is a long-term impact that is important to consider.
A study conducted at Lillehammer University College titled “Physiological elevation of endogenous hormones results in superior strength training adaptation was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. It’s an interesting study that shows strong evidence that training legs and arms together may provide a strong natural hormonal boost to enhance hypertrophy (muscle gains).