Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fitness Friday

Comparison is a part of nature.  We all want to compare ourselves to other people, and we tend to gauge our own success against that of some one else.  There is no denying it, but maybe we should focus how we compare.  There is a huge difference between having money and having wealth. 

Sometimes it comes down to comparing what another person looks like.  I want so and so's arms, or stomach, or whatever.  One of the biggest complaints ends up being cellulite,  I'm not even going to try to pretend to understand what women go through but women are always looking for a way to get rid of it.  Take a quick anatomy lesson here to understand it more clearly. 

Even when women want to get rid of cellulite, they turn to "detoxing" the body.  However this is a myth and has no basis in science.  In the end it is one giant marketing scheme meant to sell products.  If you really want to "detox," drink more water and don't put crap in your body.  DONE!  No special diets, or special powders, or 500 calorie diet. 

Stretching is an important aspect to fitness and to training.  Most of it should be done at the end of a workout, when the muscles are warm and pliable.  As we age, certain compensation patterns result from a lifetime of doing things a certain way.  These stretches help keep the body moving efficiently and more importantly, pain free.  The most important parts to stretch are the hips and the shoulders as they get tight quickly through periods of sitting, especially at a computer. 

Weekend Workout
Focus on Recovery this weekend.  Every now and then it's a good idea to throw a de-loading week in your routine.  If you're working out, and dragging along, not giving it the usual 100% intensity you usually do, maybe its time to rest and recover.  Sometimes its the best thing to do for your body.  We push ourselves so hard week after week, day after day that it takes a toll on our bodies. 
Take some extra time and sleep in if you can. 

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