Staying fit is important throughout your life but even more so as you get older. However, exercise nowadays can be quite expensive and the stress of maintaining the diet or exercise schedule can be overwhelming.
But rather than having bad feelings about staying fit, why don’t you try these tips:
Nutrition is a big part of being and staying healthy, especially in your 50s. However, specific diets are often very expensive and tiring for both the body and the mind. Most people fall of the bandwagon just because these put so much strain on you – you are on a diet, everything is forbidden!
While not all of us are dropped by helicopter into remote places where grizzly bears think we look like tasty treats, and there’s no cell phone reception to get us out in an emergency (…like when bad boots rub your heels raw, the sores get infected, and the infection spreads—don’t ask Ryan about it or he’ll show you pictures!), physical or emotional stress can take its toll on the best of us. Sometimes that toll is our ability to get a full night’s rest. Continue reading “Sleep Better With Almonds???”
There were times in my past when I would walk down the sidewalk and think, “Ooooh la la! Hello sah-weet thang!” My hormones would rev, and I’d experience an overwhelming urge to make that yummy goodness mine right then and there. I mean, seriously! Who doesn’t feel that way about a perfectly baked white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie? Continue reading “Gymnema Sylvestre — Kill Carb Cravings Instantly!”
If you work in an office, stop for a moment to take a look at your coworkers. How many of them look like they’re straining to cross a finish line by a head?
Assuming their computer monitor is properly placed, the reason they’re sitting that way probably has nothing to do with poor vision. And they aren’t trying to win some sort of desk bound Olympic dash either.
Wrist pain can put a real cramp in your style when using a computer is part of earning your living. Wrist pain makes work feel miserable, and it interferes with your play time, the kind of exercises you can do, and all your day to day tasks. It gets worse if you don’t do anything about it, to the point where simple things like lifting a glass of water can hurt.
The desk jockey lifestyle can easily lead to wrist pain—typing, mousing, and repetitive work all contribute. But don’t despair. There are things you can do to prevent and reverse the conditions that lead to wrist pain. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or mess with your current routine. Continue reading “A Desk Jockey’s Guide to Wrist Pain”
Spring to me is always the time to pull my camping gear out of storage and dust off my boots. While weekend hikes are great, I try to get one major expedition in per year. You’d think training up for such an excursion would mean pre-trip prep, but what you do on the trail is just as important.
Hiking the 355km Canol Trail was one of the toughest challenges of my career as a travel writer. Each day on the trail, that sixty pound pack, weighted down with a week’s worth of provisions, ground my shoulders and back to dust. My legs quivered with exhaustion as I plodded along in stumbling clumsiness. At the end of the day, my body was a throbbing ball of ache. I expected to be paralyzed with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) each morning, but much to my surprise I woke up fresh, ready to do it all again. What was my secret? Continue reading “How To Avoid Soreness & Stay Fresh – Tips For Your Next Day Of Hard Labor”
Bodyweight exercise has been used by martial artists for centuries to build attributes like strength and endurance. All traditional martial arts include specific conditioning methods, and in many cases these methods are considered so valuable that they are highly guarded secrets of the lineage. My own background of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu included the study of Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, which used the natural surroundings of the forest as implements to condition the body. Continue reading “Bodyweight Exercise for Martial Arts Part 1 – Upper Body Force Transfer”
Let’s face it – no one likes repetitive exercise, and boredom a big reason why people fall off the fitness wagon. They simply get tired of doing the same old pushups and sit ups over and over and over again.
If you’ve been hanging around this site for a while, you know we like to mix things up. We try to keep fitness fun while at the same time training the body outside of normal ranges. This increases your movement capabilities, adds new skills, and takes your strength building and fat loss to interesting new dimensions. Continue reading “A Pushup with a Twist”
Coordination and agility are hallmarks of movement mastery. Success in the dynamic sphere of sport is often determined by your ability to turn the off-season strength, endurance, and speed gains you’ve built into complex, improvised movements on the field of play. That requires a different approach to training, one that focuses on channeling these attributes into neurologically sophisticated movements.