How Even Brief Meditation Helps Sleep

How Even Brief Meditation Helps Sleep

Fitness
I know it's easy to burn the midnight oil these days with all the distractions in your daily life. I know personally I am always fighting myself staying up way too late. I spend a lot of time on here, on the internet in general, listening to music, or cooking late. In addition to all these things I am trying to fit in time for the gym. I know that when I come back from the gym I for some reason become a crazy person that no longer needs sleep. So the gym in the afternoons, while this is really the only time I can make it having other obligations in the morning hours, can be really to my detriment. I know also how tough it can be to put…
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My Advanced Workout Plan For Men

My Advanced Workout Plan For Men

Fitness
This workout plan is not for the faint of heart. Before I talk about how this works for men like myself you have to understand that I started this routine after years of consistent lifting. This is not recommended for jumping right into. If you are new to the gym and have really not lifted seriously in your life then let me refer you to a great program that I actually cycle back in every now and again for strength gain. This is great to start off and really teaches you form and how to power lift properly. Since power lifting is a pretty significant part of the workout I do it is extremely important that you understand the concepts of proper lifting before you dive into the workout I…
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Managing Stress With Fitness

Managing Stress With Fitness

Fitness
I am probably the most stressed out person I know. I don’t know if there is a valid reason for all my stress and anxiety, but it’s there and it’s real and I deal with it quite effectively. Perhaps the number one way I deal with it is through a consistent exercise plan. Even today for example, I was getting extremely antsy writing an article. I got to a pretty good spot for a break and decided I was going to hit the gym. Today is technically a rest day, but I needed to relieve some stress. I looked at my workout plan, decided what would be the freshest muscle group for the day, and decided to go ahead and work that. Some of you may wonder the negative side…
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Creating A Unique Running Route: Stoplight Method

Creating A Unique Running Route: Stoplight Method

Fitness
So running generally gets a bad rap… At least I hate it so I assume a lot of other people hate it. Personally I have been a swimmer rather than a runner for quite some time, but I don’t always have access to a swimming pool. I have a lot of feelings about swimming vs. running that mostly stem from the low impact characteristics of swimming. Since I have relatively bad knees from the get go, I often get pretty sore after a run, whereas swimming doesn’t kill my feet and knees after a couple miles. I guess you can argue that swimming destroys your rotator cuffs, which is true, but there are ways around that and strokes that can lighten up the load on your shoulders. Although I prefer…
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Exercise and The Office

Exercise and The Office

Fitness, Nutrition
When you say exercise and office in the same sentence, people usually look at you funny. I'm not writing this to tell you to do dips on your desk, or pushups in the walkway. I personally think that this just ticks everyone else off when they have to walk around you to get to the coffee pot. What I aim to do here is provide you with some options to add a little bit of movement to your day. While some of these ideas may seem like common sense, sometimes it helps when someone else brings them to your attention. Struggles of the Office I never really have been in an office setting for more and a couple days at a time, but recently I've taken on a role that…
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Fitness On The Go

Fitness On The Go

Fitness
Recently I've been having to travel a lot for my job, and I always struggle with finding a way to incorporate my workouts when I'm on business. I want to outline what you can do to combat the common issues you run into when traveling for work/leisure and trying to get a workout in or eat properly. People from all different walks of life leave home and explore the world for many different reasons; sometimes it is for leisure, sometimes for work. No matter what the reason for travel is, however, we always find difficulty maintaining our healthy lifestyles when we are not at home. What About Time? Probably the number 1 opponent to your fitness success while away from home would be finding the time to workout and eat properly. More…
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Working Out and Alcohol: What Almost Killed Me

Working Out and Alcohol: What Almost Killed Me

Fitness
Alright so I maybe was a little dramatic at the "What Almost Killed Me" part of this post, but I definitely did some irreversible damage to my body that you should be aware of. Often times we push ourselves to our limits when pursuing fit lifestyles, I have noticed this in myself when I can't walk after leg day, or two days after some heavy deadlifts I can't get out of bed. Usually these are due to some underlying injuries, but is there a such thing as overworking yourself? My Recent Disaster So recently I was having some serious troubles internally, or at least I thought so. These issues occurred right after a night of drinking and although I drank a decent amount, I never really got to the point…
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