4 Proven Ways to Get Stronger

It’s time to make you strong again but how should you do it? With so many approaches to becoming one of the strongest, it gets difficult to find just one path. I have listed four personal techniques that have always led me out of where I was and into newfound strength, enjoy!

  1. Eat More – One of the most common ways I see beginning strength trainers fail is because they are not eating enough. I know it isn’t always easy to stuff your face. I was a devout breakfast skipper for years. While missing the important meal of the day made me happy, it definitely wasn’t helping me gain any weight. Also, if you were already sleeping and missed breakfast, you have burned off those calories from dinner for about twelve hours.
  1. Lift, Even If Not Feeling It – Look, unless you are sick or injured, you really shouldn’t be skipping your workouts. I know that life happens and things come up to prevent you from spending that precious time pumping weight but try to limit it. I, myself, have had all kinds of situations come up where I didn’t really feel like working out but sometimes you can surprise yourself. I have found that, even if I am having the worst day, something about finishing a workout just feels right to me.
  1. Pick Up Heavier Weights – Now, this could seem like a no brainer but not everyone knows about the different ways to transform your body through weights. There can be differing lifts that you can do but if you aren’t focusing on strength, you are going in the wrong direction. On the opposite side of this, I wanted to start lifting for size but just figured the size would come from lifting heavier weights than what I was used to. Big mistake because I wasted a couple of years getting strong when I was wanted to get bulkier, lesson learned!
  1. Take Something – If all else fails and the above three methods aren’t cutting it for you, you’ve got to have a bit of help. I won’t go into which supplement would be right for you, as there are tons of them out there but if you look below, you will find what has helped me get the most out of when I lift to gain strength, above everything else.

There it is, four easy ways that you can use to get stronger faster!

Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Start Weightlifting

Whether you have been curling like crazy for years or, are just starting to think about if you want to dip your feet into the world of lifting, you might need a nudge in the right direction. Telling my wife, who thinks I am nuts about fitness, why I love it so much seems to go unheard. I knew all of you could understand some of those feelings that only we know about. I put together this nifty list with ten great reasons you should start lifting right away.

  1. Getting up and just moving is great for keeping your risk of getting certain diseases that we all are prone to. It is always smart to stack as many good things together as you can. When you combine being able to feel better about myself with lessening any sort of health issues that come up as we all age.
  2. Setting goals for yourself and watching you achieve them is quite the rush. The daily list of chores that you might be doing every week aren’t satisfying to do, once you approach the one hundredth time of completing them. That isn’t the case with knocking it out of the park on a good set, that pride that you feel doesn’t stop coming.
  3. If you are having trouble finding friends, this can easily change through joining a community. Those of us brothers (and sisters) of the barbell are always happy to welcome another to our group. Many times I have reached a point where I had no one else to talk to but my friends that I have made through our times pumping iron.
  4. Watching yourself progress through different stages in your overall fitness level is a great way to pass the time. Another boring year won’t seem to be as such while you are seeing and feeling yourself go from Mr. Banner to the Incredible Hulk!
  5. The confidence that comes with completing a grueling fitness challenge will always keep you coming for more. Going to the locker room all pumped up knowing that you defeated every trial and tribulation that was heading your way, you will feel like you are on top of the world.
  6. Downing your favorite ice cold and refreshing drink when you have ramped up your temperature. The refreshing moment when that beverage hits your mouth and cools you down, it is hard to find another moment in life where your thirst is more quenched. I have to admit that I made myself thirsty by thinking about that great drink after a lifting session
  7. Seeing other people that are lifting weights that are smaller than you. It is somewhat of a selfish victory, but let’s be honest, you know that you get a certain sense of pride when you know that you are not the biggest weakling in the weight room.
  8. Conquering an all you can eat buffet and watching the horror on the workers faces as you go for your fifth plate. Being able to put down food in a quicker manner, the way a weightlifter does, will have you being hungry more often. You could be forced to expand your eating horizons with this new found hunger that you will have as your body grows larger.
  9. Watching someone that might have given you a hard time in the past, quiver when they see you walk into the room. I don’t like any kind of violent actions but I also hate any kind of bullying. In my opinion, if lifting some weights and getting bulkier keeps the bullies away, that is never a mistake.
  10. The bittersweet feeling of having to retire your old gym attire to step up to a bigger sized type of shirt.

Get Your Legs Ready for Short Wearing Weather

Having a big upper half is highly sought after, so why are so many of you not concentrating on your legs? For one, they are the two body parts you have that are going to support the extra weight you pack on up top. I almost wanted to cry, this Summer, when I noticed that my calves and thighs were sorely lacking. I have been busy with trying to handle everything in my life but I knew that I had to give some special attention to my getting stronger legs. The first new lift that I had decided to implement into my routine was the hack squat. For those who haven’t tried them, get ready, the hack squat requires that you take the barbell BEHIND your legs.

I almost had to stop myself from tripping over my own feet the first time that I tried this exercise. I wasn’t sure what weight to use, since this was my original attempt at getting this routine over with. I must have started with too much weight because, upon my first upward movement, I nearly fell on my back. When you do most exercises, the weight is in front of you, making it easier for you to decide if you need to set it down, to avoid falling forward. With a hack squat, the weight is behind you, so if you fall, it’s going to be right on your back, ouch.

Am I the only one that gets that combination tingle of both fear and excitement, when trying a new exercise for the first time? I felt that my stomach was filled with butterflies as I approached my next lift, lying leg curls on a rickety bench, joy! My reward for trying to help my legs better support my frame was met with a t-bar smashing right into my Achilles’ tendon. After doing all I could to mask my pain-filled scream that sneaked out, the curls became much more simple. It’s hard to say if the soreness that I am currently feeling is from the weightlifting or the accidental scrapes I suffered from learning my form. I would go on to learn that, after smashing my leg into the t-bar, I had now put a bend in the bar, it must have been from my jumping reaction to the pain I felt in my heel.

Moving on to sitting leg curls, I did have to bend at a slightly awkward movement to complete the entire set, not causingstronger legs me too much additional pain. I might have to wear shin guards, as I continue to build up my legs in preparation for that wonderful summer vacation. What makes working out your legs different from most other parts of the body is that you only walk on your legs. Try not to think about how many steps you take, in an average day, after strengthening your legs, it will only make you queasy because you will feel that workout in the upcoming days. When it comes time to pick out the new attire, which you should do, in order to reward yourself for building massive legs, always try them on first. Us weightlifters are always growing, don’t be afraid to buy a larger size of attire, in order to grow into it. I rarely buy anything that is tight-fitting off of the rack because I know I will grow out of it, in a matter of weeks!

The Extreme Stakes of Becoming an Olympian

As we are all glued to our televisions to find out which country will reign supreme, there isn’t much known about the high costs just to compete in this amazing event. Many will go for years to try and get onto their countries team but it isn’t poor effort that can keep them out of the running. What most don’t realize is the sheer expense to becoming an Olympic athlete is a costly one that leaves even the most optimistic hopeful, crawling away.

If it takes a big budget to become an athlete, how do the lucky ones become rich and famous, with enough assets to keep them set for a lifetime? Endorsements, which means that another company sponsors you, is a deal that every hopeful hopes they get signed to. If you have found that you start chewing your fingernails when you think about a job interview, you have no idea what the applicants in the Olympics have to face. In most instances, the funding to get an Olympic level athlete trained and prepared will come from the pocketbook of the parents, adding extra strain on the family.

It can take up to, and this isn’t even the highest number, one-hundred thousand dollars, just to get a shot at competing. If you were to lose this competition, you have just blown the money needed to tryout at the Olympics, better luck in the next four years, right? If you are one that competes in sports, during only one season, it takes four years to try over and you thought getting a letter that you didn’t get that job was bad! Imagine putting your entire life savings into taking on the entire world, so to speak.

At this moment, there is no real avenue for Olympic hopefuls to get funded, meaning that we could be missing out on the best athletes in the universe, because they don’t have their own private source of funding. It can take an entire decade, made entirely of training and being determined, before anyone can obtain that dream success that changes lives. While all stand on the starting line, in amazing condition, waiting for the sound of the starting siren, only one or two could be fortunate enough to get that coveted spot on a Wheaties box. There have been voices raised about the unfair practices that one must go through, just to be looked at seriously by a sporting committee. I know that I couldn’t have raised what it took to go to the Olympics once, can you imagine the poor families who try, more than once, to get their family member closer to Olympic stardom?

I’ve read about athletes, who are already spending most of their free time practicing, having to get a full-time job, just to help cover the fees associated with becoming an Olympian. I wish there was some scholarship program that could provide the raw talent of these young athletes, with a less financially troubling path to take. In alleys behind buildings, old outdoor parks, and garages all across the country, there are those who want to compete for their country and win. Why are we letting the money that it costs to enter hold back talent that wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth? If we had a system to track applicants, solely on talent, perhaps USA would run off with even more medals than we already have, at this point.

Having to Deal with Bullies at the Health Club

This is not my proudest moment but I have to speak out about what happened to me over the weekend. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a violent person by nature. To be truthful, my early years were spent dodging fights, now you know my inspiration to start lifting. Over the previous days, I had been overhearing a, quite frankly, obnoxious man with a booming voice that resonated throughout the building. I have loud family and friends, I wasn’t going to hold the volume of his voice against him. Letting his lack of volume control go, I just cranked the headphones up and went about my business. As fate would have it, I can sometimes get in the zone and lose track of my surroundings. I went walking over to the water fountain and mistakenly made slight contact with Mr. Loud’s shoulders, maybe his arm, I’m not positive. He didn’t mouth off but gave me a stare, I thought he might approach me directly. I walked back to knock out some flyes, at this point there were about ten more patrons in the health club. While I had been sweating up a storm, our old friend the loudmouth was confronting a smaller dude, not cool and I blew a fuse. If two muscled up guys wanted to fight, I believe there is a sport for that called professional wrestling!

Walking over to him, I calmly tried to assess the argument. Thanks to my genes, I can maintain my composure for a short time before I fly off the handle. After hearing both parties try to talk over each other, I paused and released a deep voice that was hiding somewhere within me my entire life. Like a scene out of a WWE show, my deafening order for quiet was met with wide-eyed shock. When my plans get changed, leaving me with less catch up time, it makes me mad. I had not signed up to watch over two grown men that day, especially when one of them already had it out for me. Cooler heads did prevail and the two men that were about to start shoving each other had backed off into separate areas. I am not someone who would be thought of as intimidating, a fact I have come to know.

Attribute it to a bad morning but the yell that I roared out to get some peace and quiet had it’s desired effect. Half of me wanted to walk out of the health center, never to return out of feeling like a jerk. The other half, the one I chose to follow, stayed and finished the tasks that I came there to complete. Bullies of gyms across the world, just remember, the smaller guy you pick on could be within earshot of a bigger guy that doesn’t like jerks! If you are in a similar situation, having to put up with a jerk, the Today show has a great piece here that can offer more assistance.

I almost neglected to talk about a phone call that I received, shortly after the bad day I was having. A manager at that health place needed to tell me that the obnoxious man had not been showing back up to workout anymore. Far form being upset at the potential loss of a customer, the manager actually thanked me. After we hung up, I chuckled that I would ever get appreciated by the owner of a company for having less customers. If you had been able to see this mysterious man, full of nothing but hot air, I could have gotten a standing ovation!

Achieving More from the Military Press

Known as one of the more rapid methods to attaining stronger shoulders, the military press has been around for ages. Although it is very beneficial, this lift is not that beginners have the easiest time grasping. I remember when I first started performing the military press, I would get these weird pains, in the middle of my stomach. Along with presenting the reason why this pain kept happening and what I did to stop it, I also have some techniques to try that will get you a set of wide shoulders that will have them all checking you out. When taking on implementing a military press into your workout routine, you have to figure out which type of bar you are going to use.

If you have a EZ bar laying around, the one in which the bar itself is curved, this is a great way to see where your strength lies for this lift. You don’t have to load up the weight until there is no more room, start with ten pounds. You have to remember that, if using an EZ bar from the floor, that you are going to be picking this weight up over your head. Many back injuries are caused from lifting weight that is too heavy, over the top of your head. The movement of weight being behind your back carries a high risk of pulling a muscle in your back. Until you are equipped with enough strength to get used to the overhead motion, you don’t want to overburden yourself.

shoulders frowingOnce the weight is up, slightly bend your back backwards and push the weight in an upward motion, never bringing the weight behind your head. You will want to have the barbell lightly come back down in the center of your chest. When doing a military press, you don’t need to be speedy but will want to take things slowly. Jerking motions while doing an exercise that requires balance could have youT ending up laying on the floor!

Getting back to the issue of abdominal pain, when this started, I had no clue why it was during the military press lift. As I began to record how I was standing, I learned why I was suffering from such sharp pain. What was happening was, as I started bringing the bar up, my body would subconsciously bend backwards slightly. After I figured out my movements were causing abdominal pain, it took time to swing things back in my favor. It took many months before I was able to progress to using military presses with an actual full-size barbell. If you attempt to work on your shoulders with a big barbell, you have got to be fairly strong.

What you have to look at is the specific groups that you are trying to pack on size to. An empty barbell doesn’t seem so weighted down, when pushing it with your arms. However, once all of the weight is on such a small sized muscle group, like your shoulders, you have to go lighter with this exercise. If standing up and doing a set of military presses can not be done, there are machines that let you sit down. I find the movements needed to effectively perform this shoulder lift were far too awkward to accomplish on a machine but you could have better luck than I did.

Adapting to Get Rid of Stagnant Progress

I don’t know about you but I am getting sick of my workout routine. It feels like my muscles are too used to the strain that I put them under and, as their way of responding, aren’t growing in a manner that I enjoy. Putting my failures behind me, I am now opting to try a new training program and I wanted to give you the inside scoop about it. A newer method of training, this one mixes power and hypertrophy. Having tried out both methods of lifting weights, I wanted a program that would give me the best of both worlds. After taking five minutes to prepare myself for the dedication that will be needed for such a huge program, I made the decision to start this weightlifting program that has gotten such rave reviews. Looking at a typical week, you will be training for four of those days with this method of training. Only having three rest days is not what I was used to encountering, this is why this program is aimed for non-beginners. Combining hypertrophy and power lifts is a surefire way to activate every fiber available to you.

Reps vs Sets: Which Buffs You Up the Fastest?

Power days are going to be the first ones on your schedule, for good reason. Starting off the week with a powerlifter’s approach is going to increase strength and not actual size of muscles. Taking the third day to rest, you are preparing yourself for the upcoming hypertrophy methods, which places an emphasis on higher repetitions. When it comes time to kick off the two-day block of hypertrophy workouts, get ready to feel the burn. As your power is able to get stronger, you will be able to have sustained energy needed for the higher rep ranges that will be required of you. What has been done with this newfound training is to give you a range to shoot for, not a set amount of reps. I used to turn my head at any plan that used ranges, thinking that it was an easy option to do as little work as possible. Growing up a bit, I enjoy working with programs that call for a range instead of set numbers because it leaves the decision for me to make. If I know that I can’t do fifteen curls one day, I am able to cut some slack for myself and can meet those standards on another day.

Overall, the get buff quicker style of training is not going to be a walk in the park but for those who are devoted enough to doing whatever it takes, the rewards come fast. If you find stale gains are the only ones you are receiving, don’t be afraid to change it up. The inventor of this system has basically pointed out that you should adjust this program to be suitable for your needs. There isn’t always a cookie cutter solution that will mesh well with everyone’s agenda. If you do need to be able to tackle any tough to do lists, I would knock it out in the earlier portion of the week. If you start your day one of this program on a typical calendar day, like Monday, the power days are slightly less strenuous. If you were to commit to helping someone move in the middle of your hypertrophy days, your muscles are going to be like spaghetti noodles. If you think you have what it takes, the get buff quicker method of training is the jump from an amateur weekend lifter to a full-fledged strongman!

Follow This Strategy to Improve Your Core

The core is one the most heard of, yet least understood groups of muscle around. Surprisingly, I have heard of folks lifting with their arms, claiming that they are really hitting their core. Not only is the core not taken care of, the way that it should be, some don’t even know what it is. I think why people put up such a wall when it comes to focusing on these muscles is that there is way too much confusion out there, concerning this group. Combining the muscles in the lower back and abdominal areas, mastering how to get these two groups working hard has enormous benefits. Maybe after reading about them, you will give your core the thirty minutes that it deserves. A quadruped arm and leg raise is a great relief to those who are suffering from excruciating back pain.

My father has always had back issues and I think that I must have inherited them from him. No matter what the cause is, practicing a stretch like the one in the last sentence can bring your core to life and could potentially alleviate an aching back. Planks are a whole entire change up to any tired sets of stretching, if you utilize a twisting motion with your exercising, you can reap even more work to your core. Why planks are great to rush into your training is because they work the abs using different motions. By adding a twist (done slowly) to the end of a plank, you are working as many of the muscles in your abdominals, including your sides.

If you are wondering what in the world core strength has to do with your entire body, I will explain that for you. Think about your sets of muscles as an important item that you need to ship. If you were truly worried about how safely this item would stay after being jostled around, would you choose to pack it with the right material that is strong and will protect it? Of course you would and if you are core training you are giving that same protection to your surrounding muscles. Having a core of steel will help to keep important organs protected, like your spinal discs. Do you find that you are having bad posture and don’t really stand up straight?

core strengthI used to believe that I was standing up perfectly straight until I had to see how tall I was, straightening my back to the wall made me feel like a giant. I had swore that it felt as if I had gotten about four inches taller, just from standing up straight and maintain a better stance. When you activate the muscles in your core, they will support you in a better way. The increased support that comes with stronger abdominals will cause you to stop feeling hunched over. The gift of great posture is one that you won’t notice you have received but it will be there. I wouldn’t consider myself to be tall but if I look a bit taller, that is not an opportunity that I am going to pass up. There have been endless findings that state taller people get ahead in life, whether it be through home or at the workplace, I am in! Not just for looking good at the beach, a strong core will make you limber and free from pain. After being known as one of, if not the most common pain, getting rid of an aching lower back is highly sought after.

5 Tips for Surviving Summer Workouts

You are not going to let a little heat keep you from getting your work in, good for you! Before you get to your next training day, allow me to present you with five ways to keep cool while working out this summer!

1. Keep Yourself Hydrated
water bottleWhen you are exercising on a hotter day, no matter what type of activity you are doing, you are going to sweat. On those scorching days, where the temperature is climbing, you will be sweating much faster than normal. Normally, you won’t be able to gauge how much sweat you are exerting, since that is hard to keep your attention on. Better to be safe than sorry, bring an extra bottle of water with you for those sweltering days. I also like to take an extra bottle of water with me that I put in the freezer in the morning. By having two water bottles, one frozen and one that isn’t, it is almost like having two ice cold servings of water on a hot day.

2. Have Someone Workout with You
If you are pushing yourself to the limit, the heat can be quick to knock you right out. I don’t mean that you are going to get physically hit but you could end up dropping from heat exhaustion. While having a heat stroke is bad enough, having one without anyone to get you out of that heat could be fatal. Call up a friend and have him/her there, not to help you but to step in if you should succumb to a heat stroke.

3. Switch Up Gym Days, If Possible
They often say that prevention is a great measure to avoid danger. In the case of exercising when it is really hot outside, they are right! If you can watch ahead at weather forecasts and see that some days are going to have highs of around 100 degrees, you should try everything possible to skip that day. Instead, use that day to get done whatever you have putting off. The weather will always cool back down but what could happen if you overheat yourself, might not be as easy of a situation to get out of.

4. Leave Any Doors Open
I used to get nagged at by the wife over this all of the time! I hate to admit it but I should have listened to this advice a long time ago. This particular trick will work best for people who, either: workout at home or have some major leeway at their gym. If there is not adequate ventilation in your locale, leave a door open to let the heat escape. Doing this won’t turn a hot place into the Arctic but it will create airflow, letting the stale air escape. At first, this method could seem futile but if you keep any doors/windows open, the heat will began to die down.

5. Take Frequent Breaks, Lose the Ego
The last tip that I have is to space out the time that is spent directly lifting weights. I don’t care what the last fitness thing that you read said about taking breaks, on certain days you have to throw a rule out of the window. If you not in suitable conditions for heat, get to those conditions while in between sets. Regardless of where you are lifting weights, there will be a cooler place nearby, go to it when you can to help minimize heat stroke.

How Weightlifting Can Help you Cope with Stress

destressing is importantModern times have brought many conveniences into the way that we carry out our lives, however, things can move much faster now. I know that I had often heard, when I was younger, to treasure being young because adulthood would bring many new responsibilities into my life. I thought that being a grown up wouldn’t be so much different from the life that I was used to, I was wrong on that one. It is no surprise that we all we have to do, staying busy is the norm and living a worry free life is almost non-existent. Weightlifting is not something that many connect to being stress-free but, looking closer at this hobby, things aren’t always what they seem!

Early Anger Issues Led to My First Time Pumping Iron

I remember that I would be the guy known for having a short fuse. I have had a temper problem for as long as I can remember. In all seriousness, the temper problems I had became harder to control over time. My rage would get so mad that if I was set off, I could really be fuming in anger and not know what I would do next. At first, I began using a punching bag that was at a friends house. While I really enjoyed the feeling of being able to hit a bag, I needed more to do, I wanted to have a benefit. I was never a big fan of doing something and it not bringing me something practical by doing it, a reward of sorts. As I started to figure out a hobby, something clicked in my head and I knew I wanted to try weightlifting.

Not wanting to compete, instead I wanted to lift some weights for my personal gains. I didn’t care that I couldn’t use it as a sport, or sign up for any team. The friend didn’t want to lift with me so I started the process all on my own. I would dare to say that I learned more about myself and my personal limits in that first month, than I would have doing any other hobby. During this time, I was starting a new job and still taking some college level courses, leaving me with a heavy load of work on my back. Determined to keep committed to my weightlifting, I found that I wasn’t as stressed out as I thought I would be. Shockingly, the determination and adherence to a schedule that I had picked up from lifting weights regularly had transformed itself into other aspects of my world.

You could believe that this feeling I had was just timing. It seems easy to believe that I could have just turned into a grown up one day and never realized it but it gets weirder than that. You see, in periods of my life where my workload has been at its highest, I would have no choice but to ditch the weights for a month or two. During those dark times, my mood would be bad and my fuse would be shorter than it had been in a long time. It was common for me to just be in a very cranky mood, where lashing out behind closed doors wouldn’t be uncommon. I suppose that I have always had an element of a short temper and weightlifting has been and will always be the one thing I can count on to get me through a tough day. De-stressing by pumping some iron and having an outlet for the anger and rage that can happen in our lives is a great part of being alive!

New Workout Classes Being Held Underwater

Have you ever wanted to wear a fin, as you get some exercise, in an underwater environment? I know that I haven’t, but there is a big wave, no pun intended, of people flocking to California for this very experience. In a fancy hotel in San Diego, California, you can sign up for a fitness class, which is one that you have never seen anything like before! Sure, these classes aren’t going to be the first kind of water exercising classes out there. I’m sure that you have been by your local recreational center when they have water aerobics. I have never tried a water aerobics class, as they are honestly always filled up with senior citizens. I’m all for our elders being able to get fit in any way they choose but I’ve always stayed out of the water and opted for some free weights.

I have never thought that I would appear cool to others, if I was 30-40 years younger than the rest of the recreational center patrons. What is nice about this combination of mermaid tails and aerobics is that it looks like it is made for a younger generation. I mean, honestly, could you imagine a bunch of senior citizens with mermaid tails on? I suppose you are only as old as you feel but I just have trouble picturing the elderly wanting to put a costume on, being afraid of being judged. However, I imagine that there are some elderly who can’t wait to try this, more power to them!

swimmingIf you do visit San Diego and check into this hotel, be sure that you are on a good sleeping schedule. I only mention the sleep schedule thing because it appears as if these new classes start out at 8am! Definitely made for the morning crowd, you won’t have to worry about spending an arm and a leg for a class like this one, it looks like it is only $20. If you have ever been to California for a time, you know that twenty dollars is a very good price for anything, let alone a fancy fitness class.

One more thing, there are tails available for men to take these classes, as well. I don’t how many of you male readers want to strap on a mermaid tail when you exercise, but it is cool that this hotel has kept everyone included in their activities. Getting some exercise done in water, has as ton of added health benefits. For one, the resistance that you will be facing, being partially underwater, makes you add more strength to complete movement. The people who say that swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises out there can’t be wrong, right? I don’t think that they are, there is a certain level of work you put in when you get in the water to exercise that is tough to match anywhere else.

The classes last about 45 minutes, which is a great length. You can’t expect to sign up for a fitness class and want it to be more than an hour. All of us can’t expect to be able to train for such a long period of time, you could end up wanting to vomit by the end of it. Also, you aren’t getting a workout that is too short, where you feel like you haven’t fully trained yourself.

How Working Out Can Fight Onset of Dementia

Having a good exercise program in place is a great way to battle many of the ailments that you will face in life but did you ever think about those same ailments that you will encounter down the line? Dementia might not be at the front of your mind right now, as far as things you are worrying about but it will most likely affect you later. Being of the belief that the best offense is a good defense, it makes sense that you would want to do whatever is possible to fight off the chances of developing dementia early on. What makes this ailment easier to fight than others, is that the type of exercise is completely up to you, it is said that as long as you spend some time being physically active, you lessen the onset of this disease. I have dealt with family members with dementia and it is one of the hardest experiences that I have ever been through. Having a family member, that you have grown up with all of your life not know who you are is heartbreaking.

Having to keep in mind that, even though they don’t remember you, isn’t their fault was the only thought I could focus on. I knew, as I watched the elderly family members in my life suffer with this disease, that I would everything in my power to take every possible measure to lessen the odds that I would end up with dementia. I urge you to add this as another reason to take a small amount of time, when you can, to be fit while you still can. Most of the roadblocks that I can almost hear you saying now, behind that keyboard, are going to be ones that you have created. We all know that you don’t need to invest a ton of time to performing exercises, it is just that people who don’t want to do this will find any way that they can to get out of it. Many of us think that seeing those, so-called workout enthusiasts, that we are only in it because we are vain and it isn’t true. I hate being labeled as a narcissist because I choose to dedicate part of my life to doing what other people choose not to.

No more time for excuses!

I don’t think that my desire to exercise makes me better than anybody. However, I do get a good feeling by knowing that I am doing what I can to stick around longer. Now that we are all aware that exercising can help battle dementia, I have another reason to keep me getting up early and continuing to be one of the fit people in the world. If you want to stack how you can actively fight dementia right now, a good diet can also be an effective tactic to use. Foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids can be a big help to fighting the onset of dementia. When I am looking to get the most omega 3 that I can in my diet, I will usually aim for tuna. Tuna is not only a great source of these fatty acids but it is also really cheap to get and can be stored for a long time. When the store that I go to is having a sale on this super food, I usually grab as much as I can, as it is also an easy source of protein!