Monthly Archives: June 2016

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!

Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Weightlifting Equipment

We have all been there, hitting up that home gym, multiple times a week. Eventually, you will notice that your setup is lacking a little something. I’ve always been the person who doesn’t get different shoes until they are literally falling apart at the seams. Even I know that there are some signs to look out for, here are a few of them. If it makes you feel better, I have had each and every single one of these incidents happen in my life. Making the change to suck it up and get better equipment knocked out all of these worries, in just an afternoon.

Rusted Weights – Though more of a visual detail, no one wants their weights plagued with rust. This will only be a problem if you have metal weights but the appearance of rust just doesn’t look great. If you are lifting in any kind of condition where wetness can form on the weights, it is highly suggested that you move them to a drier spot in your home.

weightlifting glovesGloves that are Falling Apart – I go through weightlifting gloves like most people go through groceries. It is so tough to find a pair of gloves that will actually hold up to the wear and tear that I put on them. Having gloves with holes in them is not just a cosmetic issue, it could lead to more serious issues. Let’s just say that you don’t want to be lifting weights with gloves that have holes, it could lead to a bunch of gripping issues. Your hands are very important to you and you don’t want to have faulty gloves that could get tangled up, mangling your fingers!

A Bent Barbell – Look, I get it, that barbell is bent and you are thinking of it as a sort of badge of honor. How about we keep that barbell somewhere else and get you a new one! Even though it looks cool and you can brag about it to your buddies, a bent barbell means that it getting closer to breaking, depending upon how strong your barbell is. I have heard of most men keeping the bent barbell in rotation, not wanting to get another one. You could assume that the bar will never break because it is made of metal. However, do you want to take the risk that the bar is strong enough to not break, while your entire body is under it?

Extremely Worn Down Bench – Again, being a money saver, I put off getting my bench replaced for a long time. I wish that I could go back in time and kick myself for waiting so long. The bench would wobble a bit when I got onto it, to begin my bench pressing. I would also use the bench itself, to assist me with my lat raises, never thinking about how much continued stress was being put on the bench. I really could have harmed myself by not focusing on the bigger picture, my life over my lifting.

Not all of these signs that you need to invest in upgrading your equipment are vital to get fixed right away but you can easily fix all four of these problems at once. Head over to your local sporting goods store and get the items that need to be replaced, especially if you do have a bent barbell because that one is essential to take care of.