If you were wondering why it has been a while since my last article, well that is because I was out in Colorado enjoying friends, family, climbing, a wedding and time away from reality. Limited use of my phone and no computer while in the mountains was just what I needed to get away from the stressors of the big projects/life events I have going on. While out in Colorado I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of many great friends and acquaintances old and new. I was able to escape my normal climbing/training routine and go to a less than conventional wedding (Hawaiian in the mountains) with life long friends. I was also able to let my guard down and just climb anything with no agenda with the help of some friends whos lifestyle I applaud and adore. Continue reading
Looking back through my pocket journals is always helpful to keep my eyes focused on my true goals and passions. Sometimes it is very easy to get sidetracked by instant gratification. Or it is just as easy to get discouraged and loose sight of my aspirations due to the tribulations of life. Staying focused and motivated over a long period of time is not easy and that is where keeping my notebook on hand proves useful. For example lets go back to my entry on 3/1/14. Continue reading
Designing a workout plan or just going to the gym without a plan at all can be very overwhelming. Most gyms have a vast amount of unnecessary machines or the latest “six pack ab” gizmo. On top of that there are people of all shapes and sizes doing who knows what without any professional help. Being in this situation may cause you to just follow the pack and pick up ideas from the general public on what you should be doing in the fitness center. To make things clear, not every fitness plan needs to involve the gym. If going to the health club isn’t your thing I don’t blame you. Fitness and health first and foremost is just moving your body like humans are meant to move. However if you want to get into the swing of working out but don’t know where to start, I have a few suggestions in regards to what movements to be doing. I do suggest that to properly execute these movements you seek out the advice from a personal trainer. This will insure you execute the proper progression of these movements to strengthen your body while avoiding injury.
What does being fit mean to you? What does being healthy mean to you? If you read my last post, Fit vs. Healthy, you could probably answer those questions with confidence. I hope you have started to develop a sense of those terms and have worked them into your life in a way that makes sense for your self. There is no secret equation to balancing the two nor is there a definitive correct answer. The closest thing to being correct is doing what you truly believe in and love with the full awareness of how one decision is affecting the other. For example, in order to be fit enough to have every muscle in your body bulge out you may be sacrificing your health by spending to much time in the gym and not enough time enjoying life. The point is, be aware of the disconnect between health and fitness but at the same time be fully confident and educated on what you are doing. If you bring a passion and awareness towards your physical goals, then happiness will add to your health.
Have you ever looked up to someone because they are Fit? Have you ever been envious of a person because of their high level of fitness or their ability to crank out pull ups in their sleep? Have you looked at a extremely muscular body and just though, wow I wish I was that in shape? I’m sure most of us can answer yes to any or all of those questions. However have you ever taken a moment to think about your health? In fact have you ever considered the difference between being fit and being healthy? A overly muscular person or a person that can run a marathon at a record setting pace isn’t necessarily a model of good human health. Continue reading
The traditional birthday challenge, a wonderful physical exhausting event (or series of events) to celebrate your new age. Age is just a number, a number which plays a vital role in what exactly I am doing every year come June 9th. This last week my number happened to roll over to 28. For the last five years I have been creating my own birthday challenges. They have ranged from one single thing (2600 mountain climbers) to a day filled with various activities including eating, socializing, climbing and everything in between. However, whatever the challenge may be it will always revolve around the age you are turning. This year was a change of pace from the norm, as my friend and fellow coach, Sam, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to come up with and complete a birthday challenge for my 28th. For those of you that know Sam, he is a very energetic, creative and fun loving dude. Once he jumped on board and took my birthday challenge by the reins I knew I was in for some good old fashion child like fun. Continue reading
Olive oil is a great source of omega 3 fats and can be beneficial when used properly. Proper use does not include cooking with it, especially above 200 degrees. Oils have a smoke point; a smoke point is the heat a oil can tolerate before being destroyed. When that oil is destroyed it completely wipes out the benefits of the oil because it becomes oxidized and rancid. A oxidized oil becomes harmful to your health because they produce free radicals in your body which can lead to inflammation. To note on a previous post; cholesterol is not bad, it is the oxidized cholesterol which is harmful. Continue reading
The consumption of dairy products have been one of those iffy topics for myself as of the last few years. I can agree that there are nutritional benefits of consuming dairy but on the same hand I can agree that we do not need these types of foods. I am not praising dairy and its consumption and I am not patronizing it and saying you should absolutely not eat it ever. I am just looking at it from both sides of the spectrum, just like I do with any other food. Continue reading
Before we get into things I want to make it clear that the best thing you can do for your health is to eat fresh food as often as possible. However we all know the reality of things. We live in a fast paced hectic world and convenience prevails over fresh a lot of the time. So in order to escape the trap of eating a entire bag of potato chips, because you were hungry and that is what was there, stock your pantry up on better healthier options. Continue reading