A Beautiful Mind and Body

It’s sometimes hard to separate the things that mentally distract us on a daily basis, especially when those things are the core of what we do and who we interact with each day.  How can we use those distractions to better our workouts, or should we block those distractions so we can have tunnel vision during our workouts.

Honestly, both options have worked for me when it comes to working out, more specifically during heavy lifting days.

We either have to channel all of the external and mental stimulus into what we want to achieve during our workouts each day, or we have put that behind us for a short time and focus on the task at hand.

Like I said I’ve used both with much success.  You might have a better outcome in your workouts if you do one over the other.  It depends on what type of person you are and how you handle and can use the things that are going on in your daily life.

You might be able to use how you feel about a certain situation

  • to stay more focused on your workout
  • to do one more interval of sprints
  • to lift a heavier weight
  • to take a little less rest

Whatever it is, a good workout can reduce the amount of stress you are experiencing from a certain situation.  It can also relieve tension, and perhaps make your workout more effective one some days.

Regardless we can’t lose sight of the fact that following a sensible exercise program consistently will improve our overall health in many ways.

Skinny Fat

Whoa! Two words that aren’t usually put together. And when they are people are worried about the feedback they’ll get from it.

Here’s the truth…just because you’re skinny does not mean you’re healthy and fit.

I’m writing a little bit about this for a friend of mine, she’s funny, she’s sarcastic, she’s like my little sister, she’s attractive, she’s thin, but in her own words (not mine, although I’m familiar with the term) she’s skinny fat.

For the first time since I’ve known her ( and that’s been over 10 years), she’s taken huge steps to better her health and fitness.

She quit smoking.

She started eating better.

She started running.

She wants to start weight training.

BUT…

She’s getting a lot of ridicule from friends and family, asking her while she’s bothering? Which brings me to the point of this post.

Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re fit and healthy.

Being fit is more the knowing that you can accept any physical (or mental) challenge proposed to you. You can tackle it without any observation.

When you’re fit you know you can take the stairs, sounds simple, but most people can’t.

When you’re fit you feel healthy, you feel alive, you feel strong, and you have energy.

I’ve always tried to fall back onto this one phrase I heard a long time ago, ‘Nothing tastes as good as lean and fit feels.’

Although the two comparisions are almost unequal, comparing food to a 5k or a max effort deadlift. I’m not saying they are the same, but when you know you’ve worked really hard to accomplish something, you tend to walk away from those flavorful temptations.

You know you worked really hard, so why ‘ruin’ it with not eating properly. Fitness and nutrition support each other 100%.

Ironic? Perhaps.

Nonetheless, if you know someone who is trying to better themselves, make themselves stronger, even if you don’t think they need to, be supportive.

Proper exercise and nutrition go a long way.

Get out of the rut, give it a try, it might just be eye-opening.