THE NO EQUIPMENT, NO EXCUSES WORKOUT

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

If you want to start exercising here is a simple, workout you can do that doesn’t require any equipment. These workouts should take no more than 20 minutes to complete, but if you do them consistently, you will get results.

            I believe that everyone should do a combination of strength training and cardio training. Both improve our physical and mental performance. I have written about the surprising effects that regular exercise has on our mood, focus, and mental performance so I won’t go into detail here, but if you aren’t aware of the many benefits, check out The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body! Continue reading “THE NO EQUIPMENT, NO EXCUSES WORKOUT”

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Jump Starting Your Weight Loss Journey, Made Simple

If you have twenty or more pounds of body fat, you want to lose, beginning your weight loss journey is very easy to do. You don’t even have to change what you eat. You only have to control your portion sizes.

I am not suggesting that you will never have to re-examine your food choices after you have lost the first five or ten pounds but to begin the process of losing weight, all you have to do is cut down on the quantity of food you eat.

Whatever you are eating now, all you have to do is cut your serving sizes by approximately 20%. As a rule of thumb, a portion of protein is the size of your palm, a portion of carbohydrates is what you can fit in your cupped hand, and a portion of fat is the size of your thumb. Vegetables are technically carbohydrates, but they have such a low caloric density and are rich in nutrients and fiber so you can eat as much as you want, just don’t smother them in butter or sauces. Continue reading “Jump Starting Your Weight Loss Journey, Made Simple”

THE SURPRISING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR

Most people know that attitude effects behavior, but the reverse is also true. You can change your attitude and character by changing your behavior. Did you know that forcing yourself to smile will improve your mood? In the military, I was taught that false motivation was better than no motivation. I thought it was just a means of getting us to push ourselves harder during tough training, which it did, but I also discovered that it changed my attitude. Pretend motivation, leads to genuine motivation.

Our mind seeks harmony between our attitudes and behaviors. The psychological term that describes a disharmony between attitude and behavior is called cognitive dissonance. When we perceive a divergence between our attitude and behavior, we will either change our attitude, or our behavior to minimize the disharmony. Continue reading “THE SURPRISING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR”

Why you should prioritize strength training, especially on a diet (UPDATED with FREE workout program log)

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It may seem counter intuitive, but when you are losing weight, strength training, not cardio training should be your number one exercise priority. When you place your body in a caloric deficit, it is normal for your body to burn a combination of stored body fat and muscle to meet its energy needs, but you can prevent this loss of muscle mass through strength training. The human body has been conditioned to adapt to the stresses place on it by its environment by making it more resilient to the stress the next time it’s encountered. If your body is required to lift heavy objects using all the muscles of the body, on a frequent basis, it will preserve muscle and burn fat exclusively when in a caloric deficit, assuming you are consuming sufficient quantities of protein. That is why strength training should be your number one exercise priority.

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Want to be more successful? Ignore your feelings, and listen to your gut.

Do you want to know the secret to success? Here it is; ignore your feelings and listen to your gut. Successful people discipline themselves to do what unsuccessful people fail to do. Discipline is the foundation of all good habits, because it gives us the push we need to take the actions we know in our gut will lead to our long-term success and happiness. … Continue reading Want to be more successful? Ignore your feelings, and listen to your gut.