Enough with Excuses!

February 6, 2019
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Strength Training in Space

February 6, 2019

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The negative effects on the body while in space can be dramatic. The lack of gravity can leave muscles & bones under-stimulated, resulting in a serious decrease in strength and bone density (think… NOT being able to walk.) Nowadays, everyone spending time at the Space Station is required to do exercise, especially Strength Training and Aerobic Training. While they have the option to do a variety of different exercises using a custom resistance setup, the DEADLIFT is an important exercise because it strengthens many of the body’s muscles involved with maintaining upright Posture. Even with the aid of gravity here on Earth, many humans do not get enough weight-bearing activity to maintain optimal levels of Muscular Strength and Bone Density. These are just a few reasons why Resistance Training is so important. In the late 18oo’s/early 19oo’s, the Deadlift exercise was actually called the HEALTH-LIFT because of it’s many known health benefits. Everyone needs to Strength Train. The Deadlift can be a great choice for many. There are many different ways to do a Deadlift that can be safe and effective for most any human, regardless of age, gender, health status, fitness level or experience. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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Seek Balance with Nutrition

February 6, 2019

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We are what we eat. We are also what we think and do. When it comes to nutrition, very few subjects arouse more confusion, conflict and controversy. It would seem that none of us can eat anything anymore because everything is “bad” for us. Many of us already have terrible relationships with food. Many of us don’t cook either and if so, very seldom. Of course, the reasons are complex. All I know is that the last thing we need is more negative talk about food. I look around some days and all I see is a new era of EXTREMELY picky eating. It’s a privilege to have any food to eat and being too picky about it all the time is not good for survival. Food is not to be feared. Food is not the enemy. It’s ok to make healthier choices but it’s important that it always be accompanied by a healthy relationship with food. Most us already know that we should limit fast food, fried food, overly-processed food, sugary and salty snacks but we ignore it anyway. We are also well aware that we should be eating more vegetables and fruits but we ignore all that too. So no, I’m not a fan of DIETS. I’m a fan of nutrition education. I’m a fan of trying something out for a while to see how it works. My recommendation is for you to do the same. My preferred nutrition source is PRECISION NUTRITION (website). I’ve also grown to respect the work of Dr. Michael Gregor, who has a great book called HOW NOT TO DIE and a great website, NUTRITION FACTS (website). Yes, I still eat meat, pizza, chips, cookies, and fried food. But i also eat a ton of plants most of the time and you should too. This makes everything SO much easier right from the start. Improving nutrition habits is a process and takes time. Start slow, build strong! Seek balance! #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox #nutrition #diet #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #balancednutrition #healthandfitness #healthandwellness #healthandfitnessjourney #ihatediets #walking #strengthandconditioning #obesity

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Near Year Goals? It’s all about improving one habit at a time. But which one first?

January 8, 2019

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Welcome to the start of a brand new year. If there are ANY areas in your life that you would like to improve, anything, start by clearly defining what it is you want. Then figure out ONE area to begin improving first. This should be the one area that clearly needs the most attention and requires the most work. Improve that before moving on to other things. If this ONE thing seems too much, break it down into smaller more manageable pieces. Whatever it is, make each ONE thing something that you feel with 💯 % confidence that you will be successful. Brick by brick, stone by stone. The power is within. Besides, no one else can do this for you. Ask for help if needed. The BIG 3 (tips about each below) SLEEP – Aim to get a minimum of 7 hours of quality rest each day. Avoid caffeine if it disrupts sleep. Keep room completely dark and ideally, aim to get to sleep and wake up within the same hour each day. Research also says that we literally do best to awake with the rising of the sun. DAILY MOVEMENT. We don’t necessarily need to “exercise” each day but we do need to move every day. Walking more (and as much as possible) is always the best choice. It’s not about a certain number of steps but more about avoiding sitting still, standing still and not moving for long periods of time. Stretch. Move about. This should not require a change of clothes or sweating. HEALTHY DIET. We all know what is sh🌽and what is not. Eat less sh🌽t. Still not sure? Here’s a hint: consume more vegetsbles & fruits. Drink more water. Google it. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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Be present. Enjoy each moment. Enjoy the Holidays but also…start preparing now for the future (2019).

December 19, 2018

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Simple thoughts for the end of the year. Enjoy this time. Start preparing for the future. Don’t worry about what/how you “used to be” or even what you “hope” to be in the future. Take a kind inventory of who you are and where you are today. If you’d like things to be different, start working on a realistic plan to put in motion in the weeks to come. Starting in the new year, I plan to shine some strong mojo outward to help. Till then, get your mind right. I will do the same. Let’s tell ourselves these words: “don’t be afraid to be strong”. This starts in the mind and in our hearts. It’s about so much more than health or fitness. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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Strength Training should NEVER be complicated…

September 12, 2018

 

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The thought of trying to summarize a few Strength Training concepts in less than 1 minute seems impossible. It did prove impossible. However, today’s video was an attempt to get the wheels of your mind moving in a direction that allows you to digest the idea that it need NOT be complicated. Adults need to Strength Train a minimum of 1-2 times a week to maintain a healthy body for life. It doesn’t need to be crazy hard or difficult to benefit from it. Each workout can be as short as 5-10 minutes but it must include exercises that work the entire body. Instead of body parts think of big “movements of the body” such as Squatting, Pushing and Pulling. The generation of Californian bodybuilders that produced Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a bit of a lasting negative effect on the way normal people exercise that still exists to this day. People think workouts must include a dozen exercises that primarily work a bunch of little muscles groups like calves and biceps and that progress is not made without soreness and all sets done to failure. None of that is required or recommended for most people, especially beginners and novices. Most adults would be better served keeping workouts shorter with fewer exercises and a focus on moving well instead of sloppy. Of course, the choices are endless. Today, I wanted to demonstrate a simple short routine that most anyone could do at home with either 1 dumbbell or 1 kettlebell. The point is to do something. Anything is better than nothing as long as it is safe and can be repeated over time. No excuses. You can always do more. Just make sure that you are consistently doing something first. I’m always here if you have questions… #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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New Health & Fitness Tips! So i’m doing a Free Video Series on what i consider to be the Essential Elements of Health & Fitness. Until the end of the year, my plan is to release one new video each week covering a fairly wide range of information, doing my best to limit most of the main points to 3 things. Tune in. These videos are free. I’m doing these to help. I know more than anyone how confusing and frustrating diet and exercise stuff is. I’ve worked professionally as a Personal trainer for well over a decade. My hope is to clear up some of the confusion. Take notes, ask questions. I’m always here to help…

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