You started off training for a specific goal. Maybe you were trying to build muscle or prepare for a marathon. Initially, you saw some quick results but have hit a plateau. You’re showing up consistently. You work your ass off when training. But the needle won’t budge. Does this sound familiar?
To keep progressing in your workouts, you need to understand how your body adapts to the stress of training. It does this through the general adaptation syndrome (I personally would’ve coined a more appealing name like ‘how to kick stress in the balls and become your best version’). Names aside, if you can work with your body’s natural response to stress, you’ll be way ahead of the pack. Let’s look at how you can do this.
A lot of people think ramping up exercise is the key to losing weight or building muscle. While exercise is an important part of the process, 80% of your results will come from nutrition. So at some point, you need to take a detailed look at what you’re eating. One of the best ways to do this is by keeping a food diary for a few weeks. It takes a little effort up front but the payoff is worth it.
Research has found that the difference in weight loss between popular low-fat or low-carb diets is insignificant. This means that you can find a diet that works best for you. You just need to understand the basics of energy balance and how to reduce your calories to lose weight. Let’s look at how you can do this.
Once you jump aboard the procrastination train, there are no stops in sight. You quickly spiral out of control down deep interweb rabbit holes. You’ve managed to spin your wheels by doing everything but the task you set out to do. Why is procrastination so tempting? And how do we get ourselves to do the important stuff?
Do your joints snap, crackle, and pop when you move around? Are you one of those twisted knuckle crackers that can’t resist working your finger joints? If your joints make more noise than a bowl of Rice Bubbles, you might have wondered what’s going on. And if you should be worried about all those weird cracks and pops.
Massage therapists have superpowers when it comes to ungluing tight muscles. But not everyone can afford to see them regularly. So if you’re dealing with injuries or pain, learning how to release trigger points should be your first stop. It’s easy, costs nothing, and doesn’t take long. This post will tell you what you need to know to start working on your trigger points.