plan has been to get you in shape and improve your health through
consistent exercise and good eating habits. Trouble is you've
heard the speech to the point that the words no longer carry force;
they are, in fact, boring and annoying. I feel like I'm standing
in a crowd of busy citizens selling yesterday's newspaper... Extra.
Extra. Read all about it. Build a strong and terrific body...
blah, blah, blah.
I live in a world where you can't extract the men and women that
are in the midst of devoted training without the assistance of
a stun gun. To keep them from the iron and steel would be cruel
and unusual torture. I spend my days making sure the equipment
and atmosphere to perform their workouts is proper and guarded.
They read the headlines the day they were made. Here are twelve
things they learned as they pursued the story, "Build a strong
and terrific body:"
1. Exercise and diet works, and only exercise and diet works.
Within a month of sound training you are stronger and building
healthy muscle. The fat is diminishing.
Your energy and endurance improve markedly. You feel like doing
The exercises you once found awkward and undesirable become friendly
and controllable. You're learning new skills.
5. You identify with exercising as a creative expression and hardy
pastime. What sit-com?
What you interpreted as cold and loathsome work one is obligated
to perform is, rather, a challenging diversion you anticipate
with zeal. You're functioning.
Where once you sought a mindless distraction (TV) or a tasty treat
(Ding Dong) to sooth your stress, you now engage its sick energy
in character building and bodybuilding. You blast the weights.
There's a nice world of healthy, intelligent and sensitive people
of all ages and in all shapes and sizes doing the same thing and
making the world a better place. Those endorphins put a smile
on your face.
9. Muscle and might are right, and the discipline, order, patience
and self-control make life easier and you tougher, close to bulletproof.
Self-esteem, an elusive stranger to many of us, genuinely
from the inside out improves. The loser takes a hike.
Once you get hooked you never let go. You might wander on occasion
but you'll be back. There is nothing in the world like being in
Oh, yes. It's fun.
like lists and summaries. Without them I forget what I'm doing,
where I'm going and why. Which reminds me: In my last writing
I promised to give you a rundown on nutrition as I've come to
know it over the years. Bodybuilders, one of which I am for-like-ever,
have been accredited with knowing (by logic, experience and instinct)
how to eat to build muscle, lose fat, increase strength and energy
while staying healthy. The facts over the years have not changed.
Science goes this way and that in theory with their experiments
on rats, monkeys and little white mice, but the hardcore musclehead
holds the line. Between lifting and sleeping he or she is eating
large amounts of protein, primarily, from red meat, chicken, fish
and dairy. He eats medium amounts of complex carbohydrates from
vegetables and grains and doesn't run for cover when fat is set
before him in thoughtful amounts. The big killers are the sugars,
saturated fats and weird chemicals that compose an alarmingly
large portion of the average person's diet each day.
Let me ramble. Your typical Bob or Jane, whether ten or fifty,
gets up in the morning, brushes his or her teeth and has a cup
of coffee and a poptart, donut or toast. This sends him buzzing
off to work, school or play till mid-morning when another cup
of coffee or soda or candy bar props him back up till lunch. Here
comes the Big Mac, fries or pizza or bologna on white and a monster
cola. Four out of ten will have four to ten smokes by now, usually
with each meal. Yum. As the afternoon rolls by and the energy
droops, more cola or coffee accompanies a muffin or bagel.
I almost forget the beerskies? Don't let me forget the beerskies.
Thank heaven, the day is over and it's home to a dinner full of
good stuff and as much as we can eat. Pasta, sausage and meatballs
or is it Chinese take out with those pork rolls and glazed chicken
wings? Burritos. Burritos. We want burritos. Don't forget the
slurpy drinks. How about some brews? TV, video games and bags
of munchies bring to close another adventurous day. Well, almost.
Perhaps one last smoke for a few night owls. Sleep tight.
this sound like an exaggeration or does it sound like some folks
you know? A cup or two of coffee is OK. Of course, the cigarettes
are no national secret and the beers can become an all too friendly,
fattening and numbing habit. The question is, where are the wholesome
nutrients that the body desperately needs to grow strong and healthy?
There's lots of sugar to get you going, but not very far or for
Beware of diabetes. It's up four hundred percent in the past five
years. I detect enough protein to fake some minor tissue repair
but hardly enough to build new vibrant muscle and fill out the
slimfit bathing suit this summer. I see plenty of saturated fat
to line the arteries and inner thighs, yet the essential fatty
acids to assure sound arteries and healthy joints are nowhere
of heart disease. It's up in both men and women big-time. Eat
some fish; pop some nuts in your mouth. Eliminate the fast food.
Add salads and fresh vegetables and fruits and half a gallon of
pure water to your daily menu. I told you it was simple. I can
see we need to talk more about this. I'll talk if you'll listen.
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