Many of you know I’m a big fan of the TRX Suspension Trainer. I’ve only mentioned a few products here on this blog and only because I use them myself and believe they’re some of the best tools you can buy.
TRX is offering a great post-Christmas sale. Buy your suspension trainer or TRX Rip trainer, through the link below and you’ll get 20% off PLUS free shipping.. Make sure you use the code AFFILIATETRX or SALE20 at checkout to get the deal!
The offer is only good through Monday, December 31. Heck, I paid more for my own TRX, but it’s worth it.
Remember the old days when water was just water? Today grocery stores dedicate space on their aisle signs just for a newfangled type of water called “fitness water”. They don’t even dedicate sign space for staples like salad dressing, so this stuff must be really important.
Fitness water? Seriously? What is Fitness Water and should you be drinking it?
Fitness water is, theoretically, supercharged water. The idea is to take regular water, fuse it with vitamins and antioxidants, and voila, you get fitness water. A bigger, better, faster, stronger version of good old water. Sounds like something that makes sense. Let’s dig a little deeper.
The primary ingredient in fitness water is, surprisingly, water. In addition, the some of these products contains things like added flavoring, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sucralose, vitamn C, vitamin E, vitamin B3, calcium disodium EDTA, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, acesulfame potassium, and vitamin B12.
There’s nothing really bad in most of these ingredients, although personally I’d prefer to stay away from the artificial sweetener sucralose. I’m no chemist, but I’d be willing to bet that the amount of actual vitamins in these fitness water products is likely just a trace. You’re probably already taking a quality multivitamin (you are, aren’t you?) which means you’re getting significantly more of most, if not all, of these vitamins making the trace amounts irrelevant. Do you really need the other stuff just to get a trace amount of the good stuff?
Here’s the kicker.
While most have little to no calories, some products have a significant amount of sugar which means you’re now drinking something with a nutritional profile more closely related to soda than actual water. Hey wait…I thought this was supposed to be good for me? Hmmm.
As a society, we already drink nearly 25% of our daily calories. Personally, I don’t really want anything else that’s going to contribute to that total. I suppose if you choose the product carefully and this is the only thing that’s going to keep you from downing another soda, go for it.
For me, I’m sticking with good old ice cold water and saving those extra dollars to improve the quality of the food I eat.
What’s your take on this stuff?
Both tell a story.
One tells a story of parking spots claimed, coffee shops stormed, and journeys to Lowes and the grocery store.
One tells a story of family adventures, road trips, bike rides, kayak excursions, wildlife spotted, and mountains climbed.
Do you measure your success by the size of the sky you view or the size of your car’s wheels?
Both tell a story. Which will you tell?
A life lived rich or a life richly lived?
One of my past posts introduced an “exercise” I called the Pushback.
I’m giving you a variation on the pushback today, and this one’s a real exercise. The push up is a classic old school exercise that many people overlook. To many, it just sounds too simple to be effective. However, sometimes the easiest solutions are also some of the most effective and the push up is no exception. The Pushback Push Up adds a different twist by engaging the shoulders and upper back in a different way than the standard push up.
Give this one a try and leave me a comment below to let me know how you like it.
A new diet pill was approved for sale by the FDA this week. Most people who are looking for a quick solution to this never ending problem are undoubtedly celebrating, believing that their prayers have finally been answered. So, will they get what they’re looking for?
Most quick fix weight loss plans, medically supported or otherwise, often end in failure. In fact, the person frequently ends up in an even worse situation and gains more weight. The reason is because the bad things that caused you to pack on the pounds in the first place are still there. Those reasons don’t disappear when you take that little pill.
Here’s how it works. You take a pill or drink a shake that tastes like wallpaper paste and wait for the fat to fall off. Sure, they work. You lose weight immediately in fact. Unfortunately, most of that weight loss comes from your wallet.
The real reason you became larger can’t be reversed with a pill. You got bigger by eating too much of the wrong stuff, not moving enough or moving the wrong way, sleeping too little, and just not paying attention. All those reasons are still there. The pill or shake or goofy cabbage soup diet…none of those teach you how to eat properly, how much you need to eat, how to exercise properly to reach your goals, all the things that will help you get to your goals and stay there for years to come.
Most people also have unrealistic expectations of weight loss drugs. Despite the manufacturers published research findings which indicate an average weight loss of 5.8% over one year, they expect to be the exception to the rule and get a better result. That means a 220 pound person will still weigh 207 pounds a year later.
That’s an epic failure if you ask me.
13 pounds. That’s just over 1 pound per month. You could do the same thing by just burning an extra 16 calories per day.
Do this right now.
1. Stand up from your computer.
2. Walk around your house for three minutes.
3. Come back to the computer
Go ahead and do it now. I’ll wait right here.
OK, congratulations, you just burned more than 16 calories. Save your money on the pills and potions. Spend that money on a fitness center membership and professional help from a trainer (shameless plug) who can help you identify your goals, help guide you through a meaningful exercise program, and provide advice on how to make better nutrition choices.
We’ve become so determined to find the easy way to get something done that we forget it’s all about the basics. We’ve devolved. Get up and away from the computer. Put down the cell phone. Shut off the TV. Go outside and experience life. Go for a walk. Just don’t walk to the drug store to buy that new pill.