Strength Training – Building Muscle to Improve Size, Strength and Overall Health

Strength Training – Building Muscle to Improve Size, Strength and Overall Health

So far I have concentrated on what we eat and how we exercise as major components of our health. Today I want to discuss an aspect that is just as important but often times gets overlooked, our mental health. Those words have a negative connotation to many. If you talk about mental health many infer mental illness: You must be “sick” or “crazy”. This is not the case at all. We all need to be mentally healthy. This is a hard feat in today’s day and age, where there is a constant push to work harder so we can have a bigger house, a better car, a boat, a vacation home— you get the picture. What do these “things mean”? How do they make us happy?

My best friend and I were talking about this very thing earlier this evening. These things don’t give us better relationships, at least not the kind that matter, they don’t make us happy, or improve the world. For the most part the stress that we put ourselves through trying to have the biggest and best of everything does exactly the opposite- it distances us from family and friends it wears on us to the point of effecting our health.
Stress affects our cortisol levels, making us gain abdominal fat and not sleep well at night. It changes our hormone levels which if you know anything about hormones you know that messing with them isn’t good.

So why do we let stress take us over? How do we stop it? These are questions that I have been asking myself a lot lately. I have not figured out all of the answers yet, I’m hoping we can find our way through them together. I think I have the first step down- figure out what is important in your life. Then figure out how to reign life back in until you are controlling life again not life controlling you.

I will leave you with this question – How do we become mentally healthy?
Where do you believe we need to start? What path do we follow? Pay attention to mind and body together to improve overall health.

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We are doing a seminar this week relating to weight and libido. So why not talk about this a little here.

Today we will talk about how excess weight as a negative impact on nearly every system in your body.

First it negatively effects your self esteem. I have had many women cry when they talk to me about their weight and how they don’t want their husbands to touch them or even take them out in public because they are ashamed of their body. I don’t under any circumstances believe that everyone needs to be a stick- thin model walking around but what I do believe is that everyone should be a healthy weight and feel comfortable in their own skin whether this is weighing 110 pounds or 250 pounds.

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Now back to the negative aspects of being over weight. Just to name a couple:
  • Carrying too much weight is hard on your bones mainly your knees and low back. Increased abdominal fat often leads to insulin resistance and then… diabetes (we will discuss this killer another day).
  • Excess weight leads to sleep apnea as the muscles in the neck relax the excess weight closes off the airway.

So many other diseases like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, depression and others can be linked to obesity (if you would like to discuss one of these in particular just let me know).

Any stories on being overweight? Ideas that helped? I’d love to get some input from others before I start giving some ideas later this week.

There are so many different plans out there: gimmicks, fads and yes – some tried and true methods for losing weight and getting healthy. As I said before this is a daily journey. Every day is another opportunity to take that first step to becoming a happier and healthier you. All it takes is that decision to get started.

Until tomorrow…

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