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Physical Wellness and Fitness Introduction

Written by Tyler Bishop   
Monday, 15 March 2010 10:57

What are your goals? Do you want to lose weight, sleep better, be stronger, and live longer? No, I'm not selling a diet pill. I'm going to give you the same answer that you have heard at least a hundred times if you have ever entertained any thought of bettering your own personal wellness. The simple answer is nutrition and exercise. The problem with this answer is in its clarity. How do you know if you are exercising correctly? How do you know if the things you eat are beneficial for your body? What little changes can we make right now that will make us slimmer, stronger, and healthier? The answers to all of these questions are incredibly complex. Fortunately you don't have to answer any of these questions to get started! You can still eat carbs, fats, and salt, and I won't ever tell you to stop.


Start Early
First I want you to develop better eating habits. Waiting hours and hours between sugary meals is a recipe for disaster. Our first goal is going to simply be to start having breakfast in the morning. If you already eat breakfast you are way ahead of the curve. If you are not eating breakfast simply buy some fruit (any kind) and set it by the door so when you leave in the morning you will have a snack for your morning commute.

Gaining Knowledge
If you have already started changing your eating habits but are unsatisfied with the results. Take your health to the next level by reading labels. Scan the shelves. If you read "high fructose" or "hydrogenated", don’t eat it. Your body has no idea what this stuff is so it hides it in your gut. Also stay away from grain products where the first ingredient is corn or bleached enriched wheat flour.

Try to do exercises that focus on total body movements (bicep curls, and shoulder shrugs are for the birds). The exercises that I want people to become familiar with this week are the plank (balancing on your elbows and toes while keeping your back in line with your heels and head, basically simulate a push up position with your forearms replacing your hands for balance), and the up-down (while standing, squat down, put your weight on your palms, then shoot your legs back so that you land in a pushup position, return to your feet by jumping between your hands and jump straight up into the sky). Try to hold a plank for 30 seconds, and execute 10 up downs. Try to improve your numbers each week.

NOTE: If you have heard of some of this information before I apologize. I want to make sure we are all on the same page. I promise by the time we are finished I will be able to teach you new things that will be beneficial for you and your goals.

If some of this is still sounding foreign, you want to take this to the next level, or you have any questions at all feel free to e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tyler Bishop


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