October 12, 2012

IF vegetables smelled like bacon!

Rant and Tip for October 12, 2012

Quote: Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon”.        - Doug Larson

I thought quote this was cute and true at the same time. It does not matter what diet you are on, low carb, like Atkins or low fat, and even the popular paleo diet they all want you to eat plenty of green vegetables. This is because they are rich in nutrients and fiber. I enjoy my green vegetables but have to admit they do not smell as good as bacon. Imagine if they did smell as good as bacon, kids would have no problem eating their vegetables, and we would all be much healthier. Broccoli, Asparagus, Celery, Brussels Sprouts, Green beans, and all your leafy greens give you body what it needs in vitamins. Spinach along with romaine lettuce are a great source of Vitamin K which is essential in blood clotting and bone healing.

We ended up working our core yesterday and today looks like a deadlift day. We will warm up with 50% of our maximum and make sure our form is tight, or at least as tight as we can get it. The deadlift is a full body lifts that incorporates the muscles in the legs, glutes back and yes even the chest. The deadlift also builds core stability and is the ultimate exercise to add strength and size. When performing the deadlift keep your chest forward and your shoulders back and remember to look up. Your back should not be rounded as this will make you more susceptible to injury. Do not jerk the bar up at any point in the lift. Keep the motion continuous and in one smooth action.

Here is a beginners program I found on bodybuilding.com. If you are new to the lift give this a try. (1RM means 1 rep max)
One day a week,  
  • Set One:
    8-12 reps at 50-65 percent of one repetition maximum (1RM).
  • Set Two:
    8-12 reps at 50-65 percent of 1RM.
  • Set Three:
    6-10 repetitions at 65-75 percent of 1RM.
  • Set Four:
    6-10 repetitions at 65-75 percent of 1RM.
Have a great workout!

Tip: Keep a food diary

Writing down what you eat and drink and any thoughts linked to that eating helps you become more aware of your eating habits and problem areas. Recognizing what is going on and understanding more about yourself is a powerful way to start planning changes to your diet and puts you in control.

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