- Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 23:27
Every year at Thanksgiving personal trainers and dieticians are doling out the usual bits of advice to prevent you from packing on the pounds over the holidays. And usually that same advice prevents some of you from actually enjoying the holidays. You know what I'm talking about-
'Set your alarm and get up two hours earlier and squeeze in a 5 mile run.'
'Do ten squats every time you open the oven door.'
'Jog in place while you mash the potatoes.'
'Drink a half gallon of water before you sit down at the table and another 12 ounces between every bite of food.'
'Stay away from the buffet table, you'll gain five pounds just looking at it.'
'Don't eat any carbs.'
'Have a large salad first with no salad dressing, then for your main course have one ounce of turkey, white meat of course, some green beans, a bite of sun dried yam, and a glass of water. For dessert have a sprig of peppermint.'
Well this year I've decided to post my own Thanksgiving day rules. I think you like mine better.
First, take it easy on the appetizers, (unless of course they are extremely awesome) especially if your contribution to the dinner is sitting on your ass watching the game to 'Stay out of everyone's way in the kitchen.'
Don't you remember hearing your mom tell you "You're going to spoil your appetite"? Well that certainly applies on Thanksgiving day. The really good stuff is getting served later you know.
Go easy on the alcohol. Not only are you taking up space for the great stuff(ing) but there are some bad consequences, like you getting drunk, running off at the mouth and getting stupid. Next thing you know you've pissed off a family member that has no problem recording of video your drunken, belligerent antics and posting it on Youtube. Happy holidays.
Don't eat under-cooked turkey! Seriously, poultry should be well done. And if you drank too much you might not even notice you're eating under-cooked poultry and if you did piss someone off they just might let you continue eating it.
Don't mix all your food together on your plate if there are small children at the table. They'll think that's gross and you always be remembered as the one that ruined Thanksgiving dinner, forever.
If you find a hair in your food, don't make a scene. Be polite about it. Unless of course you find nits on it, then it is completely within reason to run away from the table screaming.
If you're the chef and someone finds a hair of yours in the food you have three options; 1- ask them in a snarky manner what their contribution was to the dinner, unless they did help out or contribute something substantial like those awesome appetizers that the lazy helping-by-staying-out-of everyone's-way drunk game watchers ate all of and didn't save you one, then (Number two) just smile and say "Good thing I shampooed this morning" or three- say "You think that's bad, wait'll you see what I hid in the dessert!"
Don't have seconds on dessert. Unless of course you exercised before dinner, then you earned it. But then if the hair in the food issue comes up, well...
Most importantly, remember that cortisol can have negative effects on your body and health. Higher than normal levels of the hormone are released into the blood when you get stressed. So don't stress out. Relax. Enjoy the company, even those jerks that you are now realizing you wished you hadn't invited like you said after last years get together. Chill out and have a drink, but not too much. You don't want to end up on Youtube!
I believe there are a handful of days every year that everyone should be able to relax and enjoy a meal without feeling guilty. Thanksgiving is one of them. Enjoy your day and enjoy your meal. And remember to be thankful for everything you have to be thankful for.
And finally, if you are going to watch the late game after dinner root for the Steelers!
- Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 20:57
There used to be an email subscription service called Emazing Tipomatic. If you were one of its 12 million subscribers you might remember it. The service offered the Emazing Tip of the Day from a selection of over 100 topics.
What I'm guessing a lot of you don't know is that for a while I was a contributuing writer of Emazing.com when it was owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
Like millions of others I was a subscriber to a few of their Tip of the Day topics, The Emazing Bodybuilding Tip of the Day being one of them. Well, after sending an email about the inaccuracy of one of the tips I was asked if I would like to take over writing the tips for that topic. I accepted.
It used to be that if you did a Google search for Aaron Harris along with an exercise related term there was a great chance that the search results would be heavily populated with copies, postings, and archives of my Emazing Bodybuilding Tip(s) of the Day. Here's an example of a couple of my tips still found on a popular site- Supplement tip from emazing Body Building tip of the day...m and
From Emazing tips of the day~Have you...
I have found every single one of my Emazing Bodybuilding Tip of The Day articles on an old hard drive. Starting today I will publish a tip, in the same order they were published, in the exact same wording in the training tips section every week day. However, seeing how these tips are over a decade old and much has been proven by scientific research I will also include an update as to whether this tip is still worthwhile and if not what I recommend instead. You can find my very first Emazing Bodybuilding Tip of the Day here- Strength Stimulus.
- Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:34
For years I've been suggesting that people not focus on the numbers on the scale but to find some other, much more significant measurement that you can use to track your progress.
Think about this, ladies, if you're getting fitted for a bra does the fitting specialist bring out a scale? No, she(or he?) would use a tape measure. Guys, if you're getting fitted for a suit does the associate ask you to step on a scale or are you measured for circumference?
So is it really your body weight that you are most concerned with?
I realize that the amount of mass you carry around does have some significance, especially if it is creating joint problems, or excess stress on the muscles involved with breathing. Ultimately the solution should always make the best methods top priority- exercise and proper nutrition through a sound diet. Not only will your health and fitness improve but so will the shape of your body.
And yes, depending on your goals and training methods your body weight may actually go down also.
If you still need more convincing watch the video below for proof that this is the way to go.
- Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 00:12
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- Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:11
- Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 16:14
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- Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 14:46
Occasionally I Woot. Woot rocks. In the past Woot has helped make my life easier- technologically (I hope I used that right.)
Now Woot wants to help you in the area of my expertise: fitness.
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Have you ever seen one of those obscenely muscular people? You know, one of those men or women who have such HUGE MUSCLES that it almost makes you WORRIED? Like they look like they're about to EXPLODE they're SO FREAKING MUSCULAR? Well, you can be one of those people! Just hydrate, stretch, and buy this stuff!"
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One more direct claim from Woot:
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Did you know that spending money burns calories and builds muscles and increases stamina and reduces hair loss/graying and makes you taller and helps you interview better and makes it so that you never have to go to the dentist? It's TROO (which is a word we made up, not to be confused with "true")!”
As far as their claim of getting you ripped in 5 days, well be sure to read the not-so-fine print in their email. Seems to me that many fitness marketers should take a cue from their copy.
- Created on Sunday, 12 May 2013 14:45
I hope you are being taken great care of by your loved ones. You deserve it!
- Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 10:14
Here's a new study that I'm betting will not only put a smile on many faces but will get more people to regularly eat "the most important meal of the day."
A team of scientists from the Strasburg Holistic Institute of Technology and Bedford State University have proven that a breakfast of coffee and donuts is best when it comes to weight management. World renowned doctors Kester and Ing teamed up to lead the noteworthy study. Their findings were published in the Journal of Obesity, Kinetics, and Exercise Science.
Dr. Jo Kester, Director of Nutritional studies at Bedford University Learning Laboratory(B.U.L.L.) stated she choose to do this study to determine if there are any benefits to the two most common breakfast choices of most working adults- coffee and donuts or having nothing at all.
Subjects were divided into three groups. The first group consumed a breakfast consisting of two normal sized donuts and two 12 ounce cups of coffee with cream and sugar. The second group skipped breakfast. The third group was a control group. The control group had a breakfast of three strips of bacon, two slices of buttered toast, two eggs scrambled in lard, four sausage links, an English muffin with cheese, 16 ounces of chocolate milk, a raspberry danish, a banana, and a 64 ounce Diet Coke.
After twelve weeks the coffee and donuts group gained less weight than the control group. Dr. Josh Ing, a clinical professor at Strasburg Holistic Institute of Technology, states "Our study proves that a breakfast of coffee and donuts is best when it comes to weight management. It's what I have myself everyday."
Funding for the study was provided by Dunkin Brands. To read the full research findings of doctors Jo Kester and Josh Ing's study visit the Journal of Obesity, Kinetics, and Exercise Science site JOKES.com
For more information on the research collaboration of the Bedford University Learning Laboratory and the Strasburg Holistic Institute of Technology visit their site BULL-SHIT.edu
photo courtesy of debbietingzon CC BY 2.0
- Created on Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:11
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- Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 23:50
I've been working out and visiting gyms long enough to be familiar with most gym slang: guns, six packs, wheels, nickles, dimes, quarters, pumped, ripped, shredded, juiced, jacked, yoked, wings. Then I saw a commercial which introduced me to the term Lunk. It got me to thinking that maybe it's been too long since I've done the majority of my workouts inside a gym. Then I saw the commercial was for a brand that doesn't consider itself a gym. It also doesn't consider allowing members that take their fitness or workouts to serious levels. It seems It objects to any member who refuses to limit ones performance whilst exerting oneself for reverence of a class of membership which disapproves of such displays of barbarism.
In other words, for those with less sophistication, like myself, it means if you dare train hard enough to allow a needed grunt escape from your mouth or a drop of perspiration to drip off your brow they might have no problem sounding an alarm, kicking you out (probably with the help of police or security or someone that doesn't train there and therefore has a decent level of physical strength- something this gym, oops! Forgot, they're not a gym, seems to not believe in) and revoking your membership. How dare you make those socializing be disrupted by your overzealous efforts at building muscle, burning excess fat, and getting fitter. Take it somewhere else!
I used to tell people that were apprehensive and self conscious about joining a gym to not worry. Most gym members are focused on their own workouts and won't be paying attention to you, and certainly not judging you. Planet Fitness, it's leadership and possibly staff but hopefully not all of its members appear to me to be the exception.
I have to wonder about an organization whose management and employees come up with derogatory names for people that they must feel have too fanatical a view of fitness or exercise. And it's an organization that apparently gets so enthused about their belittling they go as far as trademarking their name calling.
So if you like to train hard, so hard that you break a sweat, so hard that you can't maintain a smile every second, or with such intensity that you, heaven forbid, should grunt you probably wouldn't want to consider that planet. If you are a bit self conscious about working out in front of others regardless of your physical condition, or nervous about joining a gym for any reason, you might want to think twice before considering a place that resorts to name calling, stereotyping, and possibly making someone, anyone, feel unwelcome.
But that's just this possible-lunk's opinion. What about you- are you familiar with the ad campaign I'm referring to? Would you consider getting a membership with them? Are you a current or former member of Planet Fitness? Would you possibly fall under the category of lunk?