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Fitness & Health
If you pick up any fitness magazine like Men’s Health or Muscle & Fitness, you are used to reading the following advice:
If you want to look good and add muscle, lift weights.
If you want to lose weight and benefit your heart, do long, steady-state cardio.
The vast majority of people at the gym are slavishly obedient to this advice. If you visit the gym after work, you’ll have to wait to get on an elliptical machine or a treadmill. But it is unlikely that you will have too much problem getting a set of dumbbells in the free weight section.
P.D. Mangan thoroughly debunks this “cardio is best for weight loss” advice in his book Muscle Up. [Read more…] about What Is The Best Type of Exercise? A Review of P.D. Mangan’s Muscle Up
This past weekend my parents paid us a visit. We drove to a suburban strip mall to have dinner at a chain restaurant that my mom is fond of. After dinner, we took a short walk through the strip mall. Most of the stores were already closed, but one business was still open—a martial arts school.
We stopped to watch the training. My son is two and a half and he is starting to become interested in punching and kicking. We wanted to see if he would have any interest in the martial arts class. Unfortunately, what we saw was absolutely pathetic.
When it comes to losing weight, what is more important: diet or exercise?
If you watch commercials, you might be led to think that the best way to lose weight is exercise. Think of Beachbody infomercials. The message of those commercials is that you must exercise, and exercise intensely to lose weight.
On the other hand, if you check Amazon for books on weight loss, the majority of the books that turn up are diet books. The messages behind these books are contradictory. Some encourage us shun fat. Others tell us to avoid carb. But their consistent message is that if you stick to this particular diet, you will be able to maintain a healthy weight.
So which is it? Diet or exercise? Watching the Discovery Channel’s reality television show Naked and Afraid gave me the answer.
If you’ve read some of the other posts on this blog, you know that I am a big advocate that every man learn some form of martial art. Actually, it is not a bad idea for women either. The relative safety of modern society has lulled us to sleep when it comes to potential violence. Some things are taking place that makes me feel that violence will become more prevalent in the future, so every man needs to have at least a modicum of fighting skill.
But what martial art should you study? [Read more…] about Is TaeKwonDo A Good Martial Art?
One of the most confusing things about getting into bodybuilding is the mind-boggling array of supplements that are available. This is an area that is rife with marketing hype. The people who know the most about supplements, the competitive bodybuilders, don’t volunteer their information for free. And if they do say that they use a product, it just happens to be the product that they are selling. [Read more…] about Bodybuilding Supplements That Work