Manage Your Fitness On The Road

The way I see it, there are two types of people when it comes to fitness habits and travel. On one hand, you have the all-in types who obsess over every little detail of their fitness lifestyle. They try to stay as close to, or even better than, their at-home behavior while on the road.

On the other hand, there is the other group who cuts all ties with anything resembling fitness, healthy eating, or other habits for well-being while traveling. They see their travel plans as a big, bold green light to eat what they want, sleep all they can, and throw most, if not all, of their caution and good habits to the wind.

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You Can Build Muscle After 40

The 40-something crowd today is more active than ever. And I don’t mean slow strolls on the treadmill, or lifting tiny, colorful dumbbells at the neighborhood wellness center. Many quadragenarians are finding their second wind, while others never stopped. Turning the big four-zero is no longer the beginning of the end, as our parents treated it; with an aggressively active lifestyle, 40 can really be the new 20.

But even as many are finding that fitness is not the sole province of the young, there are a few precautions you need to take as father time has sneakily crept in. Here, you’ll find a few principles needing some attention as you embark on a new era of your training.

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Playground Workouts And Getting Fit Like A Kid

These days, it seems like every gym you walk into is the same. Most will have some free weights, a full line of weight machines, your choice of cardio equipment, and also some sort of “functional training area” replete with kettlebells, battle ropes, bands, and suspension training systems.

For some these can be a paradise—an oasis of training options, services, and a social environment conducive to motivation. On the other hand, they can become a crutch. They can cultivate stagnation, repress creativity, and be an annoying hangout haven for gym bros. Not to mention the crowded times, limitations of open hours, and the increasing restrictions that are cropping up when it comes to “intimidating” other members (*cough* Planet Fitness *cough*).

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Lessons From A Life With The Iron

When it comes to your training and nutrition knowledge, I always say it’s not the years but the miles; the wear and tear you experience teaches you what you need to know. No one pushes the iron for a number of years without a few nicks and scratches along the way, especially if you’re the type who pushes your limits and tests your mettle.

I’ve always thought of myself as a student. Once I started teaching at a university level, it was an odd experience to be on the other side of the classroom for the first time. However, I found myself the student once more, trying to convey formal knowledge, personal experiences, and a sense of genuine interest (for the students and myself). Always learning, indeed.

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The Minimalist Guide To Lifting

There’s a plethora of information out there on how to train, and it seems half the internet is devoted to arguing over which programs are the best. The latest and newest program is just a click away, full of novel movements and intricate strategies. If Hoarders did an episode on the fitness industry, it wouldn’t be very difficult to gather enough material.

Fortunately, there’s been a bit of a backlash in society against needless clutter. The practice of throwing out the excess and leaving only what’s necessary has permeated into many aspects of our lives, from material possessions, to toxic friends, to digital clutter. While the trappings of modern life may appear vastly more sophisticated than those of years gone by, most facets of life have changed little over the years. What we need to live, what can help with work, and family values aren’t all that complicated. Discipline, organization, and understanding are all universal principles that have stood the test of time, no matter how many social media sites you can belong to.

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Get It Done Early: A Morning Workout Primer

Most programs are written to accommodate the everyman schedule, which means an afternoon or evening workout. This is especially true when nutrition is mentioned. But as the ranks of gym-goers swell in the afternoons and evenings, the number of lifters who choose to get their workouts done first thing in the morning is growing. There’s a lot to be said for getting a solid start to the day, while avoiding crowded gyms and crowded roadways. It’s also a great way to open up the evenings to spend more time with family and friends, or to use that post-work time for other pursuits.

Then there are those of us who have no choice. Work, family, or other obligations require us to rise early and train or not go at all. Below is a plan of attack designed specifically for the morning lifter, complete with pre-workout rituals and pre- and post-workout nutrition suggestions to get the most out of being an early riser.

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Workouts For Fat Loss After 40

Is it just me, or does it seem like all of the talk about fat-loss for the over 40 population is all about pills, powders, and potions? Why doesn’t anybody want to talk about good old-fashioned training and proper, balanced eating? It’s much more common to see remedies from the supplement industry making headlines, versus taking the challenge into your own hands and working toward a more practical and proven solution.

The fact is that training your body will have direct and immediate effects on not only your health, but also the aesthetics of your physique. More muscularity, lower body fat levels, and a general sense of athleticism will show through when proper training is carried out. It’s much like a student in school; the more they study and pay attention in class the better their grade.

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Beginner’s Nutrition: Are You Overthinking Your Diet?

Crazy training methods are one thing. You’re up for anything, but diet plans are a whole other world. After all, where talking body chemistry, hormone reactions, and even possible blood types to sift through. Dieting isn’t a simple discipline, is it?

These days it seems that the more complex a program, plan, or theory is the more effective it probably is. It must be right? I mean, someone with a ton of know-how must have come up with these sophisticated methods; someone with knowledge, experience, and the wherewithal required to make the plan work. Simple things just aren’t worth your time; you need science, testimonials, and a great backstory.

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Starting Weightlifting Over 40

Years ago starting anything new past 40 years of age was unheard of. The over 40 crowd didn’t dare test the waters of anything new and different. One might hear discouraging things like “Act you age,” and “Why start now?” muttered to those with higher aspirations for self-improvement.

These days it seems that 40 is not only the new 30, but possibly the new 20. More and more individuals of all ages have taken up the iron game as a part of their deposit on a longer, more quality-driven life. Strength training in general has come to the forefront as an integral part of a whole-body plan for a stronger and more balanced physique, both functionally and aesthetically.

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Stop Trying To Hack Your Diet

First off, let’s get one thing out of the way: I hate the word hack. It’s overused, trite, and has been misconstrued into something it was never originally meant to be. Long ago a hack was someone who was fake or produced low-quality work. It was a negative connotation. Nowadays, it’s thought of as a workaround or a way to break into something complex to produce a more efficient way of doing something important—or not so important.

With the countless articles, videos and other sources of content that circulate the web the word hack is so widely used that there seems to be a cycle of redundancy. Frankly, I’m tired of it. If you’ve been roped into thinking that you can hack your diet, you’re wrong.

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