If You’re A Girl You Should Be Doing These Workouts

SQUATS. I see it all over the internet, all over social media, and even at the gym. Has anyone else noticed this hype over squats this past year or is it just me? You know what I’m talking about, it usually consists of a sexy model, Nike gym gear, a nice “gluteus maximus”, and a super inspirational quote. While for guys they serve more as eye candy, I really think these pictures have motivated girls to go sign up for a gym membership and squat their lives away. While squats are awesome and anyone who takes fitness seriously should be doing them, girls shouldn’t just focus on doing squats. So here are the workouts I think all girls hitting the gym should be doing.

1. Calf Raises

-So easy to do, so many different ways of hitting them, and you don’t even need a gym. Squatting has got you covered when it comes to the top half of your legs but if you’re not working out calves you’re missing out on the entire bottom half. Check out this YouTube video and learn how to do them.

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2. Back Extension

-The lower back is extremely important when it comes to up upper body strength and good posture. Just like guys are told to have a good posture I feel the same applies for girls. Walking around with a hunched over back is not attractive.  While the most effective way to hit this muscle is by using a hyper-extension machine you can still work the muscle at home. Click here to see how to do these.

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3. Oblique Knee Raise

-You can do all the ab workouts you want but if you’re trying to lose fat or gain muscle right above your hips, crunches won’t take you very far. I chose the Oblique Knee Raise because it’s one of my personal favorites, I don’t see very many people doing them, and it hits the shoulders if done in the dip position. Working out the obliques most importantly helps develop the V- Cut everybody wants. If you don’t have access to a gym check out the at home Oblique Crunch.

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4. Deadlifts

-If you want nice legs you have to deadlift! Again, squats will work your glutes and quadriceps but you can’t forget about the hamstrings. While I’ve seen some girls deadlift at gyms I don’t think enough girls are doing them. This is one of those workouts that sounds and looks intense but you can always choose the amount of weight. Deadlifts not only hit the hamstrings effectively but they work almost every muscle in your leg simultaneously. On top of that deadlifts work your abs, obliques, traps, and shoulders at the same time. Check out this video to learn these.

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5. Skull Crusher’s

-Once again this workout may sound a little too intense but it really isn’t and everyone should be doing these. I find this to be one of the most effective tricep workouts and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a girl do this at the gym. It’s easy to learn, the amount of weight is up to you, and really blasts the triceps. Check out this video to learn the proper form.

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So those are the 5 five workouts I think girls should be doing on top of squatting. Hope you found this informative and if you have any questions leave a comment down below!

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A New Years Resolution Is Stupid

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklersWith the holiday season in full effect and New Years on it’s way, we also have the wonderful time of New Year’s resolutions coming up as well. While promising that we’ll make better choices this upcoming year is a wonderful thing, I believe that the concept of waiting months, or even a whole year to change something you’re not happy about is crazy!

It’s awesome that we want to start hitting the gym, it’s awesome that we’re gonna stop smoking, and it’s awesome that we’re gonna start being happier this year but it’s not awesome that we’ve put off doing these great things for the whole year. Why do we treat ourselves with better lifestyles or better choices once a year? Waiting for New Year’s to stop or start something new is quite frankly, stupid.

This post is somewhat the same as one of my previous postings After Reading This You Will Want To Do It but right now we are going to focus on this idea of New Year’s resolutions.  What the hell is the difference of changing our lives for the best on this magical day of new beginnings, than a normal Wednesday or Friday afternoon? Who came up with this idea? Who told us to make big changes at the END of the year rather than yesterday or even while you read this? Well I actually have no idea, but majority of us have grown up hearing about New Year’s resolutions. We’ve seen our parents and family members make drastic changes from one day to the next, we’ve seen friends start going to the gym the day after New Years, and some us have even witnessed the explosion of new people on treadmills at our gyms. We have to stop waiting for the end of the year to make changes, they have to start now.

motivational new years resolutions are stupidIf you’re unhappy about something in your life do something about it and change it. Don’t just sit there and wait it out, because it won’t go away unless you do something about it. This obviously means don’t wait for the ball to drop in Times Square to make the changes. We should start a new trend called weekly or monthly resolutions. For example, if you want to start reading, start this week or if you really have to prepare mentally, start next month; not next year. Waiting for it to turn 12 o’clock on the last day of December to bring our lives closer to what we want really want is such a waste a time. If we want to change, if we want something, we have to start right away or else we start giving ourselves excuses and we might just end up saying “I’ll start next year.”

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Stop Eating These Foods!

love food and I’m pretty sure any normal human being does too. Nothing’s better than finally satisfying that crave or eating your favorite foods, but with today’s food industry some of our favorite foods are being intoxicated with nasty chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives. While some of these snacks and foods may bring us momentary joy and satisfaction our bodies and organs digesting these foods aren’t very happy with us. Sadly, in today’s world even foods that have always been said to be healthy are doing us more damage than good. You’ll be surprised to know even eating a strawberry nowadays is possibly hurting your health. 

Non-Organic Strawberries

ImageThese delicious little fruits might appear to be an innocent and a healthy snack but don’t be fooled by their appearance! Today’s modern strawberry farming requires men and women to suit up in hazmat suits. For those who don’t know what that is; The United States Department of Homeland Security defines a hazmat suit as “an overall garment worn to protect people from hazardous materials or substances, including chemicals, biological agents, or radioactive materials. Now I don’t know about you but after finding out this is how strawberries are being grown I suddenly don’t look at them as innocent little fruits. These chemicals basically force farmers to wear armor when around their strawberries, imagine what happens when these chemicals are ingested.

Microwaved Popcorn

DSC_0259You might want to reconsider throwing that bag of popcorn into the microwave next time you’re about to watch some Netflix. This one kinda scares me because I’ve had microwaved popcorn basically my entire life, not too mention the fact that when I was younger the amount of shitty chemicals were probably even higher! Anyways, these sodium and fake buttered packed snacks have been known to carry a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In animal testing, this chemical has been known to cause  liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Factory workers in popcorn producing facilities have even  been known to catch an occupational disease called “popcorn lung.” I think I’ll just be sipping on water next time I watch a movie.

Corn

elle-genetically-modified-corn-deThis is great because I’ve had corn my entire life- once again. Though recently I started to not like it, I now have a reason to completely stay away. Today’s corn isn’t the same that our parents used to eat and definitely not the same stuff your grandma ate. Today’s corn has been genetically modified to produce it’s own pesticides or to survive the showers of chemicals being sprayed on them, essentially growing little pesticide chemical factories. We all know pesticides aren’t good for our health, and these corn pesticides are even known to kill off bee’s. So yeah, today’s corn is killing bee’s- which I hope you know are extremely important to the ecosystem- and are slowly killing us with yummy chemicals. Also keep in mind anything made with corn is made with the same corn that I just touched on, such as high fructose corn syrup which is in tons of foods.

Anything From McDonald’s

downloadThis one is funny because everyone already knows eating McDonald’s is bad. There is no “but’s” in this argument, McDonald’s is not doing anything good for your health. You need to realize McDonald’s does not care about you getting fat and dying whatsoever and they are doing anything they can to lower their expenses, make more money, and build more locations. McDonald’s doesn’t care if they’re helping out local farmers or helping the economy, they only want you to crave their fries even more. Fast food is typically loaded with all sorts of engineered corn, food dyes, artificial sweeteners, and other bad things we still might be completely unaware of. Just make your own burgers and fries if you want some!

Ramen Noodles

maruchan-top-ramen-beef-300x239It’s common sense, if it’s in a bag, cooks in 3 minutes, and it’s flavor comes from a dirty looking powder; it’s not good for you. I must admit I’ve had plenty of Ramen in my life but once I became aware of all the shitty foods that are sold to us I stopped right away. You should seriously check out the nutritional facts on the back of these things, you’ll find that they are LOADED in sodium and in order to create a desiccated, long-keeping noodle that cooks in a couple of minutes, it’s deep-fried in oil. To make things even worse, these instant soups are loaded with preservatives and mystery ingredients, that we the people eating them, don’t have the rights to know..

Congrats, you made it to the end of my post and officially know of 5 foods out of millions that you shouldn’t be putting in your body. Now seriously do yourself a favor and continue on the search of these bad foods so you live a longer and happier life. We are only given one body to use and take care of, so cherish it and eat good foods.

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3 Reasons Why You Stopped Hitting The Gym

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You got the gym membership, you got the new shoes, made the awesome playlist, you went for a week or two, and that was it. I see a lot of people have epiphany’s all of sudden wanting to get in shape but they don’t follow through. So why is there all this gym hype but no muscle being built and no calories being burnt? I believe the reasons people stop hitting the gym are because they either get discouraged by everyone that’s already in shape, they don’t see progress fast enough, or they simply just lack motivation. If you’re one the many who started working out only to quit a couple days later, let’s find out why and start getting in shape for real this time.

You get ready for the gym, you walk in ready to kick ass, and all of a sudden you feel unmotivated and kinda discouraged by everyone in there. It happened to me when I started and I think it’s a very common gym problem.

For me it’s always been about gaining weight, losing the spaghetti arms, and being able to fill in shirts. While today I’m proud to say I’ve gotten bigger and filling in clothes better I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to start hitting the gym. I remember struggling when it came to curling 15 pound dumbbells or not being able to bench press a fourth of what all these huge dudes were lifting,and just wanting to quit. It’s a shitty feeling realizing how much weaker we are than these people but we can never forget that the dude benching three plates and the chick with the perfectly toned legs started out just like you and didn’t get there by quitting. I started to realize that these people should be used as inspiration and not discouragement. You can’t get all negative and upset with yourself because you need to realize everyone was a beginner at one point; no one is a pro from day one. Also realize that pushing yourself to your limits is the same thing as the ripped dude or girl hitting their limits. No guy gets swole in one day and no girl get’s the perfect body in one day either, remember that.

BOOM! The first day you leave the gym drenched in sweat and can barely walk. The second day you do the same and you feel on top the world but a couple days later you’re walking out earlier and not feeling that same pump. Without motivation getting in shape is very hard to accomplish.

We all naturally start something with the end in sight, and in order to successfully get where we want be physically it is absolutely necessary that we do this. Everyday when you get to the gym you have to know exactly what you want to get from it. It’s entirely up to you how intense it will be and how well you use your time there. Either you walk on the treadmill while texting your buddies or you push yourself to your limits and get it done. What always works for me is envisioning everything that I’m going to do when  I’m at the gym throughout the whole day. I prepare myself mentally everyday before I hit the gym, I know what I’m going to do. When I’m getting near my last minutes of cardio or have 3 reps left I remind myself how bad I want these results, and how this is only getting me closer to them. Whether it’s looking at pictures of fitness models, watching YouTube videos, or keeping a chart of the progress your’re making, it is imperative that you find a source of motivation. Those weights aren’t going to lift themselves.

“Bro, I’ve been hitting the gym for a whole month and I don’t see results, wtf.” You know you’ve heard this or said it before, and I don’t blame you. We start working out because we’re not happy with how we look and we want change NOW. You jog 6 miles a day or lift weights for 2 hours everyday for a whole month and you see no results. It’s understandable that this could be annoying and make us want to quit but if you get past this stage I doubt you’ll ever stop working out. Once I started seeing results I gained a huge a boost of confidence and motivation. I felt like if I didn’t go the gym all the hard work I put in to get here would be wasted. When it comes to fitness you need to realize that results won’t come fast, but if you keep working hard they will without a doubt come. I can’t tell you how long it will take to see them, but always keep in mind “anything easy to accomplish is probably not worth much.”

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After Reading This You Will Want To Do It

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust do it. Unless you’re living under a box you have probably seen or heard this recently. If you haven’t… stop living under a box. This is Nike’s big message to people buying their products. It’s only three words but I think that it’s meaning is very powerful and could make us better, disciplined, and harder working people.We all have two choices available to us at all times. The choices are simple, either take a step forward or remain where you’re at.

I don’t ever want to stay put in life. Life is just too beautiful and too short to stand still and let it fly by. Taking steps forward is how we grow, how we accomplish goals, and how we take control of our lives; so life doesn’t take control of us. In order for us to move forward we must first think about what is we want or want to accomplish and then we act on it. By this I mean just getting out there and doing it. The problem is a lot of us get stuck on the second step, which happens to be the most important step.

If you want to do something, seriously, just fucking do it. No one is stopping you! Just think about for a second. I like to amaze myself everyday and think about this life that we are living; it’s awesome. We could have been born ants or freakin’ cucumbers for all we know and we happened to experience life as humans. Life is too precious to not do exactly what it is we want to,  and to live it the way we want to. So get off your ass and do whatever it is you wanna do.

Whether it’s becoming a millionaire, famous, mastering the piano, traveling the world, or even starting a new hobby; you deserve it and you know you can accomplish it. It’s just all about wanting it badly enough and taking action. We have all these ideas and goals we want to accomplish but we don’t make moves, we don’t take steps forward. I feel like the reasons we don’t is because we get caught up thinking about how to do it, when we’ll be “ready”, or expecting life to hand it to us because it just knows we want it that bad, like it’s destiny you’ll be a millionaire. But no, it won’t work that way, and you know this.

Stop telling yourself, you’re not ready, you don’t know how to do it, it’s too hard, you can’t accomplish it by yourself, etc. We have to take this opportunity to make life exactly as we want it because its just so incredible. All it takes is doing it. If you want it that bad, you’ll do whatever it takes to save the money for it, you’ll learn everything you can about it, you will master the subject, you’ll put everything aside to accomplish this specific goal. Really think about, you can do it. A great example of just taking action and doing what you want is me starting this blog. For about about month or so I wanted to start a blog. First, I started by googling things like “how to blog”, “what to blog about” and “how to get people to read your blog.” Yeah, these are reasonable questions to ask but after a couple days of “research” I realized I lost my motivation and didn’t take the last step; taking action. See, the problem is I thought about it too much and in away discouraged myself away from starting a blog. A couple weeks later I felt that same feeling, I wanted to start blogging. The difference this time around is I knew I had to just do it. How is it possible for me to learn and answer these questions I had without even starting a blog? I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing but each day I’m getting better and better at it. The key is to just feel that impluse to do something and start right away. Don’t over think it.

Now it’s not gonna happen in an hour, a week, a month, or a year from now but you should know anything worthwhile isn’t easy to accomplish. One of my favorite quotes as of right now is, “a year from now you will have wished you started today”. All it takes is making that first move forward and really doing it. Stop thinking about doing it, and just do it.

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Unlimited Texting, Limited Time

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Time time time, sounds kinda weird now that I’ve said it a hundred times trying to come up with a title. Anyways, this post is going to be about what we do with our time. We’ve all heard it before, whether it was from our parents, a teacher, a sibling, or anyone else reminding us to not waste our time. After awhile I think we stop paying attention to the importance behind the message just because it doesn’t have any short term consequences and it becomes kind of annoying to hear; but when you really think about it, it’s kinda scary. Unless you know of a magical fountain that grants you immortality you’re in the same boat as I am, we will eventually, and sadly, die. So this brings me to my main point, let’s stop wasting time!

In today’s modern contemporary society I think it’s pretty safe to say wasting time has never been easier. I mean to start off look around you right now; there’s probably a TV in the room, an iPad, your phone, a gaming device, and worst out of all of them Netflix and your bed. Majority of us aren’t really making our lives better by taking a 4 hour nap, watching a whole season of The Walking Dead on a Saturday, or scrolling down our Instagram feeds.  So lets take the time to really examine these great wastes of time and replace them with some more positive uses of time.

1. TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc– Believe me I know whats its like to watch a TV series and on accident, end up watching 5 episodes of Lost in a day. I find it incredible how well these shows hypnotize us and make us forget about our lives for those full 45 minutes of an episode, only to watch 4 more thanks to the extremely dramatic scenes during the last 5 minutes of the episodes. Although your favorite character died don’t watch another one and waste more time!

ALTERNATIVE:  Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I was better at”, “I wonder how that works, or “I would like to know more about that”? If you have, you should pick up a book! Not only will it answer your questions; but it will also make you smarter! Studies show that reading not only makes you smarter, but can reduce stress, relax you, improve writing skills, improve memory, increase analytical thinking skills, and expand your vocabulary.

2. Cellphone’s- Whether it’s texting your homegirl, homeboy, BFF, or hubby; doing it all day long is a waste of time. I know what a good conversation is like. They seem to go on endlessly sometimes only to end just before falling asleep. While knowing what friends are up to and reminding our special someone how much we love them, we shouldn’t forget there are better things to do. You may think periodically texting through out the day really doesn’t use too much time, but if we were to add up all these moments through out the day, who know’s you might be texting 1-2 hours a day in total.

ALTERNATIVE: Whether you’re a dude or a girl, you know you wanna get in shape. Regardless if you are trying to lose or gain weight it’s the same thing. Don’t be that person that buys $90 Nike’s, jogs for a week, and quits after a couple days. Working out is AWESOME! Not only does it make your new clothes look better, it improves confidence, kills stress, helps with depression,  helps anxiety,  boosts energy, helps you sleep better and even improves mental acuity. In my opinion working out is even character building. I always remind myself how hard I work at the gym, and how great I feel afterwards when I’m feeling unmotivated doing other tasks.

3. Social Networking- It’s real simple. Too much of anything is bad, especially Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Now I chose these three because they’re the most popular, and in my opinion easiest to waste time on. Whether you’re scrolling through pointless tweets, scrolling through that fresh new Instagram feed, or once again scrolling your life away on Facebook; you are wasting time. Like they say, time is money, and losing money over your friends stupid tweet is not worth dollah bills. Like I said, it’s real simple.

ALTERNATIVE: Meditation. No, you don’t have to put on a robe, sit in the dark for 5 hours a day,  or pay anything; a mind at peace is free. I started meditating about 3 months ago and I haven’t stopped since. I did it because I’m always willing to try new things and frankly my brain felt like it was about to explode sometimes. Meditation has been known to- once again– reduce stress, strengthen memory, improve mental processing of information, relax you, makes you happier, and just makes life better. Now I don’t know about you but after reading that I would much rather meditate than read my friends tweet about how much he loves McDonald’s fries. If you want to start meditating I recommend you go to http://zenhabits.net/meditate/  and just follow the directions. Good luck!

4. “Accidental” Long Naps, Video Games, pointless internet use- Alternatives 1-3 are my favorite so I went into detail, these following alternatives are also positive uses of time in my opinion. 1. You love music? Learn how to make it. I recently started playing drums and plan on buying a piano very soon.  2. Pick up a sport. Go play volleyball with your friends, learn tennis, go shoot hoops, learn to skateboard, go climb tree’s! I skateboard on weekends with my little brother. 3. Cook something deliciously healthy. Look up some recipe and make it yourself. Frozen and packaged foods are high in sodium, have nasty chemicals, and leave us feeling crappy. Don’t even get me started with fast foods.

And that about wraps it up, at least I think. Like I said before, I’ve never blogged nor have I ever been an excellent writer, so forgive me if my writing doesn’t flow yet. I thought I could write this in one day but it turned out to take 3 days. I still don’t know how frequently I will posting new stuff so just keep an eye on me and we’ll both find out! Now lets do something good with our lives.

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Mi Nombre es Thomas

My name is Thomas is the title, I just wrote it in Spanish because I can honestly. I feel that before I start posting posts you should at least know my name and what I’m trying to express. The title is YoungAndWiseLiving, so you can assume that my target audience is younger than your mom or dad, although what I plan on sharing would even benefit your grandparents. Most importantly you should know what I plan on sharing will probably make your life better or just more positive- at least I would like to think. If you think taking care of your body is important you’ll like some of  my posts, if you hate stress you’ll like some of my posts, if you eat food you’ll like my posts, if you like positive things you’ll like my posts, if you aim for a positive lifestyle you will like my posts! 

I’ve run out of things to say and that’s probably because I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve never blogged and I’ve never thought about blogging up until a couple days ago. So that’s the truth, I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea how I’ll do it; but I want to do it and I guess that’s all that matters.

 

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