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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

We all go to the gym for our own reasons, whether you want to gain weight (muscle weight,  I would hope) or you’re trying to lose a couple pounds, we’re all primarily focused on getting fit and looking good. In order for us to achieve this it’s well known that we must work hard, eat good, and rest.

While you may be doing all these things you may be asking yourself where these results are. You’re dedicated, you’ve got good workouts, you’re eating good yet you still don’t see what you want.

I’ve put together 3 reasons why you might not be seeing results and what you can do about it starting today.

1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of  this by sleeping and let the body recover.

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of this by sleeping and let the body recover.

Regardless of the exercise you’re doing you are tearing muscle fibers. This tearing of the muscle fibers is what allows us to grow bigger and stronger muscles. While you may have figured out how to successfully tear these fibers and feel sore the next day you must also realize sleep is essential for growth to occur.

While you sleep your body is in regeneration mode. It uses the precious hours of rest to rebuild all the muscle fibers you tore during your workout so they can grow stronger and bigger. If you don’t give your body the time it needs to fix itself you won’t be giving yourself the results you’re working hard for either.

It is recommend that we sleep 8-10 hours for optimal muscle growth (in other words, results) to occur. So if you want to grow, if you want those results, make sure you don’t forget sleep. Train hard but don’t be an ass to your body either by depriving it of sleep.

2. You Aren’t Focusing

Don't underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

(MMC) Mind-Muscle Connection. You may think working out is all physical, I mean you are trying to get physically fit here but it really isn’t all physical. The ability to move your muscles and contract them is entirely dependent of this Mind-Muscle Connection. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to flex, without this you can’t move.

When you’re lifting weights you shouldn’t be worried about anything else other than this connection. Don’t think about how much you’re lifting, don’t think about who’s looking or what you’re doing later, just focus on the muscle you’re trying to work on.

The more you can improve this communication between your brain and muscles the better you get at engaging all the fibers in the muscle you are working. So really the more muscle fibers ripped the more ripped you get as well.

3. You’re Not Switching It Up

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting time. There isn’t much else to say about this one because it’s simple and it makes perfect sense. If you’re doing the same workout for more than 3 months you’re no longer giving your body the challenge it needs to feel in order to get stronger.

Find new workouts, challenge your body, and stick to it. You don’t get smarter learning the same thing over and over again so don’t expect your muscles to get stronger doing the same thing every week.

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10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better

alarm clock is ruining your morningMornings are the beginning to a new day, a new opportunity, and provide a fresh start to do something new or different. No matter what it is that you’re doing, the beginning is always important. With beginnings being so important I believe  we should strive to make the beginnings of our days as great as possible in order to have good and productive days. Check out these ideas that could possibly make your mornings more enjoyable. 

1. Stop Waking Up To Annoying Alarms

You’re not cold or hot- you’re perfect, you’re buried under your blankets and pillows, you’re towards the end of a perfect dream and the stupid alarm goes off. We’ve all experienced this and it really does suck. Why do we wake up to terrible noises like that iPhone duck quack alarm? I’s not a nice way to begin the day. It’s the first thing you’ll hear, so wake up to a pleasant sound.

2. Waking Up To A To-Do List

I must say I do this one quite often but I’m working on ending this crappy habit. In order for us to enjoy our mornings we can’t wake up and remind ourselves of what has to be done right away. We have to ease into the day and slowly pick up momentum until we’re in full gear. Don’t wake up and immediately visualize all you have to do and ruin the morning. Think about like this, when you wake up your mind is like a clear, blue-skied sunny day and if you immediately think of everything you have to do you’re only adding clouds and rain to this perfect sunny day.

3. Really Stretch

I don’t mean lay in your bed and stretch, but seriously get out of bed and stretch like you’re at the gym. A good stretch in the morning will loosen up your tight muscles and get the blood flowing. A proper morning stretch has been said to increase flexibility, posture and even your mood by releasing mood-enhancing endorphin’s according to certified personal trainer Kristin Anderson.

4. No Surprises

Stop having to deal with dumb things in the morning like being unable to find your keys. Before going to sleep know what you’re going to wear and where everything is so you don’t have to scramble in the morning.  If you eliminate these moments from your mornings everything will flow peacefully instead of worrying about the time while looking for your wallet.

5. Let In The Light!

Try opening your blinds and curtains as soon as you step out of bed.  You should allow the new day to enter your bedroom and invite it into yourself as well. Embrace it, a new day is like a new canvas; you can either use it to create a masterpiece or let it go to waste.

6. POWER POSE

7. Breakfast Of The Champions

Eat a good breakfast, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without food. A good breakfast is not a cup of yogurt or a bowl of cheerios. Get into the habit of eating right in the mornings. Your breakfast should always consist of some protein rich foods, healthy carbs, and vitamins. Every morning is like a new race and you can’t win that race unless you have the right fuel.

8. Breakfast For The Ears

Wake up and open iTunes. You may be surprised how much better your day will start out if you hear your favorite songs in the morning. Not only does it wake you up but it makes you happy and wanna dance. Add a beat to your morning, dance while making breakfast, and start the day right. I find that speakers work best but headphones can also do the trick.

9. I’m Not Kidding, Wake Up Earlier

A lot of you may think I’m crazy but seriously try it. Waking up knowing you you have to be out of the house in 30 minutes is not a good feeling. Treat yourself to a peaceful morning that flows how you want it to. Start your day off calmly instead of showering in two minutes, taking a bite of an apple, brushing your teeth, and running to your car. Mornings are meant to be slow, not fast-paced. Don’t battle your still-waking up mind and body, go with the flow and give yourself that extra time to chill out.

10. Make Your Bed

So what if you’re gonna ruin it at night? It takes 30 seconds and makes your room look much more inviting a less chaotic. Making your bed doesn’t have to be a whole involved process. Just straighten your sheets and pull your blankets up. Arrange the pillows if you’re feeling ambitious. Don’t be lazy and make it a habit to have a freshly made bed after a busy day.

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Your Gym Partner Sucks

Couple using rowing machines in gym

If you’re seriously reading this it’s either because you’re bored or you really do have a horrible gym partner. To begin with, if your gym partner really does suck and you’ve always known this, shame on you for not finding a good one. If you think you’re currently suffering from Shitty Gym Partner Syndrome this will give you the possible symptoms of this common but very easily treated disease. If you don’t have a gym partner congrats for being a badass, and if you’ve thought about finding one this will help you to find the right gym partner in no time- hopefully.

“Just Shut Up”

Left headphone in, right headphone, two reps in, and they start talking about that crazy party you missed. Look, it’s one thing to chat while you’re both resting or walking to the next machine, but if you find yourself constantly having to pull out your headphones and hear what they have to say, you’re workout is only suffering. You’re at the gym to feel and look good, not to socialize. Go kick some ass at the gym and don’t waste your time.

“I’m Tired Man, Let’s Leave”

30 minutes in and your gym buddy already wants to call it a day. If you’re seriously trying to get a good workout don’t let your gym partner get in the way of that. If you depend on them for a ride you should find another way to get there so you can leave the gym feeling satisfied. You shouldn’t be walking out of the gym knowing you didn’t fully commit or do enough. Next time your gym partner wants to leave after 2 workouts tell ’em you’re staying. In the end you’re the one that’s gonna see results, not them.

“Let’s Just Do What We Always Do”

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the lookout for new workouts. Whether it’s observing what people are doing at the gym or looking an exercise up I’m always looking for new ways to hit muscle groups. Changing up your workout routine is a crucial step if you are serious about seeing results. Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting your time! If you wanna try lunges this week instead of squatting don’t let your partner get in the way of that. Remember you’re paying for the gym membership, it’s your body, and it’s your results.

 “I Just Don’t Feel Like Going Today Bro”

DEDICATION. If you’re not dedicated you won’t ever see the results you want. You wanna be fit? You want those abs? You can’t let your shitty gym partner get in the way of that. Don’t let them talk you out of hitting the gym! I think this has to be one of the worst gym partners you can have because rather than at least having a shitty workout you’re gonna end up staying home, eating, and regret skipping chest day. You don’t need a gym partner, and who cares if they don’t wanna go. Let them stay home and watch Netflix while you lift some heavy ass weights at the gym.

 “You’re So Weak Man, You Can’t Lift That”

Like I said in my post 3 Reasons Why You Stopped Hitting The Gym, without motivation working out is not very fun. In order for us to be working out everyday we have to find a source of motivation. The sad thing is you might already have the motivation necessary, it’s just your partner who’s ruining it for you. We do things with other people for a source of motivation and so we don’t get bored, not for them to bring us down. If your gym partner doesn’t challenge or motivate you it’s time to find a new one. Real gym partners push you to do your best, they challenge you to put on those extra 10 pounds, and even though you hate it, they make you do two more reps. A good partner won’t be scrolling through their Instagram feed, they’re gonna be right behind you forcing you to do that last rep.

If you’ve just realized your gym partner sucks, I’m sorry but I had to tell you. Sometimes these people can be our best friends or even family members and I understand you don’t wanna just ditch them, but if you’re serious about fitness you gotta do what you gotta do. Who knows, maybe telling them they make a horrible gym partner may cause them to change their ways. But regardless of what they think, it’s more important that you don’t waste your time at the gym and have a kickass workout everyday. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your fitness goals, if you want something go and get it, there are no excuses. You have a shitty gym partner? Let them know and see if they change, or else find a new one. 

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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.

women should do calf raises

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.

back extension machine

girl lower back extension

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.

oblique crunch at home

obliques knee raise

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.

girl deadlifting hamstrings

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.

skull crushers girls

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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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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