Let me start off by saying this is not a New Year resolution. I had no intention when January came around that I would start a new regime to a better me. Last year, I started a no fast-food, less pop promise to myself. Again, not a resolution, it came to my already love for exercise and working out, and a big push from numerous procedures and conditions.
I wrote a piece on how I think the best way to stay healthy is with some little tips, my background, and how I follow through here:
It has been over a month since then, and I’ve become more serious in my journey to a better me inside and out. I’ve been continuously watching what I eat. I have pizza and pizza-shop-type-foods maybe once or twice a month, that’s it. Pop? I used to allow myself to enjoy the bubbly once or twice a week, but now I’ve replaced that with water and have pop a few times a month, if that. When I eat out, I don’t force myself to eat healthy perse, but I do choose something on the menu that I would love and contains nutrients my body always needs, like meats and protein. I choose water with my meal for two reasons. 1. It is obvious that water is the best choice, and what the body needs a large supply of it daily. 2. It fills the stomach up and helps to keep portions down so you are not over-eating.
Besides better food and drinkage for my body, I of course have been exercising and working out still. The only difference is that I have amped it up ten folds. Thanks to motivation and the help from a probie at the fire station, I’m on my way to becoming ripped and in the best shape of my life. I played sports my entire life, sometimes doing three different activities in just one day. Like many others, growing into adulthood, I’ve lost how fit I used to be. My goal is to be that again, but better.
I try to exercise/workout four or five days out of the week. I do at least thirty minutes of cardio every single day. Some people alternate cardio, legs, arms, and abs. For me, I do 15min of cardio before my workouts and 15mins after, and one day of the week I try to do an extra 15 for a day. I do abdominals and legs three days of the week, and alternate between arms, shoulders, and chest each day. It works my muscles hard, but also gives them recovery time and less of a chance of an injury.
The greatest help I’ve received is from whey protein. Muscles have to have protein to grow and better function. I, like almost all Americans, don’t get enough of anything in their diet besides sugar and salt. Having protein mixed with milk is so great after a workout. I use organic chocolate powder, and it’s just like chocolate milk and goes down easily. My favorite though, is the cookies’n’creme my friend gave me. It’s like a special treat!
I also use a powder mixture called NOXPLODE. Firstly, it helps pump me up and want to workout, even after a long, exhausting day of work, leaving me with no motivation to hit the gym. Secondly, it helps me along my entire workout and wanting to do more sets with higher weights. Thirdly, it is a major aid in recovery after a workout. I feel less sore and less fatigued that night and day after. Lastly, it helps circulate the fluids needed in my muscles and gets them nice and plump and strong.
This is nothing new to my regime, but I take a basic, daily multi-vitamin pill. I know it is not the greatest, and my body only absorbs somewhere around 20% of the 110% that’s packed in the pill, but it’s a little extra something from what I lack in my diet. If I had the money, I would buy a few great pills that are better than a brand-name daily, but that’s an if. I was prescribed bionic daily multi-vitamins by my doctor, but I would have to set an alarm four hours before waking up to get up and take the pill without food before I wake up and take my other pills with food. It is way too much of a pain, and is hard on the stomach, so I passed on those.
Creatine is next. It is a part of the NOXPLODE, but I also have a version of it in pill-form. I am yet to try it, because I am saving them for my biggest workout days, but they will be used with a purpose. Creatine is processed in the body and mostly delivered to the muscles that supplies energy. It helps with water storage/circulation big time, too. It is also great for muscle mass and strength.
By having this ‘stacked’ regime of products on top of my exercise/workout routine, I am seeing huge results so far. I hope to continue on until this summer, when I will be working seemingly around the clock everyday. It’ll be okay, though, because I will be on my feet working hard all day long in the sun. Plus, it’s summer, I’ll need the R&R time every chance I get to “relax” pool side and swim major laps. Swimming is my favorite workout, because it works every muscle in the body simultaneously. Plus, it is extremely relaxing and mind-clearing for me. After the summer, I’ll go right back on my intense regime and continue onward.
This regime is not, not, not for everyone. Of course, you should check with your doctor before working out, or taking anything to help along the way. I also am doing all of this with a purpose of bodybuilding. I have no weight to lose, and already am in shape. I am going for a chiseled (not grossly extreme), strong body that is also healthier. Good ol’ dieting with healthier foods, smaller portions, no or much less fastfood/pop, and daily exercise is ideal for the average person.