Once you start, you have to continue, and each session has to be slightly more intense than the other, in order to build endurance, which in turn gives you more energy.
The minute you stop...3-5 days, gains made, begin to go away.
And if you have other bad habits not exercising will accelerate their bad effects on your health.
Like an airplane, if you don't continue to give it fuel while in flight, the plane will begin to loose altitude..
The only way to pull up is to take action, apply power and adjust controls.
The hardest part is reversing that downward trend, even in flight the most force is opposing the plane when the plane tries to pull up from a dive where weight, momentum and speed are working against the plane and pilot or 'G' forces.
Same with exercising, the hardest time to reverse getting out of shape is when you haven't worked out in about 2 weeks, that first workout out, to reverse the process, can be very tough mentally. You're still in enough shape to handle a decent workout, but you also realize you'll have to be consistent for 1 week before gains can start being seen, or felt again.
So it's like the next 2-4 workouts just feel like torture cause you're just trying to get back to where you were before you got lazy.
It really does take discipline and routine to get in, and stay in shape.
Many of us really take for granted how in shape athletes are compared to many of us just walking around daily in life.
You don't even have to exercise to loose weight, if your diet is right.
Again, if I were on Dr Phil's show saying this or Oprah's show or in 'O' Magazine, I'd be hailed as being brilliant, this and that, but because I'm saying this on obscure site, it will get skipped over, until repeated by some day time hostess on TV.
But it's really very simple, weight gain that is, let's start with the basics..
1. If you eat nothing you starve.
2. If you eat nothing and just water you live for 40-80 days, then starve, no weight gain.
3. If you eat nothing but fruit and vegatibles, raw, you live, but don't gain weight.
4. If you eat pies, sugar, hamburgers, beef, hot dogs, cereal, pizza, pasta, processed foods, you gain weight.
It's really that simple.
Fruit doesn't make you gain weight, you could eat 100 tomatoes a day, and not gain weight, cause there's no fat in tomatoes, at least not in measurable amounts.
You could swallow grapes all day, and not gain weight, no fat in grapes.
Weight loss is the most simple basic thing in life, but what makes it complicated is modern man, at least modern man in the West, are addicted to artifiscal foods and flavoring...
We are addicted to taste.
And that's the number one reason why folks can't loose weight while in their prime.
Taste, it's an addiction.
We have been made addicted to tastes and flavors that are not natural.
I've recently decided to add Tea to me diet, I'm sure many long time tea drinkers are like 'well duh'.
When it comes to tea, I'm not an expert at all, but did purchase a few brands this weekend that claim to have different properties, like ones a 'detox' type tea, the other 'relieves stress', and then I bought some 'black tea', and regular Lipton 'green tea'.
Again, I'm not a tea guru, so I don't have much to say about it other than I do notice the energy boost.
It's kind of hard to measure the effects of something positive, when your still doing something negative to counter it, or slow down it's effects.
For instance it's hard to measure effect of Tea on you throughout the day, when a few hours later you have some wine, or a beer.
But for those who do know about Tea, and I do not, I'll share a few brands I got.
This is one of the brands I got, the Detox, and 'Stress Relief'.
I'm drinking the Detox one now, as I type this.
Mind you I'm no tea drinking guru type, and for years was turned off by the image of tea drinkers you see in adds, and the poses they're always in, like people floating on cloud 9 or something, totally absorbed in their regiment of healthy living, lucky and blessed to live in environment where they could do so.
For years I was turned off by this type.
Like there was some kind of social wall between them and myself.
I've always been more of a dive in the ditch, and get dirty type, kind of out of necessity.
Just like Beer drinkers have an image, so do Tea drinkers, and I've never fit that Tea drinking image, not physically or mentally.
I gravitate towards Tea now, not for image, but for health alternative, as I become more aware of 'gunk' ingredients their putting in foods and drinks, naturally I want to gravitate away from that 'gunk' and more towards natural foods and drinks.
Instead of Red Bull; Tea, instead of Milk; Almond milk (not sure if that's much better, but will do for now)
If you make enough little adjustments in diet, soon all those little adjustments add up, and become a major change in how you did things in the past.
(This tea I'm drinking has notably boosted my energy, yet claims to have no caffeine in it)...
All I did was boil some water, place bag of Detox tea in cup, and drink it...had two cups, and I use purified water. But I notice a ton of energy suddenly.
I need to educate myself more on Tea, so that I know what exactly it is I'm injesting, and the effects, the claims, but right now I'm a Tea novice...
Maybe I'll ask this guy here, they seem to know a lot about Tea.
Basically certain organism inside stomach have come to crave certain artificial sugars, flavor, in processed food, and is why you end up craving fake food over unflavored natural healthy food.
4. You know soda is no good for you so stop making excuses to drink it (refer to 3.)
5. Be good, honest, and behave in a upright way...yes that to is a form of health. The more honest, genuine and sincere you are the less anxiety you carry around, the less stress you carry, the healthier you'll be. The cleaner your conscious, the happy you'll be.
6. Dust and clean often, if you have the choice between tile/hardwood, choose that over carpet.
Bugs, insects, fleas, roaches, spiders, dust mites, mold and any other undesirable crawly creepy thing will never be able to hide, make a home, as they do in carpets. You have no idea the amount of dust and grit that you track inside until you get a tile floor and can actually see it daily, and deal with it daily.
And if you do have a carpet, no shoes.
Anyways, time to go exercise...all this writing about health has put me in the mood to go exercise a bit, nothing hard and rigorous. The main thing is to 'do something' 'anything', to main objective is to keep the body limber, flexible, which will improve blood flow to joints, body tissue.
I get tired of media always blaming high levels of Diabetes and other health issues, those in inner city communities suffer, as being do to poverty.
Hogwash, it's do to laziness and poor eating habits...has nothing to do with color or poverty.
Heck, I was dead broke once, homeless even, but never resorted to eating twinkies and donuts and fatty foods.
Health is health, and money has absolutely nothing to do with how healthy one is or not.
People in inner cities, particularly the women, are fat and unhealthy do to poor eating habits and lack of exercise...period.
Has nothing to do with lack of medical facilities or health care.
Me, myself, haven't been to doctor for years, why, cause I self medicate simply by eating right and exercising.
I'm not rich, but I'm healthier than most who are rich, simply cause I try to eat right and exercise.
And I'm sure genetics plays a role in that to.
Women, crammed in the inner city, isolated from positive people, tend to just stay cramped up inside apartments, talking on phone with dead beat men, who are in and out of jail and prison...when these men get out, the mate with females, then go back to jail or prison, female ends up raising kids a lone, looses motivation, sits at home and eats, no hobbies, no culture, just TV and destructive R&B love lyrics.
It's a destructive lifestyle, a useless one.
Rural women, or women raised correctly, join clubs, date real men, go hiking, plan activities, are tied with positive people and groups and have a healthier outlook on life.
Inner city women are often cut off from all of that and never mature beyond the hood mentality.
They get older, realize they're not going to marry prince charming, Kids become their only family, they sit at home, eat donuts and ice cream, get fat, drink beer, and get diabetes at age 35.
You don't have to be rich to be healthy, you just have to change habits, grow up and mature, and learn how to cook for self, and how to read.
But you can't tell these women nothing when they're younger, they think they know it all.
And then by age 30 are overweight and always going to doctor...
Greedy labs put more and more artificial ingredients in foods/drinks that help trigger cancer cells inside of body
'Ooh we're maaaan...We know what's best.
Here in are labs, we've been hired to make food last longer and taste better so that our client can make more money, at the expense of your health, but then again people can be recycled, all we care about is your dollas' while you're alive, all we care about is getting you addicted to our food products, as long as your alive. And then you'll get your kids addicted to the same junk you were addicted to, so that even when you pass away, the money will still flow.
You quit sugar?, fine our labs invented artificial sweeteners that are even more potent and addictive, and we put this in everything from cereal to fruit drinks...all day long you're slamming artificial chemicals down your throat, lab invented enzymes that then go on to trigger cancer inside your body.
Why do you think only so many American women get breast cancer???
You don't hear women from other nations screaming about breast cancer, cause they don't eat our lab created foods...not yet anyways...as our power expands, we want to begin pumping all this artificial food into 3rd world nations so they to can start getting cancer and autism and other things associated to eating food that is lab created.
We're Maaan, we know what's best, not God or nature, but our scientist know what's best for you.
I think I'm going to make trip to farmers market this morning, it's further out, but am so sick of buying fruit, vegtables, that use to have healing properties, before food scientist all but removed those properties from them for longer lasting shelf life, or so it looks like wax sitting on display.
Dead food essentially...all in the name of profit, and our health, by the millions, are suffering because of it.
For the first time in a long time, I went out to a GNC store
And purchased some Protein powder...this kind right here.
And have already taken some...didn't even read directions, I was so hot, sweaty, from working out in the sun that I just took small common sense dose...
I'm beyond needing to mix stuff with sweet juice and all...I practically just eat it or swallow it raw...just added a tad bit of water.
(by the way it tastes pretty good raw).
If anyone can attest to things absorbing better in your body raw, it's Rocky...
I got the powder cause I think I'm pushing body harder than it's able to recover from...and I'm sure age has something to do with to.
Age, getting older, and you can't train like an athlete while eating like a slob.
Professional athletes don't train for marathon, then come home and eat pizza and steak and wine.
But often times we do as a 'reward'.
Breaking down muscles during workout and then replenishing muscles with junk food just doesn't work.
And I've been guilty of that at time.
When you're not a professional athlete getting paid to train, it's hard to stay in that training mindset 24/7.
If you have $100,000 a stake in a competition, than that's your motivation...but when all you have to look forward to after working out is going to work the next day at job you don't like, then it's different.
Training is hard, working out is hard, if it isn't than you're not working out or training.
Anyways, so I got the powder, to soon to say if it's helping or not.
Recover periods have been getting longer and longer, as such I figure I need a boost, until able to knock out other bad eating habits I have.
Here's a review about the product I found on line and can be found in this link HERE.
I linked to a page with lots of reviews about this product, the reviews are coming from people who are a lot more serious about there workouts than I am...like the type you see in gyms all the time, sweating away, or ripped body builder types.
I'm not that serious about my workouts at this stage, but they are, so you'll get a better review from them than me.
I'm not a part of any gym, not on any strict workout regiment, heck, my job is my regiment.
But none the less I do need to supplement my diet a bit with protein, expecially since I don't eat a whole lot anymore.
Just can't continue tearing down body, and not rebuilding it back up with proper supplements.
This is why I work out, force myself to workout, even when I least feel like it.
Cause voice in head keeps saying 'If you stop working out, you will die'.
No not overnight, but rather over time, at an accelerated rate.
And I know this to be true, and have felt the effects of not working out on the body and mind, and how you loose what you don't use, how the body starts become stiff, loosing muscle mass, how your immune system becomes weak do to less oxygen running through blood which is one of many positive results of working out.
And how laziness sets in, how appetite grows, even though you're doing nothing, more junk food becomes a part of diet...and without exercising there's no way to counter that or flush toxins out of your body, bowls, through sweat ect.
Your body eventually becomes on big hive of bio toxins which begin to tear away at your flesh, ligaments, bones, vertabre and so on...next thing you know diabetes sets in, followed by other complications...now you're on meds and life is never the same.
This is why I work out even when I don't feel like it...this is why I force self to run sprints in park, play ball, push up, leg squats, anything, cause I value health.
Life is hard enough as it is, but when health goes, believe me it sure doesn't get any easier.