The Power of Practice – What Practice Means for You

In my last piece, “The Real Reason Why – I Work Out”, I wrote the following:

“In my opinion, the best way to get decent at your craft is to practice it a lot.”

And today, I thought I would shed some seriously awesome info with you as to why—and how—practice actually effects your proficiency at any given subject. Whether that be writing as I am now, solving complex mathematical equations, singing, or playing a sport—practice does scientifically help you get better at a skill.

Practice may never lead us to be perfect—we’re never going to reach that bar objectively—but it sure will help us in another big way.

Making us a beast at what we do.

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The Real Reason Why – I Work Out

On some mornings—after I get done with my morning routine—I like to browse the internet in search of stuff to inspire me to hit the keyboard and write. In my opinion, the best way to get decent at your craft is to practice it a lot. So for me, that means reading a lot to write even more. Pretty sure I have 3 books I’m juggling reading, all at the same time right now, but that’s beside the point.

I wandered over to Health.com and found this fun little article, “The Real Reason I Work Out? Because I Want to Live in Leggings”. Granted, I don’t wear leggings, and I never will (99.9% guaranteed!)—but the article really made me smile.

The article is nothing comprehensive, nothing crazy deep, and that’s the good thing. Because it’s simple and a point of inspiration.

So I decided to write my own.

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Anxiety Pains – Pain in the Heart, Pain in the Body

Anxiety is a real obnoxious thing, am I right?

Everything gets worse when your mind is clouded with anxiety. Time starts to slow down—and not in the cool way, like when you’re making that last second three point shot, or kissing your significant other for the first time—it slows down in a way where everything awful goes on forever. Your mood swings immediately from happy-go-lucky to a nervous wreck. You get the shakes, and a tendency to start freaking out a bit.

Yeah, anxiety is a real pain.

But it’s not just a pain mentally—actually, anxiety can hurt a lot physically. That’s right. Anxiety can very literally hurt.

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The Best Alternative to Soda (Pop)

So I’ve written a couple of times about soda, and it being a formidable enemy to the fitness/weight-loss habits of pretty much anyone, ever. And that still remains true—all of those studies I linked in those articles aren’t going away, and aren’t disappearing anytime in the near future.

The fact remains that soda is loaded with sugar, and can largely contribute to whether you’re tipping that scale the wrong direction or not.

But there is an alternative—one I feel like is forgotten and mostly overlooked, simply because it’s a bit different, unpopular and painfully obvious to start trying.

Carbonated (Sparkling) Water.

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5 Easy Diet Tips and 5 Simple Exercises to Compliment Them

As much as I love a good work out, going to a studio or gym to train, and constantly trying to maintain habits, I understand that life is difficult. Sometimes you are just so overwhelmed—scheduling, work, relationships, etc.—that you can’t maintain consistency all the time. It’s difficult trying to stay on the grind and in the zone all the time! That much is 100% certain, no matter how solid your habits and routine has become.

Everyone’s goals are different: you just want to shed some pounds; or you just want to fit into those specific jeans; or your body is worn and you need to ease up more.

At the end of the day, everyone’s goals are the same. You want to better your body and you want to look good.

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Being a “Man” in Fitness

It’s somewhat comical when I think about hypermasculinity. “Hypermasculinity” is the notion that there are certain things that are more “macho” and legitimate for men than other things, and that those things should determine and somewhat dictate societally how much of a “man” a particular guy is. It’s been a cultural phenomenon for quite a long time, actually. You can seriously take a look back to the early 80’s to see very real studies and opinions surface about the subject; studies about why men feel the urge to measure other men to a figurative measuring stick. In that regard, the thought behind it is kind of outdated—it’s been thirty years or so since that time, and a lot has changed culturally.

Yet, in the world of fitness, hypermasculinity is very much still a thing.  It still lives in the minds of dudes wanting to lift and get fit all across the world.

Is hypermasculinity in fitness a bad thing, or is it warranted for men looking to be physically active?

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