Wednesday, July 6

Yesterday I posted a video about diet and nutrition being the most important factor when it comes to weight loss, but I didn't want to discount the benefits of exercise when it comes to overall health. Cortney sent me this article last week called How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym

Research shows that, if anything, physical activity boosts short-term brain function and heightens awareness. And even on days they don’t train — which rules out fatigue as a factor — those who habitually push their bodies tend to confront daily stressors with a stoic demeanor. While the traditional benefits of vigorous exercise — like prevention and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and osteoporosis — are well known and often reported, the most powerful benefit might be the lesson that my coach imparted to me: In a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity provides a rare opportunity to practice suffering.

Exercise can help prevent disease and keep us healthy both physically and mentally. But it does so much more. It build confidence and helps us take on everyday tasks with less stress. As the author says, "What you do in the gym (or on the roads, in the ocean, etc.) makes you a better, higher-performing person outside of it. The truth, cliché as it may sound, is this: When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too."

Workout for Wednesday, July 6 Deadlift 10X1 20 minutes - Start at 65% to 70% and Build Up with GOOD REPS Single Reps, Control Plates Back to Floor Each Rep

For Time: 10-8-6-4-2 Deadlifts (225/155) Row 500m