“How do I get rid of belly fat?”

A dear friend asked for advice, and this is what I sent her. I get asked this question a lot, and it is a deceptively complicated question to answer, yet the most common one I am asked. One-liners like "Abs are made in the kitchen" or "You can't spot reduce belly fat" are unhelpful, and while those one-liners contain bits of truth, they nevertheless do not enable someone to … [Read more...]

Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 2

Cont. from part 1 Exercise can increase energy and help make you wildly healthy and strong, but only if you have energy to exercise intelligently for your needs, and have focus and attention to put towards it. Mental energy costs. Paying attention to a new habit, new exercises, new plans, new goals, an addition to your schedule, new gym……….all of that costs energy. Mental … [Read more...]

Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]

How do you measure your fitness?

I've always been someone who has appeared "fit". I have never been overweight, I have muscle tone (more now, than before), and have engaged in "working out" for many years. Everything from exercise videos to powerlifting. I started working out “formally” 16 years now, doing Cindy Crawford and Kathy Smith exercise videos before walking to school. Yet, at times, while still … [Read more...]

Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]