For years, bodybuilders have preached about the importance of the mind to muscle connection. Physique athletes believe that improving your ability to concentrate on the muscle you're training, and feel the muscle contract, will increase activation in the target muscle and reduce the involvement of secondary muscles, and that this in turn will increase muscle growth.
Until recently, mindfulness had been nothing more than an abstract concept to me. Something the ultra spiritual and silicon valley folks did. In the past few years, however, I started paying more attention. My curiosities led me to exploring the implications of mindfulness and fat loss
How does an overweight, out-of-shape person melt away all the excess fat, achieve all of their health and fitness goals – safely, sensibly, even with what looks like a sustainable plan – but then promptly begin to regain the weight, starting literally the day after they reach their goal?
You've probably heard of the 5-part smart goals formula, because it's one of the most well-known and enduring methods for setting goals. S.M.A.R.T., of course, is an acronym representing each of the 5 steps. But did you know about the other 2 steps that most people keep missing?
The difference between success and failure isn't whether you get off track, it's whether you get back on track, and most important of all is how quickly you do it. I recently hiked the 2200-mile Appalachian trail (AT) from my home state of New Jersey to the Southern terminus in Georgia.
Goal setting strategies have been formally researched by psychologists since at least the 1960’s. More than 1000 studies have confirmed that goal setting is one of the most effective techniques you can use for motivation [...]
Guest post by Josh Hillis, author of Lean And Strong Mostly, when people talk about nutrition, they talk about the things that they planned to eat. They talk about macros or portion sizes or [...]
Attitudes are mental, but there's no question they affect you physically in every possible way. The right attitudes lead you to peak health and fitness. The wrong attitudes sabotage even the best-designed diet and [...]
You want to stop drinking soda or eating potato chips (or, insert other indulgence you know is not helping your fat loss endeavors), you sincerely do. But you’ve tried so many times, and while [...]
I recently read a book about mindfulness and being "present." The premise was that by learning to love the process, you'll avoid self-judgement, eliminate impatience, end boredom, reduce stress, feel calmer, experience self-discovery, enjoy [...]