Men's Health

You may already be immersed in a fitness plan which enhances your physical strength and flexibility, improves performance, and keeps your physique in tip-top shape. But being physically fit confers a multitude of mental benefits which you might not be aware of. As a matter of fact, the link between physical health and mental health is so strong that people who brush off regular exercise as a time-consuming task are depriving themselves of optimal health and well-being.

In honor of each and every traumatic brain injury survivor, as a fellow TBI Survivor, I praise you with my utmost respect.

Given the adversity and obstacles in my life, I have also experienced the bright side. I am so fortunate to have been blessed with opportunities in my career that have enabled me to pursue my dreams. However, it’s by the result of multiple traumatic brain injuries, that I’ve pursued a purpose driven life and career. Having a positive mindset, your-eye-on-the-prize momentum and winning attitude ensures you focus!

With all the workout trends and nutrition fads, it’s easy to overlook and forget the most fundamental basics. Sometimes we can get too caught up in the macronutrient levels and the caloric values of the foods that we are eating that the most simple, and yet critical, steps are missed. Life is busy enough, so if all else fails, remember these basic rules.

We all deal with bumps in the road and sometimes those bumps tend to put a stop to certain things in our lives, and for most of us it’s FITNESS!! To most, working out may not be the most important thing when it comes to prioritizing that to-do list. Sometimes it can be an injury that allows us to stop working out. Regardless the reason, I wanted to share with you a few pointers on how to return to fitness from a hiatus. Let’s check them out!!!

Perhaps the ebb and flow of life has thrown you off your fitness routine, and you are ready to return to the gym. It might be that you are post-partum, or had to nurse an injury or illness. Or it could be that you have been moving at such a frenetic pace in your life that you got sidetracked from your “every damned day” gym schedule, and need to get back into the groove. Whatever the reason is for putting consistent gym visits on the back burner, the good news is that you can re-establish a consistent fitness regimen. In order to ensure the greatest success with your efforts, here are some suggestions which will motivate you and keep you on track.

What is the Post Workout Phase? What does it mean? What are you supposed to do? Most people consume something after a workout, but there are those out there that do not. Are you one of those people? Why?!

I have broken this into three parts: 1) carbohydrates, 2) insulin debacle, and 3) muscle glycogen. Apart from these three things, it goes without question that you should be consuming PROTEIN post workout! I personally take in 50g after each training session.

The summer months bring warmer weather, which come along with outdoor barbecues, get-togethers and parties. We already know the pitfalls of all the food at these events, but how does your casual beer (or two, or three) affect the progress you’ve made in the gym? It’s not just the calories that are the concern, but how do even the light beers affect you?

Erectile Dysfunction

The fact that erectile dysfunction is far more prevalent than people want to admit to underscores the importance of discussing the topic, especially within the fitness and bodybuilding world. For some men, the explanation could be flagging testosterone levels, while with others, the use of anabolic steroids can significantly interfere with sexual performance.

"It’s my metabolism." We all use that one. Now that I have personally long passed the magical 40 milestone, it feels like my metabolism has slowed to a snail’s pace. I get the biggest laugh when people have told me that they can eat whatever they want and never gain weight. Now that they are older, many of them are out of shape and overweight.

June is Men’s Health Month, honored nationwide as a time to bring awareness to preventable health problems and encourage early lifestyle changes to impact long-term overall health.

The Men's Health Network (MHN) reports men have a higher rate of death for most of the leading causes of death like heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia and influenza.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The best three branched chain amino acids (also known as BCAAs) are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. When we talk about a nutrition supplement, BCAAs are the most valuable of the whole bunch. They help our bodies recover from workouts by reducing protein breakdown within the muscles; and they naturally increase testosterone and growth hormone, the body’s most important fat-fighting and muscle-building hormones. They work very efficiently when you are dieting in order to lose weight.

Physical fitness is more important than ever with over 66% of American adults considered overweight or obese, and nearly 30% of children and adolescents categorized as overweight or obese. These statistics make me even more thankful for my parents and their investments in health and tenacity in keeping me and my siblings active growing up. Despite how active my parents are, my dad would have fallen in the majority of Americans as overweight a few years ago until he made changes recently.

Food and exercise play a crucial role in the composition of your body. And it isn’t simply about energy in, energy out. It’s about chemicals. The food you eat truly becomes active after it becomes chemical messengers inside your body. Of course, training, especially with weights, activates a whole host of chemical connections that literally transform us. The human body orchestrates these chemicals with elaborate sensors that are nothing short of ingenious. But it’s not foolproof.