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Real world, real workouts, real nutrition – keeping it simple and REAL with MND

As I wrote earlier this week, to help you get through my long posts, from now on I will put bullet points at the start, telling you in brief what the post is about, and in brief, the main conclusions or points that I come to.

This way, if you are short of time, you can read the bullet points, which only takes 30 seconds, and it should tell you the essence of the post – if it sounds interesting, you will find the 5 minutes you need to read the whole thing, but otherwise, the bullet points tell you enough to get the main idea.

I will try to remember to summarize all future posts this way. I hope this is helpful!

What is this post about?

  • We live in a time when we are drowning in information, the Internet offers more health, diet and fitness advice than you could ever read
  • The trouble is, most of it is rubbish!
  • The vast majority of diet and fitness information online, is unnecessarily complicated, usually because someone is trying to sell you something
  • I see far too many people wrapped up in all this time-wasting, complex detail, and yet they don’t have ‘the basics’ covered

Main conclusions:

  • In my opinion, the basics are simple things we can all do – eat real food, stay well hydrated, and demonstrate a solid. basic level of strength and fitness that can be adapted to all sports and fitness programs
  • Be able to run a few miles, do a few push-ups, lift your own bodyweight on a chinning bar – this is simple, basic stuff

Read on to learn more.

The diet and fitness industry online

In recent days, I’ve spent a few hours reading a variety of ‘health and nutrition’ pages on Facebook. I don’t want to put anyone else down, and I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet (well, maybe a bit, MND is the best page on Facebook!!)…but I have to say, there really is a total load of rubbish out there. There are loads of sites promoting supplements, loads focussed on weight loss, loads for body building, there are ‘disease-specific’ support groups, there are ‘tone up your tummy’ type diet pages, but there is an overwhelming amount of noise, with very little practical advice and sales-pitch-free useful information lost in the general hubbub of attention seeking marketing.

I’m not saying MotherNaturesDiet is all things to everyone, but this page is about REAL world stuff. I’m not a personal trainer, fitness model, yoga goddess, body builder or some other health and fitness professional. I’m a ‘normal’ guy, I have young kids, a day job and a busy life. I was fat and unhealthy for 20 years and I smoked and drank and made poor choices. But after 2 decades of making those poor choices, I figured out how to be healthy, and now I am sharing what I know with YOU. Read more

2013 Popular Posts #8: Awesome chest training tool

I just love training my chest. I’m not aiming to be huge, not like a body builder or weight lifter, I just want to be reasonably strong, and capable, good functional strength, and look pleasing. Push-ups are my all-time favourite exercise. I love everything about push-ups!

This post shows you a tool I made for training at home using just push-ups to develop a full strong chest. The post explains what it is, how to make one and how to use it.

Read more…

https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/07/07/awesome-chest-training-tool/

Just Start – And Never Give Up!

A friend reminded me of this today… Whatever your goals, you just have to START. Just get started.

When I was obese, with a BMI of 32.6, weighing 249 pounds (113 kilos), the thought of ever being under 12 stone (just 74 kilos) seemed utterly impossible. But I started, one step at a time, I exercised, ate an improved diet, quit the bad habits. It took many years, and I did yo-yo up and down over that time, but I never gave up hope or determination to achieve good health and a better body. In total, I lost 100 pounds of fat off my frame and got down to a BMI of 21.2, well under 12 stone.

When I first started my journey to fitness, a set of 10 regular push-ups was a max effort for me, I could barely do 10, and when I did it would hurt and I would ache the next day. In the last week, I’ve done well over 2000 push-ups and I have not been pushing myself hard, that’s just normal, I do that almost every week. I regularly do 400 or 500 as part of my workout several days per week, and my best effort to date was 1014 good form, wide-grip, push-ups in 59:56 seconds.

Whatever YOUR goal, JUST START, and never give up. If you never give up, you will eventually get that which you desire.

Exercise of the Week: Rolling Push-Ups.

At MotherNaturesDiet.com I just love doing push-ups in all the various ways possible.

This is an awesome variant and well worth trying if you are a regular with push-ups. Not one for beginners!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guimRdGe75Q

2013 10k Challenge!!

There is a popular school of thought that says it takes ten thousand hours of practice to master something, which in many cases, means about a decade of regular practice. I have heard this many times, and it is also used commonly in physical development, especially in martial arts, where it is said that you need to practice a movement or drill 10,000 time in order to master that movement.

I was thinking about this earlier today, and I got to thinking about my favourite exercise, the wonderful push-up. I feel quite certain it does not take 10,000 repetitions to ‘master’ technique. Someone can be shown how to do good push-ups, with good form, in just a few sets each with a handful of reps. I was thinking about the 10,000 repetitions, and about what it might mean in relation to push-ups, could this theory be applied to push-ups.

There are literally hundreds of ways to do push-ups, which is why I love them so much.

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