Our Reality

I wanted to thank everyone for their questions and comments especially those of you who are overseas and live on the other side of the globe.

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions concerning the COVID situation, and believe me, I’m no expert on viruses or illness. To be honest, I really don’t even like talking about it because our response to it doesn’t make much sense and it has left more people confused instead of feeling good about the direction we’re going in. It’s just negative, but the reality is that it’s here and apart of our lives.

Mainstream news drills us daily with statistics; mainly, how may people died from it, and how many new cases have been reported.

Alternate media tells us what many people believe to be the truth. They told us if you’re under the age of 65, your chance of dying from it are 1 in 300,000. They also told us 96% of the people who contracted it were able to make a full recovery. The told us it was not an emergency.

Alternate media also gave us the truth concerning what was unconstitutional and illegal in terms of orders, mandates, and requests sprung on the people by the government. Mainstream news never gave us that, and they never will. Mainstream news has taken a neutral stance, but not neutral in the way they’re supposed to be-neutral meaning they’re going along with and reporting whatever the government says (aka the narrative) and not necessarily what the citizens of this country need and should know.

Where does this leave the average citizen? The average citizen (he/she who is not a control freak, not looking to gain in some way from the fear mongering and the emergency response procedures, believes in the constitution, and seeks truth and accurate information) will continue living their lives as best they could. They’ll probably wear a mask where it’s required, and follow social distancing rules in hopes that all this will end soon. As far as what’s really true, I think very few people know the truth about what’s going on.

On a positive note, go out and buy yourself a bottle of multi-vitamins, magnesium, zinc, D3, and extra vitamin c. Continue eating healthy, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and get as much sleep as you can. The mask will not stop you from contracting COVID, but a strong immune will be your best friend throughout the Winter season.

It’s also flu season. Our emergency response to COVID has us forgetting about all the other things we’re susceptible to. You should be washing your hands regularly anyway.

You can go out and have sex with one-hundred people, and you chances of contracting an STD are the same weather you’re wearing your mask or not.

You can still catch ring-worm from dirty gym equipment even if you’re wearing your mask.

This time of year things like the flu, strep-throat, and pneumonia are common. They haven’t packed up and given the floor to COVID.

Alright Ya’ll, have a good night and a blessed day tomorrow.

I hope I answered all your questions., and thank you for writing in.

Health Check

It is October. I can’t believe 2020 will be over and done with in two months. I was so excited when I returned to the gym in 2018 after taking almost fifteen years off. I don’t know, I said I needed a break, and the next thing I knew I was out of shape and ashamed of myself in my late thirties. So I went back.

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I joined Planet Fitness towards the end of 2018; as a matter of fact I think it was October. Anyway, my program started with three days of running and one day in the gym. By the time 2020 came around I was going three days per week-three good days. Day 1 was chest and tricepts, day 2 was back and bicepts, and day 3 was legs and shoulders. I felt good and I was getting stronger.

Then of course, the gym closed in March because of COVID. We were without the gym for five long months, but they reopened.

So I ask you, where are you at right now with training and taking care of your health? The gyms are all pretty much open. There’s no more excuses.

Last month I rejoined Planet, and their new facility is awesome. I missed the gym and lifting weights, and I know there’s a lot of people out here who feel like I do about physical activity. So here I am, three weeks later, and I’m not as strong as I was, but I’m getting it in three days per week.

Let’s switch gears for a minute. Your health is your responsibility, and if you want to stay out of the doctor’s office, then I encourage you to make preventative care a priority. If you keep your immune system up the chances of you getting sick are down.

I just purchased a bottle of Multivitamins from Target. I also have D3 and magnesium as well as other herbs. Pick up some vitamins when you go to the food store. Take your vitamins, purchase healthier food items, and get back in the gym. Your health is your responsibility.

We all like to have fun, and it’s hard to be strict with dieting and nutrition; consistency is even harder, but listen, you don’t have to set your standards so high. Start somewhere, anywhere. Even if it’s taking one multivitamin per day in the morning with your breakfast. Stick with it and add. A week passes by and you’ve been on a vitamin regimen for seven days; you feel a little better and decide to walk in the evenings one night per week. It starts off that simple, and with a little consistency and motivation, your kitchen counter is covered with vitamin bottles and you’re training with weights three or four days per week in six months time.

As long as you don’t regress you’re good. Start somewhere and continue moving forward. If you decide to go back to the gym, I’d like to recommend a total body workout to start with. A total body workout is good for many reasons, but because you might only go to the gym one day per week in the beginning, the total body workout allows you to train your whole body in one day.

Squats- light weight 16 reps

Bench Press- light weight 16 reps

Seated Close Grip Rows- light weight 16 reps

Shoulder Press- light weight 16 reps

Alternating Dumbbell Curls- light weight 16 reps

Skull Crushers- light weight 16 reps

That workout hits your legs, chest, back, shoulders, and arms. Go right down the list without a break; from one exercise to the next. Take a 3 to 5 minute break after and stretch. Repeat the list a second time; take another 3 to 5 minute break and stretch. Do a third set and afterwards, pick an exercise to do for your abdominals. That’s it. Start there, and adjust the workout according to how you’re feeling.

Eventually, you’ll move up to two days per week. At that time, you can split the workout in half. One day will be legs, back and chest, and the second day will be shoulders and arms. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though. Remember, the idea is to get started; to start somewhere. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can get that Rome body in time.

Alright my friends. It’s Friday, it’s beautiful outside, and I wish you all a safe and fun weekend.