Hello and thanks for being here. Be sure to subscribe for regular updates. This video along with all the others I shot during the winter and have not yet edited, is overdo; and I wanted you to know I’m doing the best I can.
the ash flash is my passion but the day job still pays the bills 🙂
The posting schedule will become a little less frequent and a little more more erratic for the summer, because when you live in Wisconsin, you go outside and explore the outdoors as often as you can during the warmer months. It’s called survival!
I’ll keep you posted on my fishing and canoeing adventures as much as possible, but wanted you to know that I have not given up on my commitment to this blog. I just feel like even though there are not thousands of you yet, I want the subscribers who are here to know how committed I am to the mission of keeping you inspired for your life and business. Thanks again for being here and for all your support.
I’ve been working hard over the winter during the pandemic to re-create my fitness nomad fit for life training system right here on the ash flash. You can get early access to this program once completed by subscribing to the ash flash.
Below I’ve included a small photo of a meal I ate yesterday for lunch. It’s not pretty, but it has that lean peace of chicken I used as an example in the video above, along with some freshly roasted potatoes, a salad with pepitas and a few cubes of cheese and parmesan and catina dressing, with a nice glass of almond milk. Not included in the photo is the couple dozen chips I couldn’t resist while I was preparing the meal. It was Saturday, and I had just finished the yard work, and I was famished. Just wanted to get that in there for full disclosure, because that’s why I’m not leaner. Too much extra snacking. A lifelong habit that I’m working to correct in my 50s now.
Nutrition can be tricky because there are just so many ways to combine all the variables and there are now so many different ways that varying experts recommend we eat. So, in general, I don’t dole out much nutrition advice anymore other than the common sense stuff. Once again, and as always, I focus on the science, and what we truly know, and then I encourage you to figure it out on your own and be honest with yourself about how you’re really eating.
Stay away from simple carbs and junk food. Stop drinking so much alcohol. Don’t overeat. Focus on whole foods and stay away from too much red meat. Keep a food journal and increase your awareness about what you’re truly taking-in and read the books I recommend on nutrition. They will help you gain perspective and a better understanding of how to nourish yourself in a more healthful way.
Also, cook as much of our own food as possible. Most people, I’ve found, could start here, along with eliminating the junk food and alcohol and make terrific progress.
I remember when I first discovered the true and immediate transformation that one exercise session has on your physiology. I mean for 72 hours or so, you become a completely different human being.
Your blood sugar stabilizes. Your bad cholesterol goes down and your good cholesterol goes up.
You rid yourself of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. The stress chemicals that seep into you and your soul each and every time you experience even just a little bit of stress. Cortisol in particular can be devastating because it promotes storage of extra fat in your belly, where it can more easily go to work on wreaking havoc for your blood sugar and arteries.
Exercise is simply amazing in its ability to produce an immediate elixir to this cascade of calamity in your blood and body.
Exercise in the form of strength training is even more powerful on its own and that’s what I plan to cover in this series of posts.
Let’s start today with a simple list of strength training benefits and that way as I add more of the story for each, you can check back to this post and click the live links to further explanation and elaboration.
enhancing post coronary performance – after a heart attack or some other ishemic or disease event related to your heart directly
reisting diabetes – by helping stablizize your blood sugar by demanding more from your muscles and body
increasing bone density
decreasing physical discomfort – strength training is terrific for your joints, as one example
enhancing mental health
revitalizing muscle cells – which means more of you is alive and well and working and thriving
Reversing physical frailty
enhanced athletic performance from your tennis and golf games to whatever it is you like to do to release your inner bohemian athlete
Take a quick second right now to bookmark this post. I’m committed to this list and have been excited to start this series of posts for quite some time now. I’m only one nomad, so I can’t get to everything at once 🙂
Before I go, I do want to leave you with a quick thought or two about how strength training helps you stay leaner over the years. Especially when you’re over 50. And again, that podcast I keep mentioning is a good one. I’ll just include it again here too…
The science on the subject shows us the critical cause-and-affect relationship between muscle loss and fat gain. You can refer back to the podcast I did on this subject if you like. I always like to clearly emphasize this point when discussing the benefits of strength training because on the surface, the numbers don’t seem that devastating, but when you dive into the details, you will see that the muscle you lose each decade is one of the primary things working against you when it comes to staying leaner as you age.
Unless you perform some type of muscle strengthening activity, you will lose about 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of lean (muscle) weight every decade of adult life (Frontera et al. 2000). This reduced your resting metabolic rate by 3% per decade (Keys et al. 1973).
This reduced the number of calories you burn each day whether you are exercising or not, and causes your body to store more of those unburned calories as fat.
Remember, resting metabolism accounts for approximately 70 percent of the calories used every day, as such, metabolic slowdown is a major factor in fat gain during aging (Wolfe 2006).
A great article I found along the way. This research was led by one of my favorite long-time scientists for strength training, Wayne Westcott, PhD.