Bulletin: Watch the Movie, Skip the Popcorn

Popcorn HealthYou know the smell.

That warm, incredibly distinct smell that makes you weak at the knees every time you walk into a movie theatre.

It’s irresistible – you’re instantly drawn to it. You can feel your taste buds going a little crazy. And, as a side note, it’s always expensive as f*ck!

Popcorn.

It is to movies what Vodka is to Russians – they go hand in hand.

The enormous lineups at concession stands slightly hint at the obsession most movie-goers have with the small, fluffy white stuff (no, not that white stuff).

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8 Movies = 8 Awesome Lessons about Fitness

movie lessonsI think movies are underrated.

Although I’m not a huge fan of spending countless hours staring at a big black box, I must admit that sometimes there’s no better feeling than kicking back and throwing on a classic hit.

Maybe some Jean Claude Van Dam? A little bit of Jessica Alba – yes?

It doesn’t matter – whatever puts you in the mood.

But I think there’s more to movies than just their entertainment value. I think there is an opportunity to learn something from everything we do – movies included. As funny as it may sound, there is a lot Hollywood can teach us about getting fit.

From all of my years in front of the TV (it may not be much), I’ve picked up some great lessons along the way. Here are 8 things movies have taught me about fitness:

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Kettlebell Training and 3 Powerful Kettlebell Routines

Before I tell you anything about kettlebell training or kettlebell routines, I want to reveal a little secret.

Do you know that nervous and exciting feeling you get when you figure something out that nobody else knows? It’s that powerful feeling of knowing something that works and you are so excited that you don’t want to share it with anyone – you want to keep it all to yourself.

I’ve experienced that feeling before and that’s because I’ve figured out something cool – something POWERFUL! I’ve discovered one of the most effective fitness training tools on the planet. And I started getting such incredible results that I wanted to keep it all to myself.

This was over two years ago. Since then, I’ve slowly started to spill the beans. I’ve showed it to a couple of friends and they’ve started to get incredible results as well.

This is the story of the kettlebell and the power of kettlebell training.

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Food Matters: An Eye-Opening Documentary

I recently had a chance to sit down and finally take a look at a documentary that was recommended to me weeks ago.

It’s a documentary about food – one of my favorite things in the world.

It’s called Food Matters and it’s going to open your eyes to the powerful effects nutrition can have on your health.

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What is so BAD About Sugar?

My first article in this category, What is so BAD about Sodium, was a real eye-opener for many people. This week I’m going to try to accomplish the same with the next big hitter – Sugar.

History of Sugar

The history of sugar is rather intriguing. Back in the eighteenth century, sugar wasn’t available to just anyone like it is today. The extraction process of simple sugars from plants was a very difficult task and only the rich and noble could afford it.

Sugar was a luxury.

But things quickly changed with the invention of machinery that could drastically simplify the extraction process. Sugar quickly became the cheap commodity that it is today. It was also the ideal fuel for cheap labor workers in European factories and its consumption exploded as it became a household item.

That being said, it was also 200 years ago that doctors first noticed the negative effects sugar had on the human body.

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Are You Sitting Too Much?

There’s a very interesting infographic cycling around health sites all over the Internet right now showing the brutally shocking effects prolonged sitting can have on your health.

Did you know that on average we spend more time sitting down than we do sleeping?

With the rise of desk jobs and home theatre systems, we tend to spend 9.3 hours a day with our asses glued to the chair. Somehow I don’t think our bodies were designed for this.

And it’s true – sitting for more than 6+ hours a day makes you 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours.

You might want to stand up for this…

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Why your Personal Trainer Knows Nothing about Dynamic Stretching

This is a guest post by Seth Hymes. I really enjoyed reading his story and I think many of us can relate to his experience with dynamic stretching.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but there’s an issue in the athletic world that really makes my blood boil. And it has nothing to do with getting ripped abs or losing weight.

It has to do with a pretty unsexy topic: stretching.

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Bulletin: Tangerine a Day Keeps Obesity Away

We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But have you ever heard that a tangerine a day keeps obesity away?

Well, a new study done at the University of Western Ontario has found just that. Scientists have discovered that a certain substance found in high concentrations in tangerines prevents obesity and offers protection against type 2 diabetes in lab mice.

It’s a substance called nobiletin.

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What You Need to Know About Workout Supplements

I get a lot of questions from my readers about supplementation so I thought this would be a good time to put together a short post on workout supplements.

Q: Do I need to take any supplements after I work out?

Q: Should I take protein?

Q: Is Creatine safe?

Thousands of theories exist on the subject, some in favor of supplementation, others completely against it.

Here are my two cents…

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Putting Things in Perspective

I’ve had a fairly rough last couple of weeks, to say the least.

Sunday, April 3rd

It was a simple pick-up game – six friends battling it out on the hardwood. Nothing was easy. Every basket had to be earned. Competitive juices were flowing.

Everything that made the game of basketball so fun for me was in full force.

I got the ball, made a swift move to the basket, spun around a defender and laid the ball up with my left hand.

All good.

I got the ball back. I started left, quickly crossed to the right and pulled up for a mid-range jump shot.

This time something was different. Something happened.

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