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Crossfit: A Guest Piece by Daniel Arfin

So I wanted to change it up a little bit this time.  My good friend, a guy I’ve known my whole life, fellow NY Mets fan, and partner in crime from back in the day Mr. Daniel Arfin joins us this week in giving us an insight to his workout regime.  I am lucky enough to talk to my friend regularly, and I’m always hearing about his Crossfit endeavors.  Crossfit is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected.  From their website:  “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.” Arfin is so enthusiastic about it and I’m always amazed hearing about what he did next; which is basically on a daily basis.  He truly is a beast.  Crossfit routines really fascinate me and I have so much respect for this man.  That is why I thought it would be a good idea for you to hear about it from him.  A guy who completed Shaun T’s Insanity program with what seemed like ease, here is someone with credibility in my book.  This is what Arfin had to say:

I’ve been in love with Crossfit for almost 10 months.  For the large part of those 10 months I’ve been in the box 5 or 6 times a week.  I’ve found it to be right up my alley in achieving balanced fitness.  It addresses all areas to make you into a complete athlete.  Many people, including myself for a long time struggle with getting themselves to the gym consistently because they get bored of doing the same thing.  Crossfit hooked me so fast because there is always so much variety.  So it isn’t just challenging, it’s interesting.  It almost feels like you’ve never tried it before every day because there’s so many different things to do.  There are often several points of technique for whatever movement you’re doing.  Whether it’s for strength and you’re doing Olympic weightlifting movements, or if you’re just simply jumping on top of a box.  Everything looks easy watching someone who is experienced perform it, but it’s very easy to have one misstep and not do the movement correctly.  Especially with the Olympic weightlifts, it is imperative you do the movement right to keep moving up in weight, and to not get injured.  But there’s no prerequisite to joining in.  You can always scale the movements so that it’s tailored to what you can do.  If there’s a certain type of movement you’re not quite comfortable doing, you can do something else in its place.  An example of that would be if you do not want to do handstand push-ups against the wall, you could take a 45lb. plate and press it above your head instead.  Or if you can’t do strict pull-ups, you can use a band to assist you.  This way you’re still getting the benefit of the workout because you’re not really changing the movement, you’re only adjusting the workout to what you can do so you will always benefit from it.  It is for this reason that anyone can benefit from doing Crossfit so above all else that is why I recommend it.

Children: Set Them Up for Life

 

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(lol – This kid in the picture above is hilarious because that was exactly me when I was unhappy about something as a kid – verbatim)

You know, when people ask me how I lost the weight, I usually just say I got motivated and went ahead with it.  I go on to credit my trainer and that is usually that.  Between us, I’m not really sure where the motivation actually came from.  I have been on the bigger side since childhood and that is actually where it all starts.  We all go through rough phases or tough times and it’s important to never forget about those times in order to avoid repeating history.  That is why I tapped into my childhood.  I get lots of emails from people with links to tons of great health related websites.  I read them all.  This one in particular really caught my attention because of the way the site is laid out in the most eloquent and ideal way, webspace speaking.  It was also a topic that I have been interested in for a while now so it immediately grabbed my attention.  The site is healthkids.org.  While I can’t possibly cover everything their site has to offer, one part particularly hit home.  The section where they broke down all the different kinds of childhood weight problems and eating disorders.  Again, that hits home.

We already know and it’s common sense that children should be fed the best possible diet and live the healthiest / happiest lives possible.  Nutrition is important for everyone but it is even more important for children because it is directly linked to their growth, development, and moods.  It truly sets them up for the rest of their lives. Calcium intake for instance is very important.  This will promote optimal bone density which helps you grow big and strong making it less likely to be weak in the bones later in life.  “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is not just a catchy quote but it is the gosh darn truth.  For you adults, that is something I say to you was crucial in my weight loss journey.  Eating a good breakfast (protein protein protein) sets up your metabolism for the day making it less likely to binge eat at any given point, especially lunch.  Not to mention, studies show that kids who eat breakfast also perform better in school.  Children who eat a low cholesterol diet will find that their chance of having a heart attack later in life is greatly diminished.  There are endless things to read about on their site so I urge you to go check them out.

In the end, the information out there is endless and some of it makes perfect sense while some doesn’t.  Then sometimes we find there is just too much information to take in.  Feel free to take in what you feel is most important and put the less important stuff on hold.  I’m not a parent yet and rightfully so.  Before I could even begin to think about having a child and being able to care for one, I had to get “me” in order first.  I now possess a lot more knowledge than I did one year ago and I’m constantly evolving.  You guys are my inspiration to keep learning so I can pay it all forward in every way I possibly can.  If I can help just one person, this is all worth it.   To end it here, i’ll say that if you can instill good discipline into your kids diet at a young age they may just carry that on forever.  As long as they aren’t as stubborn as me…

What’s the Deal with Salmon?

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Salmon is good for you right?  No. Salmon isn’t good for you; it’s great for you.  There are so many health benefits that come from this beautiful looking fish that it’s almost not fair.  However, my eyes were really opened the other day.  After hanging out with my good buddy Jeremy over the last couple of days, he casually reminded me about that earthquake which happened in Japan about 2 years ago.  You guys remember that?  Anybody?  Crickets? The mainstream media simply doesn’t cover this story anymore because it is “old news.”  The fact of the matter is this isn’t old news because it is an ongoing crisis every single day.   There is more fallout from the earthquake than people can begin to fathom.  Of course I went home to look this up from my end and was shocked at what I found.

Fukushimia, a nuclear power plant in Japan is spilling out record-breaking amounts of radiation into the Pacific Ocean everyday.  Experts say this is 20 to 30 times the amount of radiation poured out (per day!) as the U.S. nuclear strike in World War II on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  That gives you a little perspective right?  The Pacific Ocean is compromised.  How does this affect us here in the states?  Ocean life from the Pacific is truly suffering which is the reason why we should stay away from fish and other life coming from the Pacific Ocean.  Before you start assessing your life over the last couple years, just know like anything else, it is all about doses.  For example: When we get an X-ray at the Doctors office, we take in a small dosage of radiation even though we are still protected.  That small amount simply will not harm you.  That is why if you haven’t been aware of this radiation leak, it is not the end of the world.

Going forward, my advice is to just try and be more aware of this.  One thing you can do is when picking out fish at the store, ask the fish guy behind the counter if this is from the Atlantic or Pacific.  Simple enough.  I did this today and the guy not only knew, but def seemed like he has gotten that question before.  In a heartbeat he knew it was from the Atlantic.  I bought myself a solid piece of salmon which I baked tonight as seen in the pic above.

Besides fish, this radiation leak has many residual effects.  To quote a great article I found, they said the following. “An MSNBC article in April of 2012 reported that seals and polar bears were found to have “external maladies” that consisted of fur loss and open sores, obvious signs of radiation burns from the Fukushima meltdown.”

I mean, I don’t know about the rest of you but my heart breaks for these animals.  Heck, I feel guilty when my dog doesn’t have a fresh bowl of cold water and she has to deal with luke warm day old stuff.  Can you imagine what these poor animals are going through?  We are talking about burns, sores, fur loss and other crap we probably haven’t even thought of. This not only hurts them in the present but extinction is seriously a factor now.

At the end of the day this isn’t a Fukushimia disaster awareness post.  Well, it kind of is but I really just wanted to put this info out there for all of you to learn how to pick out fish properly now.  I just pass along the knowledge that comes to me.

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