Move…

Here are some statistics that don’t lie. A measley 1.3% of trips in the U.S.A. are taken by bicycle. Compare and contrast with Holland where it’s 25%; Germany 14%;  our neighbors up north in Canada are even up over 2%. In America we don’t find the time to ride or even walk like so many of our NA and European neighbors. Here’s what’s happening inside us as we sit – our subcutaneous fat slowly disappears and visceral fat increases. This viscistuff infiltrates our organs, bathing them in a nasty chemical stew that wrecks havoc. Liposection only removes the good, subcutaneous fat. We may look better but we’re far from better. Gotta go deeper and here’s why – Viscystuff can’t be removed safely because it’s intertwinned with organs and blood vessels. So, friend, what destroys viscy?

Muscle.

It’s time to start building strength, my friend. Start by strengthening your core as core strength is your injury prevention pill. Muscles mortal enemy is viscy. The more muscle you build, the more fat fighting mitochondria come alongside. Leptin, a hormone produced by fat tissue, normally tells the brain, we’re done, STOP eating. However, the brains of obese folks often can’t hear leptin’s screams to stop, so on and on they eat. Not good.

Muscle vs. Viscy. You choose. Your choices have consequences. Choose to build muscle, my friend. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy either. You can choose to go all cross fit crazy, or you can choose to push up, pull up, and plank. You can choose to build strength by doing heavy weights and few reps or light/body weight and lots of reps. You can choose yoga or you can choose to swim. You can choose to walk the links or hike the yonder hills. You can choose tennis and you can choose soccer. You can choose cycling. You can choose hockey and you can choose to wrestle. You can choose to run. You can choose any number of options as long as you choose to move and choose wisely to focus on form, first and foremost. Build muscle, friend.

Btw, I’m doing a little walking, running, weights, hiking, golfing, riding, and having fun mixing it up along the way. You wouldn’t look at me and think I’m building much muscle either. However, I know how my shoulders feel (best they’ve felt in years/decades), and how I don’t even feel the arthritis in my left hip anymore. I know what I’m building even if it doesn’t show. You will too. Start moving, friend. Find a few to move with you. Enjoy the journey toward fighting the visceral and building the muscle. Today, six old men and one young lad pushed the pedals for a fast 50. Tomorrow, it will be some driveway core work, a Sunday stroll on two wheels, followed by a walk with my Miss. You and I are meant to keep moving it and smile as we do. Enjoy your weekend. Move. Good…

Live hard. Love harder…

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