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Obesity is an epidemic? Maybe that’s a good problem to have!

In my hometown, now mayor, then councilman, Robb Davis came out strong against obesity, proposing a soda tax to battle it since he’s “so concerned” about the health of Davisites. He wants to combat “fatty liver disease:”

http://iseedavis.com/soda-still-a-fight/

Fortunately, the soda tax was not put on the ballot, but the fight is “far from over.”

The concern for health comes from poor diet choices and the sedentary lifestyle most Americans lead. I read a lot online and see news reports decrying this “epidemic” and that “something must be done!” (to save people from themselves).

But how about we look at the problem from a different angle? We live in a society where the average person can engage in full time occupations which require no physical exertion, and which pay them enough to purchase the richest food imaginable. And for them to eat as much as they want of it! Compare this lifestyle to the lifestyles of their ancestors even 100 years ago. People barely got enough to eat back then. In the days of feudalism, the average peasant was starving, toiling from sun up to sun down, and turning over the majority of the hard-won fruits of their efforts to their landlord. That was the plight of the average person. Today, the plight of the average person is to live like kings of old.

This is what capitalism has brought us. As long as we have a relatively free market, our store shelves will be stocked with more food than our ancestors could possibly have imagined, of a staggering variety. Each time I set foot in a store like Safeway or Grocery Outlet, I am floored by the incredible variety and quality available to me. I thank my lucky stars I live here, instead of a place like Venezuela or North Korea. I’m so glad I didn’t grow up in a place like the Soviet Union, or Mao’s China. It is truly a blessing to be living in a market economy!

I guess I just have grown tired of the constant whining from socialists who decry capitalism because there are people who have more than others. So what? As long as I have a free market to work with, I can work to pull myself out of poverty. Upward mobility was something unheard of for peasants of old, yet it’s here for anyone who really wants it and is willing to work hard for it. And by working hard, I don’t mean just endless toiling–I mean confronting your lifestyle, learning frugality, saving, investing, and, well, changing your entire outlook on life. Practically anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

So the next time you hear screams about obesity, be thankful that it is a “problem!”

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Overdue with twins? No excuse to not exercise!

Fitness Success Story

It really isn’t about weight; it’s about being the most fit and healthy you can be. It’s about being strong and being able to handle this life and the crazy stuff it throws at us.

That is what I love about exercise–the strength, endurance and flexibility it grants us. We were not made to sit around all day eating bonbons.

Interested in taking control of your fitness? Make me your coach today and we can do it together!

The Voice of Resistance

How free are you?

Article: Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

http://flip.it/OHZ39

You can hack a computer. Can you hack your fitness? – Fortune

For ultra-competitive, mostly male engineers in the technology industry, fitness is the next space for efficiency and one-upsmanship.

When people talk about the skyrocketing metabolism of Silicon Valley, it’s a metaphor for profits, innovation, a surge in products or services. But now it’s happening literally. There is a cultural shift afoot in the technology industry: fitness has gripped the so-called brogrammer. Software developers who see the world as a series of systems in need of optimization have turned that instinct inward. Call it the six abs of highly effective techies—HGH bodies for PHP minds.

via You can hack a computer. Can you hack your fitness? – Fortune.

Streaming Workouts at Beachbody!

If you’re a complete nerd/geek like me, you want your workouts not on outdated media, but streaming to a browser near you. Beachbody has come out with a new service called Beachbody on Demand. When you set up a BOD account (runs you around $12 per month, billed quarterly), you instantly get access to many titles for no extra cost.

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Free Programs!

For example, you get all of the P90X series of workouts by Tony Horton (including P90X, P90X2 and P90X3), a HUGE value. Additionally, you get all of the Insanity workouts by Shaun T. It’s a really sweet deal stock, out of the box (so to speak). Continue reading “Streaming Workouts at Beachbody!”

Does Stress Determine Your Diet?

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If you’re trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet: http://flip.it/OHZ39

Youtube Celebrities Take on P90

It’s all about what works for you. Look at these popular Youtubers and how they fared on P90:

Continue reading “Youtube Celebrities Take on P90”

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