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Diet and Exercise Made Simple

Diet and Exercise Made Simple

We all know diet and exercise are important. However, it doesn’t have to be hard! So many people make it out to be much harder than it really is. If you just do a little planning and put in the effort, your health and weight loss goals can be accomplished. 


Which is more important…diet OR exercise?

We all want to know! What is it?! What is more important for getting leaner, stronger, and for me to reach my health and fitness goals fastest? Do I need to focus more on diet OR exercise?

Answer: Neither!

Neither diet nor exercise trump the other. They are BOTH important if you want to reach your strength, health and fitness goals! They both work together to help create a healthy body. If you do one or the other well with little regard towards the other, you will not get near the results as if you worked both together. 

“Your diet helps to amplify the effects of exercise…”

Have you ever heard something like, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”? Well, though exercise is highly valuable, and burns a ton of calories, it’s too easy for us to eat more calories than we can burn off. Also, if you have a bad diet, you likely will not have the energy to exercise enough to maintain a healthy body.


Have A Good Diet

Your diet helps to amplify the effects of exercise and gives you the energy to perform at your best. So, in order to perform your best, YOU NEED A GOOD DIET!

That doesn’t mean you should be stuck eating bland foods like chicken and broccoli every day, but you should put more thought into it than “oh look, ice cream has 2g of protein in it!”.

Your calories and their sources matter. Have a reasonable amount of fats, carbs, and protein if you want to perform your best and get the most out of your workouts.

DO NOT make one nutrient out to be “bad” and another the only thing you concern yourself with. Find an equal balance that fits your lifestyle and stick to it with little variation.


Do Real Exercise

“If you want to create change, you have to do things that are harder than walking your dog.”

If you don’t exercise you aren’t going to change much of anything. You can’t diet your way to a 6-pack while just sitting around or going through everyday activities. You need some amount of exercise no matter how clean your diet is.

Exercise not only burns calories, but it also creates numerous changes in your body, including hormonal, that changes how your diet affects you. If you want to look like you are fit and workout, then guess what? You’re gonna have to exercise, and exercise enough to create change.

WALKING DOES NOT COUNT!

Walking Is NOT Exercise!

If you want to create change, you have to do things that are harder than walking your dog! Even if you walk your dog uphill, that is still not considered exercise.

Do some strength training, go for a run, do calisthenics at home, cycle, or anything you enjoy. Do it multiple times per week and put in some strong effort so you can get some great results. This will amplify your results as your diet and exercise routine work together to create the most amount of change within your body. 


Make Progress Every Day

“You can do 1 push-up or squat today, 2 tomorrow, 3 the next day and so on.”

Your diet and exercise routine doesn’t have to be complex. Let it be simple.

Let go of the excuses, we all can make them, and get started today. Right now is the time to make a change. Tomorrow is too late!

Get up and do SOMETHING! Anything! Just move and work towards becoming stronger!

Start easy and progress forward by doing just a little more each day. You can do 1 push-up or squat today, 2 tomorrow, 3 the next day and so on.

You can run for 1 minute today, 2 tomorrow, 3 the next day and so on.

The Daily 30 is also a great choice and it was made specifically for beginners!

Whatever you do, continue to improve daily. Doing the same thing over and over will give you little results, plus it’s boring. Do something every day and work towards your goals!


Make Small Diet and Exercise Changes

“Most of us overeat at night due to under-eating throughout the day.”

When it comes to diet and exercise, keep it simple! Start with a simple diet change, like taking a multivitamin or drinking an extra glass of water every morning. Then you can move onto adding in a healthy snack during the day. Such as some fruit, vegetables or some nuts.

YES, I did say “add in” a meal before I said to take anything away. This is because most of us overeat at night due to under-eating throughout the day. If you add in a healthy snack/meal during the day when you need the energy, you will tend to eat less as night, which will make a big difference in itself!

For exercise, start with doing some push-ups, planks, squats, jogging, the Daily 30 or something! You MUST EXERCISE if you want to create change! This tends to be the hardest part for everyone, but it is extremely important! Diet and exercise go together.

Take it slow, but make a change! Your world starts to change the moment you start changing it! So let’s get to it!

Your world starts to change the moment you start changing it!”

Keep getting stronger my friends!

Strength to you,

Ryan J. Mathias

Owner and Creator of MathiasMethod.com

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Walking Is Not Exercise

Walking Is Not Exercise!

Did you know that walking is NOT considered exercise? This is not just my opinion but standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines (ACSM Guidelines). However, many people do not understand this. Which is why I made this video to help explain why…enjoy!


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Walking Is Not Exercise Video Summary

Walking is not exercise as stated by ACSM (American College Of Sports Medicine) Guidelines!

The ACSM Guidelines state that the Exercise Minimums to not be labeled as “sedentary” (without exercise) are:


ACSM’s Guidelines – Weekly Exercise Minimums:

Moderate Intensity (40-60% VO2 Max)                    30 Min. /Day               ≥ 5 Days/Week

               Or

Vigorous Intensity (60-85% VO2 Max)                      20 Min. /Day               ≥ 3 Days/Week

               Or

A Combination of These Two

* Williams, L., Wilkins. (2014). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. American College of Sports Medicine. Ninth Edition. [Text]

Moderate Intensity Exercise: Running, rowing, swimming, hiking, cycling, playing sport at a pace that is it difficult to maintain a conversation. 

Vigorous Intensity Exercise: Sprinting, rowing, jumping, swimming, cycling, playing sport at a pace in which you cannot maintain a conversation.

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So, walking is simply not intense enough to be exercise, or a “workout”, for most healthy individuals.

Walking can be exercise for those first learning to walk or the elderly who are losing their ability to walk. However, for most of the population, you need more intensity for it to be considered an exercise routine or workout.

Of course, walking does have some benefits, such as improved blood circulation, increased insulin resistance, and it obviously burns more calories than just sitting around.

However, for those of you trying to lose weight, build muscleget stronger, become more athletic, or reach your goals, your training needs to be done with greater intensity. Walking for exercise is just not enough!

If you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, you can start by getting my FREE Bodyweight Strength Training Guide that can give you a real workout with just a few minutes of exercise every day!

Now, go start a new challenge and take on the world!


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Rotator Cuff Stretches for Shoulder Mobility

Rotator Cuff Mobility Exercises

Fix Your Shoulder Pain Today!

Your shoulder is the most moveable joint in the body and without proper Rotator Cuff Strength and Mobility, you will likely feel pain almost everytime you work your shoulders; such as during the Bench Press and Military Press.

To fix your shoulder pain forever simply learn how to move properly and keep your rotator cuff healthy with these exercises.

How To Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles!


Shoulder Flexion Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Shoulder and Elbow Flexion

Focus:

  1. Shoulder Flexion (Latimus Dorsi, Triceps Brachii)
  • While standing erect, grasp a stable structure or band anchored at shoulder height or higher.
  • Turn away and fully extend your arm holding the object with no tension on it.
  • Begin to walk away while allowing your shoulder and elbow to flex.
  • Move away while maintaining a vertical torso until your shoulder is fully flexed.
  • Maintain this tension and move into different positions, finding tight areas.
  • To increase the stretch, move farther away, lean forward, rotate inward or extend your elbow.

Shoulder Girdle Extension Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Shoulder Integrity
  • Improve Shoulder Extension and External Rotation

Focus:

  1. Shoulder Extension (Pectoralis Major, Anterior Deltoid, Coracobrachialis)
  • Externally rotate your arms so that your shoulders are pulled back together and your palms face forward.
  • Extend both arms behind you, grabbing a stable object to stretch on; this could be a bar, handles on a rope or even a countertop.
  • While standing upright and keeping your shoulders pulled back, step forward until you feel a stretch in your shoulder.
  • Make sure that your shoulders are pulled back into the socket and do not roll forward as you stretch.
  • Breathe deep and relax into the stretch as you try to extend your arms further while standing upright. 

Triple Bully Complete Shoulder Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Shoulder Extension
  • Improve Shoulder Internal Rotation
  • Improve Shoulder Integrity

Focus:

  1. Shoulder Internal Rotation (Infraspinatus, Teres Minor)
  2. Shoulder Extension (Anterior Deltoid)
  • Place your hand in the middle of your lower back with your palm facing away.
  • Keep your shoulder pulled back throughout the stretch.
  • In this position, grab a stable object or wrap a band around your wrist.
  • Step away from your hand until you feel a stretch in your shoulder.
  • From here you can rotate away, step farther from your hand, drop your hips lower or raise the band attachment to increase the stretch.
  • Move around in this stretched position to find the most effective position for your needs.
  • Be sure to keep your shoulder pulled back so that it does not rotate forward in the socket and improve bad positioning.

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Best Hip Adductor Stretches To Open Your Hips

Hip Adductor Stretches

Open your hips to prevent knee caving during wide stance Squats and Sumo Deadlifts!


Wall Splits

Purpose:

  • Improve Hip Abduction
  • Improve Hip External Rotation

Focus:

  1. Hip Abduction (Adductors/ Inner Thigh Muscles)

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  • Lay on one side with your hips flexed 90 degrees and legs extended, close to a wall.
  • Scoot yourself up towards the wall so that you are sitting against it sideways.
  • Raising your legs, rotate so that you are sitting against the wall with your legs directly over your hips and back pressed into the floor.
  • While keeping your back pressed into the ground and legs fully extended, allow them to slide down the wall in opposing directions until you feel a stretch in your inner thighs.
  • Relax into this position, allowing your legs to fall as far as they can.
  • To increase the stretch, flex your glutes to abduct your legs further or use contract and relax techniques.

Wall Squat Hip Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Squat Mobility
  • Improve Hip Flexion
  • Improve Leg Abduction

Focus:

  1. Hip Flexion (Upper Hamstrings)

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  • Lay on your back about 6 inches from a solid wall (avoid drywall).
  • Place your feet flat against the wall in your squat stance while still staying relaxed with no stretch.
  • Before you begin, brace your core and press your spine into the ground so that you lay completely flat with your hips down throughout the stretch.
  • To begin, start walking your feet down the wall slowly until you no longer can without assistance from your hands.
  • In this position, you can press into the wall to increase the stretch or use your arms to press your knees out farther.
  • Next, use your hands to assist in pulling your feet down lower on the wall or reset closer to the wall.
  • Your feet should always be flat against the wall.

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Best Back Stretch for Shoulder Mobility

Lat Stretches for Shoulder Mobility


Overhand Lat Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Shoulder Flexion

Focus:

  1. Shoulder Flexion (Latimus Dorsi)
  • Grasp a stable object, near your head height, with an overhand grip (palms down).
  • While maintaining a neutral spine and hips square, extend the same side leg behind you as you lean forward until you feel a stretch in your armpit or lat.
  • With your arm and leg fully extended keep a forward torso lean as you attempt to push your head through, in front of your arm.
  • Work through the tension in this position by internally and externally rotating your torso.
  • Try to press your armpit towards your front hip.
  • If you can flex your arm beyond your ear then this movement is not necessary.

Underhand Lat Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Shoulder Flexion

Focus:

  1. Shoulder Flexion (Latimus Dorsi)
  • Grasp a stable object, near your head height, with an underhand grip (palms up).
  • While maintaining a neutral spine and hips square, extend the same side leg behind you as you lean forward until you feel a stretch in your lat.
  • With your arm and leg fully extended keep a forward torso lean as you attempt to push your head through, in front of your arm.
  • Work through the tension in this position by internally and externally rotating your torso.
  • Try to press your armpit towards your front hip.
  • If you can flex your arm beyond your ear then this movement is not necessary.

strength training warm up routine

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