Caffeine is a tricky ingredient to enjoy as much as I do. On one hand, me without caffeine is a scary sight to see. I’ve been known to be quite a jerk to be honest without my morning caffeine. I believe that I inherited this need for energy from my mother, who is rarely seen without a cup of coffee in her hands. It is amazing that my mother can become so caffeinated yet I’ve never seen her hands shake. When you are looking around at different preworkouts, caffeine is a big factor in how well these supplements sell. However, there are companies that are quick to put out a product that is nothing but caffeine. The supplement company known as MHP has created a preworkout that offers more than just caffeine. There are quite a few ingredients in this supplement but it’s not a bad thing here. The first component of this supplement is the energy, focus, and concentration section. In this section, we have yerba mate, caffeine, and Theacrine.
There is 150mg of caffeine per serving in Reckless. If you have caffeine sensitivities, I would recommend that you only use a half scoop in the beginning. What some don’t understand is that with a pre workout product, you’ve got to pace yourself. The recommended dosage is usually meant for those who regularly lift weights. If you are still in the beginning stages of weightlifting, it’s wiser to dial it back a bit. I’m about to go a bit off track here but this reminded me of a recent story. My dad has been trying to get back into his athletics older days. One fine day, he had grown quite thirsty and needed something out of the fridge. What would happen would be one of the most unbelievable things that I have ever seen in my life.
He must have mistaken one of my RTD preworkouts for a Gatorade, which he drank. Within about thirty minutes, I saw one of the weirdest things that left me confused as to rather I should laugh or call an ambulance. All of the sudden, my dads eyebrows couldn’t stop shaking! The shaky eyebrows went on for an hour, I couldn’t tell if it was the caffeine or the beta alanine but it made for a wild day. I have to clarify that the supplement that this story revolved around was NOT Reckless, just wanted to point that out! Reckless certainly gave me no issues while I was using it. After incident with my dad drinking the wrong drink there was no way I would let him try this one. Getting back to the review, let’s now look at what MHP offers for strength because it isn’t always just about energy!
There are actually three types of creatine in this supplement, an outstanding series of additions. Overall, there is over 1,000mg of creatine per serving in Reckless. Trust me, creatine is one of the truly great ingredients out there that isn’t always under attack. I loved using Reckless and felt that the balance between energy and strength was just about perfect. You can find this supplement fairly easily online with the prices averaging out to about $30 per container. It’s important to note that you will get 30 full-sized servings per container. I hate it when I think I’m getting a deal, only to find out that serving sizes are two or three scoops per serving. Overall, Reckless is an awesome preworkout that I really enjoyed using.
A large majority find ourselves walking throughout a typical day. Whether you are walking around the office or cleaning up at home, walking has become second nature to most of us. However, there are a select few of us who like to take a good walk after the workday is over. I live in the suburbs and I see people walking all of the time. Morning, afternoon, or night, my neighborhood is almost guaranteed to have someone walking around in it. Today, I wanted to talk about some positive benefits associated with an activity we all take for granted which is walking.
Reduces Risk for Many Diseases – A great thing about walking is how many dangerous diseases it can help to fight off. People think that you have to go and perform some crazy long exercise sessions to stay healthy which isn’t true. Walking for only 30 minutes a day can drastically reduce your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and a wide array of other potentially deadly conditions.
Great for Managing Weight – As we age, we sometimes find that our metabolism isn’t what it used to be. I remember, in my younger days, I could eat for hours and never gain a pound. However, now it feels like whenever I eat an extra dessert it is like I can feel myself getting fatter! If you are having trouble keeping your weight down, walking can be a great way to manage those pounds. You might even find that, if you enjoy walking enough, you can drop even more weight than you normally would.
Tones Muscles – We all have layers of muscle underneath our skin. For some of us, we just need a little more work for those muscles to show. Perhaps, you have been working on strengthening your muscles but they just won’t fully show. The fat reduction that comes with regular walking can help to make your muscles show, as well.
Stress Relief – Have you ever heard someone mention that they had to go outside and walk to clear their head? As it turns out, walking can actually help improve stress levels. I always thought that people used the walking excuse just to get out of the house for a few minutes!
Making the decision to lose weight can results in you becoming a little stressed out. Missing out on your old favorite foods could have you becoming on edge too. Walking is a great way to get some much needed stress relief at the end of your day. However, it is also common for people wanting to start their day off with a nice walk. In addition to keeping your weight where it needs to be, a morning walk is a great way to start the day.
Overall, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are reducing the extent at which some of the most harmful diseases affect you feels great. Also, the feelings of peacefulness that come with a walk can help to make some of those bad days we all suffer a little bit better. Choosing to start the process of habitual walking only needs to take about five minutes. Remember, it is important that you start out with a low amount of time for the first walk. You will have much time to increase the amount of time that you walk, don’t rush things!
Never something to be taken lightly, losing weight is a struggle that most will have to encounter in their lives. For some, it becomes too much of a burden to start thinking about the work that has to be done, in order for people to look like they used to. In the past decade, surgeries were started to be done that could greatly change the lives of those suffering from obesity. At first, the gastric bypass was all the rage, I knew many people that had it done and it was rare that I saw someone that didn’t look and feel a million times better after the procedure was over. The most drastic case of weight loss surgery improving a life was one that I saw firsthand, as this was an old teacher of mine. I’m not going to disclose the name of the person but she was about 500lbs and looked to be in a state of constant pain.
To see her walk across the classroom was hard to watch and the students were seriously worried about her condition. The obesity of this teacher wasn’t a new phase, she had been overweight for many years, long before I was ever in her class. As graduation came and went, I rarely thought back on my days in that classroom, only being hopeful that this teacher could find her way back to a healthier condition. Flashing forward about two years later and I am back in my hometown, slugging through a crowd of shoppers filling their grocery baskets. After I had spent all of the time in the store that I could, I made a beeline for the checkout lanes, eager to get everything bagged so that I could get home. All of the sudden, I heard someone say my name (the worst thing to happen to me in public), I whipped around and wasn’t immediately sure who I was looking at.
As it turns out, the same teacher was now much skinnier and had greeted me, only to see a stunned reaction that I tried my best to hide. Feeling embarrassed that it took so long to recognize who I was speaking to, I started to feel my face getting red. What I was now seeing was the same overweight teacher, who had now dropped what had to be about 250 lbs, she looked so much happier. That got me thinking, the weight loss surgery did work, but how would it take off in the future, as this was about ten years ago. You don’t need to look around much to know that weight loss surgeries have now bloomed, as people were able to see how relatively safe they were. Any procedure like the ones that I am talking about can carry their own risks, so be sure that you know everything you can before actually having one of these procedures done. The most popular would have to be the gastric bypass surgery, the one where your stomach size is reduced greatly, therefore enabling you to become full much quicker. I’ve heard tales of people not being prepared for how much smaller their stomach got, only to have to pull over and vomit because they had overstuffed themselves, due to relying on their old eating habits. With countless new and increasingly innovative surgical procedures to lose weight, for those who simply can’t do it the old-fashioned way, we strive closer to the perfect weight loss method every week.
Think back to your days when you were taking it easy and doing only pushups and sit ups, did you notice any major changes in your composition? There are those who say that you simply can not gain a noticeable amount of muscle through only doing the push up exercise. For those not in the know, a push up is when you start with your hands parallel to your sides, lying on your stomach. From there, you push up your body weight with your hands until your arms are fully extended. If done enough times, there is no doubt that pushups can certainly add muscle tissue. Would I say that weight training is quicker for a more rapid speed up? Absolutely. However, not everyone has the budget for fancy gym cards or an expensive and lavish home setup.
Pushups are going to work your chest and triceps muscles more than any other group. After completing sets of pushups, the next day you will notice that the backs of your arms are going to be sore. There is a way that you change up the dull original push up and it all comes down to where you place your arms. You see, the normal push up is done in a similar style to an upside down bench press, where your arms are extended out, almost into a V formation. If you want bigger arms and less chest muscle development, place your arms closer together while pushing up. Almost immediately, you should start feeling your arms begin to swell, letting you receive that glorious pumped feeling.
I don’t believe that pushups should be the sole exercise that someone completes but they should definitely be applied to a fitness program, of that I am sure. Even if you find that you only spend five minutes a week working on your pushup progression, you’re getting a good set of muscles worked by an exercise that has been done for ages. Also, you can really set out to explore all of the different pushup techniques there are, surprised by hearing that? I was certainly shocked that you can alter so many aspects of the exercise, such as height, speed, duration of the pushup.