MOVE THAT BODY
Why is exercise so important for us and does it actually help us in other parts of our life?
- Improves your memory and brain function (all age groups).
- Protects against many chronic diseases.
- Aids in weight management.
- Lowers blood pressure and improves heart health.
- Improves your quality of sleep.
- Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Increases stress
- Improves self confidence and overal mood.
- Improves mood
- Helps people perform activities of daily life more easily.
- Improves joint pain and stiffness.
As you can see there’s enough reasons why we should exercise. The list goes on and on and quite frankly I think we’re all aware of WHY we should work out. Nonetheless it seems extremely difficult for most people to actually do it. People struggle to find the ‘motivation’ or the ‘time’ to work out.
Let me tell you a little secret. You MAKE yourself motivated and you MAKE time to do what you need to do. Action before motivation. Stop trying to figure shit out and just do it.
Discipline, it wasn’t my favorite word and I’m sure it’s not yours. We might attach it to somewhat of a soldier mindset that needs to be drilled and gets up at 5am every morning. But discipline is so much more than that. Discipline is extremely important in all aspects of your life, not just your work out routines.
Discipline is the strongest form of self-love. It’s ignoring current pleasures for bigger rewards to come. It’s loving yourself enough to give yourself everything you’ve ever wanted.
It’s like when you get up in the morning, you want to get up in time. So you don’t have to hurry and rush straight outta bed because you snoozed too long. Start your day with control and that’ll help you throughout the rest of the day. Make sure you take the time YOU need before you start the day working for someone else or taking care of someone else or whatever you need to do. .
What we accomplish in life, work, relationship or fitness goals will usually be determined by the habits that we develop over time. The practice of setting priorities and getting on with important day to day tasks is both a mental and physical skill. Just like any other, this habit is learnable though repetition. And just like everything you do on a daily basis, it will lock in your subconscious mind. Until one day it becomes a permanent part of your behavior.
Football great Michael Strahan once said, “We’re our own worst enemies. You doubt yourself more than anybody ever will. If you can get past that, you can be successful.”
Working out can not only decrease stress, but teaches you that you can excel beyond the limitations you’ve set for yourself. It builds your body and mind into a sharper tool, and knowing and feeling that does wonders for your self-esteem. Switching gears from “I can’t” to “I can and I will” is an unbelievable change of perspective, and fully believing that allows you to overcome what you once thought was impossible.
This confidence will flow throughout the rest of your life as well. Once you start seeing the changes in your body, feel the mental clarity and start reaching those goals, the odds just change.
You’ll feel more energized and ready to take on whatever life throws at you. We can’t control what happens around us but we can control how we react on it. And when we’re full of confidence, filled with pride and self love, I can tell you that it’s a lot easier to deal with the occasional shit show the world has in store for you.
Can we gain muscle on a vegan diet? Long story short, fuck yea. Excuse my French. As so many people have already said before me YOU DON’T NEED ANIMAL PROTEIN TO BUILD MUSCLE. Why? Simple. Animals get their protein from plants, we then eat the animal and get the protein through the animal. Which means the animal is the middle man. So why not just skip the cow, let it live and go straight to the source of protein, plants! If you look at the facts: 100 kcal of steak contains about 8gr of protein while 100kcal of broccoli contains 11.1 gr of protein, and yeaaa 100kcal of broccoli is a hella lot more on your plate then 100 kcal of steak but I mean that only means you get to eat more and isn’t that just a massive bonus? Ofcourse you won’t just eat broccoli, chill out. As long as you eat a varied diet with lots of different veggies, legumes and grains you will be able to hit all 9 amino acids that our own body can’t make and needs to build and recover muscle. Interested in more protein explanation? Check out this article from the movie Game changers.
DOCUMENTARIES & PODCASTS
THE VEGAN GYM
So Leif & Anders are two vegan athletes that are challenging the status quo. The podcasts episodes are packed with plant based nutritional information that’ll come in real handy when you like going to the gym AND if you want to improve your health.
Not only do they talk about nutrition and fitness, they also discuss a healthy mindset and what you need to do in order to push yourself to become the best version of you. My fav episode for some motivation is The Warrior Mindset!
THE GAME CHANGERS
Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers and visionary scientist to show people that you don’t need animal protein to build muscle and can be perfectly healthy if not in better health on a plant based diet. This documentary has changed many peoples perspectives on a Veganism.
It’s an absolute must watch and I highly recommend everyone to watch this docu, especially when you’re still a bit sceptic about the whole vegan protein fitness discussion!
Nimai Delagado is a vegan professional body builder, he’s been featured on the cover of Muscle and Fitness and he also made an appearance in The Game Changers.
With this podcast Nimai aims to bring a modern, more conscious perspective to health and fitness. By sharing inspiring stories and knowledge from the younger generation of vegans who are on a mission to make a difference he hopes to inspire his listeners to do the same.