Body Weight Training: A Panacea?

There has been a lot of good press lately about body weight training and I've run into a few people who believe it trumps lifting a barbell.  Can performing simple movements with just your own body weight replace the old iron when it comes to the myriad of health benefits resistance training provides?

Let's see.

New Year Fitness Goals article that hits the nail on the head

While perusing the web looking for the inevitable glut of new fitness fads that will take us by storm this year, I found an article on that referenced a study that said, 

"...improved fitness are among the 10 most common New Year’s goals for the 47 percent of Americans who make resolutions. The study also found that only 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are successful".  

This sounds accurate because of the cyclical nature of fitness disinformation.  A majority of us will create goals pertaining to our fitness, start off highly motivated, and fail.  Then we do the same thing the following year.  I believe this is the definition of insanity (not the workout).  

We all pledge to "eat better and exercise more" and that is good.  But we also need a more structured, less aggressive approach.  Wouldn't you like to make a different resolution next year because you successfully nailed your diet and exercise routine once and for all?
If so, here are 5 tips to help get it done.

The Philosophy of Iron

Deadlift training at any age can put you in a euphoric zone.
For some of us, training is a painful event that we just need to complete.  For the more sadistic, this can become a bizarre game of pushing beyond realistic boundaries in order to feel unique or powerful.  And yet for others it is a blissful, almost euphoric state entered at least 2 to 3 times each week.  
It seems that how you personally view your training can influence its benefits over your lifespan.  

Super Low Carb Recipes!!!!!

Low Carb Twist on Asian Chicken Burger
There are a lot of misconceptions about diet and exercise.  Most of them come from our natural desire to want instant gratification without much work.  Here at Fitmidlife, we like to call this the "magic pill" syndrome.  
I know that most people have been brought up to believe that you can cardio your way to a lean body and that all you need to know is calories in must be less than calories out.  It is my hope that by now everyone understands that all calories are not equal and that most of us benefit from a lower carb diet.  Fortunately, sometimes eating low carb just means taking a good recipe and tweaking it like the Asian Chicken Burger shown here.  If you dump the buns and put it on a bed of spinach, you've got a great tasting meal that will satisfy your need for variety on a low carb diet.  Some people won't be swayed by anything less than regular old junk food.  Well here is a pizza recipe you can try out while going low carb.