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Growing up, despite my complete lack of real world (or any) fitness (despite being skinny as heck) - - there was one thing that set me apart from pretty much everyone else in the family.
I should say "one MORE thing". Hehe.
That being, the black flask.
Back in the day Mom would have a black flask on the mantelpiece which we'd drink water from - except that damn thing was always empty because I'd be refilling my cup from it ALL The time.
It almost became a running joke, my love for "water".
I did it naturally, mind you - there was no "pressuring me" to do it, I had no information on why it was good, and so forth, I only learned/figured that out YEARS later.
That memory came back to me when I was Googling around idly looking at some of the foolishness out there that passes for "ab work" (hint - for REAL core work like you ain't never ever seen it done - Corrugated Core is your baby) - and some news about Bruce Lee and his untimely death struck me as being odd.
Upon clicking and researching more (do your research, you'll find it) - I'm not sure if the news is even accurate. 99.999% of it these days has the smell of "ripe BS" coming off it, but this, I dont know, maybe, maybe not, although why the scientists waited 50 years after the man's "passing" to tell us his brain swelling might have been caused by too much water is a complete mystery to me for one.
Thats what they say killed him apparently (his untimely death - not painkillers).
I call bullshit on both.
I doubt someone like Bruce Lee relied much on painkillers, whatever they had back then.
I seriously, highly doubt someone like him especially with his Asian heritage would drink "too much water" to the extent he'd die from it.
True, too much of anything is never good.
But its very hard, especially for elite athletes working out damn near all day long to drink the amount of water that would kill them - even if they tried.
Maybe it was just his time, maybe he had kidney issues, I dont know, but despite being on a juice fast/diet before his death, I doubt "too much water" had anything to do with it.
I myself am probably going to start a fast tonight, how long it goes is anyone's guess, maybe I'll shoot for 5 days as i did last time.
We'll see, but I know one damn thing when I'm fasting, I drink EVEN more water - not because I feel hungry, but just because I want to flush my body out completely (and I drink tons of water anyway).
I'm also huge on NATURAL green tea as you guys know - not the tea bag crap you see everywhere.
I'm 100% sure Bruce Lee was a fan of that too, and as I once told a certain Brooks about myself "he drinks pots and pots of green tea" (hey, I did, and still do, I used to make it in the coffee maker back then, oddly enough, the perocolation works great with green tea!).
For most of you reading this, let me tell you my friend, you need more water.
Probably a hell of a lot more water than you are drinking right now, and no, the "urine color" test isn't always that accurate either.
Drink at least 12 oz per two hours is what I'd say (waking time) - no, like I say in the Simple and Effective Diet, coffee, colas, etc dont count - green tea etc is great, but plain ole water has it's benefits, and then some, never skip it.
As an ex kept telling me, drink, drink, drink!
And make sure the water you drink is of HIGH quality - that reminds me, I gotta go get my water dispenser fixed sometime - or revert back to bottles like I have used most of my life . . .
Water is one of the best substances you can put in your system, my friend - I highly recommend you drink up on a daily basis, and lots of it too.
I'll have more on this subject later, but for now thats that.
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Or, the "third thing" I drink copious amounts of, I should say, something Glyn Bozo trolled me endlessly on for some strange reason (his "blowing them on a hockey field" fetish having somehting to do with it, ugh)...
One of them is the magic drink I talk about in the Simple and Effective Diet, and 0 Excuses Fitness (the former complimentary with a digital purchase of the latter) - Brooks Kubik mentioned it once when he mentioned me in his news letter, and a lot of YOU guys know what it is.
Second, of course, the almighty Stella Artios, Snow, TsingTao, Kingfisher, or BEAST ice, hehe. Beer, in other words - chilled beer!
Few things better than chilled beer on a HOT summer day. Trust me on this one, even if you're not a beer lover!
But there ARE two other things that come close, both of which I'm not sure I mentioned in Dish Delicious, but I'm pretty sure the first shows up in some way, shape or form.
And I drink tons of the first any time and every time I get the chance to.
Easy to make at home too!
One being BUTTERMILK - the first - chilled and spiced, or simply plain - one of the healthiest and most refreshing drinks out there, and very easy to make if you know who even for a cooking neophyte like yours truly.
Two being SUGARCANE juice - the REAL stuff - SWEET stuff - yes, REAL sweet stuff, not sugar as I tell you to stay away from, period, in the Simple and Effective Diet.
And third ... well, watermelon juice, and watermelons in general.
All of these do many things, including, but not limited to -
Keep you hydrated (no replacement for water tho, but they do a damn fine job of keeping you hydrated).
They keep you REFRESHED.
Instant pick me up after a workout (like I just got done with).
Instant NOURISHMENT - healthy stuff, all of it, and especially buttermilk if done right can be a meal unto itself.
Resolve stomach issues, liver problems and such if you drink ENOUGH of it regularly.
All the vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, or what not you need in one sitting ...
and much more!
It's called "lassi" in India, buttermilk - and in China, well, watermelon is more common and popular but the chinese would LOVE butter milk if I introduced it to them.
Like the coffee I introduced to them, which they loved, milk tea, and so forth!
Maybe I will someday.
For now though, the Chinese have shown great interest in the book Dish Delicious - from both a reader - customer - and a TRANSLATOR standpoint.
My, my, my!
More on that later, if YOU the reader are interested, grab the book NOW.
And more on those drinks later, for now, just remember they're some of the best things you can put in your body - period.
Oh, and remember, just nutrition dont rock the boat.
Exercise is king, nutritition is queen, together, emphasis on TOGETHER - they make a kingdom.
Not me, Jack la Lanne.
Or a "kinkdom" in the Middle kingdom. Hehe.
But really, no easy way out - they go TOGETHER!
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I filed this one under diet and hydration, but if two categories were allowed, I'd choose exercise too.
Yes, this morning when I woke up - and indeed until half an hour or so later, my calves were buckling in a strange sort of manner - as if "they had no strength left".
This happens to me sometimes, especially after I wake up in the night with intense cramps (which did not happen last night) ..
I've written about that before here - https://0excusesfitness.com/2018/04/16/i-could-barely-walk-last-night - and here - Thigh cramps in the middle of the night (rahulmookerjee.com) ...
That didnt quite happen last night, it's my calves that cramp sometimes these days, and the reason for what happened today?
Well, it was manifold, part of the reason was I was a bit dehydrated.
The 4 or so liters of water I drank down "while sleeping" last night didnt do the trick, another 2liters in the morning (which I do every morning) seems to have helped, but it was a diet (for me, yesterday) which I don't generally do - a lot of bread for one (I rarely, if ever eat bread of any nature, even brown bread and such) - and a few other things I rarely eat which seem to have dehydrated me.
But more than that, it's the intense squatting I've been doing, I believe, ever since Jan 10 or so this year, with NO let up.
Not when I'm tired, not when I'm drunk or afterwards, not if I'm not feeling well (I've done them with fever too, leading to a lot of ridicule from friends when I said "my workouts banished the virus from my system") - and so forth.
Every single day.
True, I didnt hit 500 ALL days.
True, I didnt do 600 in a row ALL days - or 750.
True, EVERY squatting session to me feels different. Bodyweight exercises, you never master them, my friend - period - and the masters will be the first to tell you that there is always something new you keep learning.
Or, back when I climbed hills after a break - I'd wake up in the night with intense calf cramps.
But this morning was different.
Normally, I'd just walk it off.
This morning, I could barely walk when I woke up - and this persisted for a good half an hour or so, leading to the "I'm tired, I DEFINITELY need a break today" feeling (a lot of you will know what I mean here!).
It would have been easy to sink down into a chair and do nothing at all.
Hell, I've got plenty of books on the back burner for one ... (for both businesses).
Plenty of work to take care of ...
But what did I do?
Well, I slapped my legs for one - and did a special workout for the calves and shin straight out of Isometric and Flexibility Training, which took like less than a minute.
Thats the great thing about isometrics.
You use them to build strength, to recover between sets, to recover post workouts, to stretch, to strengthen, to do just about anything!! (fitness wise).
They're so VERSATILE.
You can do them for a few seconds. Or a minute. Or, more than an hour if you so choose, and all of these benefit you - differently. But benefit they do!
Then, I did the unthinkable.
I got down, and hammered out 25 squats which felt far tougher than they should.
Sitting here NOW?
My legs, calves, all of it feel on TOP of the world.
I'm sure I'll have another great workout today!
Moral of the story is this, your body is capable of far more than you think it is (consciously).
Moral also is, when you're feeling like it's time to take a day off - chances are excellent and second to none you need to do SOMETHING.
Mark my words, if you REALLY need a day off, you'll know it.
In most cases, doing a bit of something will lead to feeling much better, and you do a lot more ...
And, get another workout in in the books!
So thats the lesson for this one.
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When I was a young lad growing up, part of it being Sunday meant "wake up early in the morning".
No rest for the wicked, hehe.
This time though it was for what I didnt like then, but later realized it was a good thing i.e. to play tennis (I still preferred swimming, but tennis, especially on different courts, clay, cement etc - great!) .
I used to play with my Dad on Sunday mornings and train with a coach (a not quite so committed coach) on weekday evenings.
Those were the days where I'd guzzle water like nobody's business.
It was a running joke that if the old flask in the house was empty, Rahul's done it. Hehe.
I'm the same with beer these days!
I still guzzle a lot of water - and green tea.
But I do it differently.
Back in the day, I'd guzzle tons of water WITH meals.
I'd drink a ton of water WHILE working out.
"Wash down the meal".
The above two habits might not sound wrong, no?
At least, so I thought ...
When I met my wife, I remember her telling me not to do this - especially #1.
Years later, I found out she was right i.e. it had been messing my digestion up all along, and was partly to contribute, along with my lack of physical activity/prowress, of course, to my IBS and such which I've had for a long time (no more though).
Thing is, many people could use a tutorial or two on WHEN and how much to guzzle - water.
No coke, no soda, no Diet coke - all of that is fit for car engines. Literally, they've done studies showing how these beverages CORRODE car engines - the insides - think about what they can do to yours.
Green tea is great but sometimes, and often times, good old H20 is what is needed, and a lot of it.
I often have a bottle with me while I'm writing. I'm always SIPPING it, not drinking it all at once, but I keep drinking from it regularly.
When working out though, I got myself to the point, and I said this in the KIddie Fitness video today as my daughter headed straight for the water bottle after a round of sprints - that I can literally work out hard and heavy for hours, and not drink a sip of water.
Then I Come home, and I drink - a whole bottle of it!
When I wake up in the morning, my first activity is to - you got it.
Drink two liters of water, no matter what.
Hot, cold, full, not full, I drink it anyway.
And before meals, and after, and during?
During - NO.
After? I wait at least an hour, this allows the digestive juices to start working and digest the food as opposed to diluting them with water. Maybe if all I've had is fruits, I'll sip some water - but not a lot - right afterwards, but I try not to.
The right time to drink water is one hour BEFORE a meal, and two hours after.
I'm not quite that extreme, but you get the pint - ah, point.
Best to avoid pints too during meals for the most part, unless it's Guiness or something which has nutritional value by itself.
Did I just turn the book upside down in terms of when to drink water, how much, etc?
I bet I did. Hehe.
Most can't do without drinking a ton of water during their meals, for one.
But it's a bad habit, one best avoided.
And the Simple and Effective Diet, my friend, gives you tons of tips that if you apply along with your fitness routine will CATAPULT your gains like nothing you've ever done before.
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