The first wealth is health

If you want to persuade someone that something is inherently good, you first have to help them understand it. And imparting understanding can be quite a challenge given the complex and emotive nature of some topics.

This is why I love the art of of analogy.

Analogies and metaphors work by harnessing the power of comparison and similarity to make complex problems and concepts inherently more approachable. They essentially help someone get to that “ah ha” moment without having to fully understand the scope of the original problem.

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Why I’m giving-up a seven figure income to help people look great naked

Now that sure is a splashy headline, and maybe it’s the only reason you clicked through to read. But if you’ll give me the benefit of the doubt, I’ll show you that it’s fundamentally true. Perhaps most importantly, I’ll tell you the why of that decision and how that could be important if YOU decide you want to look great naked.

For the last eight-plus years I’ve worked as a professional engineering manager and career coach for YouTube and Google. Prior to that, another two decades in software engineering and management.

So let’s get it out of the way, shall we?

Seven figures, you say?

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Just The Tip: #2

Welcome to episode number two of Just The Tip – the hottest tips fresh out of the training oven. Today was the first upper body day of the week and as always, there were things worthy of sharing. Tomorrow is a rest day, so we’ll pick things up again on Thursday. Happy Tuesday!

It’s my birthday today, but at forty-nine it’s pretty much just another day! Still, I am grateful to be healthy and privileged to be able to workout, and my mission to be in the best shape of my life for my fiftieth continues unabated.

I’ve got another three things for you this morning:

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Just The Tip: #1

Just The Tip is a new series of posts that I’ll be weaving in to the content here at Uncommon Sense Physique. The goal is to get my training and nutrition tips out to you “hot off the press” directly after my daily workout. Let me know if you like these tips in the comments below!

Two days of rest at the weekend and a three mile walk yesterday afternoon left me feeling STRONG for this morning’s workout. And that’s not always the case, as weekends can be real busy at times. But today I took the win and had a great training session.

I have three tips on deck for you today:

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Bodybuilding is in decline?

I can’t recall exactly what led me down this path, but I recently ended-up poking around in Google Trends at various search terms related to the health and fitness industry. Some things were not all that surprising. Like the huge spike in people searching for “keto diet” and “low carb”. But other trends made less sense to me, like the significant drop in people searching for “bodybuilding”.

It’s easy to get sucked in to playing with the Google Trends search tool, especially when you start playing with geography. So click this link at your own risk.

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Training for life

Are you training for longevity in the gym? Or are you just crashing through your workouts chasing progress at all costs? I know I’ve certainly taken a short-term perspective in my training at times, pushing through pain and making poor exercise choices – all in the name of progress. But those decisions have taken their toll on my body and if you want to be lifting well into later life you need to play the long game.

Whether it’s chasing gains or looking to get peeled, we’re all in a rush for progress. Every workout is approached as an all or nothing endeavor; total success or abject failure. And yet, the reality is that little could be further from the truth.

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Uncommon Smoothie Sense

Smoothies can be a great way to add healthful calories to your diet. But there are a few pitfalls to be wary of, and a number of simple ways you can boost your smoothie nutrition. Let me share with you some uncommon smoothie sense.

For any of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of smoothies. I find them incredibly useful for adding additional calories and sources of food that I would otherwise struggle to include in my diet. All that said, first I’m going to make a statement that I hope isn’t too controversial for any of you:

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Did you break your metabolism?

While you can’t “break” your metabolism, excessive and repetitive periods in a prolonged hypocaloric state can leave your metabolism “depressed”. If you’ve eaten or exercised yourself into a corner, read on.

Our bodies are constantly striving to maintain equilibrium, and our metabolism quickly adjusts to balance (counter, resist) changes in energy intake or expenditure. This is why the common advice of EAT LESS MOVE MORE runs out of steam pretty quickly. Especially for those that have already been taking that approach for a while, or has already seen significant body re-composition.

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Consistency. What they are doing that you are not.

I get it. When you see that guy or gal in the gym with the physique you want, it’s natural to think “what are they doing that I am not?”. Unfortunately, most of the time that thought starts and ends with either the exercises they are performing or the neon-pink swill they are slurping between sets.

But rest assured, if said individual has a great physique, there’s almost certainly nothing magical about their program or peri-workout nutrition!

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Abs. The holy grail of physique transformation?

Abs. Nearly everyone chasing physique transformation wants that coveted six-pack. A slick slab of undulating goodness that speaks to all that hard work. But sadly, many never achieve their dream, despite making good progress with fat-loss. But why? What is it that makes seeing abs such an elusive goal?

First, let’s be clear, a six pack isn’t for everyone. It’s not necessary, serves no practical purpose and is seen by many as an expression of extreme vanity. And if you’re reading this with a skeptical frown, thinking what the fuck is the obsession with abs in this industry, I totally understand.

However, having just got my coveted six-pack back again after a three-year hiatus, I can assure you that there’s a LOT it teaches you about yourself, the body and most importantly, the mind.

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Don’t make these simple mistakes!

When it comes to diet and exercise, basic mistakes are often attributable to someone’s lack of progress. So if you’re stuck in a rut or not enjoying the progress you once did, chances are you are failing to follow one or more of these important principles.

Tell someone you want to lose weight and the first thing you’ll likely hear out of their mouth is “cut out carbs”. Other’s will tell you to reduce fats, eliminate bread, increase vegetable intake. And they are all right; and they are all wrong.

The trouble is, the average person changes a lot things on their journey to finding what works, and the reality is that they seldom know what led them to success. Worse still, they’ll make assumptions about what worked and then doggedly double-down on that approach out of fear of stalling. And that, sadly, is often the start of a nose-dive into something that is neither sustainable, nor good for your mental and physical health.

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