Ride the wave of Springtime to achieve Radiant Vitality!

I know that some one of you guys reading this has seen the movie “Gladiator” with starring Russell Crowe and a whole slew of actors I won’t name here for sake of time and laziness.

I’ve always been fascinated with the image of the gladiator. It’s a very powerful archetype: The man or woman forced to literally fight for their lives. One slip up or one instant of unwarranted relaxation and you’re dead. The concentration and focus they tapped into must have been electrifying.

What do Gladiators have to do with effortlessly getting ripped and lean this spring?

I remember doing research years ago on roman history and culture, particularly gladiators and spartan warriors, and I remember finding some interesting facts on their daily life and training.

One habit and belief that stuck out to me was that fact that they would spend hours resting in the sun. They believed that the sun had the power to enlarge their muscles and make them stronger. They were partially correct. Here’s my breakdown as to why they would think that:

 

  1. Modern Science has shown us that exposing our skin to sunlight helps our body to produce vitamin D, which in turn helps us produce really important hormones like testosterone ( provided you have good cholesterol levels, homie). We all know that having adequate levels of Vit. D. combined with proper exercise and nutrition will help a person build and maintain muscle mass and keep body fat levels low.
  2. By consciously relaxing, they were activating their relaxation response, and experiencing mental and physical rejuvenation. You can learn some simple ways to relax your body when you buy a copy of my book, Master Keys To Health And Vitality, through amazon.
  3. The actual warmth from the sun acted like a natural heating pad to help them relax their muscles, dilating their blood vessels so that nutrients could get to their muscles faster.

Of course, the ancient romans were adapted to staying in the sun for long periods of time without burning. However, there is some research that shows that having a diet high in vitamin and mineral rich foods offers a natural protection against excess sun exposure.

I’m always fascinated by our ancestors and how they lived so close to nature. It is possible to do that these days, we just have to prioritize health and living life the way we want.

While we may not be fighting lions and tigers and other crazy human beings in a Colosseum on a daily basis, we do face our own challenges and they can seem like dangerous monkeys and tigers and zebras.

With springtime around the corner, we’re coming into what chinese medicine refers to as the wood rhythm. The time of year is associated with the liver meridian and the organ of the same name. As a consequence, spring time is the perfect time to prime your body to drop that extra fat that it may have accumulated over the winter. The physical liver is partly responsible for helping us to detoxify our bodies and break down fats. Here’s a few simple habits you can adopt to easily drop extra body fat:

 

  1. Train your body with low intensity cardiovascular training to help speed up your body’s detoxification process. You’ll also be training your body at its fat burning zone, which will further speed up your leaning out goal. In order to find that low end of your heart rate range, here’s what you do:

A) Take your age and subtract it from 220. Ex. 220-35=185. This gives me my maximal heart rate.

B) Take that number you just got and multiply it by .60

Ex. 185 – .60 = 111 for me.

C) Train cardiovascular system at that low intensity for 15-20 minutes. Aim for this intensity 5 days a week. The frequency should be fine even if you work long hours or have an otherwise demanding lifestyle.

 

2. Empty your refrigerator – Yes, the term “spring cleaning “refers to our kitchens as well. Go through the refridgerator and throw out as much processed food as you can. Do the same thing with your pantry.

3. Fill your fridge with energy – Pack that sum a b@#$@# with fruits, veggies, lean proteins, etc. Nature abhors a vacuum, so fill the vaccuum you’re creating in your body with good clean food. Fruits and veggies are literally nature’s little battery packs.

One of my favorite fruits to enjoy in the warmer weather are apples, especially really sour ones.

4. Drink Plenty of fresh water – water helps our bodies carry toxins away from our cells and helps carry nutrients to our cells.  The first thing in your stomach in the morning should be a lukewarm glass of water to get peristalsis going and make room for the food to come!

5. Eat 1 salad a day – Green leaf lettuce is good and packed with calcium and b vitamins, as are all dark leafy green veggies.Of course, we want the salad to be a meal, so add some sort of protein to it. Having almonds with your salad is awesome because they are packed with calcium and magnesium, both essential for optimal heart health.

6. Set fitness goals for the spring and summer time – If you haven’t already done so, set daily activity goals for this coming sprng and summer. Having a plan to follow will effortlessly cause you to be more active and thus excess weight will fall off easily.

 

With these simple tips, you’ll fit into those jeans shorts in no time;)

Best,

Amir Campbell

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