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by Ryan C. Stebbins
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Let’s talk about alcohol. Or to be more precise, ethyl alcohol, or ethanol. If you can remember the first time you drank an alcoholic beverage, you probably remember how you didn’t like it. Beer is bitter. Vodka tastes like Listerine (or vice versa, and for obvious reasons). You can acquire a taste for alcohol, but chances are you never liked it originally. So why do we drink it? That’s obvious as well: people like the high they get off of it and how it loosens their social inhibitions. We also drink it because it has become a socially accepted thing to do (i.e., peer pressure). Dionysus would even say that we need alcohol in order to help us unwind. I don’t know about that. I also don’t know how great the high is when there’s the healthy alternative of getting high off exercise. Not surprisingly, alcohol doesn’t help you at all in the realm of athletic performance and general health.
No doubt you’ve heard of all the negative implications of drinking, but did you know that alcohol lowers your testosterone levels? That is, if you’re a man. This means fewer muscle gains. Fewer muscle gains means less muscle, which means a lower metabolic rate. A lower metabolic rate means more fat gain and/or less fat loss . Suddenly drinking doesn’t seem so “manly,” now does it? That’s why real men drink BLAND, BORING, UNFLAVORED WATER.
How does alcohol affect women? Does it still increase testosterone? Actually, it does not appear to. Acute alcohol consumption seems to increase testosterone in women . This helps contribute to the “beer goggles” effect that makes drunk women more prone to engaging in sexual behavior that they would normally not agree to. The same thing happens to men, but heavy drinking over time decreases men’s testosterone levels and increases their estrogen, which can even cause them to take on female physical attributes, such as breasts. It also can decrease male libido and cause related problems . You get the idea. You’re getting a plethora of bad crap, just to get a temporary buzz going.alcohol, calories, diet, diseases, estrogen, nutrition, socializing, testosterone
Stop. Ask yourself this question: why shouldn’t I get in shape?
Laziness, obviously. However, do you want to be lazy? Physical fitness is not something that some people have and some people don’t – it’s not something that some people should decide to do and some people should decide not to do. It’s something that everyone as human beings is entitled to, and should be responsible for.
What’s more important than being healthy? Because if you think about it, all of those other things you enjoy in life – friends, family, hobbies – none of it would be possible without good health. So make time for it.
You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or an athlete to be in good shape. Those are just words anyway – the best athletes and bodybuilders are people just like you, who either gravitated towards athletics from an early age or simply decided they wanted to get in better shape. A lot of models and bodybuilders fall in the latter group. Why? Because once you really make the decision to get in shape – and make it an important part of your life – you will continue to reach a higher level of fitness, until you realize that there is no limit. Why limit yourself?
Even if you don’t want to look like a “freaky” bodybuilder (which is hard to do, so don’t worry too much), you can still vastly improve your current physique. There is always room for improvement. Furthermore, even if you don’t care very much about improving your physique, the benefits of a strength training and/or cardio program will factor over into other aspects of your life. Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll perform better in sports, as well as in every day situations, such as lifting heavy objects.
You already know all this. I’m wasting my time. Go get in shape.fitness, health, laziness, priorities
The human body never ceases to amaze. What other machine or system actually gets stronger when coordinated stress is applied to it? Think about it: a CPU just gets extremely hot when overtaxed… The human body gets extremely hot and adapts. Likewise, a program only “learns” in so far as what it has been programmed to do. Those who have programmed before know that programming is like writing out explicit instructions to the dumbest creature in existence. Yet from the moment we are born, we’re learning. In fact, we cannot help but learn, whereas a computer has to be made to learn. The human body and mind are the most amazing things you will ever possess in this corporeal lifetime, for everything else in life can only be experienced so long as they are intact.
Next time you go running or go lift weights, stop and think about everything your body is doing. Your heart (hopefully) never stops beating. Your muscles and oxygen supply are growing because of the coordinated stress you are applying to them. Sure, some day they will eventually burn out, but before that point they are always growing and repairing themselves. Furthermore, while your body might have a set amount of potential, your mind is limitless. A computer, on the other hand, just starts to overheat or reaches its maximum point of processing power. It can sustain that power better than you can sustain high levels of exertion – most likely, anyway – but at the end of the day, it’s just going to cool down and be the same as it always was. It may be a little worse for wear, because entropy is always in effect. Nothing lasts forever. However, unlike your body, the CPU doesn’t adapt. It doesn’t get stronger.
People often compare a computer’s CPU to the human mind. A CPU is called the “central processing unit” of the computer, after all. However, if you stop and think about it, the CPU is really just the muscle – the body, if you will – behind the actual brains of the computer: the programmed applications residing somewhere in memory, whether in the form of a hard drive or a solid state memory device. Why? Because without human input – even just recorded input like a programmed application – the CPU is useless, in the same way that our body is useless without our mind.
A CPU can compute much faster than the human brain can. But it cannot think. It cannot adapt. Any adaption a computer makes is a programmed adaptation based on some such programmed manifestation, such as a complex strings of if-then statements and memory allocation, all thanks to a programmer… who actually had a brain. Computers follow instructions, that’s all. Human beings, on the other hand, can actually think.
So what was really the point of this little piece of writing? There was none, really. It was just to make you think. Hopefully you already stop once in a while and appreciate the most amazing gifts that God has granted each of us in this corporeal lifetime – our mind and body. For without them, nothing else in life could even be experienced. One is damaged if the other is damaged. One is improved if the other is improved. Take care of them.