oh-hi-thereHooking up with you later in the week than normal, but what can I say it has been that kind of week. Before getting into this week's reading list I would like to share with you a conversation I had while at work over the weekend.

I was in the break room on Sunday when a nurse mentioned that she "would give anything to lose her stomach."

But jokingly said she hadn't done anything because it required to much effort. After some ribbing and joking back and forth she eventually shared that she really hadn't taken action because she just didn't have enough time.

I don't doubt either that her hours are a bit stretched between caring for four children and working full time as a nurse.

I bet that there are also those of you who can relate to her feelings and frustrations. I mean it really can be difficult to manage all the demands of all the different roles you play on any given day and then on top of it make sure you are making progress towards your health goal.

However I honestly believe that there isn't such thing as a lack of time, but rather a lack of priorities and/or time management skills. I don't want to sound like a d-bag, but I get in at least sixty minutes of activity everyday in spite of being a full time student pursuing a degree in Biochemistry taking more than 12 credit hours a semester, working as a medical scribe 20 hours a week, training in person clients 4 to 6 hours a day, managing online clients, keeping up on writing daily, reading daily, and managing interpersonal relationships daily such as having a fiancé.

I don't say this to brag, but to prove a point that everyone is busy and everyone's time is precious the only difference between those of us who do take care of our exercise and nutrition and those that don't is the fact that we make it a priority. We are willing to sacrifice those six 10 minute Facebook browsing sessions people do everyday or those three hours of tv watching in the evening.

Everyone has time and to be quite honest you don't really have to invest that much to get a really great return.

For example the nurse I told you about above she could easily get started on losing that stomach of hers by performing 10 minutes of metabolic conditioning or circuit training each day. I mean 10 minutes is nothing that probably one tenth the amount of time most people spend on email everyday.

So if you are someone who is saying that they want to make a change, but just don't have the time why don't you take my suggestion and start with 10 minutes a day. I'll even help you out even more and give you a great circuit you can do that will fulfill this 10 minutes. Click here to see the video.

Alright enough preaching to the choir let's get on to it.

1. Exercises You Should Be Doing: Split Stance 3D Hamstring Mobilization w/Reach by Tony Gentilcore

I love adding new exercises to my library. It is like getting an unexpected present! So you can consider this one a regift ; D.

2. When Doing Your Best Means Doing the Bare Minimum by Neghar Fonooni

I love this piece and have read it probably 5 times since Mrs. Romaniello (Neghar Fonooni) published it a couple weeks ago. I think having a similar mindset to what Neghar shares in this piece is truly the way to living a fulfilled and appreciative life. I also like the idea of having a non-negotiable list of daily things.

3. Is Your Fitness Regimen Making You Awesome? by Nia Shanks

I fucking love Awesomeness! I love it so much that I made it an integral part of the business I just recently started and literally am intentionally building the community there around it. So of course when someone talks about how fitness should be about making you more awesome I am like "Hell yeah!"

4. Carbohydrate Tolerance: Is Your Ability to Eat Carbs Determined by Your Genes? by Hellen Kollias

Genetics and even more so Epigenetics is going to be the scientific revolution of the 21st century. The investigations into this area are just getting up and going and thus far some of the research has already been mind blowing. It is really making us reshape the way we think about things. And it is only going to get better with time. I thought this was a really interesting discussion about some recent findings related to one's ability to consume carbohydrates. It isn't a black and white kind of thing, but differently makes you think about your own individual relationship with carbs.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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