Is the Japanese Diet a Miracle Diet?

Washoku

Written by a Japanese friend of Project Swole, this treatise on Washoku and the Japanese diet will help us all to understand why and how a Japanese diet is healthy. While it might not be your prerogative to change your diet completely, taking away some elements from the Japanese diet to supplement your own diet, could lead to a healthier body and ultimately better progress as an athlete. Without further ado, Project Swole presents The Japanese Diet.

Why should you care about the Japanese diet?

Nowadays, what we eat can be very different from what was standard only a few years ago. Strong emphasis on processed unhealthy foods and eating out, which has a lot of unhealthy fats, sugars, and salt, has created a huge obesity problem. It is worth returning to simpler times and presenting a Japanese diet that can interest many people. I invite you to be educated.

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TRX Suspension Training – 5 Reasons Why You Should Use It

TRX Suspension Training

Have you ever tried TRX suspension training and been swung from the rafters before? If not, you might have probably heard or seen about it, but you haven’t paid attention to it. This training has been becoming one of the fitness trends and is becoming well-known for its simplified-less-equipment approach based on seven basic movements: hinge, lunge, plank, push, pull, rotate, and squat. I bet you might be willing to have a go. 

What is TRX Suspension/Resistance training? 

TRX or Total Resistance eXercises training, also referred to TRX Suspension training,  was initially developed by a former U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick. He created this training to keep his subordinates fit while doing their naval services in the remote areas of the world. This training focuses on developing one’s balance, flexibility, core stability, agility, and strength simultaneously. 

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What Can You Do If You’re Still Not Losing Weight On Your Regular Diet

The frustration of dieting is already quite intense, but there’s nothing quite comparable to that disappointment of preventing yourself from eating the things you love most and following a strict diet, only to step on the scale and realize you haven’t lost a single ounce!

Before you head to the fridge and gorge on everything inside, here are a few bad habits that could be affecting your weight loss and how you can fix them: 

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Men’s Health: Major Health Issues Men Face

men's health issues

The statistics regarding men’s health in the UK are shocking, to say the least. As reported by the Men’s Health Forum, 67% are either overweight or obese. Furthermore, one out of every five men dies before the age of 65 probably because they are more likely to:

  • Eat too much red meat and salt
  • Smoke a lot
  • Drink to dangerous levels due to which they have twice the chances of having liver disease as compared to women
  • Consume very little amount of vegetables and fruits.

In addition to all these factors, men are also found to be reluctant to visit the doctor until there is something very serious due to which they can develop certain illnesses and not know about them. This is why men are ahead of women in 14 out of 15 leading causes of death – the only exception is Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sneaky Ways to Keep Yourself Feeling Motivated to Hit the Gym

energy and motivation

Often, when you first start a new fitness program, the novelty of it, plus the fast results that often come at the beginning, can be enough to keep you pumped and motivated for every workout session. You are loving having a healthier lifestyle, enjoying the endorphin rush you get post-workout, and really noticing yourself getting stronger and leaner. However, as time goes on, and the newness of it all starts to fade, it can become easier to lose that drive to get out and work out as often as you should.

You may have already met your original goals, or hit a plateau. You may no longer find the surroundings of the gym as stimulating, as you’ve already spent a lot of time there. You may find yourself skipping sessions with only the smallest excuses, or putting in less effort when you’re there.

Happily, there are ways to keep the passion alive when it comes to your relationship with the gym; you just may need to employ some tactics that trick your own mind into getting enthusiastic about your training once more as your gym routine begins to become more of a mundane part of your life. 

Here are some ideas to keep motivated to hit the gym:

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8 Ways to Stay Active During Your First Year of Retirement

stay active in retirement

Congratulations! You’ve reached the age of retirement! This is such an exciting milestone in any person’s life. You’ve worked incredibly hard to get here and you should definitely celebrate this new stage of your life. It’s not time to give up fitness but it probably is time to branch out and try something new, so long as you’re staying active. New activities can come in the form of active and inactive, physical and cerebral, don’t limit yourself just because you’re retired.

It isn’t uncommon to find yourself wondering what you’re going to do after retirement. It can seem kind of daunting and if you’re feeling uncertain about it, it’s going to be ok. There are a ton of different things you can try and activities that you can do that will add fulfillment and enjoyment to your life. 

Here are eight great ways to stay active during your first year of retirement.

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Tips To Making Your First Smoked Barbecue

Barbeque parties are hit during summer, and even during spring when the sun is out. There are instances wherein smoked barbeque are served in these parties. But not everyone has the patience to sit through the entire process of smoking meat, even if the traditional form of barbeque is done by smoking. This is because the entire smoking process can take even up to twelve hours, wherein the meat is slowly cooked over low temperature, but if done correctly, the outcome is definitely worth “eat”.

smoked bbq

The technique of serving perfectly smoked meat can be mastered through three “P”s: practice, perseverance, and patience. So if you want to try smoking meat, follow these tips:

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How to Stay Motivated For Exercising In Your Home Gym

home gym crunches

You can always go do your thing somewhere outside, like in a park, or by a river, or up on a rooftop of an apartment complex, if you have access. However, some days going outside is not an option. Maybe the weather is horrible, or maybe people stare at you. Many folks report embarrassment as one of the biggest reasons why they hate going to a regular gym, and you can read all about these different mind blocks here.

So, a home gym might be the way to go! But in the comfiness of your own home, it can be really hard to keep your motivation up. So, we prepared some tips for you to help solve that issue!

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4 Outdoor Activities That Help Improve Mental Health

Outdoor activities

Whatever mental state you may be in, there is no shortage of benefits that you can get from being outdoors and doing short but rejuvenating exercises.

Exercise can give you that feeling of freedom and in play that most people who get that sense of being boxed in need every now and then. The simple act of getting out there and doing what’s good for you on a lovely day can energize you plenty.

Choose a doable one, something that you can easily insert into your daily routine. Go for the kind that you can ease into without having to put too much pressure on yourself to achieve it. Going to the gym may be a practical choice since you’re bound to find one nearby.

If you prefer to be on your own so you have all that time for yourself and for your thoughts, there are a couple of solo but equally fun activities you can try.

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Tips For Meeting Women At The Gym

Strength Woman

At Project Swole we don’t recommend actually using the gym to meet women. Most women who are training are there for a purpose, and that purpose is not to listen to your pathetic one-liners between reps. That being said, if you insist on trying to meet women at the gym, here at least are some tips to hopefully avoid getting your head smashed between two 45 lb plates by that Wonder Woman in the squat rack.

The gym is more than just a place to get a good workout – it is also potentially, a place to meet women. People who exercise regularly take pride in their appearance, meaning that most gyms are filled with attractive women. Even though trying to talk to a woman that you don’t know can be a bit intimidating, it is a lot easier than you might think.

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