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Start changing your life for the better, and make healthy living a part of your overall lifestyle.

Start changing your life for the better, and make healthy living a part of your overall lifestyle.

Exercise and dieting is just one facet of making a lifestyle change.

When you start exchanging bad habits for good ones, you are inevitably on the right path to a positive lifestyle change, and in turn, other areas of your life may find themselves changing for the better too! That’s just part of the natural progression of being healthy overall.

Dieting and exercise is a must, in our opinions, to kick start the gears of a lifestyle change. We wanted to write about a pretty decent article which lists 10 Easy Steps Towards a Healthy Lifestyle.

Gone Liftin’ has written articles on diets and articles about exercising.

And ya know what? We hope you read them all attentively! But what we wanted to do here is write a basic, laid-back article about some easy methods and ways of incorporating positivity into a lifestyle change for the better. Continue Reading…

Do not use the scale as your only determining factor for tracking progress.

Do not use the scale as your only determining factor for tracking progress.

When someone begins dieting and working out, the thing they do most besides going to the gym and preparing their meals, is weighing themselves.

Why wouldn’t they? You’re working hard to change your body, and you certainly want to get some sort of positive feedback if all your hours of sweat and tears are actually yielding results.

Did you know that the scale really isn’t the end-all-be-all of tracking your progress of body composition changes? Well, if ya didn’t, now you do! Don’t get me wrong here, obviously you want a scale handy so that you can see how much weight you are dropping and how fast. But sometimes the scale can cause discouragement, as normal fluctuations in weight are not only inevitable, but expected! Continue Reading…

Patience is a vital ingredient in the big recipe of success!

Patience is a vital ingredient in the big recipe of success!

All of us who are in the iron / fitness game are looking to be the best we can be. That’s a great mentality to have, obviously.

However, some of us try and go balls-to-the-wall too hard and too quick without realizing we are doing more harm than good. Enter the virtue of patience. Without proper patience and planning, it is far too easy to overtrain, get injured, get lost in one’s own head, etc.

It Can Take Months Or Years To Become An Overnight Success

We MUST be patient in order to be successful in our given field / activity. Patience is not to be overlooked, as it is the key intangible ingredient to enhance the tangible ingredients in our plans. Continue Reading…

Change isn't easy. Start with something small that you know you can stick with, and build from there.

Change isn’t easy. Start with something small that you know you can stick with, and build from there.

More often than not, when someone undergoes the urge to change the way they look, along with their lifestyle, an elitist mentality is usually incorporated. That basically means, “I’m going to do this and no temptation can stop me. I will do whatever it takes.”

That’s fantastic for those that have no problems sticking to their convictions, but, let’s face it, not everyone has this trait.

Sometimes, going all out 100% is not an option.

That is no excuse, however, to do 100% of nothing. Start with changing just one small thing that you know can keep up with, and go from there. Doesn’t even matter what that thing is, just as long as you turn a bad habit into a good one.

Add a walk to your routine. Add a couple days of gym time. Remove certain unhealthy foods from your diet. Remove sugar. Take a cycling class twice a week. Whatever you want to change that you think will better your body composition, change it now! Continue Reading…

Make sure to balance all the areas of athletic development, to become a well rounded athlete.

Make sure to balance all the areas of athletic development, to become a well rounded athlete.

Let’s clear things up first and foremost: just because you are a bodybuilder, for example, does not make you an “athlete,” by definition.

Having athleticism is not merely about being big and strong. You may look better than certain athletes, and be bigger, and be stronger, but that does not equate to being athletic. Athleticism isn’t just about being big and strong.

There is a very, VERY strong article that the geniuses over at T-Nation.com recently wrote about…

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Athleticism requires movement quality, coordination, strength, and speed – in that order.
  • It’s a lot easier to pack on size and strength if you’re flexible and move well.
  • Focus only on movements that have the highest carryover to other things.

When it comes to athleticism, the general adage is that you will be forced to give up on a certain aspect of development, to prioritize another area for your given sport or activity. With athletics, unfortunately, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

Your Sport Takes Priority When Training

Let’s take boxing for example: in order to be a successful fighter, you need to box. You need to spar, you need to hit the heavy bag, you need to work the mitts with a trainer, and so on and so forth.

Weight lifting can be good for boxing too, obviously, but it is not a staple and it does not take priority over boxing specific training. That is what we mean by having to give up one aspect of training to focus on a more “important” one. And note, I say important loosely, because when it comes to athleticism, EVERYTHING is important! Continue Reading…

Make sure to incorporate the proper type of streching into your routine.

Make sure to incorporate the proper type of streching into your routine.

When looking up this article about stretching, the obvious question is:

I’ve gotten into the habit of walking into the gym and beginning my workout without warming up. Should I stretch or warm up? What’s the best practice?

Should I stretch? How often should I stretch? What kind of stretching should I do?

The idea of stretching is to elongate the muscle and get your muscles “warmed up,” in a sense, before some sort of physical activity. There are many different schools of thoughts on stretching. Some live by it, some don’t utilize it at all. As most of you know surely know, there is more than one way of stretching.

Usually, when the average Joe hears stretching, they think they are going to sit or stand just hold a certain stretch position for a pre-determined amount of time. That’s cool and all but that isn’t the only, or even the most effective, way of stretching the muscles. Continue Reading…

Smoking marijuana may actually have some benefits for those that workout hard.

Smoking marijuana may actually have some benefits for those that workout hard.

Ganja

Everyone knows what it is. Very few people actually don’t smoke it. Those that don’t, well, that’s there prerogative. In this day and age of 2013, it’s pretty silly to say that weed poses any sorts of risks or dangers to your health.

Please note, I am not condoning the use of smoking marijuana, or saying that it’s OK to do so, but I think you get my drift. Basically, we are of the opinion that weed is harmless…because…well…it is!

But this isn’t a debate about weed. This is more about whether or not weed can positively or negatively affect your athletic performance.

In this The Benefits of smoking Marijuana on Bodybuilding and Fitness article –

One of the major benefits associated with medicinal marijuana use is the relief of chronic or neuropathic pain. A study published in February 2009 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology examined the effect of medical marijuana treatment in HIV patients who experience neuropathic pain. In this study, Dr. Ellis and colleagues found that 46 percent of patients administered medical marijuana experienced at least a 30 percent reduction in pain. In contrast, only 18 percent of patients administered placebo achieved similar results.

That’s one piece of vital information for you. Marijuana does cause some sort of pain relief, so there is a case to be made.

But how else would ganja help you with your fitness levels? Continue Reading…

Don't be so afraid of artificial sweeteners! But, do choose wisely and keep it moderate

Don’t be so afraid of artificial sweeteners! But, do choose wisely and keep it moderate

Artificial sweeteners have been getting a bad rap for many years. Why? My guess would be that it gives the media more ammo to scare the mostly clueless masses. The truth is artificial sweeteners are really not that bad for you.

Debunking old myths is getting to be a full-time job for Gone Liftin’. It is surprising how many people still are afraid of using artificial sweeteners.

So what are some artificial sweeteners? Well, there’s a bunch of them. There’s saccharin. Studies back in the day were linked to bladder cancer, but more updated studies have debunked that stigma.

Then we have aspartame, which is probably the most commonly used artifical sweetener for most peeps. Aspartame was being accused of causing brain tumors, based on lab rat studies. Of course, later, it was discovered that the amounts given to those rats would be the equivalent of humans consuming inordinant amounts. Continue Reading…