Ok guys, I’m all for being healthy (preached not practiced) and trying to keep yourself in whatever shape you choose, but there are a few things to watch out for.  Of which are the crazy “bootcamp” exercises and of course, the protein calorie blasts (ya know, the powder stuff that tastes like strawberry drywall).  While the pursuit of good health should be encouraged, there are a few things out there that boast results without regard to what happens, well, after.

This is kind of representative of myself… while I never quite made it to step too there, I came to realize the detrimental health effects of trying to do hardcore type exercise with the powder junk were way too high for my tastes.

See, a lot of those “beef out now” and “bootcamp” type exercises are extremely high impact.  This means that they can really injure your joints, and with me at least, it totally hurt the heck out of my knees… so that was the end of that.  The better solution would have been to take the weights a little easier and just focused on low impact type routines.

And don’t get me started on that powder… uhg!  While it’s alright on paper, ya know, the more you work out the more protein/calories you need, thus it helps… The issue starts because it’s an unnatural imbalance of nutrients.  Which, as we all know, it’s all about balance.  But while I was taking in ridiculous amounts of this putrid powder, I did some research and it turns out the stuff is very harsh on your body.  As in, it can harm your kidney and liver kind of bad.  Sooo… I decided to pull the plug on that one!

So what can ya do?  Well, probably cardio is like the best thing ever!  Low impact and keep the heart rate up for half an hour and you’re good to go!  Sure, if you want to look a specific way it will take different variations of other techniques, but just be sure to do the research, because I for one don’t want to sacrifice longevity and my joints just so I can make my pecks dance.

Moral of the story, stay healthy and do your research!  Also “no pain no gain” works only for the short term… just sayin… you can work hard without it causing damage.