500 published post milestone!

Hey!

I have made it to 500 published post on my blog & wow does it seem like it has taken me forever, well technically it has. I has taken me less than 2 years and I feel like I could have went a little further, but hey! I didn’t realize how serious I would end up making blogging. I am proud of myself and others who are at this point or surpassing this point! #cheers and thank you for being awesome subscribers and followers, I appreciate all of you! looking forward to many more long nights up writing and posting & early mornings full of busy, busy on the wordpress! 

Shay-lon xxoo

Handstands (Exercise)

The biggest thing happening on social media right now.. & people are gasping over anyone who can perform a handstand (let alone a handstand push up). So what makes this movement so cool, well probably because it is an advanced movement and NOT everyone can perform it, but it is something that a person can practice at and hopefully get better. Some people have been known to do different varieties of handstands but for the moment being we will discuss the standard one (but be on the lookout for more blog post on the other types). 

 

I will be completely honest when I tell you that the last time I attempted a handstand was during CrossFit for our WOD and while I took the easy way around it (walking myself up the wall from the ground up) I haven’t yet tried doing a handstand on my own or by running toward a wall.. but something tells me this is an area I would be weaker in. There are many ways to work yourself up to a handstand BUT this post doesn’t go over that (saving that for another discussion) but this one will instead go over the benefits these athletes are receiving from being able to do handstands and the muscles used in order to be strong enough to hold your bodyweight. 

 

Why Should I Be Doing Handstands?

 
  • Weight bearing exercise – strengthens the bones
  • aids bone health in shoulders, arms, and wrist
  • beneficial for the spine (spinal stabilization)
  • stimulates endocrine system
  • builds upper body strength
  • Many yoga circles consider it a way to relieve minor stress and/or depression
  • improves grip strength
  • builds shoulder stability
  • improves athleticism – let’s be honest, when you view someone doing a handstand, the majority of times they are considered athletic. 
  • possible improved balance

Why Do You Handstand? – Leave answer in the comment section. 

 

What Muscles will be benefiting from a handstand?

  • Shoulder & chest muscles (medial & anterior deltoid) 
  • pectoralis major and minor
  • back muscles
  • arms
  • wrist
  • legs
  • stretches the core muscles

So as you can tell, it is beneficial and uses many muscles (and some I didn’t even list). Don’t fret if you can’t do one, because I will be making a blog post on how to properly do a handstand with and without the wall and will be posting some exercises you can do beforehand and during so that you can improve your handstand. In the meantime, if you have or had any back, neck, shoulder or back injuries – make sure to seek a doctor’s guidance before performing this exercise. 

 

How many of you can perform a proper handstand? How long did it take you before you could do a handstand? Can you do it with and without the use of the wall? How long can you hold your handstand for? Let me know in the comments and share this post with your peers! 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Supplement Review|BCAAs (Amino Acids)|Metabolic Nutrition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBFTHqrt5_g

I did review today on an amino acid supplement from Metabolic Nutrition, I have give you my opinion, the nutritional facts, ratings, and give you the ‘how to’ use it and for what kind of training! make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, I have plenty more where this came from! 

The Medical Tag

Thank you doctorinspe for tagging me. This same blogger is the one who came up with this tag in the first place. I am so happy that someone decided to get creative and make their own tag representing their studies – please feel free to check their blog out, it would be awesome if more medical student/professionals would get involved with this tag as well:)

The Questions:

Who are you and where do you study? Good question, I am Shay-lon Moss. I currently study at home, as I have graduated in college and working on getting a certification in a career path I want to do. I may decide to attend college again in the future but taking it one step at a time for now. 

When did you start studying medicine or pre-med courses? Well let’s see when I first started college was after high school, I was going for allied health and venturing into physical therapy for awhile. When I moved back to Ohio, I continued to study physical therapy but then switched my major after reviewing how long it would take for me to be accepted into the physical therapy program (figured I would graduate in something else first and if I wanted to then go back to school for physical therapy, I could and also be working in a field that I want to work in making more money. I ended up graduating in exercise science. 

What made you choose this medical field? It was a plan B to be honest, something I had to prepare myself for in case I didn’t make into the physical therapy program. 

How did you come up with your blog name/username? Let’s be honest, it is generic, no thought into it. I honestly just went with the recommendation because I didn’t really know what to name my blog at the time. Although I will be changing my domain name soon! 

How would you describe your blog? My blog is my personality. It establishes humor when necessary, kind words of inspiration to make someone’s day, and teaches people (something I enjoy doing) in my field. 

What’s your favorite quote?: “Well, what’s up doc?” – Bugs Bunny. Jk. I normally make my own quotes and forget about them down the road, here is one I made up that I like.. “being smart doesn’t mean you know it all” – Shay-lon Moss

Best memory in medical school? The time I never went  to medical school. 

What’s one course you struggled with? Anything that had to do with math, I struggled in EVERY math class, no lie.

What’s your favorite book? Hm, this is tough because I know I have read some good books throughout my life, but can’t think of any off the top of my head right now. 

What do you do in your free time? What free time?! LOL. I like to watch movies or catch up on my series, cooking, going for walks/hiking, traveling to new places (whether in town or outside of town), trying new restaurants, playing video games, playing cards/board games, finding new hobbies because I need some. 

What do you want to major or specialize in? Personal training – more specifically possibly athletes and both men and women. I haven’t thought about what specialty I want yet, but this is necessary if I want to stand out among other trainers. I have given thought to possible strength and conditioning coach as well, so the world can lead me anywhere, I am open to different paths for myself 😀

Who do you look up to? Anyone who has be significant in my life or did something significant for the world. 

How do you study (productively)? Right now I am using notecards I made. They have been helping, my problem is I get distracted when studying so now I have to have my phone on silent and have my TV off and no music and have a quiet place to really focus, and not to mention when my hands are moving (writing something down) I do a better job of studying. 

How do you stay motivated in medical school? Make goals for after med school. 

What are your best tips for future medical students? Drinks tons of caffeine, make friends with the smart kids, never go to parties, work less hours, make huge sacrifices, live with your parents, eat mac and cheese/ramen noodles to save money (PB &J sandwiches for the most amount of saving), wear glasses so smart kids will think you are smart, read more books, raise your hand in class and participate, arrive to class 30 minutes earlier to get the best seat, eat breakfast,  stay away from alcohol, listen to Beethoven while studying, join study groups, take extra credit (even when you don’t need it), take good notes, buy your textbooks, invest in highlighters, be better at math than myself, don’t date anyone – can cause stress & we don’t want that. LOL, tell your siblings to stay out of your bedroom while you are studying, invest into a laptop, take naps, stay up late studying, wake up the first time your alarm goes off, use your computer lab when necessary, score high on SATs/ACTs, take internship programs, don’t be a jackass to your professor – it could cost you your grade, don’t sleep with your married professor to pass the class – it doesn’t make you cool, tell your boss at work you want weekends off to study if possible, do some meditation to clear your mind, drink plenty of water, have a counselor on speed dial in case you get overwhelmed and have a nervous breakdown, don’t get sick, hold your pee during class so you don’t miss anything the professor said, wear comfortable clothing, make friends with the school librarian, & MOST IMPORTANTLY – DON’T FLUNK OUT OF MED SCHOOL 😀 good luck! 

If you are a medical blog, it is your turn to do this tag, and let me know, so I can read it! 

 

 

 

Energy Drinks|Are They Bad For You?

Hey bloggers,

This post will be quite simple and to the point. I am not a doctor or nutritionist, so to tell you how many energy drinks to consume would be wrong and to tell make those of you who drink them quit would also be wrong. This post is simply to give you some information that maybe you know or didn’t know about consuming energy drinks , mostly cons of course because there are not a lot of pros when it comes to energy drinks and fitness/health. 

 

How many of you consume an energy drink daily? what kinds do you like? why do you consume them? do you prefer them over drinking a can of pop? Do any of you consume them before your workout? – let me know in the comment section! 

 

Some of us like our coffee, some of us love our pop and some of us will smash an energy drink more than 2 twice in a day, we all have our go to beverages, many of them for keeping us awake and giving us some kind of “needed energy” to make it through our day. Nonetheless, is it working out for us okay? I don’t particularly drink energy drinks (never have been one to rely on beverages for energy or to stay awake) so I am not sure if they actually work , or if it is an individual basis, BUT I do know some things people should keep in mind when consuming these beverages. 

 
 
  • Caffeine and other stimulants that are added to energy drinks can boost heart rate and blood pressure  – this could lead to death if consuming too many. 
  • Some companies have added alcohol in their energy drinks, studies have shown that it can lead to possibly dependence on alcohol (especially younger people who consume more energy drinks throughout the day)
  • The drinks can disrupt the balance of salts in our bodies, which can lead to ‘arrhythmia’
  • Some studies have said that consuming energy drinks can lead to more drug use of pain killers (stimulants) – this something they are doing more research on. 
  • Excessive levels of caffeine can impair cognition. 
  • Niacin is a main ingredient in many energy drinks & is known to cause dizziness and rapid heart rate.
  • Can be addicting – like many other things in life (which is not good for the health overall)
  • Drinking too many energy drinks can cause insomnia – making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Some people can jitters & anxiety from drinking energy drinks

So these are a list of things you may want to keep in mind when choosing to drink an energy drink and how many you decide to consume. There are tons of studies that have been going on in order to determine other ways energy drinks effect the body and mind. It would be a good idea to do some extra research on your own time as well and open your mind to other alternatives so that you don’t consume too many in a day. Thank you for reading, please share, like, comment and follow my blog!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxo

 

Pre-Workout Supplement|Review|YouTube Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muZcP8IA6Ts

Today I did a review on a pre-workout supplement by the name of “Razor blast powder” (I had never heard of it) but got this supplement free from the Arnold Classic. 

I will continue to do reviews next week on other supplements/products so be on the lookout!