Fitness/Health Advice & Tips #2: Take a Rest Day

Take  A Rest Day!

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Podcast: Fitness Advice/Tip #1

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Go at your own pace, the race against yourself is only a race to better yourself each day”  – Shay-lon Moss 

Motivation Before JULY 4TH

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Keep in mind:

  • Continue to stay on track with goals 
  • don’t give up
  • don’t forget to make mistakes, then be happy you can learn from it
  • remember every choice has a consequence (good and or bad)
  • Hold YOURSELF accountable 
  • Stay positive
  • Have Fun!

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! 

 

 

 

The Pistol Squat (exercise)

Thanks to a lovely blogger…

 

I am going to be speaking about the “Pistol squat”. Now before I begin, let me give you the run down on this particular exercise because I don’t want people going out and hurting themselves trying to be cool. This particular exercise I do not recommend to those that don’t have a proper two legged squat form/technique down, that have issues with their core strength, and don’t have much strength in their legs/thighs as well – this is an advanced movement. This is not an exercise to be taken lightly because it is difficult and requires a lot more out of you. There are a lot of things that go into being able to perform a pistol squat the right way without causing yourself injury. 

 

Pistol squats are an amazing exercise and one that always has people in the room in “Ahh”, it took me a LONG time to perform a “perfect” pistol squat because it isn’t something that everyone can go out and do tomorrow. It takes practice, balance, discipline, and strength (in multiple areas) and an idea on how to do it so that you don’t end up harming yourself. For those of you who are able to do it like myself, you probably found a way that helped you be able to perform it and have your own steps in what worked for you & the exercises you used in order to build on your weaknesses – which is great, as do I. 

 

For those of you who want to learn to do a pistol squat, well.. there is no easy way to go about it, and don’t expect to do it in like 15 minutes unless you are THAT skilled and if so, well I tip my hat off to you. I always found the easiest part of the pistol squat was the downward position and the hardest was getting back up on one foot – but some may disagree (this is okay). I am going to do my normal “step by step directions” that I would normally post for an exercise and then I am going to talk about what muscles this exercise effects, then end it with MY OWN tips on how to accomplish a pistol squat (WARNING: my tips sound ridiculous but they helped me and I don’t expect everyone to be the same, so they may help some and not others). 

 

How to: 

 
  1. From a standing position, raise one foot off the floor. Chest up, looking forward, knees and hips slightly bent, back straight (starting position)
  2. Descend into a squat flexing your hips and knee, while squatting, extend the non-working leg forward. You will want to descend slowly, paying attention to your balance, and body mechanics. You will flex as far as possible.
  3. Hold the bottom position briefly (2-5 seconds), then return to the starting position by extending through the hips and knee (driving through the heel of your working foot)
  4. Repeat for however many repetitions

What muscles am I working on:

  • Quads 
  • hips
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • core support – this is necessary in order to do this exercise (you need a strong core)

Important factors (keep these in mind):

  • Posture alignment is important when performing squats, even pistol squats (VERY important)
  • Balance is VERY important during this exercise (you can find ways to improve your balance)
  • Your arms will come into play when doing this exercise (they don’t just sit at your side)
  • advanced movement (first have your two legged squats down and strength in all the right places)
  • do this exercise on the ground before doing it on kettlebells and buildings, etc
  • If you have had any prior injuries or conditions that could hinder you, ask your doctor before performing this exercise. 

How Did I Learn to Pistol Squat?

  1. I started from the bottom. Literally. I would sit on the ground in the pistol squat position (with my hands holding my body up) for like 15-30 seconds for like 3-4 sets. This helped me to get the form down because I had issues with extending my leg because my knee would always want to bend when I would extend it (my legs are lame, don’t make fun of me) LOL (each leg)
  2. Then after being comfortable with step 1 (which took some time for me), I would again start from the bottom and push my self up using my arms/hands and then go back down slowly in that same position (this helped me to get used to pushing myself up on one leg) I still run into difficulties with this sometimes because it is harder and especially after you have done like 10 reps.. your legs get tired. LOL (each leg)
  3. Finally after being comfortable with step 2, I would then start from from the top and and slowly descend downward while extending my non-working leg. and do this for a number of sets and reps on each leg. 

After a while you get the movement down, I use my hands/arms sometimes to touch my toes while descending into the pistol squat position. This might be considered weird, but how I train myself is never normal. lol. I do things that work for me. before doing any of this, I obviously did strength exercises to strengthen my core and muscles that are needed. & worked on balance. With this all being said, mine are not always perfect (especially when I rush through them) , like today I fell on my butt when performing them because I lost balance and that will happen. I have been continuing working on them though because I want to get even better and start challenging myself with dumbbells, barbell and doing them on unstable surfaces. 

 

Hopefully all of this information has helped someone and will be helpful to others who want to learn how to perform them. Like I said, everyone learns differently, my way might not help you and that is okay, find what does. Good luck! and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Share, like, comment & follow me! 

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxooo

How to create good blog content as a fitness/health blogger

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Blogger Recognition Award -2017

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Being nominated for this award was totally unexpected and super awesome! Thank you https://beautifulgraciousandgood.wordpress.com/ for nominating me. Make sure to check out her blog page, I have only just recently starting following her and she has a great blog page that highlights her life and some fitness things that might be of interest to some of you who are interested in her own journey 🙂

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated
    them and provide the link to the post you created.

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I created this blog in 2015 in order to talk about fitness/health and how it relates to my life and then decided to take it one notch further and made it more of a informative blog along with some highly debatable topics to get people talking about it. I hope in the near future to integrate more things to this blog and make it my own personal website that continues to fill people’s lives with motivation and some type of inspiration.

My advice to new bloggers would be…

  1. Expand, read other things outside of your own niche. This is the best way to meet people and to learn.
  2. Don’t write to make money, write to share something, people will appreciate it more.

Here are the 15 bloggers that I have nominated:

  1. https://raynotbradbury.com/
  2. https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/
  3. https://foodnutritionfitness.wordpress.com/
  4. https://thehangryrunner.wordpress.com/
  5. https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/
  6. https://naftalichirchir.wordpress.com/
  7. https://shereenabadu.wordpress.com/
  8. https://ajibolasunday.wordpress.com/
  9. http://www.christiansweightsuccess.net/
  10. https://getridefit.wordpress.com/
  11. https://yournoviceappreviewer.wordpress.com/
  12. https://cookyourselfslim.net/
  13. https://elizabethfredrickson.com/
  14. https://gitfitsite.wordpress.com/
  15. https://fitrecovery.wordpress.com/

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