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**This journal entry was originally scheduled for before Memorial Day. Despite its latency, the content below is still relevant and you can apply it next year at Memorial Day - and for parts of it - perhaps even during the Fourth of July or Veteran’s Day next November to honor Veterans and their service to the Nation.**
This weekend in the United States is not about barbecuing, boating, water skiing, or fishing. This weekend is about Honor and Remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. This weekend is about honoring those who have died for the United States of America.
There are several things that you can do, small things - simple things:
This year, I wanted to honor LTC Jason Good, one of my former bosses who made a tremendous impact on me as a young officer in the Army. In February, Jason died far too young and left behind a beautiful wife and two children.
On most Memorial days, Jason would do the Cross Fit Hero WOD “Murph” to honor those who had fallen in the name of freedom. So this year, I wanted to do it because Jason no longer could.
(Murph is comprised of: Running 1 mile, completing 300 squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups and then running another mile. It’s brutal.)
I wrote a training plan and completed “Murph” for time with my 20# vest on. I did it in 43:38, which is a pretty solid time, but it wasn’t about the time. It was about the effort that I put into training for “Murph,” and the effort I gave when I did it for time.
And remember how I wrote several months back about what to do with your ‘leftover’ fitness? Well, you know what I did? I did “Murph” again - this time with no vest. I did it with a friend yesterday - and it was awesome. On Wednesday, I’ll do it at work - again.
This Memorial Day, take time to honor those who have fallen in the cause of freedom. There are a lot of ways you can do this - and I’ve listed a few above - but just take the time to do it. You’ll walk away from it more grateful for your freedom and the time that you are spending with your family and friends.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but above all - remember why you are enjoying the day off.
Train hard. Train smart.
Lieutenant Colonel Ed Arntson (I got promoted last month!)
One of the founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is known for his statement: “knowledge is power.” We agree with this statement, which is why we devote so much time and effort to helping YOU gain the knowledge you need to achieve greater control of your overall health.
Today we’re going to discuss two of the most common, destructive conditions that the human body is subjected to: Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
And not only are we going to explain WHAT they are (in understandable terms), but we’re going to explain the hidden link between these two conditions and provide you with some effective, doctor-proven advice as to how to avoid and treat them.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the CDC, approximately 40% of adults in the USA suffer from obesity, and this number has been on the rise over the last several decades. According to a recent study, obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the USA.
When you put numbers to that, we are talking about over 70 million Americans – and another 99 million who are overweight, possibly on the path to becoming obese. Over $100 billion is spent each year on healthcare for obesity-related health conditions.
This is, by far, one of the most significant factors in American health today.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.