Sunday, May 21, 2017

How To Have A Healthy Day

As Ice Cube said, "Today was a good day."

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

During the era of emotional grunge and decadent hip hop, came a song from Ice Cube about simplicity. The rock scene was full of sensitive male screamers lamenting over lives never living up to expectations. On the other end was hip hop and lives of excess — where anything other than excess was failure. These disparate perspectives on living is to be expected, when we have the haves and the have-nots. The haves regret never having enough, the have-nots aspire to have more.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Actors, Trainers, and Me

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

A lot of actors work as trainers because the job allows them more free time to audition. I train because it gives me more time to read and study my interests. And that study and curiosity informs everything I do, including my training.

Everything we do informs everything else we do, and every way we grow develops everything we do. And if people don't grow, it shows.

My name is Sam Yang. I'm a martial artist, entrepreneur, fitness nerd, information geek, and productivity nut. For more useful information, join my newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter. For more philosophical posts, check out Must Triumph

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Why Mindset for Health and Weight Loss

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

People ask me why mindset and philosophy are such important aspects of health and weight loss. Because they create your behaviors, and your behaviors, in part, create you. The actions you take or don't take, whether it be conscious or unconscious, affect your current self, and it does so in real time. The consequences don't exist only when you step on the scale, they continuously exist.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Subtract to Add

Subtract to Add Value to Your Life

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

It looks simple, but it's often not simple to do — such is the beauty of mastery. People want to believe the martial arts are simple yet they are not. Beating a bigger man is no easy task. Martial arts began as studies of the effortless actions of nature. Man mimicked these actions, recreating powerful movements until it took little effort — through practice. Techniques, approaches, and a lifetime of repetition was the path to understanding natural order and harmony. What does one do when they cannot distill a concept from a technique? Repeat it. Still unclear? Do a thousand more. Repeat it until it is clear. A meditation is not in sitting still, it's within the breaths between repetitions — it is moving while maintaining inner stillness.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

On Food Envy

("Ironic Gluttony" | Beckrns)
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Some Background on Weight Gain

When a human body harvests more energy into fat storage rather than oxidation, is when we have obesity. The problem is not as simple as controlling energy intake and expenditure (calories). Sometimes the body diverts more energy into fat cells, no matter how little energy we take in. Our hormonal responses to food can trigger such an event. Responses to food type and quantity varies from person to person. Sometimes the only difference is the severity of reaction. Some will gain an insignificant amount of weight, while others will gain a considerable amount of weight.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I Am Sam's Loser Mindset

How Thinking like a Loser Can Make You a Winner

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I'm going to tell you a story about what went through my mind during the finals of a competition, but frankly it's what goes through my mind during any intense situation. To boil everything I talk about down into one word, it would be "mindset." Mindset meaning: the established set of attitudes. The attitudes I hold are far from perfect, what they are is functional and productive for my personality.

Whether it's sports, public speaking, or any intense activity, we're told to think like a winner — to own the room and destroy our enemies! That's nice, but I'm only human. A lot of thoughts go through my head very quickly and I can't control them all. Sometimes I have to let go and think what I'm going to think and let it pass on its own. I will never be able to remove all doubts, and I have come to accept them as a part of myself, it's something that keeps me sharp and informed.

I have heard the most dominant champions of MMA say, their mindset before a fight is that of extreme fear and confidence. Not going back and forth between the two feelings, they feel both emotions at once. When they are too relaxed or have no doubts is when they feel complacent and buying into their own hype. Well, I don't know about extreme confidence, but I have the fear part down.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Do You Feel Better Now?

Do you feel better after watching George RR Martin kill everyone? Do you???

Does catharsis really work? Or is the idea you can exhaust misery doomed to begin with?

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

It takes a lot of creativity to be angry and miserable. I can't use up misery, I'll always have more. If you were to compare me to a pressure cooker; as pressure builds, I vent the pressure out, things calm down, and go back to normal. This makes sense symbolically, but it's a faulty comparison. I, as a sentient human being, am wonderfully more elaborate than a nonsentient device. If I were addicted to drugs, more drugs would only perpetuate more drug use. I wouldn't exhaust my want of it. It may temporarily relieve some anxiety, but it does not give me any long term solutions to keep me resilient. Writer and poet, Maya Angelou said, "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” With that same logic, you can't use up misery. The more you use, the more you have.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

UAP (Universal Athletic Position)

Life is experiential, and exercise should improve our capacity for experience and readiness for living.

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The difference between exercises that are mechanical and exercises that are functional may be as simple as whether they are using some variant of the universal athletic position. Sometimes referred simply as an athletic stance or ready position, it is a position used in nearly all physical activity. Like most children, I was not initially taught this position. It was self-taught through trial and error, in attempts to balance, walk, generate speed, and power. Participation in youth sporting activities only reinforced its importance. This primitive posture is universal in that, we have all done it — and this includes all other primates. It is the first upright position.

I as an able-bodied human being have four limbs connected to my torso. It is the seamless interplay and coordination of these drivers in relation to one another against gravity, where all my movement lie. From the universal athletic position is where sprinters generate their speed, football players make their power, where dancers draw their grace, and where fighters express their technique. It is the stance I adopt when leaping for my life or fleeing from danger.

And what does it mean to be athletic? Is it an identity? No. It is the physical quality of strength, fitness, and agility. Then by taking this stance, I am positioning myself to be athletic to the best of my ability.
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