Answering Yahoo's Fitness Questions

Answering Yahoo's Fitness Questions

I may not have all the answers, but I have a few

While I am by no means an expert on it, I like to think I know a little bit about fitness and exercise, as someone who spends a lot of his day thinking about it. Due to this, I decided to copy and paste some questions from Yahoo Answers about fitness, and answer them myself.

“Good exercises to lose weight without gym equipment?”

First thing first, exercise isn’t everything. Fitness really is 75% diet, 25% exercise. So get your diet straight. To focus on your question, the first exercise I would do more of is running. Running is a great exercise; it burns a lot of calories and can be done basically anywhere. The second thing I would incorporate a lot of is pushups. Pushups are great for the shoulders, abs, back, chest, so it is a must. Furthermore there is tons of great workout programs you can find that don’t require equipment, often referred to as bodyweight workout plans. Additionally if you are willing to make the investment, and it’s a small one, having a pull-up bar is a great piece of equipment and expands the amount of abilities you can do tenfold.

“Is it true that when fat kids and teenagers grow up their fat turns to muscle and they become like the rock?”

No, this is not true. Fat stays as fat, Muscle stays as muscle.

“Is 19 too late to begin work out, make shape and enjoying sports for long life?”

Absolutely not. I firmly believe anyone can get into shape at any age. If you work hard, you can make substantial progress in no time. I didn’t get serious about my body till I was roughly 18. It’s only been a year since then and I am still amazed by the progress that one can make in a year.

"What a good diet plan for beginners?"

I cannot recommend Novak Djokovic’s plan enough. It’s an excellent plan, tastes great, and is easy to follow. It can be found in his book Serve to Win. It lays everything out for your for the first two weeks, and after that gifts you guidelines to follow. Also to paraphrase fitness guru Jeff Cavaliere, “ Don’t think of it as a diet, think of it as a nutrition plan. Diets are overly restrictive and have an end point, nutrition is a fundamental change to your life to better yourself, with no end goal”.

“How can I lose my belly fat ?”

It’s the biggest myth out there that you can lose just belly fat. Targeted fat loss in one place is physically impossible. If you want to lose belly fat, you’re going to have to loose fat all over. To do this you need to figure out how much calories you expend in a day (your TDEE), and eat less than that. This will allow you to burn fat all over. Belly fat will probably leave your body last, as it is a general rule that the first fat to be on your body leaves it last.

“Does eating meat help you gain muscle?”

Yes. Meat has protein. Protein helps rebuild muscles, thus making them bigger. More protein, more muscle. However, just eating the meat isn’t enough, you need to workout in order to breakdown muscle so it can get bigger.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Take The Time To Pronounce Names Correctly, They Mean A Lot

What's in a name? Plenty.


Names are often one of the first labels we get. It often makes us who we are and is deeply embedded in our sense of self. It's the word the world knows you as. Many people change their names to make them feel more like themselves. This speaks volumes to the effect a name has on you.

A name is a word like any other, just used to label someone. Like any other word, saying the word properly is important, especially because it is tied so closely to someone's sense of self.

Butchering someone's name consistently is simply unacceptable. Sure some names may be harder to pronounce and may seem unnatural but not trying is not okay. If you can get names like Stravinsky and Chmerkovskiy, a Nandini, Radhika, or Namrata shouldn't be too hard.

For some reason, it often seems like people have a hard time pronouncing names of people of color, which honestly seems a little odd to me considering many caucasian names are just as unconventional.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj recently appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and addressed this issue. He pointed out that no one has an issue with the name Ansel Elgort, but they seem to have an issue with his name. Later, he joked that he goes by the name Timothée Chalamet at Starbucks, which they can handle just fine.

Mistakes are okay. We're all human and you're not expected to get everything correct on the first try. But simply accepting that you can't say it and not making an effort is disrespectful.

You don't need to say the name in the accent of the culture it's from. Say it in your accent but like any other word, keep the same number of syllables and put an emphasis on the correct vowels. Eventually, getting it will expand your horizons just a little bit more. Either way, trying is better than not trying.

That being said, to the people that need to correct others' pronunciation on their name, do it. If you don't tell people how to pronounce it, you can't expect them to get it properly. Many of us introduce ourselves with a name that isn't truly ours; it's a version that accommodates others.

Remember though, there is no shame in your beautiful, unique name so there is no need to anglicize it. Your parents didn't give you that name for it to fit better in other people's mouths.

Our names make up a large part of our basic identity and getting it right is beneficial for everyone.

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