A day in the life by the man with jumping higher

This page is simply a snapshot of a single day of my life – yesterday. More specifically, it details what I did to increase my vertical jump. This was a ‘work’ day for me (as opposed to a ‘rest’ day). I will break this up into two sections: first my workout and secondly my diet.

For my morning workout, I only did 3 exercises. I like to vary my routine day-to-day and generally only do each exercise once a week to allow for proper recovery. I started off with ten minutes of jumping rope. Nothing fancy, just ten minutes of great jumping work.

Second, I did ten minutes of work with my jump box. I will try to get some information up on how I made my jump box and the exercises I do with it. It’s a great tool to increase your vertical and jump higher.

And finally, I moved on to squats with free weights. The first set being a warm up set at a very light weight. The second and third sets consisted of the most weight I could handle for 8 repetitions. Sometimes I only make it to 6! The important part, for me, is making sure I physically cannot perform another rep.

On to my diet. Again, this changes day-to-day, but this is what I had yesterday. Breakfast was 5 raw eggs and a green smoothie (1/2 head of romaine, 1/3 cucumber, 1 carrot, 2 sticks of celery, and a bit of filtered water). For an early lunch, I had about 2 cups of whole milk (raw – as in straight from the udder) mixed with chocolate whey protein powder. My next meal was I had roughly 8 ounces of organic chicken and a healthy serving of guacamole with raw food chips. Dinner was a little over 2 cups of chili with bison meat. An hour before bed, I had 1/4 cup of almonds and a hunk of cheddar cheese. Also, throughout the day, I drank a bunch of filtered water. I believe my diet is just as important at advancing my vertical jump as the workout part.

I hope to post more of these, ‘day in the life’ posts in the future to give everyone a glimpse at what I am doing and have done to condition my body to jump higher.

Stop Smoking Now

Whether you are using Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Hypnosis or just Cold Turkey, these strategies and hints are for aiding you to stop smoking and are sure to assist you in helping your neurology change and thus enable you to quit smoking with ease.

When people smoke, more than half of what they breathe is fresh air – pulled through the cigarette right down into the lungs.
Next, think now of all the reasons you don’t like smoking, the reasons that it’s bad and the reasons you want to stop smoking (Link here: Nicotine Overdose Symptoms | Health Guide HQ).
I want you recall 4 times when you thought to yourself “I’ve gotta quit”, or that you felt disgusted about smoking. Take a moment now to come up with 4 different times that you felt that you have to quit or were disgusted by smoking.
Have a think to yourself about the consequences of you not quit smoking now, if you just carry on and on. Imagine it, what will happen if you carry on smoking. Imagine yourself in 6 months time, a years time, even 5 years time if you do not quit smoking now. Next, imagine how much better is your life going to be when you stop smoking. Really imagine it’s months from now and you successfully stopped. In your mind, imagine stepping in to that non-smoking version of you and feel how it feels to be a non-smoker.
Smokers are accustomed to smoking in certain situations. Throw away ashtrays, old lighters and anything that you used to associate with smoking. Make your environment conducive to stopping smoking.
When you stop the body goes through a big change. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (ideally bottled) to help wash out your system.
Allow yourself to fully remember now a time when you felt very deep ecstasy, pleasure or bliss, right now. Okay, stop and relax. Go ahead do that now, squeeze thumb and finger and remember that good feeling.
Your commitment to stopping smoking for the rest of your life can be made much easier by talking about it to friends and family and letting them support you. You really did quit.
Some people talk themselves into smoking, especially if they encounter a stressful situation and in the past they used to deal with it by smoking. If those old thoughts pop into your head, shout the word “STOP” in your head, to stop the thoughts from progressing. So say “STOP” and steer clear of old slippery slopes.

Keep on using your brain, stretching it and helping your self, running through these exercises time after time; you are sure to be able to make it easier and easier and successfully stop smoking for good.

Pinched Nerve In Foot

Similar and different to your pinch nerve in neck and shoulder,back or others expcept foot, a tumor formed in the intermetatarsal spaces of lesser toes, occuring mostly in middle aged women (78 %), causing painful burning and tingling sensation in the spaces between two affected toes are symptoms for Morton’s neuroma or plantar/ intermetatarsal neuroma. Rather than a true tumor, it is considered as the formation of fibrous tissues around nerve tissues. This condition was first correctly described by Durlacher, a chiropodist, in 1845. The condition is formed by compression of the nerves, most commonly in the 3rd (80-85%) intermetatarsal space and less commonly in the 2nd (15-20%). The pain felt is a shooting pain in between the two affected toes. In some cases the pain may be felt in the toes or may even radiate upto the leg. Pain generally reduces when shoes are not worn, and is worsened on wearing tight or high-heeled shoes as these increases the pressures on the intertarsal spaces. However, in some patients morton’s neuroma is asymptomatic and is diagonosed by Bone Scan or MRI Scan.

For its treatment while nerve pinching, Morton’s neuroma surgery called neurectomy should be considered a proper option if several non-operative treatment for the disease, like injecting Orthotics and Corticosteroids, wearing wider shoes or inserting something in them, thus reducing pressure, fails; or if typical symptoms last for more than 6months. But neurectomy is not suitable for patients with bad circulatory status, diabetes mellitus, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Neurectomy has a success rate of 80%, resulting in scar tissue/ stump-neuroma formation and thus return of neuroma symptoms post-surgery, in the rest 20% cases. Cryogenic neuroablation or destruction of the axons that carry painful impulses, by application of extremely low temperatures of -50 to -70degrees centigrade, is also an alternative.

The surgical procedure of the Morton s neuroma surgery involves incising between the two affected toes to expose the neuroma, identifying the Common Digital nerve and following it to the appropriate Digital nerve of the affected toe, separating it from the neuroma which occurs around it, then dissecting it free and excising it. The wound is then closed with absorbable suture. Patients can go home the same day, with Compressive Dressings, that is to be worn for 2weeks. Stiches are removed after around 10days; after that patients can start wearing broad and loose shoes. Since the stitches are not on the underside of the foot, pain is not felt while walking. In the history of medical science this kind of stich is very helpful.

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