So have you heard that working out won’t help you reach your goals?
Wait, WHAT??? Did I hear that correctly? Yes, it’s been said numerous times and In a new book called The Cure For Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness, Timothy Caulfield summarizes the data on fitness and exercise, and takes apart some of the common myths associated it.
If exercising alone could produce weight loss, we’d be a whole lot skinnier as a nation and those “success” stories would be far more common.
In general, and in the long run, as Caulfield notes, “The data simply does not support the use of exercise as a primary tool for getting thin.” Here’s Caulfield quoting Todd Miller, professor in the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University: “People don’t understand that it is very difficult to exercise enough to lose weight. If that is why you are doing it, you are going to fail”.
This can’t be good news for the fitness industry, can it?
Let me clarify that exercise is my passion. I will not stop; as long as I can continue moving my body and breathing. But, does it help me reach all of my fitness goals, if done alone?
Simple answer to that is a resounding, “NO”!
Why? In basic terms, most people go into a new fitness plan with excitement and motivation and high expectations. (think back to that packed gym room or Zumba class at the beginning of the New Year) What they don’t take into account is HOW to actually achieve it. There is a science to it and just simply “moving more”; won’t get your weight to drop as much as you hope.
What must happen, instead, is the practice of good nutrition, water intake, rest AND a well devised fitness program based on your goals and level. If you haven’t ever exercised since you played soccer in sixth grade; I would never ask you to take on an extreme fitness program such as, Insanity or P90X. These workouts get a bad rap due to the fact that complete beginners purchase them in hoping they can achieve similar success goals as seen in the infomercials.
NOT! The better suggestion is to begin with a basic approach and build as you get stronger and better. I would suggest simple walking for 30 minutes daily and a good nutrition plan; along with some basic supplementation to bridge the gaps in your diet. From that point; you could start to add strength training and yoga/stretching to build the platform in your complete training plan. Power 90 and Hip Hop Abs are better starting plans before you hit the extreme graduate programs.
Without a plan, you cannot hit a target. You are just throwing darts and arrows all around the room; with your eyes closed, hoping to hit a target somewhere. It won’t happen. You will be discouraged and quit. Or if you had invested in a program that doesn’t suit your current level or goals; you will become defeated and give up. What will the reason be in your opinion? That it just doesn’t work. You aren’t strong/good/focused/etc enough to succeed.
We know that this is completely FALSE!!! You CAN achieve any goal or dream you desire if you have the proper goals in mind; the determination or “WHY” you want to reach those goals (and these must be meaningful enough to get your butt off the couch when you are tired and lazy and don’t want to) and the ideal planning.
Is it easy to do? Sure! It’s also very easy NOT to do if you have failed at it before or just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s where a trainer/coach/mentor/friend/etc can come into play and guide you towards your success. Choose wisely and ask a lot of questions before deciding on the best fit for you. Also, make sure there is a guarantee on your satisfaction before you enter/sign-up.
Are you more aware of the importance now of exercise? Do you feel you can start a program now and achieve your results? If you need motivation and guidance and some help along the journey; please send me a message to find out how I can better help you.
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.”
– Sasha Azevedo
Resources: Johnny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. in the Huffington Post Blog