At this time of year the media is littered with fitness and diet information, eager to feed the masses of people who over indulge over the festive period. However there are so many choices and so many conflicting arguments: Eat less calories – Don’t count calories, Exercise 6 times per week – twice per week will suffice, Weight training is crucial – Weight training will bulk you, Aerobics classes are a must – Aerobic training is overrated….
It’s no wonder people are confused. With that in mind I wanted to write a short article that breaks down all of the nonsense, all of the hokus pokus and gives you simple facts that you can use as a reference to any fitness craze you might be about to embark on.
1) Is it actually possible to “lose 2 stone in 4 weeks” or to “drop a dress size in 3 hours” are these statements founded in truth? Does the company have evidence to back this up? Any organisation whether it be a gym, a slimming club, a personal trainer etc should have an ample list of testimonials with pictures. If someones service works then they should not
have a problem proving it
2) Did my grandparents have access to this? Seems like a strange statement but bear with me. If the fitness product or diet etc was not around when your grandparents were young then stay away from it. Our elder generations had lower rates of obesity, Heart problems and a higher life expectancy (Taking away infant mortality and war) to name just a few. Foods containing ingredients you cant pronounce and machines that would not look out of place in Star Trek are new inventions and our bodies do not know how to cope with them. Body weight exercises and walking however have been around as long as we have.
3) Spot reduction is impossible (for the most part) Any product or practitioner promising to take inches away from a certain area of the body are bending the truth. The only way to control where our body stores fat (E.g the back of the arm or the waist) is to address any hormonal imbalance that is encouraging the storage of fat in that area. A machine that blasts your abs or zaps your Arms, or any exercise you are told will reduce fat in a certain area, does not affect the hormonal system enough to change anything. Hormonal balance requires lifestyle changes, diet changes, exercise changes and stress reduction, Not the Ab crunch
4) Perfection kills momentum. Sometimes pouring over a fitness magazine confusing yourself about what ratio of fat to carbohydrates you should be eating, or exactly how many seconds rest you should take between burst intervals, is not the best thing to do. Sure you should do some research on the class, diet etc you are about to start, But sometimes its best to just get
out there and start. By the time you have decided exactly what fitness regimen you are going to go on, you have talked yourself out of it. No more deliberating or excuse making, Start now.
5) Motivation is external but motivation is internal. I know that I can motivate any client to exercise and push themselves to the limit, and I know I can motivate someone to live a healthier lifestyle, But, It takes inspiration from within to facilitate these changes. If your not totally focused on achieving your health and fitness goal it doesn’t matter what fitness
service or diet you start… It wont work.
Ben Winter is a successful personal trainer based in a private studio in Leigh Woods with over 6
years personal training experience and a reputation for achieving results.