It All Adds Up

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Success in anything is what is practiced on a daily basis. Health is no different. What you put into practice eating and exercise wise, you hope, would have benefit to the body instead of just spinning your wheels. This post is about habits: some good – some not so good that may give you some ideas and perspective for your health journey. A cheat day, as it’s known, is fine once in a while, but an everyday habit can add up quickly. In the same respect, a little ‘good’ goes a long way too. Let’s take a look at a few common habits and the numbers.

 

“I only have one diet coke a day.”

One 12oz coke adds up to 34 gallons over the course of a year. Or, over half of an oil drum.

 

“I only have 20 minutes to exercise, it’s just not worth it.”

In 20m an average person can walk a little over a mile, which even 4 days a week adds up to 250 miles per year!

A 20m workout can incorporate at least 10 exercises of 15-20 reps with a rest interval.

 

“I limit myself to 2 chocolate bars a week.”

104 chocolate bars in a year adds up to 3120 grams of sugar or almost 7 pounds.

 

“I’m only losing about a pound and a half a week. That Biggest Loser show has people losing 50 pounds in a month…this sucks!”

Well, those reality shows are not reality folks. I think they should check in with all of the contestants 2 years down the road and see how they’re doing weight wise. The reality is the scale doesn’t matter all that much. The weight will come off if you exercise efficiently and learn to eat correctly. Also, finding out what your percent bodyfat is the key. Going from 160 down to 120 could have you losing 38# of fat and a bunch of water retention.

 

“I’ve really cut down on bread. I only have 5 slices a week now.”

That’s still 10 loaves a bread over the course of a year. Refined wheat products like bread pack your body with carbohydrates you just don’t need. Those five slices totes 3380 grams of carbs or 7.5 pounds.

 

“I hate jumping rope Bill. I can only get 84 jumps in before I have to quit."

That 84 will quickly turn into 200 jumps, and probably in less than 3 minutes very soon. The jumprope promotes agility, timing, coordination, and cardio challenge. And, there's less impact than jogging since it's performed on the balls of the feet (forefoot), which acts as a shock-absorbing truss.