Undoing THE New Year's Resolution
between Christmas and the New Year I get asked the same question by
everyone who knows I am in the Fitness Business. "You must be packed at
the gym in January with all the people trying to get at their New Year's
true: Losing Weight-Get Fit is both the top resolution AND the most
commonly broken. How can that be, year after year? And, even more
frustrating to the Fitness Professional, why does it have to be a first
of the year commitment when really the most important thing that you own
is your body?
Reasons for Failure
Unequivocally, the number one reason this number one resolution fails is that
of the health and nutrition information out there is false. AND, this
supported by the simple fact that 90% of diets and exercise programs
fail. The same information peddled by the diet industry, most
Nutritionists and Dietitians, the food industry, the exercise industry,
and the ever-knowing government has been regurgitated for some sixty
years now, and we're bigger and sicker than ever. AND, how can that be
when there's a Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, a Lifetime or 24 hour
Fitness on every street corner. Aren't they supposed to be solving this
problem and get the resolution to stick?
All of these groups are guilty on all of these points:
Diets do not work for three reasons: 1) Restriction is perceived as punishment and that can only go on so long. 2) It's the type of food that's important 3) Counting calories is useless if you're eating the same crap.
weight or being 'fat' is more than a number on a scale. Certain foods
cause you to retain water, sugars and grains are the real culprits in
excess fat storage, and it's actually your %bodyfat or body composition
that is important.
composition and metabolism are complicated things manipulated by
numerous systems and certainly beyond the scope of a number on a scale.
Obtaining your ideal frame, clothes fitting better, and yes weight loss
will happen if the right dose of exercise is implemented and correct
foods are chosen.
still this myth perpetuated that there is some magical difference
between weights and cardio when in fact they are they same thing:
Resistance Training. What is different, and should be strategically
addressed, is the Intensity.
you checked your heartrate after a set of squats and after you jumped
off the Elliptical you would probably be surprised to see it's higher
after doing the squats. So, which is more 'Cardio?' Doing the cycle is
pretty close to doing lunges, but which uses more resistance? This 'Do
your 30 minutes of cardio' thing is, for most people, just promoting
Skinny & Thin
words that should be abolished from the language. The thought that
having less weight and being a size 2 are glorifying have done more harm
to people's self-image and resistance or addiction to exercise than
anything on the planet.
just don't know how healthy someone is by the way they look and what
they weigh. Lifestyle habits always trump. And I personally do not own a
pair of Skinny Jeans
Unrealistic Promises and Goals
7 pounds a week' and 'I need to lose 30 pounds by April' are what you
hear from both ends. What about replacing that with: "I just want to
stay out of the doctors office, not have surgery, and off
pharmaceuticals", "Be able to play with my grandchildren when I'm 80",
or "Get to 10 or 15% bodyfat."
Creating large and insurmountable goals right off the bat
THE SOLUTIONCharting the Right Course to Achieve Your Life's Resolution
the thing, acquiring a body that is lean and healthy is not that hard
folks. A recipe of proper and consistent exercise, combined with simple
eating habits, with a dash of a positive mindset are the only
ingredients you need.
watching thousands of people and working with hundreds of clients over
twenty years in the fitness business I can honestly tell what works is
the opposite of what you're being told and what most people are doing.
Acquire the Right Exercise Information
There are Personal Trainers (hobby)
and then there are Fitness Professionals (career)
who have taken the time to learn the required Sciences to be able to
relay the correct information to you to train your body efficiently and
effectively. Very few certifying bodies even delve into the Physics and
Forces of all that stuff in the gym, when in reality Exercise Mechanics
or Joint Mechanics, is precisely what is required to put a weight in somebody's hand.
that there is no difference between Cardio and Weights but that it's
all resistance and a spectrum of Intensity to vary and progress upon is
critical for your success and to not get injured. The Resistance Training Specialists at Fitness Alliance
are all armed with this information and practice a process of Mastery: constantly learning and honing the craft of Exercise.
Acquire the Right Eating and Health Information
no shortage of diet experts, information on the Internet, and Health
& Fitness magazines...most of it the same junk month after month,
episode after episode, year after year. Wading through this health
jungle is a nightmare.
The most sensical solution to eating, (as much as I hate names)
, is a Paleo approach,
simply because it relates to evolutionary accordance, or, eating the
way we are designed to eat like every other animal on the planet.
Expelling grains, dairy, sugar, and chemicals, in exchange for:
Fruit & Vegetables
Nuts & Seeds
great option is to talk to someone who is on course and achieving their
goals. Even if you don't know them, introduce yourself and chance are
they will be more than open to share their path of success with you.
Be Realistic, Consistent, Determined, and Patient
- Set some short-term goals rather than all huge goals you can realistically accomplish
- Slot your workouts into your schedule and don't cancel them
- Don't do too much too soon. Jumping in head first with 6 days a week turns into 5 the next, then 3, then none
Stay Consistent. A workout doesn't always have to be an hour or take
place at a gym. Just as the Intensity of your individual workouts has to
be varied, so does the duration, frequency, and location.
- Be determined to succeed reminding yourself of the commitment you've made to yourself
- Be Patient. It may have taken awhile to put the body together you have presently and it will take time to get where you want