In the world of media–whether social, television, You-Tube etc. everything is neatly wrapped up within a few minutes. For TV, two hours max. If you need proof we’re addicted to instant gratification, take a look at the app world. How many apps are dedicated to tracking miles, calories, steps taken–whatever, instantly. When you tire of that, there’s the latest and greatest game to try. Yes, instant grat and distract. That’s what we’re made of.
Well here’s a story few may want to hear. Unfortunately, it is all too relatable–and commonplace.
This is definitely not a “try this to work that” article. Nor is it one of my famous (if not infamous) posts focused on prevention–from the vantage point of a nurse. What it is however, is a woman sharing and caring enough to illustrate what worked; and what didn’t.
Oh yes, I’ve talked about portion control. Ditto on how “it takes a village” to get the most out of your fitness routine. I made the same mistakes she did–especially when it came to yoga. Furthermore, I’ve noticed in my hot yoga classes, those students who chose to become instructors look like they haven’t gotten this message. Not being catty, just stating the facts. And while I do recommend incorporating yoga into your regime, weight loss is optimized by fluctuation and change. Exercise speaking–that means cardio and some type of strength training. No that doesn’t mean dumbbells or barbells exclusively. There are many types of strength. And if your goal is to lengthen and lean out, that takes something different–but it doesn’t mean skipping the cardio and strength training.
But that’s another post for another day.
Unless you are training for a half-marathon or Iron Man/Woman type event, fluctuation and change is key. These events require employing the principle of specificity. And while other exercise routines may be performed, repetitive training is necessary to get the body where it needs to be. Yet if your quest includes shedding a few (or many) pounds, it will take the proverbial village. That doesn’t just mean amping up your frequency and intensity, it may (will) mean amping up your caloric intake. Surprise surprise!
“But I want to lose weight!’ you insist. Of course you do. Fluctuation and change–doesn’t just refer to your fitness routine. Yes, I’ll have more on that too–in another post.
In the meantime, put down your instant grat and distract device and do things the old-fashioned way. Read advice few want to hear; but unmistakably need to know.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it. Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org