I almost don’t need to add a thing to this post. It pretty much explains itself. But that just wouldn’t be me…
If you’ve read my other top fitness tips, you’d probably already realized that my emphasis is on consistency, not intensity. The brand of fitness most of us are really going for is simply to look and feel better. The biggest factor in achieving this is simply to be consistent. It takes effort every day to get up and get moving and to make healthy choices with our diet.
Working out crazy hard a couple of days a week then taking required recovery time in between won’t give us the same benefit as simply doing moderate daily exercise. Daily high intensity exercise often leads to fatigue, injury and a body shape that you weren’t looking for. To get the shape and feel you want from your workouts, give your body what it was designed for and you’ll find more success.
What is our body designed for then? Think back to our ancestors 2000 or even 200 years ago. What did they do for their exercise? I’m not aware of them routinely doing 45 minutes of high intensity cardio or strength training and then sitting at a desk for the rest of the day. I don’t think that they lifted really heavy things repeatedly just for fun and then lead a relatively sedentary life otherwise.
Instead, our bodies have been programmed through literally thousands of years of low to moderate intensity work all day long. They went to bed and got up early. Ate as much variety as they could. Sometimes that was pretty limited, but we’ve solved that problem a little too well. Exercise and crazy diets weren’t a part of their lifestyle. They simply were constantly active throughout the day.
So, for thousands of years our bodies adapted to operating this way. Instead of living and exercising this way though, we do crazy intense workouts and extreme diets. These mimic the starvation and stressors which caused our ancestors to store fat, build up reserves and bulkier bodies to weather the storms of life. So why don’t we give our bodies what they're designed for?
How then do I match my workouts to what my body needs? First, check out my other metabolic fitness tips. That is what this whole post series has been about. Second, evaluate your fitness goals with your fitness efforts. Make sure they line up. Current exercise trends focus on intensity of exercise to get results, but by their nature don’t encourage consistency.
Most people burn out after 1-2 weeks of a 90 day challenge. Why is that? Because their body isn’t designed for it. It makes them hungry, sore, fatigued, depleted. They don’t feel good and energized; they feel wiped out and can hardly get off the couch – so they just stay there. All their efforts get wasted and they go back to doing what they were doing before, which is what got them overweight and out of shape in the first place.
If people focused on their goals and realized that their goal is most easily and effectively achieved by consistent low to moderate intensity effort, they’d have more motivation to succeed. If they didn’t feel the pressure and intimidation of having to kill themselves in the gym, they might decide to start again. Working out according to their metabolism would help them feel energized and strengthened without depletion. Eventually this confidence and fitness would build and they would see results.
Fitness and health are truly difficult to achieve. I don’t mean to minimize that in any way. The hard part about staying fit though isn’t what you have to do to be fit, it's that you have to do it, and then keep doing it. It simply takes consistent, persistent effort.
Putting in the time each day is the key piece. As you do this though, you’ll find you feel better, look better, and you’ll have more energy. You’ll find mental clarity – release from feelings of guilt and frustration. The more you are able to stick to your fitness goals, the more you will be healthy in all aspects of health. Giving your body the best chance to do this comes from giving your body what it needs. That what Body Smart is all about. I seek to help you find what YOUR individual body needs. I seek to help you identify what you can do to match your fitness efforts, fitness goals and unique physiology so you can see success.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can learn to improve your consistency through matching your fitness efforts to YOUR body please contact me. I really want to help you identify what you can do to improve your health and your life.
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