Let’s Talk Fitness
(This was originally published in 2011 at trainingthefatkid.blogspot.com but, I think it is very relevant and a nice reminder so I decided to repost)
Why are we, as a society, so out of shape? Simple, we don’t get off our rear ends enough and move. A recent study revealed that 7 out 10 Americans don’t exercise enough despite the health benefits. Lack of physical activity contributes to some 300,000 deaths each year in the United States caused by heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other conditions. We are not a society that works physically hard like our grand parents did. The majority of us sit behind a desk all day then go home and sit in front of the TV. All the while stuffing our faces with junk food.
So, how do we get fit and healthy? The simple answer is diet and exercise. Of course, if you have tried to change your diet and add exercise to your routine, that is easier said than done. A few things that I have learned over the years that have helped me:
Probably the most important thing is to set a goal for yourself. Sign up for a local 5k run or find yourself a partner that will hold you accountable if you don’t show up to exercise.
It takes about 21 day for something to become a habit. So, stick with it. Give it a few weeks and it will become your normal routine.
Take your time and don’t over do it. I am not suggesting that you go to the gym and creep along on the treadmill at at snails pace. I am a firm believer that the majority of people do not push themselves enough when it comes to exercise. So go hard and sweat like crazy. Just start off slow and build up as your conditioning improves.
Exercise does not have to be structured in a gym, track, etc.. Go to the park and play on the jungle gym, take a hike and use the woods as your gym. Climb a tree. Just find something that will get your heart rate up and will improve your conditioning. Just have fun.
Get out of your comfort zone. My whole family took a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class for a few months. We loved it. It showed me that I was capable of doing something that I really thought would kill me. (Jiu Jitsu, at my age? LOL) Now, I do all sorts of crazy stuff. (Handstands, flips on the jungle gym, tree climbing, etc…) So, don’t be afraid to try something.
Below is a quote from the Crossfit founder. This is the ‘philosophy’ that I have tried follow for about a year now and I am in best shape I have ever been in.
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
This goes along with my whole theory that diet and exercise is really simple. Just eat real food and find something that you enjoy to do that will improve your overall health. Keep it simple and have fun.