There are almost as many workouts as there are people, am I right?
Crossfit with its emphasis on strength;
OrangeTheory with an emphasis on cardio;
What is MOST important for a fitness routine is to find the exercise (and the instructor) that best suits you, your needs, your personality, your goals.
Your friend may say s/he has THE BEST gym/trainer/class, so you give it a try….but you don’t “feel it”. Guess what?! That is totally acceptable!
You might strongly dislike cycling or running or rowing. But there are other ways to get cardio.
You might not be interested in AMRAP, seeing how much weight you can move/lift/throw. But there are many ways to build strength.
And the same can be said for nutrition.
What works for one person, may or may not work for you. We are unique individuals with DNA specific to just us! So if your spouse/best friend/gym mate/trainer finds success on a particular eating “plan”, it does not necessarily mean that is the right one for your needs.
So much is being touted about “keto” these days, but there have also been others: Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins, Paleo, low-fat, no-fat…the list goes on.
As I said above about fitness, I will reitterate here: what is MOST important is to find the nutrition plan/program/style that works best for YOU!!
Also remember that some plans are meant for the short-term, to accomplish a goal. Which means, educate yourself, often through trial & error, what LIFESTYLE changes you need to incorporate for the long-term.
*Learn about macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates & fat) and why they are all important.
*Be keenly aware of your specific medical/health concerns and eat to bring robust health, using FARMaceuticals over pharmaceuticals.
*Change up your fitness routines to keep from getting bored and to progress from goal to goal (with health being your top priority)
The cover article of a recent Time magazine (June 5, 2017) echoes my philosophy! I would like to share some of the parts I found most interesting:
~A 2017 study found that obesity now drives more early preventable deaths in the U.S. than smoking. This has fueled a weight-loss industry worth $66.3 billion, selling everything from diet pills to meal plans to fancy gym memberships.
~…(i)t’s the composition of a person’s diet –rather than how much of it they can burn off working out– that sustains weight loss.
~…(t)he best diet for you is very likely not the best diet for your next-door neighbor. Individual responses to different diets –from low fat and vegan to low carb and paleo– vary enormously.
~…(s)cientists are showing that the key to weight loss appears to be highly personalized rather than trendy diets.
~…(p)eople with long-term weight loss tended to be motivated by something other than a slimmer waist –like a health scare or the desire to live a longer life, to be able to spend more time with loved ones.
~That’s why most experts argue that pushing people toward health goals rather than a number on the scale can yield better results. “When you solely focus on weight, you may give up on changes in your life that would have positive benefits,” says NIH’s Hall.
~”The old paradigm was that poor diet and lack of exercise are underpinning obesity, but now we understand that chemical exposures are an important third factor in the origin of the obesity epidemic, ” says Dr. Leonardo Trasande. “Chemicals can disrupt hormones and metabolism, which can contribute to disease and disability.”
~Research shows that with just a 10% loss of weight, people will experience noticeable changes in their blood pressure and blood sugar control, lowering their risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes — two of the costliest diseases in terms of health care dollars and human life.
Here are a few lessons from the participants of a weight loss registry (having lost at least 30 pounds and maintained for a year or longer):
98% changed their diet in some way
90% exercise on average one hour a day
78% eat breakfast every day
45% weren’t on a diet program
75% weigh themselves at least once a week
62% watch fewer than 10 hours of TV per week
If you can get your hands on the article, I strongly encourage you to read it for yourself and glean from it what speaks to you and your “situation”.
Your life, your fitness, your nutrition, your choices, your journey must ring true.