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STOP! There is a better way!

Friday, March 01, 2013

I think it may be the influence of the Biggest Loser, but I worry that we focus too much on the "no pain, no gain" approach to exercise. People want to go from couch potato to marathon runner inside a year. P90x. Insanity. If we're not going full throttle, apparently we feel we're not getting the full benefits of exercise.

Stop! There is a better way! emoticon

Of course, it all depends on what your fitness goals are. If you want to look like a "fit model" then by all means, shred away. But if you want to be slimmer, more attractive, more energetic? Why, a lovely walk in the park can get you that. I've lost 45 pounds walking, swimming and dancing, three things I LOVE to do.

Sure, I've tried my hand at the heavy, hard panting, INSANE workouts, too. But for over a year, I have stuck with the things I love, been continually motivated, made friends, had fun and had great results.

Now, if you are passionate about distance running, HIIT, and maximum intensity workouts, by all means, carry on. If you love it, you'll do it and consistency is the most important part. But I feel many people are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. There are so many great ways to exercise and have fun, too. The other day I came across an archer on Spark. An archer! How cool is that? Part hobby, part workout! I don't know, maybe you'd enjoy fly fishing. emoticon

The point is to find something you enjoy, that gets your heart racing, that you'll want to do day after day. And if that thing is not P90X, I totally understand. emoticon
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  • HEALTHY156
    absolutely! Do what you love, it's easy to maintain!
    1724 days ago
    AMEN!!! My personal mantra is "No pain - no pain!"... As in no thankyou!
    I do try to get my heart rate up, basically because of family heart history, but I don't do things that hurt. period. the end.

    You are doing GREAT!!! Keep it up!!
    1725 days ago
    Agree! I definitely need to find something new that I love and am struggling with that right now.. running is what I loved..
    Doing a fantastic job!!
    1726 days ago
  • KIMBERLY19732
    1726 days ago
    Great blog. Like diet bandwagons, I believe there are fitness ones too. People jump on to things like 30 Day Shred or Insanity and have not been active at all and think, hey I can do this. Then they are miserable for days and days until most of them eventually just give up and go back to their old ways. With these kinds of workouts, it doesn't surprise me most people get the mentality of "go big or go home". To them, workouts have to be painful and involve throwing up and crying and passing out in order to be effective. That's what they see in these videos and on shows like the Biggest Loser. For people already fighting their laziness syndrome, that type of mountain seems impossible to climb.

    Your "there is a better way" reminds me of Joey from the show Friends and his informercials. "There's gotta be a better way!" HA!
    1726 days ago
    This is so true! If you don't like the exercise you are doing it will not become part of your life. Congrats on finding a mix that works for you!
    1726 days ago
    Very Good Blog, I totally agree with you!
    1726 days ago
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