Is a puzzlement
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Pardon the bad quote from "The King and I" but I am as befuddled as he was. As I read the various messages, questions and posts on the message boards I see what I consider to be an unwarrented emphasis being placed on how many calories did you burn or how long did you workout. It seems as if exercise is causing some form of OCD.
Calories burned by any activity can only be measured accurately in a laboratory setting, any other method is at best a SWAG (scientific wild ass guess). The easisiest thing to do is to track calories in since the calories of a given portion of a given food or food product has been determined in a laboratory setting. You can not out exercise a bad diet.
The numbers game of how long one works out substitutes duration for intensity, the question should be how hard did you workout. People claiming to workout one and one half to two hours a day six or seven days a week are deluding themselves in my opinion. Putting in time instead of effort is paying reverence to a false god. I understand why it is done, a casual review of any of the "challenge" type programs on FIT TV will show so called personal trainers subjecting the participants to long duration workouts, normally using barbie weeights or long periods on a treadmill or elliptical. I will not even begin with the misinformation provided by "The Biggest Loser" the only TV show I know which uses a review as its title.
The most damaging aspect is that this type of thinking leads people to not begin an exercise programme, they try to do too much and burn out or the time is no longer avaiable to continue. As long as the numbers game of how many, how long and how often are continually reinforced by peer pressure and bad fitness shows the mind set will dominate.
Besides leading by example and teaching my clients the ways I believe to be the most effective and which fit into an active lifestyle I have no answers or solutions.