Sunday, September 08, 2013
I was just re-reading the article about 10 signs that the exercise gadget could be a gimmick - or even a scam - and it makes me cringe, even if only slightly.
Anyone who dressed '80s knows we sometimes fall in love with fads. Seasons come and seasons go and that is part of what keeps life interesting!
The article mentions how we might have seen an ad on tv for some fantastic new gadget and one of the criteria mentioned is whether or not it exercises just one area of the body. I don't like this argument and neither does anyone who makes or uses machines or even free weights at the gym! Let's talk core! Your core muscles can be one of the hardest sets of muscles to isolate and build, especially for those of us who've had babies. I used to own a simple ab machine that didn't cost much and I got rid of it because of someone giving me the idea that you can't just target one muscle group! Where has that gotten me? It actually gave me the false impression that there was no point to doing any strength training at all! It was a good little machine. Simple, light weight, did what it was supposed to - it helped me to isolate and strengthen my abs! :/ I really wish I didn't give up!
No, you can't buy into the idea of quick and easy weight-loss, and you don't want to buy some flimsy contraption that's going to break and possibly injure you, but you need to personalize what you do. It has to work for YOU! Does it suit your needs? Does it fit into your budget, your living space, your time space, will you use it, will you enjoy it?
Now, I have NO money to invest in any gadgets so I'm working with body weight training as much as possible, which isn't a bad thing - just requires some time and focus and a willingness to learn and modify as needed. First critical rule there, is no pain. If it causes pain, either during or after, then you're either not doing it right or your body's not ready for it, yet. You might get tired muscles, but that's not the same as injury. Learn to listen to your body, every step of the way.
Strength training is one part of a healthy life style, for a multitude of reasons, so be sure to consider how you're going to address this part of your health - you don't want to over-look it. No single part of healthy life-style will help you succeed on it's own, you need to balance diet/nutrition, strength, stretching, cardio and rest!