Things that make me go hmmmmmm?
Thursday, April 23, 2015
As I monitor the research and articles on exercise and fitness I post to the forums hyperlinks to those which I find most relevant. In the recent past I have posted two which I found very relevant to the people here on Spark, One cited a study which demonstrate that electronic devices, iPods, MP3 players and the like tended to degrade the quality of a workout to say nothing of the fact that they can be a safety issue. shielding you from the events around you. The other had to do with the relevance and need for strength training. Neither one of these two posts elicited any comments pro or con.
I see TV commercials which puzzle me. A trainer raps someone in the head, interestingly not because they are wasting time doing crunches but because they did not "Have a V8". I am not against juices but the nutritional research has demonstrated they are not a good substitute for the original source. The next up is the wondrous Jillian, who touts herself as the toughest trainer around (editorial note: not the best just the toughest) shilling for a cardio machine as to how wonderful it is with the calories it burns as if that were the answer to all your workout questions.. Some will do anything for a dollar, I guess. Are these a demonstration of Mad Men redux positing the gullibility of the masses? Where is the alarmed citizenry with pitchforks and torches when we need them.
Something which I find compelling, exciting and reassuring is the current approach in the fitness industry to return to simple tried, tested and effective training programmes such as bodyweight exercise and short intense workouts in lieu of over hyped extreme programmes such as Crosssfit and PX90 which have a potential for major injury. The KISS principle still works and produces results.
Now quit reading this prattle, get off your butt and go do something physical, Spring is here and we need to clear the cobwebs of Winter from our bodies and souls.