If you apply this concept to your health and fitness, it means you should avoid concentrating all of your efforts on one component of health and fitness, i.e. diet vs. exercise or cardio training vs. resistance training. While focusing on one component in the hopes of achieving a certain goal – i.e. diet instead of exercise in the hopes of losing weight – may be easier and may actually appear to work for a time, it is not the answer to long-term health and fitness as it isn’t sustainable. Why not? Consider concentrating exclusively on your diet (what you eat, how much, etc.) and don’t do any (or very little) physical activity. While you may lose some weight, you will not see an increase in muscle definition (toning), which is often associated with a positive perspective of one’s body (self-esteem). Additionally, your body will not gain the benefits of physical activity that it requires as you age (i.e. improved bone density). Conversely, if you focus only on exercise, then you delay or hinder your ability to lose weight as weight loss requires a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat).
When it comes to your goals, we highly urge you to speak with your Personal Trainer. Not only can they help you establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals but they can help you achieve them through personalized exercise programs and guidance.