If you were to apply this concept to your health and fitness, it means that you should avoid concentrating all of your efforts on one component of health and fitness, i.e. dieting without any exercise (and vice versa) or cardio training but no resistance training (and vice versa). While focusing on one component in the hopes of achieving a certain goal – i.e. diet instead of exercise with the hope 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.
If you were to concentrate only on your diet (what you eat, how much, etc.) without doing any physical activity, sure, you might lose some weight but you won’t see an increase in muscle definition (toning), which is often associated with a positive perspective of one’s body. Additionally, your body won’t gain the benefits of physical activity that it needs 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.
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If you apply this French proverb to your health and fitness, you might better understand why your existing goals may simply be unattainable.
The proverb indicates that you should work with (as opposed to against) what you’ve got; this includes your current level of fitness, your flexibility (both physically and in your lifestyle) and, inevitably, your genes.
It’s important that you consider goals that align with the above considerations. This is why we are always reminding our clients to establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals!
The January issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:
- stress and your body
- fitness tip: 1, 2, 3 –> burpee!
- nutrition tip: more fruits and veggies
- club news: welcome back, holiday charity, new year – new you and referral program
- staff spotlight: Stephen Paget (Assistant Head Trainer)
- Q&A: what can I do to manage my back pain?
Check it out here.
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Setting resolutions in the New Year is easy – sticking to them is not! Following are some tips to help keep you on track!
- Be active AND eat healthy. In order to excel in your health and fitness goals, you need to commit your time and energy to both active living and healthy eating. The two go hand-in-hand; a poor quality diet will likely result in a less active lifestyle.
- Start slow. If you push too hard too soon with – let’s say – your fitness goals, you are at a greater risk of injury. Additionally, if you jump right into a diet without considering your lifestyle or nutritional needs you are not likely going to stick with it long enough to see results.
- Listen to the experts. For some people, their resolution is so alien to them that they don’t know how or where to begin, what they can or shouldn’t do, etc. In the case of fitness, people often think that weight loss means only doing cardio, or that they can skip the cool-down and stretch component of their workout. If you are new to training, it is important to consult an expert to ensure you begin a program that is both safe and effective. Set yourself up for success!
- Hold yourself accountable. Achieving any goal depends greatly on your ability to commit yourself and hold yourself accountable. One great way to ensure you stay on track is by keeping a fitness and nutrition journal.