Diabetes and Exercise - Just Move It!
While exercise and eating guidelines are based on good
scientific principles, they do not necessarily agree with
human nature or common sense. Recent history tells us that
we are better off encouraging the mediocre people who are
willing to include exercise in their daily lives, rather
than cramming guidelines down the majority of those who want
to fight the inevitable. In the end, keeping things simple
and in a supportive situation will keep everyone happy.
With all the fitness and diet programs out there, you would
think people in our country would be getting in better
shape. We're not. Why? All of us are confused, frustrated
and burdened down at the contradictory of medicine and
fitness for one reason, and the other reasons involve issues
we have already discussed.
The key in motivating yourself to exercise is to keep your
eye on the big picture. If you don't, the details will
become a quicksand pit. The big picture is: JUST MOVE IT!
So much money and time is spent on gimmicks and diet fads
that only get used for a short time, with little or no
The big picture is about being realistic, not to have high
expectations, but to focus on internal health issues, such
as blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol levels, and a quiet
mind. The challenge is that you have grown accustomed to
being motivated by instant gratification. It is more of a
priority to look good rather than to have lower stress
You get frustrated because you are trying to fight a battle
you can't win with something fast and easy. It's called
aging. You blame aging on other things in hopes there is
something out there that you can do or take that will get
you the results you want in the shortest amount of time. The
truth is while good looks are a good measurement; they are
only perks in the big picture.
THERE ARE NO MAGIC FORMULAS
The "Wellness Industry" is the fastest growing industry
today. Why? Because millions of people are searching for
some hidden treasure box with a magic formula. The truth of
the matter is you will never replace HARD WORK! There are
parts to any exercise program that work. Yet, anything
promising fast results is usually too good to be true and
will set you up for disappointment.
MORE IS NOT BETTER
Logic will say if I walk for twenty minutes, I will burn
this amount of calories. If I walk forty minutes, I will
burn twice as many calories and be in better shape. Not so!
When it comes to exercise, the term "Over Training" is used
when muscles have reached their limits, run out of nutrients
and need replenishing, but do not get it. Sometimes you will
see this in poor sleeping patterns, added soreness, plateaus
and boredom in workouts that make us aware of needing rest.
For the athlete, one of the hardest things, yet best things
for us to do, is consciously listen to our bodies. Sometimes
the body's requirements go against logic. There may be
situations where your body needs more rest time to rebuild
itself. Sooner or later you will hit a wall and then what
are you going to do?
EXERCISE SMARTER, NOT HARDER
When it comes to maintaining an exercise program let's face
it, it is hard work. It can be hard at times and it never
seems to get any easier. Harder exercise is not the answer
to better results, but doing it effectively and efficiently
is. No matter how old you or what your goals are it's
important to incorporate all areas of fitness into a
" Joints- through flexibility exercises
" Heart-through cardiovascular workout,
" Skeletal muscle -with strength training.
" Balanced eating habits
When all areas are implemented in a regular routine, they
build on each other. Something is better than nothing, but
if your program is lopsided, meaning lacking in one area or
another, your results will be affected.
Twenty years of dedicated exercise has taught me three
principles that have kept me motivated over the years.
Greg Ryan is a high profile fitness expert and former employee of Kathy Smiths. Body building champion, public speaker and personal trainer to the stars. He is a best selling author of the Changing from the INSIDE OUT through real behavior change, smart eating and effective exercising. Start getting in better shape today!
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