Today is Tuesday, which means it’s normally time for the link of the week. However, I wanted to address an article I read recently that made me so angry I refuse to link it and give the author more hits. I was hesitant about last week’s link because it does speak ill of certain forms of exercise but I do think it’s important to know the pros AND cons of your choices. This latest article however just bashes all forms of exercise that the author
isn’t paid to promote, I mean, believes in.
Want the truth? Here it is. There are pros and cons to every form of training you choose. A good trainer will take your likes and dislikes into account and create a plan that gets results AND encourages the activities you enjoy. If the results come slower but you stay uninjured and enjoy your training then that is the right plan for you! Something is always better than nothing. If we keep following the latest trend trying to find the magic bullet we will lose. If we keep searching to find what we love most, then we win. So what if it is not the most effective at calorie burning or muscle building? If it helps you meet your goals and you enjoy it, where’s the problem? If it is slowing you down at reaching your goals (like my endurance running) then you should be aware of that and account for it in your planning, but do not just quit what you love.
There are many reasons to choose which workout you do. Endurance running keeps me sane. Nothing helps me mentally like a long run. Does it make it harder for me to cut out? Yes, it does. Is sprinting better for cutting out? Yes. But when I sprint I tend to get injured, quickly. That time I spend sidelined certainly isn’t helping me reach my goals. Plus, I do not get the mental release when I sprint. So when an author writes that no one should ever run long and we should all sprint I call BS.
Now, how does one find what they love? Trying different things! There is nothing wrong with mixing things up, trying new sports or exercises and finding what you truly love. Also know that your love may change over time. I have gone from swimming to contact kickboxing to endurance running being what I love to do. I expect it will change again some day. Or maybe you like variety and don’t love any one specific workout. That’s great too! Just keep mixing it up.
So please, do not stop what you are doing because some yahoo writes an article telling you that is not the best way to get results. That person is downright irresponsible. As a fitness professional I am embarrassed by articles like the one I read. We need to encourage people to move. Move move move. There is no right or wrong. We need to get people moving. If all you can do is walk, then walk. Don’t worry that there are more effective forms of exercise out there. Do what you can. Do what you love. And congratulate yourself for getting out there and doing it. If you choose to hire a trainer, work with a trainer who listens to you and does not prescribe a one-sized-fits-all model to your unique life. And find something you enjoy doing, because above all consistency will come when you enjoy what you do.
Over the next few Fridays, I am going to be spotlighting different exercise choices. In general I’m going to explain what they are, the pros and cons of them (this is so you are educated about your choices) and possible ways to overcome the cons. This is NOT about making one form of exercise out to be better than another. What I want is for you to become educated about your choices. Then I want you to embrace the fact that you are 100% unique and find what you love. And most importantly, I just want you to move. Move your body often and have fun.
If you have any specific topics you want me to cover, I’m all ears!