This is a difficult subject to approach with much tact or diplomacy so I’m just going to have to call a spade a spade and come right out with it!
I notice a lot of people out there who are trying to get into shape, lose weight, be healthier and so on. Or rather I should say, they claim to be trying. What I mean is, they’ll go to the gym or the park to exercise, but the rest of the day or week is all about fast food, cakes, chocolate and booze.
You know I love training and I think it’s the most important thing anyone can do for their health and happiness. Well, perhaps I should say it’s in equal first place, as training is no magic bullet solution unless it is a part of an over all healthy lifestyle. Otherwise, no matter how hard you train all you are really doing is working really hard to stay in exactly the same place you are in right now. In fact, I always say “if you are not going forwards, you are going backwards” so really at best I should say working really hard to merely slow your rate of physical deterioration.
As you may know I’m increasingly interested in a holistic approach to health, fitness and life in general and in line with this, training is only an element along with good nutrition, plenty of rest, stress management and an over all healthy lifestyle.
In health and fitness or any other are of life, if we are to reach the goals we have set for ourselves we must ACT in accordance with those goals. If your goal is to improve your health, lose body fat and improve muscle tone and appearance, you need to act like it! What I mean by this is… can you reasonably expect to make those improvements in your life, without changing your lifestyle?
If your lifestyle has lead to being overweight or obese, with physical and / or emotional health complications as a side effect, it’s not enough to simply add 45 minutes of exercise a few days a week and expect any sort of results. Like it or not, that’s the truth and anyone who tries to tell you anything different is full of shit & probably just trying to tell you what you want to hear to get you to hand over some cash!
So, there’s a lot of people out there who’ve tried working with a personal trainer but thought it was unreasonable for them to be expected to give up the smokes, booze and horrible fast food. I understand, people are thinking “I just want to lose weight and tone up a bit, I don’t want to be a fitness nut gym junky”. Well… too bad! As I said above, being overweight and unhealthy is a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, and to get different results, you need a different lifestyle.
So when people tell me “but Dave, I’m not like you. I don’t want to make this my main priority in life” it’s a little confusing to me. You mean, you DON’T want to make being healthy and happy your main priority? You’d rather be unhealthy, unhappy and focussed on all the negative aspects of life instead? It confuses me because I run a successful business, maintain my blogs, I still work my security job for fun on weekends and this year I’ll be releasing my second solo album (seventh album overall) as a recording artist… and yet people seem to think that if they make their health & fitness a priority the rest of their life will suffer. Quite to the contrary, being fit and healthy is what gives me the energy to pursue and succeed in all of my other interests.
But anyway, I went off on a tangent there. Back to the subject at hand.
If you REALLY want to reduce body fat, increase muscle tone, feel healthier and happier, you CAN NOT achieve this goal with an unhealthy lifestyle that revolves around alcohol, fast food, cakes or lollies.
Obviously there’s a difference between having ONE slice of birthday cake at your friend’s party, and snacking on cakes every day in between meals from McDonalds and KFC, washed down with a half dozen beers – I’m not saying you have to be a saint ALL the time.
Alcohol, junk food, cigarettes… they are quite literally all poisons. Training is important but it can’t make up for habitually poisoning yourself.
Stay tuned gang I will be releasing my HARDCORE HOLISTIC online programs soon. 100% in line with the ideals I’ve been talking about in this entry.