Open up any fitness magazine these days and trust me you will discover more than 1000 different ways to lose x amount of wieght in so many days or weeks. Eat more protein, eat less protein. Add fat, cut fat. Don't eat carbs, eat carbs. Caffiene is good, wait a minute caffiene is bad. Run high intensity intervals, no do walking to promote fat burning. Drink water as if there was no tomorrow, oh wait but not bottled water. Well, as you can see, it's a wonder we have the issues we have when it comes to health, fitness and wellness. The information is very conflicting and who are we to believe.
My take is there is NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH to health, wellness and fitness. Genetics, lifestyle, workout history, food likes and dislikes all should be factored in. There is no magic path to health, wellness and fitnss, but the path one is willing to take.
If someone told me that I would have to eat cabbage EVERY day to lose or maintain my weight, I can pretty much tell you that aint' gonna happen. I like cabbage, but I can't and won't eat it every day. If someone told me I had to swim 1200 meters 4-5 times a week to lose/maintain my weight, that ain't gonna happen. I like swimming but it is not an activity that I enjoy, but that to that degree--at least at this moment in my life.
But here's the take--none of the facts I mentioned earlier are wrong or for that matter are they right. The reason we have to look at our desires, our passions, our goals, and mostly our genetics to discover what works best for us.
A few years ago I attended a wonderful seminar led by running expert Coach Greg McMillian. I have followed Greg for many years and I consider him one of the country's most mindful running coaches. During the seminar he made a comment about running and one's ability to improve and what made an Olympian an Olympian--he said a lot of that has to do with one's training, but much more has to do with chosing the right parents.
In other words, we cannot elect to ignore our genetic ceiling. Now before you get all flustered, this does not mean you are doomed to a life of obesity or inactivity--you just have to accept the fact that there is only so much one can do. I would love to be 5'10" but that ain't gonna happen. I am destined to be 5'1" and barring any shrinkage due to osteopenia or osteoporosis, I hope to remain 5'1" for at least a few more years.
The reality is, so many people follow the paths of others without forging their own way. Develop their own plan. Discover their own passions. Follow their own dreams and goals. When we focus on what we do--not what the scale reads or what our friends and family are doing, then we can build the self-efficacy to continue on the road to health, wellness and fitness. It's all about accepting who we are and having the confidence to pave the path that we are meant to be on.
Until next time! GO EMBRACE YOUR JOY!!!