I attended a fitness convention about a year ago, and my favorite seminar was given by a Physician that stated, "It is better to be fit and fat than skinny and unfit." As a Fitness Professional, it can be difficult to take "body type" out of the equation when training a client. I don't like to post quotes about "getting the body you've always wanted" because if you're coming to me, chances are, you are already critiquing your body enough. You're already looking in the mirror and making a mental note of things you want to change; I get that. You don't need me adding to that list. I'm not here to tell you that you are not good enough as you are. It's my job to enhance your quality of life and that's exactly what I plan to do. Yes, I want your % of Body Fat to be at a healthy number. When you come to me and say, "I want to lose X amount of weight", "I want to look good in a bikini", "I want to fit into my old clothes again", "I want to feel beautiful", I want that for you, because you are telling me that reaching that goal will improve your quality of life. What I don't want is for you to give up because the scale didn't change. I don't want you to skip your work out just because you're not nailing your nutrition. There are skinny people who only eat processed foods and get winded walking up a flight of stairs, as well as overweight people who eat clean and run marathons. Who do you think is healthier? If you're primary goal is "to get the body you've always wanted", what is your motivator once you get that body? Although Instagram and Pinterest may tell us differently, we're not going to walk around in bikinis all day. We don't go to the gym and work out in sports bras and shorts that are basically just underwear. You need more motivation than just "looking hot". Most often, even if you do get that "perfect" body, you'll lose motivation, because you have nothing more driving you. Studies have shown that active obese individuals live longer, healthier lives than sedentary individuals at a normal BMI. In fact, with incorporating regular exercise, you will decrease your health risk by 10%, even if you do not lose a pound!
Benefits of Exercise (Besides Weight Management)
-Improves mood (Cheapest, healthiest and most effective anti-depressant)
-Combats Diseases and other health conditions
*Decreases risk of Cardiovascular disease
*Helps maintain bone density
*Helps lower triglycerides and helps increase HDLs
*Helps prevent strokes
*Beneficial for prevention and even after diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and dementia, arthritis and depression.
-Improves sleep quality
-Improves sex life
What are some other benefits you have experienced from regular exercise?