How do you determine fitness success?
Posted Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:55 AM
Posted Wed Aug 08, 2012 04:21 PM
Posted Wed Aug 08, 2012 06:27 PM
I'm always a bit astonished when people ask me what my goals are... I wonder if I live in a different planet altogether. Today, one of the trainers at my gym saw me dead lifting some 150lbs... He was impressed, and I was quick to tell him that I could lift more, but that I never did it for safety reasons. If any of the buff guys in my gym gets hurt, they can go home and recover. I'm the sole caregiver for two children, so if I get hurt performing a lift, I won't be able to do groceries, cook, do laundry, and so on, not just for me, but for two minors too.
Also, I recently discover that women with very low body fat (talking about below 15%) have a good chance to go insane when they get older. The function of carbohydrates in the brain is not entirely understood yet, but people figure that the less carbs they eat the better they'll look... Well, I guess the crazier they'll get too. I know as a fact that if I avoid carbs too much, I get really cranky, and I don't want to damage the relationships I have in my life just because I want a leaner body.
The next issue is longevity... I do not train to be beautiful. I do train because I want to live at least until I'm 90, and my chances are very good given my genetics and lifestyle. I also want to be self sufficient at that age and not be a burden for my children. I want them to enjoy me when I'm old... I want to see grand children... Goals that only focus on my body fat percentage are really very short sighted in this regard, so I'm actually doing my homework with whatever information I can find, and fortunately, I'm able to read scientific papers well enough to maintain myself relatively well informed.
So, in essence, and like everything else, to each their own, but mind the consequences. You may be beautiful, but if you're mean and insensitive, no body is going to like you anyway, so you're wasting your time pushing iron at the gym.
Posted Thu Aug 09, 2012 05:43 AM
Posted Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:10 PM
I do not believe there is a complete right or wrong way, it has has to do with what you are looking to achieve. Cut back on the sugars, add a walk every other day. Laugh, talk with one another. Enjoy the benefits and motivation you can give and receive.
Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012 06:14 PM
if you want to be a in a certain weight range, and that happens to be below what you weigh now, then obviously you have to lose weight. losing weight is easy, use more energy than you put in. my overweight fit friends do a lot exercise, but they don't lose weight because obviously, their intake of energy is higher or equal to their usage of energy. if they want to lose weight, they need to change their diet, or use more energy.
i personally am not overweight at all. i eat a lot of lollies and i snack on bad food. my meals are healthy, however i do a lot of exercise. i don't go to the gym or run but i play a lot of sports.
so i see no problem that you like to eat certain foods. it just means you need to find more time to work that energy off. there are a lot of things you can incorporate into daily life. for instance, ride a bicycle to work. you may think that's crazy, but really it's not that hard (if you live far from work). in my case, i'll be spending that time stuck in traffic or on public transport, so i may as well be riding, getting fitter and using up energy that i gained from eating those lollies. at the end of it, it probably doesn't take any longer to ride a bike than to commute. it worked out that way for me anyway. similar things may work for you?