Don’t set fitness goals based on distorted truths.

lies college professor tell usWhen embarking upon a healthy lifestyle or working on getting fitter, we look to fitness gurus and advice online to guide us. Little do we realize that a lot of our common beliefs are totally inaccurate and are based on untruths perpetuated by the mainstream diet and fitness industry.

For instance, almost every woman wants to lose weight. Even if it’s three pounds. Where did we learn that we all need to lose weight? Why is it taboo to say – “I’m happy with my body and I want to eat healthy”. Start accepting yourself today as you are. Toss out the scale and focus on being healthy. Feeling good and being fit enough to do the things you want is what is really important. Love yourself today and release yourself from torturingv yourself over a number on the scale. You’re better off focusing on healthy day-to-day activities than a result that is ambiguous at best.

Another misconception is that people who are fit deprive themselves.Vegetables and fruit contribute to a healthy body and if given a chance, taste good.  But a glass of wine or a hot dog at the ball game isn’t out of the question. It’s just not a regular thing, it’s a treat. When you eat a healthy and balanced diet, you start to realize how certain foods nourish you and make you feel your best. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about acknowledging that certain things are better for you than others. It’s like saving for a trip instead of spending every pay cheque. Once you experience the benefit of of saving your money, you realize that there is a reward worth waiting for. Same thing for a pice of cake or a delicious meal. And you will enjoy every bite of it.

A lot of women pour over Oxygen magazine wishing they looked like a fitness model. The truth is, female fitness models aren’t healthy. To get photo shoot ready, fitness models need to drastically cut calories and water intake. Their six packs are the result of ultra low body fat and dehydration. They miss several periods because their bodies are responding to the stress they are putting themselves under. Looking like this takes many hours in the gym and takes it toll. It’s not realistic for most of us (myself included) to look this way.

We all want to have the right mix of “diet” and exercise”.  When it comes to the magic percentage of exercise versus diet, many experts quote “20% exercise and 80% diet”. That’s their way of saying “you can’t out-train a bad diet”. Which is true. But in reality it is 100% exercise and 100% diet. Our bodies are made for movement and to be physically pushed. Cardio conditioning, strength training and flexibility training are all important for your vitality. And the food you eat is the fuel for your workouts and your life. Clean fuel provides better burning energy. You want to be moving regularly and eating well to be healthy.

So many people believe that all thin people are fit. There is a difference between Thin and Fit. Being thin doesn’t mean that a person is fit. If you watch a fitness DVD and the women in it have pencil thin arms, they should not be your fitness role model. Fit women have solid looking, defined arms and thick, strong legs. They can pick up a decent sized weight and not a 3lb weight. They aren’t always slim by media’s standards.

My dad says that you should believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. It’s good advice when assessing fitness facts and role models.



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