Top 5 Fitness Myths
#5 Cardio is best for weight loss - Cardio is great but it's not a good standalone option for someone who wants to lose weight. Using just cardio for weight loss can result in a loss of muscle mass, which can slow your metabolism, making it difficult to reach and stay at a healthy bodyweight.
#4 Spot reducing fat - It's impossible to isolate fat loss; the body loses fat from allover the body, so instead of wasting your time with exercises or products that claim to melt fat from a certain area, focus on total body strength training, various forms of cardio, and a healthy diet, in order to lose fat from allover the body, including those trouble zones.
#3 There is one diet or exercise plan that works universally for everyone - The more that a person insists that their way is the only way, the more likely you can count on them being full of it. Something different works for everyone; listen to your body to find what eating and exercising habits make you feel the healthiest, and be leery of anyone pitching any extreme "one-size-fits-all" diet or exercise plan.
#2 "Fit" looks like ______ - Fitness looks different on everyone. The industry keeps trying to shove a certain image down everyone's throats as representative of "fit" or "healthy" but the truth is that fit comes in all shapes and sizes, and even a wide range of bodyweights and body fat percentages. There are six billion people in the world, & six billion different versions of fit.
#1 You need supplements and/or a gym to get fit and healthy - All you really need is clean eating and bodyweight workouts; keep it simple. We don't even take multivitamins, and we don't have a gym membership; unless we were specifically directed to take something, we wouldn't, and if we were, we would likely seek out a second opinion. Be skeptical, and be an advocate for your own health; be very careful with what you put into your body.
Staying Fit While Traveling
- Walk as often as possible
- Allow yourself indulgences in moderation, without fully derailing healthy habits
- Do Fitness Blender workouts in your hotel room
- Choose activities that keep you moving
- Walk at the airport; stretch in between and after flights
- Drink lots of water
- Especially if you travel infrequently, allow yourself some wiggle room; don't be so rigid that you actually cause yourself stress
- Learn more, watch: How we eat on vacation
Best Tips for Losing Weight for Good
- Make your ultimate focus and goal good health - No matter what your superficial goals may be, make health your number one priority. Weight loss alone is actually a weak motivator; use health, strength, a long full life, and the avoidance of illness and disease your focus and you will find that the physical changes come around naturally and will be a lot easier to maintain.
- Watch your self talk - Don't talk negatively to yourself. The body hears everything your mind says, and so do your kids, your friends, and peers. Contribute to changing the way society views health and fitness by putting an end to bashing your own body, as well as other people's bodies.
- Set small, realistic goals - Break down large goals into smaller, more attainable goals; reaching those incremental goals will serve as motivation to keep pushing yourself to your larger goals.
- Start into your workout program at an appropriate place - A lot of people needlessly fear or loathe working out, simply because they only associate exercise with overly intense exertion - feeling pain or sickness while working out, largely because they have picked a starting place that is just too intense for a beginner. It's not normal to puke during a workout, and if you've got a trainer that's suggesting otherwise, you need a new trainer!
- Good health and fitness requires 50% diet, and 50% fitness - One without the other is trying to create a shortcut that's just not wise.