The New Science of Exercise was a recent article in Time magazine. The article looked at research on exercise and leads to the question. Is Exercise is Better than or equal to Medicine. It really can be. The trick is putting exercise to work for you in the healthiest way possible. This means picking the right exercise, in the right amount, and most importantly making sure it fits your schedule. The best plan will not work if it does not seamlessly fit your schedule and lifestyle.
Exercise is Better than Medicine, here are some tips to put exercise to work for you.
-10 hours a month. That is all you will really have for exercise. That is what we see members of our club, FitWorkz, having. The best part is if you spend your 10 hours a month doing the right things you can accomplish quite a bit.
-You do not need another diet. You just need to make better food choices based on your likes and dislikes with food. Eat by Color does this in a way as simple as children’s paint by number.
-Emphasize the weight training. Cardio is great but you have to do load bearing activity. This could be Pilates, Yoga, Free Weights, or Machines. But cardio only workouts will not get it done for you.
-Cardio, try intervals. The best results in terms of health, wellness, and weightloss will come from interval cardio.
-Be a kid again. Get active. Join a bowling league, fish, play co ed softball, or any other activity you used to do. For some reason after 18-22 years of age we stop playing games. Pick up the sport again. Many markets have leagues of like age people so get out there and get moving. The best part, you will never see the game as working out…even thought that is what you are doing.
In support of these things. We had a 79 year old lady lose 4 dress sizes in 4 months exercising 45-60 minutes three times per week. How about a 20 something year old that went from exercising 10 hours a week and losing 4 lbs in six months to losing OVER 70 lbs in six months exercising ONLY 3 hours a week.
Cholesterol, blood pressure, balance,… we can list members and clients that have improved just about everything with nothing more than a few hours a week of the right exercise.
Ray Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author (all of his titles are available on Amazon), and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast.