In western cultures like ours, countries like the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada and other European nations, what’s the first thing that anybody thinks of or tells you whenever the idea of weight loss is brought up? You’ve got to hit the treadmill, exercise bike or the streets and burn those calories! On the surface of it, this makes sense, right? After all, you’re doing a lot of work and you’re sweating and breathing heavy. Surely running a few miles every day must be dissolving those unsightly Lbs like crazy, right? Would you be surprised to hear that this is actually wrong? No, I’m not crazy – let me lay it out for you… Yes, cardio does burn calories, it’s true. And yes, some cardio is good for you. Light cardio promotes a healthy heart and increases your endurance.
On the other hand, though… heavy cardio actually begins to have the opposite effects. Before I get into why, let me give you a simple but common sense example. Imagine Pre-Historic Man. These men and women are running around the Paleolithic world chasing down antelope, red deer, Aurox, bison and the occasional Woolly Mammoth. Most of their diet comes from animal protein and what edible plants they can scrounge. Well, if cardio was so great for losing weight, these people would simply starve to death while running down their food. All that cardio would burn through their energy reserves faster than they could replace them. Yet they didn’t starve to death… why? For one thing, a lot of heavy cardio is hard on your knees and feet. Second, it’s also hard on the heart. Too much cardio actually begins to add scar tissue to your heart and increases your rate of heart attack. We didn’t realize that for a while until many scientific studies were done on the subject. As for losing weight, excessive cardio actually has the reverse effect and here’s why. Our bodies are genetically designed to survive. Our body’s job is to store energy as fuel both for its immediate use and in the form of fat for those times when food is scarce. In modern times, of course, food isn’t really scarce, so this built in safety feature is rarely needed.
However, when you deprive your body of the nutrients it requires, either by starving yourself on some crazy diet or by over-taxing your body with lots of cardio, it begins to switch into survival mode.
Additionally, and unfortunately with heavy cardio, your body also becomes Anabolic.
This means that it begins to burn the most effective source of energy first – and that’s not fat… it’s your muscle. Take a good look at some of these chronic long distance runners who compete. Many of them are kind of stringy looking and have to pack in the carbs just to maintain their muscle mass.
You want your body to burn fat, not muscle, obviously. It’s not really about calories, as many diets and so-called fitness gurus try to make you believe. Calories are only a means of measuring food energy. Yes, if you want to lose weight, you must take in less calories than you consume, yet there’s so much more to it than that.
The biggest secret to weight loss isn’t running 10 miles every day, starving yourself or even avoiding some of your favorite carbs, believe it or not. In fact, if you’re going to lose weight properly, it’s actually important that you do eat some of your favorite foods!
I know that sounds crazy, too – but it’s absolutely true, and I can prove it to you! If you know how to use your body’s natural processes to your advantage, it’s entirely possible to lose 10, 20 or even 30+ pounds in a single month without starvation diets, gut wrenching cardio, ridiculous workouts and eating anything gross! It’s true and I can show you the science to prove it!
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Training with fitness boosts your mood, your health, and your body’s sense of well-being. It’s important to exercise under the right conditions and in the right way. Training no longer benefits you when you get injured. You will then have to take time away from training to heal. Workout injuries are common among beginners and older people who choose to participate in fitness training. If you are lifting weights, you should definitely have a spotter. Training injuries can not only physically harm you, but they can also deter you from trying to train again when you are fully healthy. Avoid too much training and injuries.
Over training usually happens to people when they first start out. It’s great to be motivated enough to train hard from day one. You must, however, give your body enough time to adjust to the extra demands you are placing on it when you exercise. A spotter can help you determine if you are trying to lift too much weight when you begin training. You should always have someone with you when you lift, and it’s even better if they have their own experiences with lifting weights. They know how to avoid workout injuries, and they can help you to do the same.
Fitness training is meant to be fun and healthy. Over training takes the fun out of it. You always want to push yourself to do the best you can, but it’s not worth getting hurt. The only real goal of physical training is to be healthy. You can achieve that with good effort, but you don’t have to try to hurt yourself every time you train. Fitness means your body can handle more rigorous demands than it could with a sedentary lifestyle. You can break a good sweat without going overboard in your training.
If you feel like you have hurt something, you should stop training immediately and seek medical care. You may just be experiencing muscle soreness and tightness, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You must work your way up from smaller intensities to greater intensities while you train. You may not experience the biggest benefits right away, but in the long run, your body will feel good due to any fitness workouts. New exercise plans will certainly cause soreness. Some soreness is a good sign. Take it easy when you are just starting your fitness training routines for the first time.