The Workout Routines are too Long
Traditional workout routine etiquette suggests a rotating weekly regimen of three days focusing on strength, two days on cardio and two on active rest. Did I lose you with the active rest part? That doesn’t mean actively using the remote watching TV on those days. It means that it is not as strenuous as the other workout days but still includes a bit of physicality like walking the dog, dancing, playing tag with your kids or even bowling.
When it’s all added up, these programs expect you to spend 350 minutes per week (50 minutes per day) in formal, premeditated exercising. If you’re being honest with yourself, you must admit that dedicating this much time is not realistic. Setting this sort of unattainable goal for yourself and not being able to meet it can be mentally devastating. Once the mental mojo is gone, exercising enthusiasts go into coast-mode, stop pushing themselves, see little results and are eventually discouraged and stop exercising altogether.
The Workout Routine Isn’t Intense Enough
One of the key reasons these type of weekly regimens don’t work is that they are simply long - yet not intense enough to stimulate adaptation. Your body adapts to the exercise, and unless the intensity and the variation are in correct proportion, you may reach an exercise plateau. You must continually challenge your body in order for it to strengthen. It has also been found that the right high-intensity exercises burn dramatically more calories in the 24-hours after the workout than during the exercise itself.
The Exercises Aren’t Effective for the Most Important Muscles
Most workout routines challenge your muscles by gradually increasing the weight, while maintaining a set number of reps until the muscles are fatigued. As long as you don’t overload your muscles and cause injury, in order to make further gains, you must continually add weight as your body adapts. Most of these programs stay in a specific rep range and therefore focus on either fast-twitch/fatigue or slow-twitch/fatigue muscle fibers rather than hitting all of them.
A good exercise program should tax all types of fibers in your biggest muscle groups, improving your neural pathways to the trained muscles, helping them to generate more force. This process stimulates bone growth and strengthens the ligaments that link your bones together and the tendons that attach the muscles to your bones. At the same time, your muscles are able to absorb more protein, so you gain fibers in all of your major muscle groups instead of just a few.
The Meals Aren’t Realistic
Most programs force you to eat the same things everyday, truly eliminating the joy of food. Let’s be honest here. Eating is part of the human experience. Instead of squandering your time preparing multiple meals for every day of the week, venture out and have fun eating healthy, delicious and easy meals. There are some obvious meal don’ts: avoid vegetable-oil, deep-fried, processed foods and excessive quantities.
We call diet sodas cold, carbonated, high sodium, chemical drinks. Your body doesn’t know what to do with that so it’s stored who knows where. Think of infusing your water with limes, lemons, cucumber slices, a few fresh pieces of strawberries or blueberries. We can't say enough about water. If saving time is important to you, there are several meal pre-preparation services who deliver healthy foods to your door with easy-to-follow cooking instructions. Spice up your life with interesting and healthy additions such as turmeric, cinnamon, garlic (yes, garlic is good for the cardiovascular system), ginger, sage, rosemary and chili peppers.
Most Diets are not Conducive to “Fat-Burning”
Most diet plans encourage burning sugar as an energy source, rather than teaching your body how to tap its own fat stores for energy. It doesn’t matter what your workout routine is or how often you do it if you’re not teaching your body how to fuel itself effectively.
How do you teach your body how to do this? Ketosis. This is the state that your body enters into when it starts converting stored fat into ketones to use as fuel for your cells. It is the opposite of a short-sighted diet in which you miserably face hunger most of the day. Going on a diet is a temporary fix and the reason for so much weight ups and downs. A lifestyle change is needed to a new paradigm of eating real, traditional foods low in carbohydrates so your body burns fat instead of all that glucose as fuel.
Check out our previous blogs regarding those cold, chemical soda drinks, ketosis and Platform’s positive approach to the very achievable and successful 47 minutes you need a week to achieve your health goals. Here’s to the new paradigm of easily sustained health, fitness and nutrition the Platform way!
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