Hands up, most of us at some point in our lives have been on a…
By far, the title of this blog post “I’m not fit enough to exercise” is mind boggling as it makes little sense yet it’s often the reason for not participating in regular exercise. Here are a couple of examples you probably wouldn’t say but essentially are the same as our first saying.
- I’m not dehydrated enough to drink
- I’m not clever enough to learn
In the saying we are comparing our level or ability to do something against the solution to increasing that level or ability, therefore it’s a very odd statement. There are however various reasons why people who believe they are not fit enough to exercise (this could be you) feel they are not able to, they include;
If you have been on a diet or if you are on one now, trying to eat healthy of just lose want to lose a few pounds then more than likely you have heard someone say ‘don’t eat late at night’. This could be true for most of us, however it is important to take into context of the individual concerned. The important factor here is when you normally go to sleep and for most of us the following statement will largely be true. If you work daylight hours, going to bed and waking at what most would consider a normal time then eating & snacking past 7pm is a horrible idea, especially if you are trying to manage your weight.
You know this right!? well’ here is why!
Starting a new fitness regime and eating healthy can be tough, especially at the start. The hardest part is motivating yourself to get up and go! Exercising with a friend is proven to improve exercise adherence, meaning you will stick to your training for longer and achieve better results. Simply arranging to meet your friend at the gym, the park or at a Personal Training Session will make you emotionally accountable with a social contract, you will be much less likely to let your friend or trainer down.
Diet & healthy eating is a hugely confusing area with every book you read contradicting the last one, ditch all carbs, only eat protein or starve yourself 2 days a week. Nearly all complete rubbish, so why do we go for it? Because it’s easier than hard work! When people want to lose weight they pick up the latest diet book, there is a huge market for this stuff and no shortage of so called experts explain their latest diet. In this blog post, I’ll cover one of the most basic weight loss tools which is ‘actually eating’ and often.
My view on diet is that no one needs to go on a diet, unless morbidly obese in which case a massive calorie reduction diet designed by a qualified nutritionist is required. Therefore for the rest of us all we have to do is eat healthy, eat balanced portions and eat often, that’s it!
While body mass index (BMI) is a good way to tell if you’re a healthy weight. This does not however tell us much about where the fat is stored which can be a greater concern to our health. We store spare body fat under the skin, and also around the vital organs in our abdomen. We now know that this fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than, say, fat carried around the bottom or on the thighs. Having a large amount of tummy fat (when compared to having fat around the bottom or thighs) makes you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart problems. If you carry excess weight around your abdomen, that means you’re an “apple” shape. Those who carry excess fat around the bottom and thighs are “pear” shaped.
Body Mass Index is essentially a basic calculation between your height and weight that determines if a you are of normal weight for your height. Not a hugely scientific method admittedly, but this method is used around the globe to measure obesity in children and adults. Used by governments, schools and local health organisations, it plays a fundamental role for national statistics, painting a picture of obese adults and children within society