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Don't judge a book by it's cover

Posted Mar 23rd, 2014 in General, Fitness, Wellness

Don't judge a book by it's cover

As a first time mom, preparing for a baby is sometimes overwhelming.

Every day, there is a new piece of information staring me in the face; Baby center emails and articles, Facebook group chats. You name it; somehow I’ve been signed up to receive it. Not to mention that while standing in an elevator, patiently waiting in a grocery line, or while ordering my favorite coffee, every mom shares their birth experience and parenting advice with me. It’s tough deciphering fact from opinion, and what worked for one mom doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for me.

Every mom shares their birth experience and parenting advice with me. It’s tough deciphering fact from opinion, and what worked for one mom doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for me.

Sometimes options are a blessing and a curse. Why are there six different types of baby carriers, eight different types of cloth diapers, and bazillion types of car seats, strollers, high chairs, and equipment? The best advice has come from my amazing friends, but talk about information overload! I had to stop over-thinking everything I read, and start using some common sense.

I couldn’t help but relate these same thoughts to the fitness world. There are so many people out there providing fitness programs and nutrition information. It couldn’t come at a better time as we are in a serious obesity epidemic, but what’s fact and what’s opinion? What drives these people, what’s in it for them, and what’s their motivating factor? When someone promises you to lose an immense amount of weight in a short period of time, I become skeptical. Congrats if you do lose twenty five pounds in thirty days, but what happens next after those thirty days and what have you depleted your body of in the process? Many people spend their hard-earned money and time at a gym. You pay to rent equipment, but who guarantees that you are using it correctly or that you are choosing the right weight? There is a lot of autonomy in the gym atmosphere which requires motivation and determination to get results. Group fitness classes are offered, but how often is a new routine delivered and how closely does the instructor watch each participant for safety? At Quick Fitness, I enjoy not only getting to know and coach each and every one of my participants, but I enjoy seeing the accountability they give each other when they say “See you tomorrow?”

Congrats if you do lose twenty five pounds in thirty days, but what happens next after those thirty days and what have you depleted your body of in the process?

I especially dislike the false hope of a “results guaranteed” statement I see on DVD’s, promotional deals, and diet and supplement plans. Weight loss is very multi-factorial in that nutrition, exercise, stress, hormones, and sleep all play a huge role in our success. How can results be guaranteed when a product is only focusing on one aspect of weight loss? I see huge red flags with weight loss shakes, powders, meal-replacement diets and “miracle fat burning” supplements pushed by multi-level marketing and even celebrities. Is this sustainable for life? What happens when you begin to eat real food again? Celebrity photos are immensely photo-shopped and daytime TV shows hosted by famous doctors are boosted by ratings. Ultimately weight loss has become a money-making and money- spending business in which we are overloaded with immense amounts of products, programs, and information.

How can results be guaranteed when a product is only focusing on one aspect of weight loss?

As much as I turn to my friends for baby advice, I couldn’t help but think about the influence that friends play on our health. I recently had two women come to my Quick Circ-out class for the first time. As this was their first time at Quick Fitness, I explained this class is very different than the other classes offered throughout the week as most of my workout use no equipment other than our own body weight and are choreographed to music. Each day also has a different goal and progresses in toughness as kickboxing is very different from strength training, intervals and boot camp. The week wraps up with core work, yoga, and stretching. I’ve designed the program this way to ensure each participant is working the entire body safely, but not stressing the body by overtraining. I also explained that Quick Circ-out is my only sole equipment based workout in which we use medicine balls, kettle bells, resistance bands, yoga blocks, and cones, and rotate through individual stations of strength and cardio.

Only one of the two women appeared to be enjoying herself and after class I took a moment to suggest they come for a full week before they decide to quit or stay with it, as it’s difficult to get a true picture of the entire program based on one, twenty minute class that is very unique from the others. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard or seen from these women since.

It’s difficult to get a true picture of the entire program based on one, twenty minute class that is very unique from the others.

In reading about introducing solid or pureed food to babies, experts recommend trying each food up to four times before making a decision to stick with it or ditch it. If we are this persistent with our children, why don’t we adopt the same mentality for ourselves with fitness? Why do we give up so easily? Why do we opt for a quick fix instead of putting in the hard work?

I urge you before you make that impulse buy or trust in a program that guarantees to over deliver, stop and question if this is the best fit for you.

I urge you before you make that impulse buy or trust in a program that guarantees to over deliver, stop and question if this is the best fit for you. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Surround yourself with people and a program that have your best interest and take into consideration your personal goals. Once you’ve picked a program, commit to it, and tell your friends and family about it to help keep you accountable. Don’t give up so easy. The changes will come, but the hard work always comes first.

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