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Don’t believe the hype

Well, here we are, the last week of January.  I hope you are well on your way to the goals you made at the beginning of the year!  Don’t believe the hype

 As with every year, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people entering the fitness realm for the first time.  Whether it’s just changing their diet or starting a whole new exercise plan, there is going to be something to buy, that’s going to save you tons of time and effort.  Or that’s just what they want to you think.

 I love checking out the As Seen on TV store and the fitness equipment spots in large department

stores at this time of year.  They seem depleted, from the influx of people who want to sit and get fit!  Yes … I’ve noticed (and laughed through) I don’t know how many infomercials that tell you “If you can sit, You can get fit!”

 Isn’t sitting supposed to be bad for you?  That’s a whole other topic for another time.

 If you think that the product results are too good to be true … like being able to, “sit and get fit” … they probably are.  The problem is, all products sound really good during an infomercial, or while reading the package.  The marketing on these products is amazing.  They’re playing on your emotional side and what your end goal is.  Who doesn’t want “Tighter, Sexier Abs”?  How does this sound… Receive ripped, washboard abs in half the time! And it’s fantastic for individuals at home since it puts you in the perfect seated position.  This is straight from the Ab Rocket site.

 Anything Red exerciserthat helps you into the contracted position, isn’t worth the money you could be spending on me.  (Just kidding, but not really…:)  If a machine is lifting you up from a deep squat, or up from a lying position, where is the muscle contraction that’s getting you stronger, or burning the calories?  Because people want easy, they made it easy.  There have been product manufacturers that have received fines of 100’s of thousands because of false claims, but, with the money they made on the product, they can afford the fines for false claims.  If you know that you’re going to be fined $100,000 but make $500,000, wouldn’t you do it?

How about a product that massages your fat off?  Who couldn’t use that?  Get a massage and burn fat at the same time.  If that was the case, my upper back would be nothing but muscle and bone.  (That’s my go-to place for my masseuse).  I’ve seen (while in the store) someone come into the As Flex beltSeen on TV Store, to return an item.  It was a product that you strap on your midsection and the electrodes stimulate your muscles to burn fat (You simply put an electric stimulation system on your abs, it forces your muscles to contract and voila! Washboard abs).  The woman said it didn’t work for her and she wanted her money back.  The guy behind the counter said he has used it before and that she had it in the wrong place.  Now, this is me just being me, but I did notice he was still about 50 pounds overweight. 

Once you start looking for something to do for exercise, you’ll find that there are hundreds if not thousands of exercise routines out there.  What’s the best for you?  Should you do HIIT, CrossFit, Yoga, LSD (long slow distance, not the drug), Spinning, Boot Camp. Should you start using kettle bells, sandbags, battling ropes, Bulgarian training bags?  My quick answer to those questions would be, yes.

I think you should try a lot of different types of workouts and equipment.  Find out what you like and stick with that.  Do you like racket sports?  Try tennis or racquetball.  Do you like running around?  Go for a cross country run.  The choice is yours, no one else’s.  The main question you have to ask yourself, is, “what are your goals”?  People ask me all the time what they should do, and I always ask back, what are your goals?  I could say, “do a boot camp class”, but if you need to de-stress and work on your flexibility, yoga would be better for you.  Do you want to get strong?  Then yoga might not be your first choice.  Try numerous things to find what you like, and will do.  

Just ask questions about whatever you think you might want to try.  If the person you’re talking to is being pushy, you might want to try something else.  There is no one perfect program.   All are good for what they are meant for.  Just like CrossFit might not be good if you need to stretch and rehab for your shoulder, but for power and high intensity work, it’s perfect.

 Just remember, no matter what you decide to do (gym, home exercise, infomercial product…) take it slow, educate yourself, and know that you might be a little sore the first couple of times.  Remember that a healthy lifestyle change isn’t something you do for a 6 weeks.  It’s for Life!  (HINT, it’s in the name).

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