That’s right – You heard a Permanent Weight Loss Specialist tell YOU to stop wasting your time at the gym!
It’s a warm, sunny day here on Long Island, and I’m looking out my terrace window overlooking the block. In my neighborhood, there’s a school half a block away, and just a couple of blocks up the road, there’s an open park that nobody seems to use. It’s on perfect days like today that I’ll find myself jogging up there (as a warmup), and partaking in some interval training shenanigans.
Sometimes, I’ll use ‘weights,’ but not the kind that you’re probably thinking of: I have an adjustable kettlebell and a plethora of medicine balls in the trunk of my car, which, depending on my mood, may or may not be used. I’ll often create a little obstacle course for myself at these parks, going through a series of different exercises I’m feeling that day.
Once my plan is in place, I’ll go to the Interval Timer App on my phone’s home screen, and I’ll let ‘er rip!
The cool thing is that the total amount of time it’ll take me to jog up to the park, work out and jog back is no more than 30 minutes. I’m a HUGE proponent of efficiency, and of using your time wisely.
This is why when I hear people spending two hours working out at a gym, I know they’re doing one of two things – Neither of which is good!
1) They’re spending most of their time chatting, either to their friends physically there with them, or to their friends through text and social media on their phones, or
2) They’re overdoing it.
While the common concept of ‘The more you move, the better off you’ll be!‘ is certainly accurate, busting your butt for two hours in a gym really isn’t the best or the most efficient use of your time. Thanks to celebrity workout programs released by various health and fitness magazines, as well as bodybuilding.com, people are pushing their bodies to the limits with long, boring weight training sessions, followed up by 30-60 minutes of steady-state cardio on a treadmill, bike or elliptical.
Now, if you genuinely enjoy doing all that crap every time you work out, then by all means STOP reading this, and move on with your life! If you’re like the rest of us, who knows the importance of exercise but at the same time you don’t want it to take up half of your day, then KEEP READING…
Regardless of the type of gym you go to, theret’s a monthly expense. If it’s a big box globo gym, you can get rates for as low as $10/month. If it’s one of the ‘cutting-edge’ group training facilities like CrossFit, Orange Theory, etc., then you’re probably paying closer to $150-200/month.
And while neither rate is out of the question based upon what you’re getting (you’re either solely paying your share of rent for the facility at the globo gyms, or you’re also helping to pay for the staff running the classes), it brings up a lot of variables that don’t make working out for an hour OR MORE enticing to you.
Here are a couple of reasons why you should stop wasting your time at the gym:
1) It’s Another Errand!
No matter how you slice it, if you belong to a gym, you have to prepare to get there, you have to prepare to get back, and you have to shower and change after you’ve finished sweating. Whether it’s before or after work or you’re trying to make the 4:00 class, this is something you have to block out AT LEAST 90 minutes for every single day – Allotting for the fun variables I just mentioned,
Want to know what I think about doing when I have to run errands???… If I can go another day WITHOUT doing them!!!
If you’re anything like me, then adding yet another errand to the list is just not going to get your butt there rain or shine.
2) You Don’t Enjoy It!
I’ve yet to come across someone who absolutely DESPISED doing anything active. Whether it was sports as a kid, hiking, or yoga, we all genuinely enjoy some form of exercise.
The issue is that we seem to think that whatever that type of fitness is isn’t the best way to go about reaching our goals. We’ve been trained by brilliant marketers in the health and fitness space that the best way to lose weight and to improve health is to join a gym – And while this can certainly help you on either one of those quests, exercise is only there to help EXPEDITE your results!
Recent studies have shown that while exercise is important to overall health, it is NOT the most important component of losing weight…
On the physical side, the most important thing is nutrition. You can work out all day every day, but if the fuel you’re putting into your body is shit, you’re going to see some pretty shitty results (no pun intended!).
On the mental side, if you turn to sugar, grains and processed foods for comfort from distressing things occurring in your life, sticking to any legitimate nutrition or exercise plan is more than likely NOT going to happen until you deal with those issues.
So, instead of relying on health and fitness-based media companies to tell your where and how you should be exercising, why don’t you ASK YOURSELF??? If you like to run, then start a running program! If you like yoga, try out your local studio(s) and see if one resonates with you. If you like to play sports, join a local rec league and play.
A lesson I learned while on my 100 lb weight loss journey is that you can’t just blindly go through the motions of any generic Weight Loss Program. You have to be actively involved in your personal journey, finding tricks and tweaks that work FOR YOU, your lifestyle and your preferences.
Think about it: What are you more likely to do? Your choices are: 1) Drag yourself to an iron dungeon and follow a program that not only makes you incredibly sore afterwards, but bores you to death, or 2) Take advantage of a beautiful day like today, and do a physical activity outside (or at least with the windows open) that you actually ENJOY!
I’d go with Choice 2 any time. How about you?
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