We have a question, or want clarification on a point. We get a lot of responses. There’s the staff at the gym, there are our workout buddies, there are more fitness and exercise magazines than we can count, there are online guru-type sites. They all sound like they know what they’re talking, or writing, about, but they’re all saying something a little different. The burning question is: who’s right (if there even is such a thing)? Who to listen to? Whose advice to take?
It all boils down to goals. Person A may want to be able to keep up with his grandchildren when they come to visit. Person B, on the other hand, may want to be able to run a marathon. Some will say the two goals are almost the same thing. Facetiousness aside, though, what works for one individual may not work for another. Each of us needs to be clear in our own minds WHY an exercise or food routine is needed. Good advice for Person A might well be all wrong for Person B.
All physical conditions fall on a continuum: sick, well, fit, very fit, sports-specific. The good news is that, for those of us interested in one or two steps above basic wellness (wellness defined as being not-sick), we need only listen to our own bodies. Fortunately, this can be simple to do. The fit and very fit stages have three basic components: exercise/stimulation, rest/recuperation, and food/nutrition.
Who Do You Go To For Fitness Info?
Exercise, or Stimulation
We stimulate our bodies by performing movements that get us closer to the achievement of our goals. This involves the choice of exercise, its frequency, duration, and intensity. Not exercising enough, or exercising too much keeps us from reaching our goals efficiently. Not enough exercise, inadequate results. Too much exercise, injury. Either situation results in setbacks.
Rest, or Recuperation
This is the time between exercise sessions, when muscles grow and fitness levels improve. Most of us have experienced being sore after a workout or activity session. This is the body’s way of telling us we’re not ready yet for activity of that level of strenuousness. When the soreness is gone, that intensity of exercise can again be engaged in. As a matter of fact, even more intense activity is OK, once the soreness is gone.
Food, or Nutrition
This is a huge, and emotionally-packed topic. Of all aspects of wellness and fitness, nutrition is the one area where a little education can go a long way. For the most part, if we pay attention, our bodies tell us if a food or beverage is getting us closer to, making no difference, or keeping us from reaching our fitness goals.
There are many people who have wellness and fitness information to contribute. Who we listen to depends completely on whether our bodies agree with what effects the information and advice have on us.