Many of my close friends/ SOs have noticed that I go off on rants regarding things I am very passionate about. Some of those things include: Grammar, science (not that surprising), people (I mean, if I am passionate about some of these things, I am going to run into those that do not meet expectations haha), politics (don't get me started on the stuff right now - I straight up get flustered); music (especially those that are ACTUALLY musically talented), and a few more (NOTICE the Oxford comma, thanks).
Probably the most important one, though, is fitness and/or exercise.
As a fitness professional, it is important for me to be up to speed on workout/diet/exercise/fitness FADS. Yeah, I said it...FADS!
Some are better than others. I don't want to get into specifics because I want this to be a very positive and uplifting blog, but SOULCY- I mean - CROSSF - sorry, I'm terrible at this...let's just keep it at 'some are better than others.'
Which brings me to what I want to talk about.
I am one of the first people in the world to say, "do whatever gets you to move/workout". That's the point right? Stay active. Uh, yeah I mean let's make sure that what we are doing is going to be benefitting us in the long run and that whatever it is we are doing for a workout is supplementary to our lifestyle.
YES, if you spin for an hour and burn 400-1000 calories (on the high side I think - not sure - also doesn't change my point), and then you go eat a sandwich and fries, I'll just go ahead and say WORKOUT WASTED. Oh wait, but carbs, good for post-workout...right? Well, yes, they are used to restore glycogen (sugar, basically) in the body for fast energy use later and for muscle building. What I don't think people account for though, is the intensity at which work needs to be done and typically for a short period of time for something to truly be High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). If you can do it for an hour straight, it's not HI, sorry. "But there are hills!" Right, and you're literally pedaling continuously for that hour which means your body is burning a higher proportion of fat to carbs. Yes, energy being used, No, not that much of it is from that sandwich and fries you ate after your last class or whatever. Again, not bashing on (Insert happy word relating to health/happiness/nirvana/life)-Cycle as it is important to make sure that you are at least active (don't get me started on why this particular one is freakishly bad for your long term health), but the thing is, HEALTH AND FITNESS IS 10X MORE THAN JUST EXERCISE and LIKE MAYBE 98.3X MORE IMPORTANT THAN A SINGLE WORKOUT A WEEK! It TRULY is a lifestyle! It's no surprise why our world is literally turning more and more into Wall-E everyday (also if you haven't seen Wall-E...seriously, stop reading this and watch it...after you subscribe). Heart related issues are becoming the norm and our response is, "Hey let's make these people with poor hearts go faster than their heart/body can handle, make them pay ridiculously large amounts per workout, BUT NOT teach them how to eat properly; or promote a healthy, movement-oriented lifestyle that gives us an opportunity to stop being so freaking connected to our phones".
Conclusion: Obviously, personal training (shocking I would promote that, I know) is high on the list of options that could ACTUALLY promote a lifestyle change - especially with a good trainer AHEM (haha). More importantly, GET CURIOUS! GET INTERESTED! GET MOTIVATED! Find what drives you and use it to challenge yourself! Set SMART goals that push you to change that lifestyle for the better. Some of my favorite subtle (okay some not so subtle) lifestyle changes include:
Decreasing Caffeine (oh man this one hits close to home) - at least make it as natural and wholesome as possible. I will tell you a little more about my Energy drink past and what pushed me to change that in another post...
Eating Whole Foods - man has shopping at Whole Foods all the time been the best investment in my body I've made. I just feel cleaner inside.
Canceling TV (yeah, I said it). There are plenty of ways to keep TV around (Netflix/HULU/etc.), but not having Cable to fallback on has been amazingly productive for myself
Taking walks for the hell of it or to the store - because the city around us is beautiful!
Trying a new diet regimen (not a FAD diet - oooooh rant post soon just on diet) for the fun of it - to change it up a little bit
Trying some new sports with a friend
Getting a book on cheese because it isn't a computer thing and because you can learn a lot about the world through its cheeses!
Drinking more water!!!
Getting off Soda completely - nothing...there is nothing in it for your poor body
Okay, I am tired now. I am proud of this first rant post. As I feel out the website a bit more they will get more extravagant, but for now you get business-oriented, positive stuff/ideas.
Also, don't stop doing spin if that is your jig, just isn't for me...or our bodies...but yeah, keep up the moving at least! :)