Nothing Looks as Good as Healthy Feels

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Motivation, Rebel Running, Training
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If you're scale says this, you should seek assistance

So you’ve started exercising eh? Started treating yourself to the proper nutrition? I bet the pounds started disappearing. Then you hit that point where the pounds stopped shedding didn’t you? And sure enough, sooner or later, the pounds will stop going away — what then? Well if you take nothing else away from this post, remember this:

Nothing looks as good as healthy feels

Most days I feel that many people need to hear that. Your weight, does not dictate your health, does not dictate your fitness, and does not dictate your capabilities. It’s merely a guideline, and the most basic guideline at that. The number on the scale, your goal weight, should be a jumping off point. A lot of companies will take advantage of the fact that most people associate their weight with wellness, so they market saying “LOSE 30 POUNDS!” because that will grab your attention and trigger your emotion — it’s just smart marketing. But any fitness professional with a brain will design a program designed to do more than help you lose weight.

For most people it’s not even about only the weight, they take their height into the equation to arrive at their BMI. And again, the BMI is great because it provides an overview on whether or not you’re in an “overweight/underweight” state, but that still won’t tell the whole story.  So try this out, go to your nearest BMI calculator and put these numbers in. 5 foot, 10 inches tall, and 207 lbs. Go ahead and check what it says, I’ll wait..

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You didn’t do it did you? You just continued to read on because you knew that since this isn’t a dialogue you could just continue reading to see where I was headed with this. You’re a smart one. The answer: That person falls in the category of overweight. The person with that height and weight? None other than 5x NFL All-Pro Strong Safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburg Steelers (oh and he has two Super Bowl rings too). Is he overweight? His 4.3 second 40-yard dash would lead me to argue against that. That and the fact that the man is just a plain BEAST. He’s got a lot of muscle, and muscle carries a lot of weight.

Prioritizing will always be important in your weight management goals, and if that number on the scale is really that important to you, you’ll be foregoing the opportunity to improve other important numbers. What are those numbers?

  • Body Fat – Lean Muscle Ratio
  • Resting Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol

So what am I trying to say? (Well if you don’t know by now, I definitely misdiagnosed you as a smart person above)

“Healthy and Fit” is the new “Skinny”

Get with it,

Dels

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