Sunday, July 19, 2009

Collected Fitness Wisdom #9

When exercise BURNS YOUR MUSCLES that’s a good pain- this means you are pushing past your comfort zone to inspire change, working with intensity to torch calories and build muscle, and burning sugar so your body can burn fat for hours and hours after your workout.

When exercise HURTS YOUR JOINTS that’s a bad pain- it means you are quickly wearing down the structural integrity of your joints and will soon be unable to do anything without pain or stiffness. This is most often caused by a combination of using too heavy of loads, poor exercise form and technique, strength imbalances, and lack of mobility and/or flexibility- seek professional help!

~B.J. Gaddour

People want to go on weight loss diets to get back in shape. I can understand that but if you are in the habit of skipping meals or using vending machines for lunch, you don’t need a diet! You need the basics of healthy eating.

~Ray Burton

Too many people blatantly lie to themselves (and others!) about where they stand on the road to their goals. They say, "I am doing everything I can to… lose weight / alter body composition / lower cholesterol / be healthier." Yet, upon closer inspection, these same people are only doing what’s convenient for them. They’re doing the bare minimum without making any sacrifices or without making themselves a bit uncomfortable.

Really – if you are not getting measurable, visible results from your actions, then you’re not doing the right "stuff". This doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person or that you don’t have the ability to succeed. It just means that you need to make some changes. And it means that you need to stop holding onto denial and first admit that you are gonna have to make some changes.

~Kim Ball

Even an average uncomplicated program you are consistent with is far more effective than any high–tech, super–advanced program you fail to be consistent with.

~Will Brink

The maxim, "no pain no gain" gets knocked all the time as if it were bad advice. The fact of life is that you don’t grow unless you are constantly stepping outside the comfort zone, and outside the comfort zone is discomfort and pain.

~Tom Venuto


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