Sunday, August 28, 2011

Collected Fitness Wisdom #38

The bottom line is, do a particular exercise for what it will bring you in terms of good health and fitness; steer clear of choosing an exercise based on a claim that almost seems too good to be true.  As it turns out, Pilates is a wonderful activity, boasting well-documented, fitness-friendly benefits. But capitulating these benefits into “you’ll get long, lean muscles” ignores the fact that the visual image associated with such a phrase is simply not deliverable in most people’s bodies.

~ Evamarie Pilipuf 

One of the biggest misconceptions is that squatting deep (below parallel) is bad for your knees.

HOWEVER, when there weren’t any chairs, recliners, sofas or even TOILETS for that matter, how do you think people rested or WENT TO THE BATHROOM.

The squatting movement itself is PRIMAL.  Our bodies were meant to squat, and SQUAT DEEP.

~ Chris Lopez

An exercise program must be approached over a period of weeks and months, not days. The reality is that there is no quick fix, no easy way, no magic weight loss plan, no secret cellulite formula. There is only the law of the farm. You will reap what you sow. In reality, you will reap what you sow and care for. If you are consistent and diligent with both diet and exercise, you will eventually see results. However, remember, much like fertilizer and water, diet and exercise go together.

Try to grow crops or a lawn without water. No amount of effort will overcome the lack of vital nutrients.

The law of the farm.

Plant the seeds.

Feed and water properly.

Wait for results; they will happen, not in days, but in weeks and months.

 ~Mike Boyle

The look that most people would describe as "toned" is ALWAYS a result of building muscle (or keeping the muscle you've got!) and losing fat...PERIOD. If you don't have muscle mass, you can lose fat but you'll just be a smaller version of what you are right now.

~ Nick Nilsson


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