Fitness is a broad term and one that’s often misused amongst self-proclaimed ‘experts’. Professional bodies that offer tutelage on in exercise instruction offer a definition of overall physical fitness based on a number of attributes including ‘flexibility’ and ‘strength’. While this presents a neat summation of what it means to be ‘fit’, for the layman it is far too detailed a definition; while possessing the malleable limbs of an Olympic gymnast or the super-human strength of an Eastern-European strongman are desirable traits, in this age of cheap, alluring fast food and sedentary jobs, simply not being grotesquely obese is a genuine target for many.
So how do I go about ‘not being obese’. You’ve heard this all before but exercise and good nutrition rule supreme. If you are absent-mindedly ramming food down your throat and barely moving on a daily basis, no amount of ab-master 5000 work or Acai berry fat loss pills will get you chiseled, let alone alone go any way to removing that mass of blubber from your abdomen. it doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you move regularly and and consume a moderate amount of good food, you won’t be fat.
But everyone knows that right? Clearly this is somewhat of a simplistic solution and probably doesn’t help you one jot. As a underlying framework however, it is irefutable, many people believe they consume moderate amounts of good food, yet if they really took stock of what they ate over the course of a week, they’d find their meals of grilled chicken and veg peppered sugary fatty, snacks that just seem to inconspicuoulsy ‘sneak’ their way in. As for exercise, you have to want to do it, a half-assed stroll in the treadmill while reading a Jackie Collins does not qualify as a workout. The mentality that simply ‘being in the gym’ gives you the right to be ripped is a one-way ticket to disappointment and frustration.
In short if you aren’t dripping with sweat and barely able to stand after your workouts, you’re not doing it right. Similarly if your bin is fully of foil trays and large, rectangular blue and red cardboard boxes, you only have yourself to blame. That’s how to do it wrong, and realising that your workouts and diet suck is the first step on your fitness journey.
So how do you do it right? Well that’s up for debate, and that’s what this blog is going to do.