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The 3 M’s of Fitness and Exercise

1. The Myth

We’ve all heard the hype, “Lose weight without exercising.” It’s a seductive line, guaranteed to raise our heart rate, at least for an instant. But that momentary increase in heart rate is the only benefit from this path to fitness. Even if some manage to lose weight without exercise, it’s a compromise and one where overall health comes up a loser. Reducing caloric intake this much means it’s impossible to eat a balanced, nutritious diet. In addition, we miss out on major health benefits of regular exercise. Face it, we all want major results with minimum output, but the math just doesn’t add up.

2. The Math

Most people think cardio is all they need as fitness exercise. In reality, it’s important to equally balance any fitness routine with aerobics and weight training. Strength training is necessary to offset the fact that we begin loosing muscle mass at age 30. Although the experts vary on specific requirements, the general guideline is 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Don’t make the mistake of trying to fit it all in over the weekend. Weekend Warriors are notorious is emergency rooms all over the country. It’s the perfect way to insure injury. Spreading your routine throughout the week guarantees many benefits, including higher metabolism rates, increased mental acuity and even a longer life expectancy.

 

3. The Model

The answer is simple—not easy—but simple. Eat less, move more. Those four words can change anyone from fat to fit. So how do we begin that change?

Start small. Set small, attainable goals. If you’ve never exercised regularly, don’t immediately jump into a 90 minute routine, seven days a week. Build up gradually.
Find something you love. Some people just don’t like the gym. No problem, ride a bike, pop in a strength training DVD or even, take up dancing. The choices are endless, but the most important is the choice to begin.
Be consistent. You don’t have to be perfect, just consistent. Sure, we all wake up tired and miss a day, but don’t let that day turn into a week or that week into a month.

It’s really not difficult to get in better shape, whether that mean to improve your blood pressure, your cholesterol level, your body fat level, your strength, your coordination, or anything else. It just takes a desire to want it and a commitment to learn what you need to do it in a healthy, productive way.

Follow these simple steps for fitness exercise and you’ll add years to your life and life to your years.