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Never too busy

Posted Feb 27 2010 7:48am

Getting fit and healthy need not take up too much time (or money, for that matter). I’ve discovered a couple of ’secrets’ that the health club industry fail to tell you (they have expensive clubs to run, after all). I can’t scientifically prove these ’secrets’, but based on the results I’ve experienced, I believe them to be true:

  1. Health and fitness is 75% diet. What you put into your body dictates how you feel, how much energy you have, how you look, your body fat levels, the strength of your immune system, and how your body benefits from exercise. Remember, you can’t out-train a bad diet, and this becomes more and more apparent as you get older.
  2. Exercise needn’t be time-consuming, and doesn’t need any special equipment that can only be found in a health club. An exercise programme that involves as little as 10 minutes a day can be effective, and there is no reason why you need to exercise for longer than 30 minutes to get a comprehensive workout.

Therefore, to anybody who wants to improve their health & fitness, I would say look first at your diet before rushing out to pay gym fees, and certainly before rushing out to buy the latest fitness machine! Changes to diet takes up no extra time at all (other than the initial time it takes to learn the basics of a good diet – much of which is common sense), and a good diet need not cost any more money than a bad diet. A good, clean diet will maximise the gains you get from exercise.

Then implement a good exercise programme designed around your schedule – the quality of the exercise is more important than quantity, and this being the case, even the busiest schedules can incorporate enough exercise to be effective. Time is better spent researching different exercise techniques and theories than blindly following the cardio-machine herd in the health club. If you have the cash, then money is better spent on good, expert instruction than on club fees and gadgets.

So, ‘too busy’ is no excuse – although I would be too busy if I thought that an hour on the cardio-machines, 4 times a week, was the only way to get in shape. Luckily, it’s not the only way and it’s not that effective either.

Instead:

  • Question your diet and make the necessary changes
  • Remember that 15 minutes of good quality exercise is more effective than 1 hour of poor quality exercise
  • Remember, money is better spent on good instruction from an expert than on access to the latest high-tech fitness machines

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