Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
I realize I harp a great deal on the sensibilities of achieving a healthy and fit body by adopting better eating and exercise habits. Like you, I am subjected to constant advertising and word-of-mouth systems that promise to reduce your weight and have you super model fit in record time. The temptation for immediate results is tempting to all of us. Whether you want to make a million dollars overnight or develop an enviable figure, the idea of having it happen quickly has led many to discover that you can achieve it just as fast as you lose it.
The downfall to ‘instant’ is that you skip all the important steps that will help you sustain your achievement. Like many overnight millionaires, many are in ruins after just a short time of receiving their wealth. The same is true with quick weight loss. When you dive into the pool of ‘instant’ you are robbed of the discipline and experience necessary to maintain your results. Adopting a weight management system that helps you lose weight gradually will give you the tools necessary to reduce your caloric intake, the necessary amount and type of exercise and the education you need to take control of your immediate and long-term fitness goals.
Advertisers would have you believe that eating healthy is difficult, expensive and tastes disgusting and that exercising is worse than serving a prison sentence. The truth is that healthy foods can be easy to find, inexpensive and taste great. The benefits of eating a fruit versus just drinking the juice are two fold because you get the great flavor but all the other nutrients in the fruit that are stripped away in the juicing process. And exercise also boasts some wonderful side benefits. Aside from the benefits to your body, it reduces your stress and builds your confidence.
“Instant” is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to things I value, I’d prefer doing all the necessary work to insure “long lasting” results.
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January 16th, 2012