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.
We have all seen the commercials selling those exercise devices that you strap on to a body part and it promises to work your muscles. And how about the “delicious” shake that promises weight loss. It better be delicious if that is all you are going to ingest for the next 30 to 60 days!
The secret I want to let you in on is that weight loss and fitness are not as difficult as these diet pushers want you to believe.
The average person is advised to eat between 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day. If you were to count those calories you would see that it’s a great deal of food. Why would you replace your caloric intake with a shake filled with chemicals when you can take in those calories by eating actual food?
The benefits of choosing food over a shake are endless, but mostly you are training yourself how to eat properly in order to fuel, not just feed your body.
Fitness is the other thing these quick-fix-gurus want to demonize. This is why we are constantly seeing commercials for these muscle stimulation devices suggesting you can relax on the couch while your abs get a workout, but the fine print advises you to exercise for best results.
The bottom line here is that we have to come to terms with the fact that health and fitness are not going to be as easy as doing nothing, but it certainly is not as difficult as so many of these advertisers want us to believe. If I had to give anyone advice, regardless of where they are in their journey to weight loss and physical fitness is to begin by making friends with food and fitness. Determine the recommended caloric intake for your body and then introduce some exercise, be it walking or an aerobics class, and then keep doing that! I don’t think that is so hard, and it’s far more delicious and rewarding than a shake on the couch with some vibrating heating pad strapped to your stomach!
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September 12th, 2010