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The Real Rules of Fitness

Rules of Fitness

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The world of fitness – just like the world of weight loss –  is complicated.
There’s lots of advice everywhere you look, and pretty much everyone is a fanatic about the one thing that they will swear by as the very “best” way to get in shape (crossfit, yoga, etc.).
The truth?
What works for you may be different from what works for everyone else, and that’s perfectly okay.
Here are 3 of my cardinal rules of fitness…

Something For Everyone:

I know it’s really easy to hear fitness or exercise advice from others and immediately come up with reasons why you can’t do what they’re suggesting. I mean, I really know. The truth is that I have had both of my hips reconstructed and now have to carefully consider my options when it comes to exercise. Does this mean that I use it as an excuse to do nothing? Definitely not. I may not ever be a runner or a skier, but I can walk, and swim, and bike…so I do.
There really is a way for everyone to get some form of exercise into their lives…whether they are overweight, elderly, or have other limitations.

Pain Does Not Equal Gain:

Forget the old adage. Getting fit does not require you to strain yourself, and it doesn’t need to involve blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe a little sweat). If you are a body builder and you love to push your limits, that’s great. But if you are intimidated by exercise, don’t be. You do not have to push yourself past your limits, it can be defeating and put you at risk for injury. It’s perfectly okay to start with baby steps and work your way up…every little bit counts.

(Almost*) Nothing Happens Overnight:

Fitness is a process, and you will not see massive results overnight. Just like with weight loss, it takes time (and you shouldn’t believe anything that promises otherwise). Sometimes it’s hit or miss to find the routine that fits your life, but it’s great when you do. Don’t be disheartened though, results will come, and it is an amazing process to suddenly realize that’s your pants are too big or to watch muscles begin to take shape.
*Bonus: The thing that will happen quickly is that exercise can make you feel better. It raises endorphins, lowers anxiety, and has even been shown to be an effective treatment for depression.
For more great fitness advice from one of my favorite bloggers, check out this link…