I woke up this morning with sore legs. That’s not much different than yesterday or the day before for that matter. Funny, I rarely wonder if it’s worth it. Joggling is enough motivation to keep me going even if it means living with sore legs. But there are lot’s of reasons that people find it hard to keep up with an exercise program. Here’s a list I found compiled in Windy City Sports with my own take on it.
Top Ten Fitness Myths that Make Training Harder
1. You have to work out hard and frequently to get fit. No you don’t. I knew this was bogus when I read Covert Bailey’s book Fit or Fat. It’s really quite good. Three 20 minute exercise sessions a week is plenty. Joggling is an excellent way to blow 20 minutes and so is regular juggling. And they are great fun. Much more fun than an elliptical machine or a stationary bike. Who the hell wants to use those things?
2. It’s fun so it can’t be good for me. That’s nuts. Any activity that gets your heart pumping and your butt off the couch is good. And if it’s something you enjoy (like joggling perhaps) you’ll be more likely to stick with it. So learn to juggle and get fit.
3. Eating protein supplements will make me muscular. Supplements are a waste of money, especially protein supplements. Complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables are the best source of energy to use for exercise. Strength training builds muscle not protein supplements. Don’t try to short-cut your training with miracle pills. They don’t work.
4. No pain, No gain. It doesn’t need to hurt to be worthwhile. Of course, if you are endeavoring to be a world class joggler, the truth is, it will hurt. But it’s the times when you hurt that remind you you are alive.
5. You can eat anything you want because you exercise. What?! This isn’t true? That would explain why I’m still hovering around 190 pounds despite the fact that I ‘ve logged over 800 joggling miles this year. I suppose the 89 candy bars I’ve eaten may have contributed.
6. You can never exercise too much. Moderate exercise is good but there is a point when you do it too much and lower your immune system. There have been studies to show that marathoners get more colds than non-marathoners. It hasn’t been true for me, as I rarely get sick, but a study is a study. And if we’re not going to believe science, who can we believe?
7. You should exercise at a low intensity to lose weight. You see those settings on the treadmill. Get in your “fat burning zone”. Well it’s a bunch of bunk. It turns out that weight loss (or gain) boils down to a simple equation
Amount of Weight (gain/loss) = Calories Burned – Calories consumed.
Eat less, juggle more. That’s the only magic formula there is.
8. Strength training bulks you up and aerobic exercise makes lose weight. See myth number 7. Strength training does build muscle but for every 2 pounds of muscle you gain, you lose 3.5 pounds of fat. And did you know studies have shown that running can actually lead to a “beer gut” because of the constant up and down pounding your abdomen takes. If you’re not doing ab exercises, those love handles will never disappear.
9. Food eaten after 8 pm will turn into fat. Interesting but not true. Your body doesn’t have different metabolic pathways to digest food based on what time of day it is. And it doesn’t shut down at nighttime. Even as you sleep your body needs energy so digestion keeps going even if your brain shuts down. You don’t stop breathing at night right? You don’t stop digesting either.
10. Joggling is impossible. No way. Anyone who can run can also joggle. The first thing you do is learn to juggle. Then combine it with your running. In no time you will be winning your division (the joggler division) in every race. Unless of course you get in a race with Michal or Zach. Those guys are fast!