Dangerous oils and sugars

There’s so much new research (and old stuff that was ignored coming to light) that is teaching us about the good and bad effects different foods and components of foods have on our bodies.

To date, nutritional information has been confusing, misleading and contradictory.  That is mostly because parts of studies or findings are taken out of context and blown out of proportion by the media.  If anyone actually took the time to read studies that are quoted by the media, most times, they’d see that the findings were not at all what the media is saying.

But boring, uninteresting facts don’t sell papers and magazines.  And it is hard to promote a miracle product when the science doesn’t support it.

So marketers, promoters and the general media (and anyone else with a product to sell) will pull sentences and ‘facts’ out of studies (and even totally contradict the study) if it helps them to market their product.  Even if what they are saying is totally false.

Today I’m discussing two things you need to avoid as much as possible, or even eliminate from your diet if you can.

One is a sugar and one is a fat.  So here we go.  Bare in mind, I’m not selling a solution to these, I have no product to replace them and I have no vested interest in you eliminating them, besides the fact that I want to help you to improve your health.

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Fructose

Here’s a short list of SOME of the ways fructose will destroy your body:

  • It rots your teeth
  • It makes you fat (in more ways than just excess calories)
  • It can create high blood pressure
  • It can destroy brain cells
  • It feeds cancer
  • It can increase depression and anxiety
  • It destroys your liver and messes with your kidneys
  • And more.  It has no health benefits and is not essential for you body

In short, fructose begins a series of diseases caused by the fact that fructose is turned into fat in your liver.  This can lead to type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity (yes, you get fat), heart disease, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, due to the uric acid created when the fructose is turned into fat it also causes gout, high blood pressure and kidney disease to name a few.

If you’d like more information about this, 2 great reads are by David Gillespie: Sweet Poison and Eat Real Food. Take a look at these easy to read books.  They’ll explain a lot and reference studies too.

In the meantime, remember that all the things that fructose does to your body can be reversed.  So that’s good news.

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Polyunsaturated Fats

Unfortunately, this is not true with the conditions and diseases caused consumption of polyunsaturated fats.    These are largely permanent!

Some of the ways polyunsaturated fats can cause harm are:

  • Cause cancer
  • Contribute to making you blind
  • Can contribute to Parkinsons Disease
  • Increase osteoporosis
  • Major cause of allergies and asthma
  • Give you rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
  • Help fructose to cause heart disease

The David Gillespie book Eat Real Food also explains this in detail; the why and the how.

What foods contain fructose and polyunsaturated oils?

Here’s a list of foods to avoid:

  • Dried Fruit
  • Margarine
  • Fruit Juices
  • Vegetable Juices
  • Jams and honey
  • Tomato and BBQ sauce (and similar)
  • Lollies and yep, chocolate
  • Flavoured waters
  • Flavoured yoghurts
  • Pre-mixed spirits and ciders
  • Vegetable/seed oils
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes and sweet biscuits
  • Most breakfast cereals (including the ‘health section’ ones)
  • Soft drinks
  • Marinated meats/fish/chicken
  • Marinades
  • Most premade jars of pasta or other sauces

Wow, that’s a large list and for lots of you, may have just drastically reduced your grocery bill.

You should also reduce your use of artificial sweeteners too.  In fact, cut them out all together.

What can I eat then?

  • Meat, chicken and fish
  • Seafood (not crumbed or battered)
  • Eggs
  • Whole fruit, especially berries
  • Whole nuts and some seeds (keep seed consumption low)
  • Vegetables of all kinds including all types of potatoes for those going to ask.
  • Unsweetened and unflavoured greek or natural yoghurt
  • Water
  • Real butter and coconut oil
  • Oats – whole rolled – not flavoured varieties

For a comprehensive list of foods that you can eat, fill out your details below

And don’t forget to check out those books. They’re both an easy read with lots of information written in an easy to understand format complete with study references.

 

Easy Ways To Get Fatter

What could you do on a daily or weekly basis to gain body fat? It’s pretty simple really and most of these things can be done without even thinking about them:

  • Drink your calories. This is an easy one. Never choose water and instead, drink soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices and even load up on diet drinks. The only way to drink your water if you want to gain body fat, is to choose flavoured varieties.
  • Go on a strict diet where you cut your calories really low. This is just about guaranteed to get your eating way too much at some point and also will aid you to make bad food choices because you’re so hungry. Can also cause drops in blood sugar which are great for increasing cravings too.
  • Go to bed too late, watch telly in bed, take your phone to bed or develop any other bad sleeping habit. This will cause havoc with your hormones, increase cravings and also cause you to overeat due to a lack of energy and focus. Whatever you do, don’t get more than 6 hours of sleep per night, or, if you must, make sure you get at least 9 or more hours as getting too much sleep can also cause you to overeat. Watching TV or using a computer or other device at night is also a great way to waste time that could otherwise be spent sleeping.
  • Snack or choose foods for meals according to whatever is most convenient and easy to get. Do not under any circumstances try to be organised or prepared. Just grab the easiest thing available especially if it can be ordered and delivered or you can order and pick up within 10 minutes or so. Take away food is great for piling on the kilos. Ditto for being organised during the day with food when away from the home. Do not under any circumstances preprepare snacks and take them with you. Just be sure to grab whatever is available.  Do not pack your own lunch for work, just grab whatever is easiest, quickest or cheapest from the closest cafe or take away shop.
  • Do not undertake physical activity unless it involves taking it easy, having long rests and not overexerting yourself. Best not to do anything though just to be sure.
    If you do anything physical, make sure you undo at least some of the benefits by consuming energy/sports drinks and protein/low carb/energy/etc bars. In case, you accidentally burn any calories while exercising, make sure you replace them with calorie laden flavoured drinks and snacks. Energy/sports drinks are especially good for this.
  • Drink alcohol as often as possible. Even a once per week binge will ensure that fat stores are laid in your body and remain there.  If possible, have at least a glass or two of beer or wine (or other favourite alcoholic drink) most nights as a ‘wind down’ because you deserve it.
  • Have a cheat meal/snack most days. If you can’t force yourself eat whatever you want for an entire day, even just one massive cheat meal per week will undo a lot of what you’ve achieved during the week if you forgot to make bad food choices on a daily basis.
  • Don’t think about what you’re eating and drinking and most definitely don’t record it. Choose solely on availability and taste. Do not think about nutrient content, protein content, calories, fats, chemical additives etc. Just shove it in, in as larger quantities as possible.
  • Eat as much as possible of ‘diet’ products. Anything labelled ‘non-fat, low fat, diet, skinny, lite, light etc’ is great in large quantities. You know you can eat extra of this to put on extra body fat at any time.
  • Be sure to hang around the tea or lunch room at work especially when it’s someone’s birthday or the boss shouts morning tea. Other great places to hang are at kids birthday parties, right next to the food table or at the buffet when out. And always make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand on your desk at work. Especially lollies, choccies and other nibbly food that’s impossible to eat just one of.
  • When you’re feeling bad/upset/angry/lonely/bored, make sure you have on hand an assortment of rubbish foods to medicate yourself with. These are guaranteed to make you feel worse (and guilty) so that any thoughts of making good choices are thrown totally out the window in favour of eating even more crap.  You know you’ll feel bad once you start, so make sure you have plenty to keep going on with.

So there you have it.  Easy ways to put on body fat.  Which ones are you doing?

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It’s easy to get a belly like this

Reality Check – You’re Probably Fat

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As a population, we are getting bigger and bigger, heavier and heavier. Yep, that’s you and me and our families. That’s US, not someone else. WE ARE the population.

3 out of 5 people are overweight, with another 1 out of 5 being obese. That’s 4 out of 5 people over a healthy weight! In many areas (including my location) the figures are higher. More like 3 out of 5 are obese and 1 is ‘just’ overweight. And we are getting fatter and fatter.

Are you one of the 1 out of 5 that’s a healthy weight? Or one of the 4? How do you know?

If your BMI is over 25, you are overweight (I know BMI is not accurate for a small portion of the population, but it’s easy for you to calculate yourself: BMI CALCULATOR)

For a more accurate measure, you can get your bodyfat tested and know for sure (contact me if you’d like a free Body Composition assessment)

Did you calculate your BMI? If not, click the link and do it now

Under 18.5?

You’re underweight and need a program of training and nutrition designed to help you put lean weight on (and possibly some body fat too) You most likely need some health improvements too, but some of those issues will sort themselves out with a program that combines healthy eating and training NOT designed to burn tonnes of fat, but to increase your lean weight.

Between 18.5 and 24.9?

You have a healthy weight and should concentrate of health and athletic performance – yes, even if you’re not an athlete. Staying in this range won’t just ‘happen’ by itself. You need to concentrate on maintaining/improving your health and being as strong and fit as you can.

25 and over?

You’re overweight!! You should be concentrating your training and nutrition on losing body fat. Increasing strength and muscle are NOT what you should be concentrating on. While an effective fat loss program will increase lean mass and strength if you’re just starting out, these should be secondary goals till you lower your body fat. Yes, you should still resistance train, but most of your focus should be on losing excess body fat and improving your nutrition to lower it as soon as you can.

What’s the big deal? I’m happy with my body

While a healthy self-esteem is fantastic, (and something I hope all my clients achieve sooner rather than later) there are many other reasons to get to a healthy weight range. Your body composition is indicative of your overall health status. (That’s why it’s called HEALTHY weight range)

When I do a body composition assessment, you are given a relative disease risk reading for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Included in the calculation is your age, your waist to hip ratio and your body fat percentage. People are usually surprised at their increased risk of these diseases simply because of their excess body fat. And if they have a family history of any of these conditions (which is not included in the calculation) their risk can be even higher. Add to that alcohol consumption, smoking and inactivity and the risk increases substantially.

If you’re overweight, sooner or later, you will suffer from problems related to that excess body fat; heart disease, stroke and diabetes are 3 examples. Others are some cancers and joint problems (yep dodgy knees, hips etc) are 2 more.

There are so many different programs and diets and many of them are good. But the one thing that determines your success in any of them is your ability to stick with them for the long term Yep, your compliance and consistency are what counts the most.

Here are some basic tips that you need to follow regardless of which plan or program you decide to follow:

 

CUT OUR JUNK FOOD AND ALCOHOL

What a tip to start. Yes, if you’re overweight and you want to lose that body fat, which you should, you need to stop eating take away (of any kind) and stop drinking alcohol (sorry, it’s bad news for body composition changes, unless you’re trying to get fatter)

TRAIN

An exercise program on its own won’t keep producing fat loss for long. But…….. part of your program should be to improve your health and your athleticism. So you need to move. Depending on your exact health history, your weight and body fat levels and any injuries or other conditions, exercise for you could mean walking, group fitness, boot camps, CrossFit, personal training, gym or exercising at home with an online training program or videos. Of course, my best suggestion for workouts that increase athleticism and decrease body fat are my own at FitterFaster Check out these options (and others) that we have just here in Maryborough.

EAT MORE SALADS AND VEGETABLES

Your mum was right. Veggies are good for you. No, they are great for you. If you’re not eating them, you’re not achieving great health. Adding more veggies and salads to at least your 3 main meals every day will help you to lose body fat, and improve your health without doing anything else. Don’t skip this. You need lots and lots of veggies and salad every day.

There are no magical secrets to losing excess body fat and improving your health. It takes commitment and consistency, especially if you’ve been overweight for some time. It may take longer than you’d like, but that’s okay. If you’re making progress, that’s what counts.

You can start any time at FitterFaster but I am running a 12 week transformation challenge from February 1st 2016. It’s called the Transform Together Project and you can find details here Registrations close on January 23rd

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Why You Keep Giving Up Your Exercise Routine

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If you’ve ever started on a new fitness kick, you’ve most likely at some stage, also given up.

We’ve all experienced this.  You’re all excited. You buy new gear, you plan it all out and you stick with it religiously for a few days or maybe a few weeks and then you fall off the horse for whatever reason.

It doesn’t mean your ‘bad’ or ‘hopeless’ or whatever else you’ve labelled yourself.  It is hard to start something new and I’ve got lots of ways to make it much more likely that you’ll stick with it and get results.

1. Do Something Other People Are Doing

You probably already know this, but sticking with any new habit is much easier if you’re doing it with someone else.

It could be your partner, your best friend, a work colleague or another relative.  It doesn’t really matter.  Being part of a community of people working towards similar goals works even better.  Having a coach is another way to stick with your new training program.  Whether that be a personal trainer/coach online or in person.

This is why I do group training at FitterFaster.  Even my PeakFit Personal Training sessions are held in small groups.  Turning up to train with the same group of people  builds a camaraderie and a sense of belonging to something bigger.  This is why teams work so successfully.  It’s human nature to work in groups/teams towards something bigger

2. Make The Process The Goal

If you make a goal to be able to run 5km non-stop,be able to lift a certain weight or to lose a certain number of kilos by a set date, you really don’t have total control over that outcome.

What you can control, however, is the PROCESS and HABITS you undertake to achieve your outcome goals.

You can control how much time and effort you put in each day and each week.  All outcome goals are achieved by completing a habit or process over and over again.  Focusing on the outcome and forgetting about the process is a common mistake.

So make process goals such as; I will workout for 10 minutes every day, I will run 4 times per week, I will practice my weight lifting for 3 x 30 minutes each week or I will attend FitForce Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays etc.

Fitness results magically happen when you focus on doing what you need to do each day rather than on your larger outcome goal.

3. Make the Process Small Enough So You Are Certain You Can Achieve It

Pretty much nothing is too small.

Depending on your current fitness level, you could decide to walk for 10 minutes each day and that could be enough to see results.

More often than not, we simply set out to do more than we realistically may be able to achieve each day or each week.  Promising yourself you’ll run every day is probably unrealistic, especially if you have just started running.

Deciding to attend FitterFaster 5 times per week at the beginning of your fitness journey is unrealistic too.  Even if you’ve rounded up a friend to attend with you and you’re both highly motivated, starting out with such high expectations will most likely result in a failure to complete every session and a high chance you’ll give up quickly.  Not to mention the high risk of injury if you do too much too soon.

Consistency is THE KEY to results

Set small process/habit goals as per the point above.  I want to start running, so I’ll start out by run/walking for 20 minutes 3 times per week and walking for 20 minutes 3 other days.  It’s realistic, is less likely to cause injury and because you’re going to be able to achieve it and tick it off, you’re so much more likely to be in the right ‘success’ head space and stay there.

4. Do It Often Enough To Make It A Habit

While you need to set habit goals that you know  you can achieve, you can’t say something like, I’ll train once per week, surely I can do that.

It’s just not regular enough to become a habit.  For something to become a habit, you need to do it at least, a few times per week, maybe even more often.

Using my example above of attending FitterFaster, while expecting yourself to be able to attend 5 times per week at first, is unrealistic, setting a five-times-per-week training schedule is not.

You may decide to attend FitForce 3 days per week and on the other weekdays, go for a walk, or do a short little workout or stretch at home – just 10 minutes is enough to make doing something a habit.

If you’re starting out on your own at home, you’ll be much more successful in the long term if you decide to workout for 20 minutes 5 days per week, than 3 times per week for 60 minutes.  Even though it’s less time overall.

Once you’ve built your habit (and by this, I mean it’s automatic and you just ‘do it’) then you can increase the time or frequency to see continued improvements.

Remember that being consistent is absolutely the number one key to results when it comes to fitness improvements.

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Questions and Answers About FitterFaster

If you’re overweight, or your health is not where you’d like it to be,  why is that?

Advertising, convenience of fast food outlets, long work hours, tiredness, lack of knowledge or confusion and lack of energy.  These are just some of the reasons that people justify why they’re carrying around extra fat and are getting sick so often, as well as having no energy most days.
They’re not the real reasons though.

The real reason is because basically they are eating wrong types of food, they are eating too much of it and they’re being lazy. There’s no way around this truth.

We all have the same number of hours in the day, we shop at the same supermarkets, a lot of us have kids, we have jobs and we all have other commitments.

But some people just go day to day complaining about their situation and never try to do anything to change it.

If you’re like this, there must be a reason you decide to stay this way. Because IT IS possible to change your habits and to get the body you want, both in terms of how you look and how you feel.

IT IS possible to turn everything around. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve failed to do so on previous attempts.

YOU CAN CHANGE RIGHT NOW

Often people are resistant to change because they don’t know what is expected of them to make changes.

Realistically, we may know what we need to do. We may be in denial, or be looking for the next magic bullet. But truth being said, YOU ARE THE MAGIC BULLET.

You have the power to change. No one else can make the decision for you and no one else can stop you or do it for you. It’s all up to you.
If you’ve been thinking about coming along to FitterFaster, but are not sure what to expect, here’s a few things I’m asked the most often:

I’m scared, I’m too unfit, I’ve never done anything like this before

Statements like these are the most common thing I hear first up. Whether my initial contact with a new client is via text, email, phone or in person, almost everyone says that they’re scared and/or not fit enough. This is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about. I absolutely guarantee that once you turn up to train, you’ll feel right at home with other clients and the awesome coaches immediately.

Although the drills will be new to you and you may struggle with some components of the workout, we will be with you all the way to make sure that you’re doing everything right and not doing too much too soon.

We have a Rookie program that all new clients follow.  You’ll have lots of extra breaks and rests, do modified drills and learn to do all the exercises properly from the start.

You will absolutely not be expected to do more than you are capable of!

Every other client was a Rookie once, and most can vividly remember their first sessions and how they felt turning up. You’ll find they are all nothing but supportive and they’ll all make you feel welcome and will encourage you at all times.

We have the best bunch of people to train with and you don’t have to compare yourself to any of them and we never will either.

You will always be coached at your own individual level.  We teach technique first, making sure you’re capable of doing all the drills and exercises without risk of injury before pushing you to train harder.  We are very, very strict on this, so rest assured that you’ll be fine right from your very first session.

I don’t want to keep a food journal.

Keeping one is something that most successful weight losers do. And they keep doing it once they reach their ideal weight from time to time. I do it myself approx every 4-6 weeks for a week or two. It keeps me accountable and shows up bad habits that start creeping in. So ultimately it is up to you to keep the journal or not. I highly recommend it, even if it’s just till you get the hang of it and start developing better habits. If you become one of my clients, you’ll need to keep a Food Journal occasionally but not all the time.  Mostly just if you feel like you aren’t getting the results you thought you should

I’m not sure what to expect in terms of what results I’ll get

You will not be cured of your bad habits in a single day or week. These behaviours have been learned over a long period of time so you cannot expect to unlearn them overnight.

We have also had myths and untruths aimed at us from every direction over the past 20 years or so when it comes to nutrition. Most of it comes from the marketing companies whose job it is to convince you why you need their products. These companies do not have your best interests at heart. So while some of the things I’ll teach you may come pretty easy, other stuff may be a struggle or need extra explanation for you.

But that’s okay No matter where you’re starting from or how expansive or limited your knowledge is,  you can and will learn how to get and keep a healthy fit body.

What do you mean about being positive?

You have to have positive expectations about the program.  If you’re questioning everything, you’ll find it hard to make changes.  Of course I will explain everything to you and if you don’t agree, that is fine too.  But I ask that you at least, give my concepts and ideas a good go before saying they won’t work.

Don’t think about what you can’t have, but what you can have and all the great benefits you are going to get when you start changing your habits and making better choices.

There’s no doubt you will have to give up certain things over time.  Some will find some changes harder than others.  If you’re struggling with anything at any time, I ask that you contact me and we can work out a different tactic or try something different first before trying again.

Ask Yourself; How’s that working for me?

As Dr. Phil would say. Has what you have been doing in the past been working for you?

No?

Well stop dwelling on it then or ask yourself why you are so resistant to change.

Maybe the benefits of staying the same outway the benefits of making the changes for you. If some part of you keeps on making up excuses to not change, then maybe there is a reason for that.

Are you doing what you’re doing now because there are benefits?

You need to weigh up the pros and cons of not changing anything and making changes.  Which will you choose?

In the end, I can provide information, I can provide encouragement, I can teach you how to exercise effectively and push you at training if necessary.  I can even provide extra incentives and bonuses but I cannot do it for you.

I am proof that this works. 100’s of clients have proven it works.  Prove that you have what it takes too.

This is huge and you can be part of it. I have a variety of training packages ranging from direct debit unlimited packages to pay up front session packages.

All include full nutrition plan and support. We have 3 different types of training sessions at this stage:

FitForce – Group Personal Training

PeakFit – Personal Training

Box Out  – Cardio fitness based on boxing

Contact me today to get started on achieving and maintaining your best body ever.

I am happy to answer all your questions before you need to make any decisions and can post out an information package for you today.  To get some more info via email, fill out the form on this page “get more training info”

On 23rd January the 12 Week Transform Together Project registrations close.

With the Project commencing on February 1st 2016, its the ideal time to get started.  The kids are back at school, you’re back into your routine, no more excuses.  Go to Transform Together for more info.

15 More Benefits of Exercise

Everyone has their own reasons for making a decision to improve their life by participating in a fitness program. And while most people are concerned with losing weight and looking better, here are some of the many other potential benefits that a good fitness program will provide:

Loss of body fat

Do you know that when you attempt to lose weight by dieting alone, you end up losing some fat, but also lean muscle? Also, calorie restriction causes your body to slow down your metabolism, so as soon as you increase calorie intake again, the fat comes back on faster than ever. I’m sure many of you have experienced this in the past.

A strategy built around sound nutrition and exercise can help you maximize fat loss while maintaining or even gaining valuable lean muscle.

Weight control

Unlike diets, a sound nutrition and exercise strategy will lead to a lifetime of stable weight, getting you off of the weight loss – weight gain roller coaster that comes with diets.

A fad diet may get you back into those pants again for a month, but a well thought out fitness lifestyle can keep you in them forever.

Increased metabolism

Contrary to popular perception, a fast or slow metabolism is not a gift or curse you are given at birth. It is easy to blame your metabolism for weight gain, but in reality, we are NOT the victims of our metabolism, rather we are the CREATORS of our metabolism.

While calorie restricted diets literally destroy your metabolism, a properly designed exercise and nutrition plan can dramatically fire up your metabolism so you burn more calories all day, every day.

Increased muscular strength and endurance

Whether you participate in competitive sports, or just participate in activities of daily living such as carrying your child up and down the stairs or lifting the groceries out of the car, increased strength will allow you to perform better.

Increased cardiorespiratory efficiency and endurance

Do you get winded just going up a flight of stairs? In less time than you think, a properly designed training program can deliver marked improvement in your endurance. Research has repeatedly shown that a regular exercise routine improves the performance of the cardiorespiratory system.

Do you realize that if you were able to reduce your resting heart rate by only 5 beats per minute, that would translate into 7200 fewer times per day your heart needs to beat? That is more than 50,000 fewer beats per week! That is a lot less work that our heart will need to do.

Increased bone, ligament, and tendon strength

Resistance training and weight bearing exercise not only strengthen the muscles but also strengthen the skeletal system and connective tissues as well.

This will greatly reduce your risk of injury, not just now, but make it a lot less likely that you will fall victim to the so-called inevitable hip replacement etc in later years.

Increased muscle mass

Along with an improved physical appearance, increased muscle mass causes you to burn more calories throughout the day. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue and is the furnace in your body where fat is actually used for energy.

More muscle means faster metabolism.

Reduction in resting blood pressure

Did you know that high blood pressure increases the risk for coronary heart disease, and can cause heart attacks or strokes? According to the American Heart Association, one in four adult Americans has high blood pressure, and nearly a third of them do not realize it.

Of the 50million sufferers, nearly half are women. While medications are often warranted, lifestyle changes including improvements in nutrition and regular exercise are key elements in the control of blood pressure. Many people find that they can reduce or remove their need for medications when they improve their lifestyles instead.

Improvements in cholesterol levels

Cholesterol, a fatty substance found in cells and blood, is necessary for many normal bodily functions. Unfortunately many people have cholesterol readings that are too high – 200 and above – putting them at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

If you are overweight, losing body fat can reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol, and as little as thirty minutes of intense exercise on most days can help improve overall cholesterol levels.

Decreased risk of diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes, where the body makes little or no insulin, is usually diagnosed in childhood. Currently there is no known way to prevent Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes usually occurs in adulthood and is far more common, making up 90% of all cases of the disease. Maintaining an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle are two of the main factors in preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

Decreased risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and bone fragility, which leads to increased risk of fractures. Men, as well as women suffer from it.

Studies have shown that resistance training and weight-bearing exercises are effective in increasing bone mineral density. In fact, exercise is more important than a high calcium intake. Your bones will only get stronger if they are stressed and need to adapt, just like your muscles.

Reduced risk of injury

As noted above, stronger muscles, bones, and connective tissue all contribute to reducing injuries. But regular exercise can also bring on improvements in balance, agility and muscle control that can help prevent slips and falls that could otherwise cause injuries.

Improved self-esteem and sense of well being

There is truth in the saying “When you look good, you feel good.” The positive changes brought on by a structured exercise and supportive nutrition program are not only physical. Increased confidence, energy, and vitality are all benefits of a fitness lifestyle.

Improved posture

Whether it is behind a desk at work, behind the wheel of a car, or on the couch watching TV, we all spend a lot more time than we should on our butts. These positions lead to lower back problems, weak and rounded shoulders, tight chest muscles, and a hunched over posture.

A properly designed exercise program can address these issues, and help undo the damage we unintentionally do to our bodies all day. By activating the muscles that don’t get used enough in our daily lives (like the whole posterior chain), bad posture and common complaints such as backaches can disappear.

Decreased stress

Studies have shown that exercise causes the brain to release endorphins and other neurotransmitters that actually help to improve your mood and leave you relaxed. Many Bootcampers train solely for the mental aspects only.

Overall improved health

The health benefits of exercise have been known for thousands of years, as evidenced by this quote:

“Speaking generally, all parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised inlabors to which each is accustomed, become healthy and well developed and age slowly. But, if unused and left idle, they come liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.”Hippocrates 370BC

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