Friday, November 20, 2009

What Are You Waiting For?

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. - Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman)

At some point in time, our society was convinced that being healthy and fit needed to be a complicated and lengthy undertaking. Unfortunately, this has paralyzed many people in their attempt to embark on a proper exercise and nutritional program and for some, it has just given them another reason - or better stated - excuse, for not doing some form of physical fitness and eating right. Here’s an example: I once had a brief (thank God) conversation with a doctor who was no longer exercising because his schedule did not allow him to continue with his normal 5 days a week, 2 hour per training session program. I posed the idea of reducing his 10 hours a week in the gym to doing some type of exercise 2 -3 times a week for 20 - 30 minutes and explained that this is an extremely efficient and effective way of becoming stronger and better conditioned (assuming particular parameters were met). His response was "that's not enough time; I need more than that to get any benefits." To which I responded "A little of something beats a whole lot of nothing."

It’s very simple folks; my recommendation of infrequent, short duration workouts is not a compromise but a productive approach to becoming stronger, healthier, leaner and more functional. - Fred Fornicola