I’m trying to lose weight, I NEED to do more cardio!

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If you have ever said this I think you might be missing the point a little. I don’t blame you by the way because it is a confusing world out there when it comes to information about what to do when trying to get healthy and maybe lose a few kg’s or a lot.

There is this impression that weight loss comes from sweating hard in an aerobic workout of some kind, weight training and mobility work won’t help at all. Now I am not going to tell you that it is a waste of time like some crazy people are asserting. There are statements out there that drive me a little crazy. “Cardiovascular training will make you fat!” Great headline for sure but is it true?

Here is what I think and what science is telling us, as well as a bit of common sense. Don’t ever discount what your gut tells you. So is it a simple equation of burn more energy to create a deficit in relation to what goes in versus what goes out? I would say yes to that. The qualifier however, is in what mechanism in your body allows this to happen? I see it as a very complicated process depending on how your personal metabolism works, so here is what I think is the smartest and most scientific approach.

Simply start moving more and eating better….. That can’t be it surely? Scientific you said? The scientific approach is based around testing a hypothesis and if the variables you test lead to the result you were expecting then consider confirmed until your regular measuring or testing reveals otherwise….The fact is that you don’t really know until you apply the strategy, adhere to it for a considerable and reasonable length of time and then measure your results (and commit to regular retesting!). Most people take a haphazard approach and therefore can’t make any sound assertions about anything. I believe you start simple and if that doesn’t work, then move on to the next strategy but make sure you give it a proper go.

So the hierarchy of seeing what works, starts with my ridiculously simple statement above – move more, eat better Common sense says that it has a great chance of working. Common sense also says that if you have an old injury or even a current injury that you must deal with that as a priority. For example, if you have a very suspect back, doing high intensity kettle bell swings because of a belief that strength based cardio is superior to treadmill walking would not be smart. This is why we will be making sure that participants in our 8 week challenge will do classes and training that suits them as individuals. It is not going to be one big group that sticks to a blanket type program that might suit 1 or 2 individuals in a group of 20. If you should be walking only and doing gentle core focussed exercises then that is what we will encourage you to do. The right step at the right time. When we do our challenges in the future and starting with the one we are starting next week we will be getting our participants to understand that there is a big picture way beyond the challenge that needs to be paid attention to as much as the excitement of the short term challenge because simply starting something is a reason to be motivated. Do you want great results that lead to a great future, 10, 20 or whatever amount of years you want to keep living for or are you looking at winning a challenge prize in 8 weeks time? The best prize of all is a healthy future and when you really think about it, that is the big goal right and if it means doing a combination of rehab style work and great nutrition for 8 weeks first, before having the foundation to other more challenging and intense activities then so be it.

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