The numbers on your scale don’t indicate whether you are fit or fat. Far more significant than your total body weight is the composition of your body tissue.
A small amount of fat is needed for padding the internal organs and as insulation under the skin. Excess fat leads to diseases like diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and gallbladder problems.
The issue now is how to resolve the problem.
The issue with most of us who want to lose weight is that we tend to focus more on getting those numbers lower than the numbers we’re seeing now. What happens next is that we strive harder to achieve a ‘lower’ weight, according to the “ever reliable” result of the scale.
It would be more important to think of the human body as a heat-exchange engine that works on the basic principles of energy physics. The caloric balance equals the total calorie intake minus the total calorie expenditure.
Some of the calories people ingest are used for basal metabolism. As people get old, their bodies require fewer calories for this basic upkeep. Some calories are excreted as waste products. Some go into “work metabolism,” the energy expenditure required for any physical activity.
Hence, if people take in more calories than are used by these functions, there is a definite caloric excess. By the laws of physics, energy is transformed rather than destroyed. In this case, each excess of 3,500 calories is changed into a pound of fat. If we want to reverse this process, we have to burn up 3,500 calories to lose a single pound. Ouch.
Winning the War On Fat
When you think of fighting fat with exercise, you probably think of hours of hard, sweaty exertion. If this is how your brain works, you won’t get very far. This is because those think about losing more in terms of exerting more effort, tend to get bored easily (I’m one of those people).
Why? Because experts contend that when people exert more effort than what they’re capable of doing, creates a tendency to develop weariness and dissatisfaction. So they give up, stop doing their routine exercises, and end up sulking in the corner with a bag of chips.
Now, you might ask, “So what should I do instead?”
The answer: cross training.
After some intensive studies and experiments, health experts were able to come up with the concept of incorporating cross training in order to overcome or break the monotony in an exercise program.
Cross training refers to integrating diverse movements or activities into a person’s conventional exercise routine.
The main purpose of incorporating cross training into an exercise program is to avoid muscle damage and to put a stop to boredom.
Three of the most commonly used cross training activities are swimming, running, and cycling.
In cross training, distance is one way to extend your activity as your condition improves. For this reason, you need to go for a measured distance.
If possible, swim the course and measure the distance. If you’ll be using a running track, these courses usually are a quarter-mile per lap for a complete circuit.
Cross training offers a variety of benefits for fitness and fat loss. It builds up the strength and endurance of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It has also some tranquilizing effects on the nerves, and it burns up calories as much as it makes your “losing weight” more bearable.
Cross training has three basic benefits:
1. Endurance exercises to condition the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and to induce relaxation.
These begin with a careful planned walking and jogging regimen, depending on fitness level.
2. Exercises to strengthen the muscles, particularly those important to good posture.
These include some activities that are selected to encourage some people who are already burnt out on a particular routine.
3. Exercises to improve joint mobility and prevent or relieve aches and pains.
These consist of a series of static stretching positions that are safe and effective for most of the people who wish to try to lose some fat.
Cross training is a great way to modify the concept of exercising and losing fat without having to endure monotonous activities.
Boiled down, cross training is certainly one way to have some fun while exercising or working out.
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