May 9, 2016
The answer is yes, IF YOU FOLLOW MY 10 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL HEALTH (because healthy bodies don't like to carry excess baggage!)
TIP #6: DON’T JUST EXERCISE, GET FUNCTIONALLY FIT!
Go ahead and Google the word “fit”…I guarantee several thousand results will pop up that all go something like: “performing favorite activities enthusiastically and without pain for the rest of your life.”
Just because you can run a marathon doesn’t mean you’ll never tear a muscle or break a bone. Muscle bound gym-rats often have posture imbalances and flexibility issues. And the average American has bigger fish to fry than simply wanting to tone their abs or arms…MOST people today are overweight or dealing with chronic illness, injuries, or pain, (or all of the above!) The bottom line is that gym workouts and machines are often irrelevant for most people because they can’t train you for real-life activities AND THEY CAN BE BORING (remember the only exercise anyone will ever do is what they like!) That’s why I’m a HUGE advocate of functional fitness and body weight-only exercise because no matter where you go you always have your body, right?
Did you know that most exercise machines were designed to rehab injured muscles? Contrary to popular belief, all that’s really required for a great workout are a couple of pieces of small equipment and about 6 square feet of space because the human body can actually only execute seven basic movement patterns: squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, twist & gait. Even the most complex movements, no matter how small, are really only variations of these “Pillars of Human Movement.”
So what’s a true fitness-seeker to do?
So ditch the machines and the gym membership AND GET FUNCTIONAL…your health AND YOUR WAISTLINE will thank you for it!