The following is an excerpt from the first draft of my next book. It will be a compilation of tips and actionable ideas for self-improvement. I have not decided on the title yet.
Diet alone will only get you so far. A diet without exercise will make you “skinny fat.” You will be skinny, but the mass you do have will be made up of fat, not muscle. It is also unhealthy. You want to be lean and fit. That’s where the exercise part comes in.
Disclaimer: In this article, I discuss my own opinions and observations on health topics. I am not a doctor. The information here is only views and opinions, not medical advice. Please consult your physician before making any changes that might affect your health.
There is an adage that holds a lot of truth: diet to lose weight, exercise to gain muscle. To look good and feel good, you need to be fit. Fit means less fat and more muscle. Muscle is not just for men either. Women also look and feel better when they exchange fat for muscle. Some people call it “toning” or “firming.” If you’re a woman, don’t worry about getting big bulky muscles. You don’t have the hormones for it. It also doesn’t happen overnight, as much as many men wish it did.
There are many different types of fitness, depending on your goals. Cardiovascular fitness involves the ability of your heart and lungs to provide oxygen to produce energy. Strength training involves building and strengthening muscles. There is also a difference between being “gym fit” and functionally fit. Ideally, you want to be functionally fit. That means varying your exercises daily, maintaining high range of motion, and actually using your body to get real work done.
Exercise is not easy. If it was, you wouldn’t have to read about it in a book and personal trainers would be out of jobs. It takes special effort and willpower to start a new exercise routine.