To me that’s what fitness is all about….preferences. Its such an important aspect for leading a healthy lifestyle…but it certainly doesn’t come in a ‘one size fits all package’. Similar to eating philosophies in my opinion…I get a bit peeved when people start preaching about their uber specific way of eating. I think as along as you are trying to make good choices when it comes to fitness or eating, you’re doing a hell of a lot better than most people out there! Just being aware of healthy choices is a step in the right direction!
A little background on where this post is going…a few days ago I discovered another Podcast obsession! In search of something similar to Jillian’s (since I listened to EVERYONE of her podcasts already!), I came across Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone. I was hooked from the first episode! Carla and Shauna have awesome personalities for podcasting and I love the connection they have to the blog world….its makes them so relatable! Plus I love when they discuss bloggers I actually know!
Anyways the episode I listened to today was filled with readers questions…a lot of them surrounding fitness and workout preferences. The ever popular questions of….
When should I workout?
Should weights come before cardio or cardio before weight?
These questions are similar to those that come up surrounding food (i.e.. what ‘diet’ is the best? what time should I stop eating for the day? no carbs after 1?). And my perspective on the answers to these questions is pretty much the same as well. Do what works for you!
The ladies brought up a great point…maybe if you are an Olympic athlete or training for a professional event, then you should focus on the details of your fitness regiment. But for overall health and happiness, DO WHAT YOU CAN WHEN YOU CAN.
Sure there may be studies out there that show one way of working out is optimal or working out at a certain time will produce better results…but to me, as long as you are moving in some way, then you’re doing yourself a whole lot of good.
I keep comparing people’s attitudes about food to those surrounding fitness because in a lot of ways they really are similar! Just as certain diet trends come and go every few years (right now gluten free and paleo seem to be go to ones), fitness fads do the same. Cross fit, anyone? The shift from cardio centered workout routines to heavy lifting?
People get on board with these trends and then start contradicting everything they ever said about what they used to do in regards to eating or working out. They have these apparent ‘epiphanies’…as if they have finally seen the light and are now on the path to ultimate health because they’ve jumped on the latest band wagon.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one way of eating or working is ever going to be proven to be the be all end all! There will always be someone out there who swears by their own personal beliefs and those that will follow those beliefs.
Overall, I would have to agree with what Shauna and Carla said about these kind of questions. It’s not that there is a right or wrong way of being fit, it’s just that people have preferences. And preferences are fine…they’re a good thing! They’re what make us unique! But when we start imposing our specific preferences on other people that’s when bad things can happen. People start to feel inadequate and like they don’t live up to others when they really should just embrace their own capabilities.
Pheeeeeew….sorry for the long rant! I didn’t really know where I was going with all that but I felt inspired after listening to the two girls chat! Keep it up ladies! I am loving the discussions!
What are your fitness preferences?
Morning or evening exerciser?
If I am able to, I like working out in the morning best! It just gets my day started on the right foot and I also don’t fall into the trap of getting demotivated as the day goes on. But I am not opposed to afternoon or evening exercising….I just like to move!
Cardio before weights or weights before cardio?
If I am doing weights and cardio at the same time then I always do cardio before weights…if I do the reverse I always feel to tired for cardio. But if I am breaking up my workout into two different times in the day (i.e.. weights in the morning and cardio at night or vice versa), then I don’t really care what comes first.
And before I go…
July Blogging Challenge Day 15- What is the last good deed you did for someone?
Today while I was riding my bike I noticed a car that pulled up beside me had both it’s brake lights out. I got the driver’s attention and it turns out they didn’t even realize! Saved them some major money in tickets right there lol!
Have a happy day, friends!