By Bill Hemmer
When was the last time you saw a fat antelope?
If you don’t believe this is true, how about this? Are sprinters any less lean and fit than distance runners? High School and College wrestlers only have 3-minute periods of activity and look how lean they become? In your everyday life, you always work in intervals. You chase the dog or kids then you rest. You bring in the groceries then you rest. You mow the lawn and then you rest. This is what your body has been designed to do.
The next myth you have to overcome is by being active, you can get and stay fit. How many people do you know who are active all day long at their job and are still out of shape and obese? How many mothers do you know who never sit down during the day because of all the activities they do, but still can’t control their weight? Normal everyday activity doesn’t create enough metabolic activity! This is because your body will adapt to the activity over a short period of time and you will never lose any fat.
The key to fitness and your future is not hours in the gym or looking at the number of calories you burn. It is the amount of metabolic stimulus you can create with your exercise. High intensity short duration training creates enough metabolic stimuli to burn calories for many hours or days after the training is completed.
The fact is…if you gain just 4 extra pounds of muscle doing high intensity short duration exercise you will burn more calories per day than a runner who runs 2 miles a day, 7 days a week. Adding muscle is the absolute best way to fitness.
So, what has slowed down your metabolism?
There are 4 major reasons your metabolism has slowed down to a crawl. First is your genetic environment. Second is the amount of muscle you currently have available to burn fat. The third reason is your functional physiology. This reason includes problems with your thyroid gland, adrenal glands and digestive issues, such as, food allergies and something called a leaky gut. The final reason is the food choices you are currently making. If you are not eating enough of the right kind of food, you will never be able to live your life to the fullest.
Your current environment plays a crucial role in how well your metabolism is working. Current research has proven 70 percent of your metabolic capacity is under direct control of the environment you find yourself in. Only 30 percent is under the strict control of your DNA. Just because your parents were sick or obese, doesn’t mean you are destine to go down the same path? If you can change your internal and external environment to create a new and healthy lifestyle including exercise, real food, solid loving relationships and a culture of thankfulness, you can literally change the expression of 70 percent of your genetic environment. How cool is that?
We have already talked about the importance of increasing your muscle mass. It really doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 95 years old, every person can increase the amount of muscle they have. As long as you have life in your body, you can build muscle. The best news is you don’t have to go to a gym. You can learn simple effective muscle building exercises to do at home. We will continue to go into greater detail about muscle building as you continue your journey to creating your own personal healthy lifestyle.
See you next week.