Give it a reason to!
By our very nature we’re adaptive creatures. Its a survival mechanism. Our bodies are designed to conserve energy and acclimate to our surroundings. This means that the more lean muscle we have the higher our metabolic rate, requiring our bodies to expend more energy in order to maintain that extra muscle. Given our current state of evolution our bodies are constantly fighting to keep our caloric requirements as low as possible since it wasn’t until the last couple thousand years or so that we had food so abundantly without having to go to such great lengths to obtain it, and it wasn’t until the last hundred years that we took it to a whole new level by refining and processing our foods rendering them devoid of any substantial nutrition. Now 2,000 years might seam like plenty of time for our bodies to evolve into not defaulting to love handles so damn easily, but if you consider that anatomically “modern” humans originated over 200,000 years ago, it’s a little easier to understand how it might be a few more years until our bodies can properly metabolize pancakes. Even if they are whole wheat. It also helps us understand the fitness law of “use it or lose it” which basically means if you’re not giving your body a reason to keep that lean muscle then atrophy will be taking place to some degree or another.So, if you or someone you know has recently suffered from the “I workout but I just don’t see results” blues. Chances are your body has simply done what it does best; Adapted! Think about it, if you’re not getting the results you want its most likely a reflection of your training. Now granted we all store body fat differently depending on our unique genetic disposition but I’d be willing to bet my breakfast muffin (just kidding) that if you’re current routine isn’t shedding those extra pounds or building that extra muscle for you its because your body’s current level of conditioning has adapted the amount of work you’re doing and therefor has no reason to release that stored fat (energy) or build extra muscle (requires energy). Here are some ways to tell if you need to step up your training:
- Are you sweating within the first 10 minutes?
- Are you exhausted by the end of your workout?
- Do you take breaks because you NEED to rather than want to ?
If you answered YES to these questions then Congrats! You’re on your way to achieving fitness greatness (assuming you’re not going home to a bowl of ice cream of course..)If you answered NO to any of these then it’s probably time to reassess what you’re doing in relation to where you want to be. If your goal is to simple keep moving and you don’t care so much for aesthetics then fine, I get that, stick with light to moderate functional exercises. BUT, if you want the body, you need to do the work. period.
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To your health,