It’s time to move further and achieve more than you ever thought was possible. Pick a direction and move.
Did you know that your body is a resource God gave you. Just like anything else you have, you need to use that resource wisely for the purpose it was created for and return it with interest.
You have to maintain it the right way, you have to strengthen it and you have to use it for the intended purpose so you don’t break it. Even though we may not all have the same physical abilities, we all have a responsibility to be good stewards of what we were given.
Even as we get older, we can still be healthy and fit with energy and wisdom to advance the Gospel. But, we can’t do that if we don’t put in some effort to maintain this resource.
What are you doing today to be a good steward of the physical body God has given you?
One of the biggest myths is that you can lose fat in an area of the body by strength training or exercising that specific body part.
The truth is that you can’t lose fat from a specific area like that.
The best way to get rid of excess fat is to combine a healthy nutrition plan and exercise regularly. Resistance training will increase muscle mass, and it forces fat to divide into the broader surface area. That makes you look more fit.
We cannot dictate where our bodies will decide to oxidize fat, nor can we change fat into muscle.
Doing tricep focused exercise will not decrease the number of fat cells you have on the back of your arms any more than doing crunches will reduce the number of fat cells you have on your stomach.
But, the increase in muscle size will help the overall look as fat does decrease due to regular exercise. And that bigger muscle will fill in the skin and reduce the “flap factor”. This is not a technical term, I made that one up myself. So, tone it up as part of a regular weekly exercise routine.
We run this race because God has given us a crown. We don’t need to win the crown, we just have to receive it.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 NASB
Run. Endure. Finish Strong.
Understanding your health and physique goals and programming to those goals is very important.
I am not the fastest and I am not a body builder, but I have achieved most of my health and physique goals.
There is a balance in my training between endurance and resistance training to achieve those goals. I want heart health, weight loss and a muscular physique. At the same time, I want to eat the foods I love.
So, I can’t over index on endurance training if I want continuing muscle growth. Yet, for cardiovascular health and an efficiently running “motor”, I need the aerobic endurance training.
Below us an excerpt from a really boring study to help us all understand this.
Chronic endurance/aerobic training, in the absence of regular anaerobic training (e.g. resistance training and/or high intensity interval training) provides ONLY a catabolic stimulus to the body. It does not provide an anabolic (muscle building) stimulus.
There also seems to be an inverse relationship between endurance and both muscle hypertrophy and rate of force production (i.e. you aren’t going to get bigger and stronger by engaging only in endurance training — the opposite will occur).
This is partly because muscle fibers adapt by becoming smaller in size so that, along with an increase in mitrochondrial and capillary density and function, there is less muscle mass for oxygen to diffuse through to enter the cells, which assists in allowing the muscles to be much more efficient in consuming oxygen and increasing aerobic capacity — oxygen can get into the cells more quickly.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you pushing aerobic training too much? Maybe you are hitting the resistance training and forgot about the health benefits of aerobic exercise?
Do you need guidance on creating an exercise plan to meet your goal? If so, set up a call with me to get started.