I’m usually pretty mild-mannered, but I’m feeling a bit of a rant coming on as I write this post. I get this way when I feel people being taken advantage of.
Every morning I see these two men at the gym. One is maybe in his 50s—seemingly a super-confident former athlete with visible signs of muscles on his arms but his protruding stomach is a telltale sign that he is no longer as active as he used to be. The other is in his mid-60s—moves very slowly and slightly hunched over, portly man who walks with a limp.
I’ve become intrigued by how these two unlikely friends workout together. Since we workout in close proximity most mornings, I’ve learned quite a bit about these two guys. As it turns out the younger man is a self-proclaimed ‘trainer’ who is teaching what he’s learned to the other man. Each morning, I see the older man performing very questionable exercises such as super-heavy bench presses and rows given to him by his ‘trainer’ that in my opinion can do more harm than good. Ugh!!!!
There’s nothing worse than an over-confident, self-proclaimed anything. Why? Because of their misguided, unwavering belief that if it worked for them, it will work for everyone. But this simply is not true and you only have to look at the thousands of weight loss books on the shelf to tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all blueprint to get healthy or lose weight.
God has designed us uniquely. We are all one-of-a-kind. We all have different body types, different metabolisms, different past experiences, different proportions of fast/slow twitch fibers, different hormone levels, and different needs for food to name just a few variables which impact our results.
Some people need to workout a couple of times per day, while others only need about 20 minutes per day to get similar results. Some do better with moderate carbohydrates, while others seem to gain weight by simply looking at a piece of bread.
So what’s the takeaway from my little rant?
1. No two bodies are alike, therefore, no two programs should be alike.
2. What works for one person may not work for you. If you see a ‘guru’ promoting how they lost 100 pounds, be sure they’re not going to give you a cookie cutter program. Understand what your body needs to be healthy and go in with your eyes wide open knowing that you will have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decision to choose the right program for you.
3. Are you always looking for the perfect program? Be mindful of programs that give you a blanket diet or exercise program to do. Yeah, it might be easy to follow, but how do you know if it’s right for your body’s needs. See your doctor, naturopath, or nutritionist and learn what your body needs and then proceed accordingly.
4. Beware of the self-proclaimed gurus. Are they trained in health? Body mechanics? Nutrition? Psychology? Ensure their training aligns with your needs and make sure that they have success with a variety of different body types, otherwise, find someone who can cater to your specific needs.
5. As a Christian woman, choose a program that will address body, soul, and spirit. You’ve probably tried a number of other programs that did not include your faith and you probably felt like something was missing, right? If God is the center of your life then shouldn’t that be reflected in everything you do, including your health program?My sister, there is no perfect program but with prayer and doing your homework, you can find the program that's perfect for you. Click To Tweet
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