Are ‘Fitness Challenges’ in the best interest for you?
If you haven’t noticed lately as the spring season approaches, every Gym, Personal Trainer and or Boot Camper is launching some sort of ‘Challenge’. Anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks, there are challenges appearing left right and center to entice everybody to get the body you want for the summer….
The sheer term ‘challenge’ conjures up the image of grueling, punishing, exhausting and demanding workouts where you are going to be pushed to your limit with the hope that by the end of the ‘challenge’ you would have lost weight or improved your fitness…….Some might say, that’s great, that’s me, that’s what I want to achieve….and if that’s you, go for it and good luck.
Now lets consider the much greater percentage of people that sign up as a desperate plea to loose those extra kilos that they have been carrying around on and off for years. Statistics show that most people who participate in “challenges” or fad type training and dieting will just go back to their old habitual ways of training, destructive eating habits and put all the weight back on …if not more. So is the real challenge after the challenge?
I see so many people in my counseling practice that are confused and frustrated about what to eat and how to train to loose weight and get fit. Everyday I help people break through the insanity of loosing weight and then putting it all back on again. Dieting and then binge eating, doing no training and then trying to flog themselves to achieve a so-called goal, or challenge that they have signed up for.
Over the coarse of this blog I will share some people’s experiences and how crippling and destructive this ‘challenge’ and ‘quick fix’ training and dieting concept can be to people’s lives.