Which exercise program should I start????
Ok everyone, Good Morning!!! Sept 16, 2010
So I’ve made my Oath of Paleo Health to all of you, and so far it’s going very well. Since I finished my third water fast my weight has been stable, 165lbs, 75kg, which is excellent, because the body has a mind of it’s own. It can decide to downregulate or upregulate its metabolism, fool around with its hormones, retain or release more toxins or nutrients….. Which is why calories in calories out just don’t work, and why diets and water fasting for weight loss doesn’t cut it! It’s called Human homeostasis:
Human homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to physiologically regulate its inner environment to ensure its stability in response to fluctuations in the outside environment and the weather. The liver, the kidneys, and the brain (hypothalamus, the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system) help maintain homeostasis. The liver is responsible for metabolizing toxic substances and maintaining carbohydrate metabolism. The kidneys are responsible for regulating blood water levels, re-absorption of substances into the blood, maintenance of salt and ion levels in the blood, regulation of blood pH, and excretion of urea and other wastes.
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_homeostasis
So, unless you change your life your body will just take back what you forcibly took away from it, and then some!!!! Ok, enough preachy willy already!, That ain’t my Paleo Style!
Changes comes with a clear vison and specific objectives!
There, I’ve said it, so what do I want to do with my body? Optimal health for sure, nutrition is half the story, this post is now about the other half: Muscles for health and overall wellbeing.
To have a long and fruitfull life depends on your muscle mass. First there is something I want to set straight once and for all: Mr. Muscle & Ms. Muscle that you see in competitions or on covers of magazine are the genetic exceptions of nature, like 7 feet tall people. Weight training will not build muscles as stretching will not make you any taller, this is absurd! You are born with a specific genetic make-up of certain types of muscles and their disposition in your body. What you will achieve is having more tonus and definition, and you will look sexy, men and women alike. So have no fear, you will not bulge out, you will become hot and voluptuous!
Another myth is cardio, cardio is great if you enjoy it, but for weightloss and muscle growth/definition it is next to nil (and even worse as it can create injury through repetitive impacts). Actually cardio/endurance eat muscles away, don’t look at me, look at marathoners or cyclists as opposed to sprinters who need burst of energy!
Ok, these are easy exemples, but the basics are there, cardio is not the essential element, it’s the icing on the lowcarb cake. If you enjoy it, then do it carefully, personnaly I use a rebounder (the only piece of equipment I ever bought, except great Cross Trainer Shoes). More on the rebounder on another post.
At most 30 minutes 3 times per week!
At most that’s what you need, and before my last water fast I was doing 20 minutes once a week. This is what it looked like (this exercise session was done while water fasting, to go against the idea that WF makes you weak) Anyway sometime I feel I have no shame, it’s pretty funny….
So to close this off, there are many programs but basically they all center on one main concept: systematic muscle overload to create microtears and promote growth. Some focus on intensity, others on speed, some on repetition, and some on timing of nutrients. None focus on cardio, some totally discourages it, none isolate muscles and they all focus on overall body motion/compound exercises (http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/strengthtraining/a/compound_ex.htm).
So what are my choices so far? Well here is a list of what I am going through, but first I have to mention Jorge Cruise because it is with his method that I lost my first 40 pounds in 2003. All I can say is thanks Jorge!!!!!!!
The 20 minutes video routine you saw was inspired by these 3 EXCELLENT books in their own rights. I highly praise them and recommend them!
And these are the books I’m presently researching:
The Eades’s have a great section on Paleo style motion/imagery/exercise
And this one is great for my whole family!! Thans Fredrick for thinking about the little ones!
So where does this leave me? Well I can share with you my explorations, and if you have any experience with any of these books/program I’d love to hear your opinions about it!!
And oh yes, how can I forget, if I can get my hands on a copy of Robb’s book I think I would be more conclusive about all of this…..