Day 23- HARDbody challenge

Skinny or FIT – The difference

There is a big difference between being “skinny” and “fit”…

Most of the media and a majority of society judge health and appearance quality by the basic idea of either being fat or “skinny.” Truth is, someone who is merely thin in appearance can have a high body fat and be way less healthy than someone who has done it the right way and contains lean muscle mass.

While a lean and sleek appearance is what many of us want, including me, there is a healthy way to do so and an unhealthy way.

Do you know what it means to be skinny fat? Just because you are not obviously visually overweight, that does not mean that you are healthy by any means. There are many people who appear to be thin and healthy, but the truth is, unless they are eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising, there is nothing healthy about them. Some people have faster metabolisms and can eat fast food and processed junk without seeing it appear on their thighs or midsection, but does this mean they are in good shape or healthy? The truth is, you can be “skinny fat,” which means that despite appearing to be healthy and in shape; you are actually in poor health and not in shape at all.

Products and advertisements that promise a loss of weight without exercise or dieting are really only telling you part of the story. Those diet pills and chemical products that do work, though most do not, really only eat away the fat without making you healthy or really doing anything natural at all. There is a big difference between fitness and weight that most people do not comprehend. To the people who design these advertisements, losing the weight is all that matters, no matter how you reach that ideal weight. Fitness and health are what really matter, and if you are not trying to obtain fitness and health, then you are doing something wrong. I have run into this issue many times with clients. Deciding to starve yourself instead of exercise combined with a healthy diet, leaves you awkward looking as well as having an end result of a temporarily “ruined” metabolism; often times leading to an excessive weight gain once regularly eating again begins to occur.

The truth is this: Weight does not equal fitness.

Losing weight without obtaining health and fitness is not doing it right. Just because you are thin, that simply does not mean that you are fit. The world is full of people who are “skinny fat.” What really matters when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight is being fit, in shape and taking good care of your body in the process. It is actually entirely possible for a thin person to have a high percentage of body fat, higher in some cases than people who are visually overweight.

Simply losing weight does not mean you have a healthy heart. Getting fit and eating healthfully on the other hand can guarantee an improvement in heart health. Losing weight alone does not lower your cholesterol, but regular exercise and healthy eating will. Simply losing weight is not going to lower your risk of contracting certain types of cancers, but regularly exercising and eating healthfully certainly can. Losing weight cannot prevent osteoporosis, boost your immune system, lead to healthier pregnancies and childbirth, help you keep your weight off for life, improve your physical performance or prevent the loss of muscle, but by exercising regularly and eating healthfully, you absolutely can.

So what does this mean? Losing weight is not the important part of getting healthy – The important things to consider are eating healthfully, exercising regularly and taking care of your health. Skinny Fat or Fat Fat your No. 1 goal this summer should be to get fit and stay fit!

I started with a 2 mile run- My time is improving so I’m super excited about that. I’m at a 11:06 mile. I know, still slow but getting better 🙂

HARDbody workout

1 minute per workout, rest 30 seconds at the end of the last workout. 3 rounds

Push-Up/ Box jump(I used a chair)

 

Pull-Up(I used the inner bar of my treadmill)

Squat Jacks

Side Plank Abs(30 seconds each side)

 

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About Fitness Guru

I am a fitness enthusiast trying to change the world! Ok, well I know I won't be changing the world but hoping I can reach out to a few people. I am a personal trainer and a single mom who has struggled through life, lost my way and fallen off the fitness bandwagon. I want to share my struggles and how I'm finding my way back to a healthy life with daily fitness/exercise/diet tips, advice, videos and pictures. View all posts by Fitness Guru

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