There is a subject that is rarely talked about in a proper manner when looking at the fitness/health industry. Limits. Usually the only thing the grand-advertisers have to say about them is “Break Through!” or “Push!” Which are great motivators and slogans, but one must really consider their limits when it comes to any health/fitness goal. For the majority of us we are looking to lose weight and maybe gain some muscle. And on all sides of those two things are tons of different limits to consider. So for this month’s Healthy Hunter we are going to look at some limits.
Ever been at a grocery store and notice one of those health or fitness magazines with “Ten New Fat Burning Foods” or “Six Ways to Sculpt Your Abs Tonight!”? So you buy it and read it and learn something new. Then maybe you pick up the next issue and realize you need a subscription to this awe-inspiring magazine-Mecca of information. Until after a couple more issues and you realize it is the same material that is being recycled. And its material you could have learned online for free. Whammy! One must understand there is a limit to “new” techniques or research that comes out. Really the best method for weight-loss is simply eating better and getting in some exercise.
Lifting weights provides one with dozens of limits as to what they can do. And in this case it is possible to break through previous limits with certain exercises. But you just don’t go from leg-pressing 100 pounds to 450 pounds in two workouts. It takes time to build up that kind of strength, otherwise you could injure yourself. This is a huge thing to think about. Lifting weights is a great passion of mine, but I must constantly keep from going past my limits with exercises that could have life-long effects on my body if done improperly. Being able to squat 600 pounds once is not worth being in a wheelchair for life.
There are a lot of limits to one’s diet or eating habits. How many calories can you intake in a day? What percentage of that can be in carbohydrates? Is soda allowed? Is it a cheat day or a cheat meal? One of the biggest things over the past couple of years has been the organic scene. While it is good to buy things not commercially-processed beyond having any actual nutritional value, have you seen the prices for organic goods?! There has to be a certain limit to changing your eating habits. You can bet that if you don’t lose twelve pounds in one week after spending a significantly higher amount on groceries you might be quite upset.
So when it comes to health, knowing your limit can be a huge advantage for several reasons. It might save you money, injury or even a headache trying to wrap your brain around what the fitness industry is trying to sell you on. Kind of like how you need to limit how much of the news you watch nowadays.