The over-complication and stress added to people’s understanding of getting fit and staying fit are whacky. Just today, I read another blockhead piece of wrong and dangerous advice by a personal trainer.
The story was titled “How to Exercise When Your Gas Tank Reads Empty.”
The genius answer given was to exercise more, even if you’re exhausted — it will make you feel better once you do it! Arrgghh!
That made me want to cry out loud and scream. No, no, wrong, and stupid advice.
If you’re feeling drained, out of gas, and physically and mentally exhausted, your body and mind are telling you to rest, not to work out more.
This obsessed “workout no matter what” mentality is plain stupid and dangerous to your metabolic health.
Heck, you can have a breakdown and a burn-out attack that will flatten you for 1 week, setting you back for weeks. So how’s adding more pressure to your body a good solution for combating fatigue?
You’re risking far worse — here’s why:
- If your answer to everything is to work out more and lift weights daily, you’re slowly killing yourself by pumping cortisol into your heart, which can and does cause heart disease.
- Overtraining leads to physical and mental breakdowns, making your stress levels rise, which can result in a stroke.
What should you do instead when you feel flattened?
The answer is very simple and logical:
1. Your body and mind feel drowned, and they’re telling you — listen to them and be kind. Then, give yourself a much-needed rest and a few days off. Don’t be the workout clown making yourself sick.
2. Walk. Walking at a slow, moderate, or fast pace does not add more stress, the opposite, walking calms the body and mind.
The last thing you want to do is push yourself, even more, when you need to rest.
If you do, you’re disrespecting your body and mind and are trapped in a counterproductive “workout fanatic” mindset.
I hope I made myself clear. That attitude and mindset are misplaced, only lead to more stress, and can cause serious health issues.
Sadly, many fitness trainers who call themselves experts need to learn more about how the body and mind function instead of giving flawed and irresponsible advice.
These are the only strength training exercises you need. As I explain, you can do these 3 times a week in all kinds of variations. Don’t go the complicated daily gym weight-lifting route.
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Take the easy path for the best results and to protect your heart
If you follow these simple guidelines, you’ll never feel overly tired in the first place.
• Don’t overtrain
• Rest more
• Strength train 2 to 3 times a week only
• Use your body as your gym with bodyweight exercises
• Walk a lot — walking works wonders for body, mind, and your mental health
• Swim as often as you can — its water therapy and is awesome
• Take frequent 5-minute rest breaks during the day and focus on deep breathing
• Sprint up a hill or steps once a week
• Take the steps, not the escalator
• Sleep more — you need more sleep than you think
• Take a 15-minute power nap in the afternoon — they work wonders
• Get 1 to 2 massages per week
• Hit the steam room or sauna
• Go and spend time in nature once a week
• Take day trips
• Take the occasional weekend road trip and switch off
• Eat more meat, fish, seafood, and eggs — the more animal protein and saturated fat, the better
• Adopt a positive and relaxed mindset
• Don’t pressure yourself
• Never stress
• Take life easy
• Smile a lot and always be happy, no matter what
Do something special for your life: learn self-respect and be kind to yourself.
Adopt that mentality and mindset rather than the “workout fanatic” approach.
Always listen to your body, and look after it like a temple — it’s all you’ve really got.
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