What Are You Working-out For?

What Are You Working-out For?

For a variety of reasons, setting fitness goals is beneficial. They hold us accountable, widen our understanding of what is possible, and inspire us to persevere in the face of adversity in order to attain long-term goals.

First, you need to define the ultimate outcome you’re aiming for. Most people think in terms of weight loss and muscle gain, and if you were to ask them what their fitness goals are, they’d probably respond with something like, “I want to look thinner.” While muscle gain is an excellent goal, weight loss is certainly not mutually exclusive from looking thinner, and there are numerous ways to look thinner (a popular one is tonal, meaning your body is defined and sleek without being bloated).

If you’re asking yourself, “What am I looking to achieve by working out?” you’re almost certainly looking in the wrong place. You should be asking yourself, “What am I looking to avoid?” When I’m looking to avoid being obese, I’m not looking to avoid having a high BMI. My ultimate goal is to avoid being obese. Similarly, if you’re looking to avoid obesity, you’re not looking to avoid muscle gain. Your ultimate goal will be to avoid something, rather than avoid weight gain. If you’re looking to avoid fat, then your goal should be, “How can I lose fat efficiently and effectively so that I gain muscle,” not, “I want to lose fat.”

If you’re looking to avoid fat, then your goal should be, “How can I lose fat efficiently and effectively so that I gain muscle,” not, “I want to avoid muscle.”

“But I heard muscle is healthy,” I hear this often. The problem is, muscle doesn’t insulate you from the rigors of exercise. Muscle takes oxygen, and oxygen is burned up during rigorous exercise. If you’re looking to avoid fat, then your ultimate goal should be, “How can I increase my aerobic capacity so that I don’t have to laboriously pace my exercises,” not, “I want to gain muscle.”

“The only thing that is guaranteed to protect me from injury is muscle,” I hear this often. The problem is, muscle doesn’t insulate you from the rigors of exercise. Muscle is metabolically expensive to produce. If you’re looking to avoid fat, then your ultimate goal should be, “How can I increase my muscular endurance so that I don’t have to laboriously pace my exercises,” not, “I want to gain muscle.”

I hear this often. The problem is, muscle doesn’t insulate you from the rigors of exercise. Muscle is metabolically expensive to produce. If you’re looking to avoid fat, then your ultimate goal should be, “How can I increase my aerobic capacity so that I don’t have to laboriously pace my exercises,” not, “I want to gain muscle.”

It is a myth that by doing cardio you’ll burn more fat.

Even though you expend more calories doing cardio, you are still going to burn calories even if you’re not working out. It simply means that the calories you expend are converted to fat and that you will have to work harder to convert them to muscle.

It is a myth that lifting weights will make you bulk up.

Heavy weights doesn’t automatically make you bulky. You’ll have to engage your muscle in a lot more work in order to actually build muscle.

It is a myth that exercising alone will result in fat loss.

While most people may lose weight, some lose more and some lose no weight at all. The myth is that doing cardio makes you burn more calories at a food desert or somewhere without a lot of healthy options.

It is a myth that people with a lot of fat will bulk up.

The truth is that there is not a lot of fat in the body. I would say that a low body fat means that your body is lean. You can have low body fat and be heavy or you can have high body fat and be light. It is just not easy to see how body fat can indicate that.

Each of us has our own set of limitations. We all want to accomplish what is proper for us. In order to do so, we must operate within those constraints. We must be aware of our limitations and work within them while attempting to follow a strategy that is truly beneficial to us.

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