Friday Pep Talk.

by Megan K on August 15, 2014

“He who has health, has hope. 
And he who has hope, has everything.”

- Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of the United States
I think Ben pretty much nailed it with this statement.  :-)
Happy Friday Fit Bodies-
I get to talk with clients and potential new clients, a lot, about their fitness and health goals.
One of the main reasons that people come to see us is to lose body fat (tone up, shape up, firm up or whatever you want to call it), lose body weight and drop inches (change sizes).
While improved body composition is directly associated with improved health (reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, improved cardio respiratory function etc. etc.) it isn’t the only reason to exercise. 
One of the first things that I explain to clients is the subjective (arguably some of these can be measured too)- but extremely valuable-benefits of exercise:
  • improved energy
  • reduced pain
  • better mobility and flexibility
  • increased confidence and self-esteem
  • better sleep
  • improved elimination
  • increased sex drive
  • (frequently) improved digestion and skin clarity
  • and I could go on and on
But admittedly many of our people are most concerned with the objective results (the numbers) and that is no problem because we specialize in doing this and fortunately these metrics can be measured and tracked:
  • decreased body fat
  • reduced inches (particularly in sites like the waist, hips, thighs, butt and arms)
  • reduced number on the scale
  • reduced clothing size
Our number one goal when it comes to the objective numbers is to get you into a healthy body fat range- because being their reduces your risk factors for disease. And we care first about your health. 
According to the American College of Sports Medicine these are the current recommendations
For women: 
25-59% for average women
20-24% for fitness
16-20% for athletes
12-15% absolutely essential for proper bodily functions (including menstruation)
For Men:
20+% for men overweight
15-19% average
8-15% fitness
6-8% athletes
2-5% essential
Once we get you into the range of average we feel you have done well and we are less concerned about potential health risks.  Any losses beyond that we want to help you with but where you take it from there  (and how far) is entirely up to you.  
For some of our staff being on the low end of fitness and athletic range is important; for others it is less so.  We decide based on our personal comfort.
YOU decide what is important to YOU and you can also decide if it is worth the cost (physically, mentally, in terms of what you eat/drink and don’t eat and drink) to take things to the next level.  Because everything we do has a cost.
I had a client tell me the other day that she wasn’t happy about the speed at which things were going.  But right before I had measured her she told me how great she felt and how successful she felt.  
That seems like a contradiction right? A little bit.  But she let the numbers get to her. It is a common problem.
If you feel fantastic and you are showing up to work out, making better food choices, doing things you couldn’t do before and just generally improving  then **** the numbers.  They don’t need to be where you place your concern.
Just keep moving toward better.
If you want to speed things up and take everything to the next level then lets talk.  You may not  like what I’ll ask you to do- to increase your awesome- but then you get to decide if it is worth the cost.
I believe that at all times we either getting better or worse. It doesn’t need to be dramatically better to be better.  It just needs to be better.
You rock. We love you and we are grateful that you read the newsletters and take our advice.
In good health,
Megan K and the team

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