Jogging is not always a good way to lose fat

jogging-ehow-depanJust read an interesting article by Ben Hanton, which has caused a bit of stir between Huffington Post readers. This article (finally) states that jogging is not a good form of exercise for weight loss. Yes, I totally agree but I have to agree with the fact a few people pointed out that long distance runners are never overweight. I will explain the logic behind this.

Jogging is not a good exercise to start a weight loss program. You need strength and stamina to jog. In fact, jogging with poor strength and stamina often only make the body to withhold fats and not to release toxins stored in fatty tissue.  A good weight loss exercise is where you manage to breath through your nose without effort throughout the practice. And often long distance runners can do that. It is because they have built up strength and stamina to do that. An overweight person with reduced muscle tissue, who has not exercised for a period of time or never is certainly not going to benefit from jogging. The key is to build stamina gradually. If jogging is what you want to do as your form of exercise and you haven’t got previous experience start by walking. Then in intervals increase walking speed remembering always to breath through the nose, comfortably. When brisk walking is comfortable take a few steps running but come back to walking pace when you start gasping air through your mouth. This way you build your body gradually and safely to withstand more demanding exercise and have a chance to lose plenty of calories by relaxed jogging.

The body loses weight easily when it is relaxed. Jogging without appropriate training and especially gasping air through your mouth is only going to create stress. When under stress the body wants to withhold to everything it has, especially fat.

Nature vs Nurture

Nature-vs-NurtureNature vs nurture

What is it that makes us behave in a certain way? Why do certain things keep repeating in our lives that we feel we don’t have any control of? Does it sometimes seem like you want to say, “I am like this, just accept me as I am”? Or do you stop, think and intuitively feel that there is something you can do about it yourself?

Everyone is born with a make up that allows their bodies and minds to express themselves and to behave in their own unique way. This will never change. Some tend to be creative, some achieving and some caring. And all these features mix as well. You can be creative and caring or you could be achieving and creative. The important thing is to recognise what is your own personal nature and what are your special features.

When we are born – in fact, even when we are in the womb – we are exposed to a myriad of sensory stimuli, teachings and attractions. We start creating a world of patterns of behaviour, ways to react to situations and ultimately, are conditioned by what we are exposed to. Subconsciously our brains will learn ways of acting and reacting. Sometimes these reactive patterns can be so damaging that they interfere with our health. For example, IBS or backaches are often caused by a learned response to stress by the mind.

Our health is greatly dependent on our understanding of how we have developed between these two ends of a spectrum – nature and nurture. That said, these two do not have to be mutually exclusive, but something that evolves in synchrony and creates conditions for optimal physical wellbeing and mental happiness.

The most important thing is to understand what we are truly like. Sometimes you just have to accept you are not going to have arms like Madonna, because your body has a tendency to build up fat in the arms and upper body. Or, you have to cut down on chilli and coffee because your nervous system can’t cope with it and your hormones are all over the place.

Nurturing our bodies in line with our nature is the key to health and wellbeing; nature has an incredible urge to repair and rejuvenate. The very existence of everything is determined by an innate impulse to create life, longevity and enjoyment of the journey through the different stages of our existence. All we need to do is tune in. Aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature, mainly the cycles of the day and seasons, has tremendous effects on how our bodies behave. By tuning in we gain self-awareness and re-educate our bodies to cope with stress, whether it is physical, mental or emotional.