Healthy Not Skinny
By Coach Travis Mash
This week we received a report from one of our members, Bonnie Lasky. She has been training with Coach Chris Mason for two years now, and she is in her mid-60’s and feeling better than ever. Her report was from her doctor, and the news brought a tear to our eyes.
First, was a bone density test stating that she had statistically significant increases in her bone density from last year. For a lady with Osteopenia that’s great news. That means she won’t be dealing with hip breaks. She won’t be falling and getting stuck on the ground at the mercy of someone finding her. It means she is taking her life back at over sixty-years-old.
Bonnie is in better shape now than when she was in her fifties. That’s anti-aging folks that doesn’t come in a bottle, pill, or shot. This type of anti-aging comes from exercise and lifestyle changes. This is the news that coaches like Coach Chris live to hear about.
Bonnie has also been able to come off of blood pressure medication that she has been on for years. This is great news because every medication on earth causes other unwanted side effects. Bonnie gets it. She’s here to be healthy not necessarily skinny.
Yes, sometimes weight loss is one of the areas that needs focus, but dang there are a lot of aspects to one’s health that needs to be addressed:
- Functional movement patterns
- Cardiovascular health
- General Strength
- Relative Strength
- Joint Health
- Work Capacity
- Body Fat Percentage
- Optimal weight
- Bone Density
These are just a few. Too many people put all their eggs in the ‘weight loss’ category, and they ignore all the other aspects. Big mistake! Have you ever seen a skinny fat guy? I have plenty of times. Skinny people die of heart attacks as well not as often but it happens.
Let’s look at another scenario. What if you have someone that is lean, but they have minimal muscle mass and poor bone density? They are just as unhealthy. If they fall and get stuck on the floor, they could find themselves in a predicament that is a lot worse than a heart attack. Quality muscle mass and bone density is a bigger predictor to longevity of life than weight anyways, so a holistic approach is needed for overall health.
Not to mention a holistic approach makes training a lot better. If we obsess over only weight loss, it makes the whole experience of exercise nothing but a new stressor. We drive ourselves crazy over just one aspect. Yes, optimal body weight is important, but it’s not the only thing. Most of the time if you simply choose to make lifestyle changes like:
- Train more
- Move better
- Healthy nutrition choices
- Sleep more
- Better quality sleep
- Strengthen the cardiovascular system (run and/or walk a little more each and every year)
If you do these things, weight loss will probably happen anyways. Once you’ve mastered these aspects of health, then maybe we can talk macros to lose the last few pounds. However I recommend spending the first year simply making lifestyle changes and improving overall health before targeting something like macronutrients.
Here are a few ways that you can get healthier without counting macros or diving into some crazy diet:
- Use smaller plates
- Don’t go back for seconds
- Drink more water
- Drink a glass of water before a major meal
- Eat your vegetables and fruits before the rest of your food
- Stop eating after 7pm (this is a simple way to limit calories)
I am so pumped for Bonnie! She is killing it! She inspired this entire article, and I hope that all of you will be inspired as well and take your own lives back like she did.
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