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Resistance Training on Physical Performance (Vibraboard)

Finding a workable system

Most people who are really committed to losing body fat are okay with the effort part. That hasn’t been the problem. The problem has been finding a strategy that really works. What’s a system that works? People tried the Atkins Diet or the low carb diet, and for many people that didn’t work. People tried the low fat diet years ago — well that didn’t work, because everybody just loaded up on carbohydrates and cookies. People tried all kinds of other things — they tried stimulants, things that make you shake all day long because you have a lot of caffeine in your system. And gee, they found out that didn’t work either, because it just made them hungrier.

So, typically, it’s not the effort that stops people. It’s the reliability of the system. Finding out what really works is the hardest part. Unfortunately, this particular narrative here isn’t about food strategies that work for dieting, although I have many — those that I’ve used and those that I’ve shared with others have really worked well. I’ll be sharing those in another segment or another book.

But I can tell you that no system will work without the physical body movement component. You’ve got to engage in strength training, you’ve got to engage in cardiovascular exercise, even if it’s just walking for 5 minutes a day. If you can’t walk, even just lifting your arms for 10 minutes a day, or lifting a 1 lb dumbbell over your head 50 times will benefit you. I don’t care what it is, if you can move something, then you can engage in cardiovascular exercise. There is no excuse, unless you happen to be paralyzed from the neck down, in which case obviously you can’t engage in strength training. But for everybody else, there’s no excuse. If you can move a limb, you can do this.

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