March Madness

March Madness

Let me just admit it: I’m not a basketball fan. While everyone around me seems to be loco for hoops this time of year, I am apparently immune to the feverish contagion of “March Madness.” But just because I won’t see a single game of b-ball doesn’t mean that I won’t witness the insanity of the month. For those of us here at the Center for Good Health, March Madness can be translated as Spring Fever.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been monogamous for decades, or whether you’re hoping to impress your new beau, spring fever generally means training in earnest for beach season. Unfortunately, though, many of our beach-body resolutions will follow the same trajectory as their New Year’s cousins—failing to produce the desired results.

“Why?” one might ask. Well, I have my own theories based on the scientifically sound principle of observation. You see, as a health coach I have more than a little insight into the mind of a would-be gym rat. And I can tell you where these creatures fail: almost without exception, they bite off more than they can chew. Wanting to undo the effects of decades of sloth (or at least the winter’s insulation), the aspiring exerciser often envisions a new, strong, svelte figure—over-optimistically believing that said figure can be sculpted in time for the upcoming season’s newest fashions.

Crazy, right? Of course it is. It’s madness. But if genius borders on insanity, insanity must, by definition, border on genius. So while we’re donning our gym shorts and running shoes, let’s put on our thinking caps, as well. And let’s do the math of weight loss.

One pound of human flesh (read: fat) is about 3500 calories. What does that mean? It means that if you want to lose one pound you need to burn 3500 calories more than you consume. Easy peasy. Just don’t plan on doing it by June 1. Walking an entire mile at a brisk pace takes approximately 15 minutes and burns 100 calories. To lose a pound, you’ll need to walk from Holland to Muskegon.

The point here is not to overwhelm or dishearten those beach-body wannabes. It’s to remind them to be sensible. Don’t expect instant results. It’s not just about calories burned. More importantly, it’s about calories consumed. Be honest with yourself about what you’re eating. Research suggests that the average dieter recognizes (and claims) only 60% of the calories he actually consumes.

Recognize that weight loss and physical conditioning take time. Even if you’re not competing in the 2017 Bronzed Adonis Beach Beauty pageant, there’s no reason you can’t get a jump on the competition for 2018! And remember this: exercise isn’t just good for the body. The endorphins it releases are also great therapy for what ails you mentally and emotionally.

So let’s take the madness out of March with a reasonable exercise routine, basic healthy eating and realistic expectations. You’ll lose weight for sure. It’s a slam dunk!

We have an entire team of health coaches here at the Center for Good Health ready to help you reach your goals. Find a class that's right for you in our class catalog. Our next Group Fitness session starts April 10. Sign up online or call us at (616) 394-3344.



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