The Fitness Fix Is in Your Metabolism
By Jason Stella
People tend to think of metabolism simply as the body's ability to burn calories and maintain a healthy body weight. What many fail to realize is that metabolism has to do with more than just calories in versus calories out. Just take any middle-aged male or female that busts their tails in the gym, eats properly, and still can't lose weight. Chance are they're addressing only one or two of the four vital components that affect our metabolism:
- Mindset — managing stress and knowing exactly what to do and how to do it
- Movement — overall physical activity throughout the day
- Nutrition — healthy eating and drinking habits along with quality supplementation
- Recovery — a return to a normal state of mind, health, or strength
All of the lifestyle choices you make in these areas impact the state of your metabolism, so it's important to make good choices in all four in your day-to-day. If you're not making good choices consistently, then you're likely not feeling your best.
Take me, for example. I've been an athlete my entire life and a fitness professional for over 20 years, but about one year ago, I found it difficult to keep up with my three kids at home and just as hard to concentrate at work. I decided to do something about it; however, despite tweaking my workouts and diet, I couldn't get the results I needed.
Then I remembered something a coach once told me: "If you're not assessing, you're guessing." So I took a step back and decided to get my metabolism checked.
There's a wealth of information out there, so it can be difficult for even fitness experts like myself to pinpoint the root of the problem without any help. This is why taking a metabolic assessment was crucial for me. For years, I attributed my many failed attempts at maintaining proper and consistent exercise and eating habits to a lack of willpower. The metabolic assessment showed me that that wasn't the case. Instead, I discovered, it was a fasting blood sugar level of 120 and out-of-balance levels of stress hormones that contributed in derailing my efforts. I walked out of the test equipped with a realistic plan in each of the four areas of metabolism to help me get the results I wanted.
Since the metabolic assessment, I have gone from 228 pounds to 212, gained five pounds of muscle, and no longer feel like I'm pushing a thought through mud. Also, not only can I keep up with my children, I'm actually coaching their sports teams. It's a night-and-day difference from 12 months ago.
If you're about to start a health and fitness program, or if you feel like you're doing everything right but still not getting the results you should, consider taking a metabolic assessment. You can schedule an assessment with a fitness professional at ClubSport. The assessment will help you understand underlying issues and create a complete plan in each of the four areas to optimize your metabolism and reach your goals. It turned my health around and hopefully it can do the same for you.