I'd like to share a realization with you. Exercise physiology was my jam for 20 years because I thought exercise was the main thing that would fix people's health.
It doesn't, and I was wrong.
In fact, sometimes exercise does more harm than good, at least until the other systems of the body are brought back into balance. I didn't realize the massive role that stress, hormones & the gut played in health (and weight loss). Seriously, guys...they can really wreak havoc on your body if left unchecked.
You'd think that my master's program would've taught me all about this. It didn't. Or my post-graduate, highly-sought-after, 'gold standard' certification. Nope.
Sure, I learned all about exercise prescription, training heart rates, and fat metabolism. But those things don't operate in a vacuum. And, honestly, most of the research out there is done on male college students. And they're probably the least impacted by the 'great disrupters' I mentioned above.
I wish I could go back in time.
It pains me to think back to some of the clients I worked with years ago when I first started - who struggled to lose weight with traditional approaches. I feel bad that I didn't have all the information or know the whole picture then, and I wish I could go back in time because I know I could help them now.
Not knowing this information even affected my own health after I nearly died 5 years ago in Australia. You can read my post about it HERE.
Thankfully, I was able to uncover the truth and innovate to better serve my clients. It's ok to be wrong as long as you're willing to change, right? That's why I've done a 180.
A dozen other things.
Exercise is no longer my main focus. In fact, there are literally a DOZEN other things I focus on first before I talk to my clients about working out. And they're seeing results without going to the gym and without hard, grueling workouts.
Here's what a client said last week after he had just hit some major milestones in his progress:
"...it just simply works! Nothing else has. I have the confidence for the first time ever and what I'm learning is sticking and becoming habit and more importantly becoming fun. Haven't counted a single calorie nor been to a gym and won't be either."
In fact, much of what I teach now is around establishing new boundaries and behaviors to create balance. The body takes care of the rest naturally. We simply become aware of the behaviors that already exist and then remain curious about what doing something else would feel like. From there, new habits develop for an "autopilot" approach to health. It's so freeing and effective.
Another client who lost 18 pounds around the halfway point in the academy sent me this chat message:
"Huh, I don't feel like I'm doing that much but my weight is trending in the right direction. This seems to actually be working."
A financial approach.
This process is similar to how a financial advisor helps someone with retirement planning. They look at your goals 10 or 20 years from now, create a roadmap for success, and then work on developing the habits that will get you there. It should be the same for your health. The plan should be intentional and have a long term focus - not a quick fix.
Quick fixes are too extreme on metabolism and cause more harm than good. This "financial approach" to wellness eliminates the gain-lose-gain yoyo. Once weight is gone, it's gone for good. That's why I call the process 'growing wellthy." Health is a form of wealth so it should be treated as if it were a valuable long term investment.
One of my favorite quotes supporting this concept is,
"Slow is smooth and smooth is fast." (Tim Ferriss)
The bottom line is this...if you want to improve your health, don't start with exercise - or at least don't start with only exercise. Instead, find ways to improve how you spend your day.
Try things like lowering your stress, getting better sleep, enjoying your relationships, moving at low levels at work, eating a diet that promotes great gut health with pre and probiotics, and breaking your fast everyday with intention. They will serve you far better than trying to get to the gym.
If you're ready to embark on your own health journey, I'm happy to send you the dozen "wellth" principles I mentioned above that I use with my clients. Just email me and I'll get them to you.
If you're looking for more support in your health journey, The Wellth Academy™ might be a fit for you. Click here to go to an information page. Read it carefully. If interested, get the ball rolling with the wellness audit at the bottom of that page.
Whatever route you choose, just keep growing wellthy!
Stevyn Guinnip, MS, CWC is a financial advisor's daughter and a 20-year veteran as an exercise physiologist and a wellness coach. She's the CEO & Wellth Advisor at Grow Wellthy™ and the creator of proprietary 12-week wellness coaching program called the Wellth Academy™. You can reach Stevyn for an application to the academy, podcast interviews, or speaking inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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