The fitness expert – Scott Capelin, talks a lot about being in great physical shape as that is our approach to health. There are hundreds of other things we can do for our health, which are all valid that I have not touched on here. Things such as massage, getting a colonic, acupuncture, chiro, physio, osteopathy, gut health, infra-red sauna … the list goes on.
Most health issues these days relate to heart health and weight-related illnesses, which is why the foundation of peak health is being in great physical shape, says Scott Capelin. Through my work I see people become lighter, stronger, more flexible, and have more stamina and endurance. I am yet to see a person in peak physical shape who does not feel incredible.
This, then leads to the question—what type of exercise should you do?
You may think this is going to be a lengthy section of the book, and it could be. However, Scott Capelin keeping it brief.
The best long-term exercise regimens are the ones that you enjoy. It doesn’t matter how good something is for you because if you don’t enjoy your weekly exercise plan, chances are it will not last long, says Scott Capelin. If your goal is to live at a healthy weight, remember that nutrition is 90 percent of this. Exercise is just the icing on the cake. If you get your nutrition right, you can do what you like for exercise. Eating in the manner we have outlined in previous chapters of this book can get you to a healthy weight. However, it does not make you fit, strong, and flexible. Exercise does that.
Just one mode or method of exercise will never complete the entire health and wellness picture. If all you do is walk every day, you will lack strength. If you only lift heavy weights, you won’t work the smaller muscles and will run the risk of injury. If you only do yoga, you won’t stimulate your metabolism as much as you could by incorporating more resistance training. If you only do Pilates, you will get strong in a certain way, but lack strength in other areas. And if you have no balance or mobility, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, you will blow over in a stiff wind!
Many people have been conditioned to believe you have to smash yourself with high intensity exercise in order to achieve good results. You do not! There is a much smarter, more enjoyable, sustainable way to exercise. In fact, the higher the intensity of the exercise you do, the more muscle you burn, which lowers your metabolism, and your appetite will increase from the harder training. It’s not a good combination!
The Ideal Exercise Combo
Scott Capelin spent many years training fitness models–they don’t do 10-kilometer road runs. They do the right kind of resistance training, their nutrition is spot on, and they do low-intensity cardio. It is the perfect recipe for fat loss and having a wonderful body shape. Plus, it allows you to remain injury-free, and it’s a sustainable approach.
And Scott meet a lot of people in their thirties, forties, and fifties, who have done years of high intensity exercise and are now looking for a more sustainable, low-impact, enjoyable, and body-friendly exercise regimen. It is a bit of a mental shift to do exercise that does not involve heavy weights or getting your heart rate so high that you are close to vomiting, and clients are often surprised when the results are better.
Lots of people exercising 10 times per week and not only does their body not change physically, but also sometimes it gets worse. This is a function of the types of training they do and the way they eat. I also see people who exercise three or four times per week and have their nutrition spot on. They have amazing bodies and keep them that way for the long term.