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The 7 Big Health and Fitness Lies About Optimal Health and Weight Loss (Part 3)

Saturday, December 15, 2007 by: Kevin Gianni
Tags: fitness, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) One of the most successful ways to lose weight and reach optimum health is to challenge what you've been told. Successful people aren't reasonable and use a ton of common sense to make their fitness work for them. The solution is to ask yourself why you're doing something that you think will work for your health. If you don't have an answer, then search for one. These two health and fitness lies are some of the biggest out there and challenge the status quo.

Health and Fitness Lie #6: Running and Walking Are Hard on Your Knees.

Revised: Running and walking incorrectly in poorly designed shoes are hard on your knees.

If we weren't supposed to walk and run, we wouldn't have legs and feet. Our bodies don't have wheels. We have legs and feet and toes and they all play an important part in our locomotion (the way we move).

Put those feet and toes into a pair of poorly designed shoes and suddenly the foot goes dumb.

Worse, over time, we get bunions, our toes overlap, and our arches collapse. Each structural failure builds on the next, destroying our natural shock absorbers - our feet - and changes the way we walk.

I want you to find a shoe right now and take a close look at it. Compare it to your foot. Looks different, right?

Why do we need a shoe with a padded rubber heel that is over twice the width of our own human heel? Are our heels not good enough? Is our design inherently flawed?

The shoe companies have made you think that this technology transcends nature - that it is a necessity to have padded feet with monstrous heels. What they haven't told us is that it's causing us to walk incorrectly.

Those heels are hurting our knees, hips and lower backs.

Millions of people are in pain because there's no one to tell them that they've been fed a marketing message that is fallacious. What's worse is that our doctors and physicians have been sold on it as well.

They're the professionals telling you not to run. Not to walk. Not to do one of the most efficient, fat-burning activity of them all. No wonder you're confused. These are the people we've been told to trust.

But don't blame them. They're not at fault, and they're definitely not out to hurt you.

Doctors and physicians are specialists in their particular fields of medicine. They have been trained to treat and diagnose illness. Some have been trained in preventative medicine and fitness that they pass along to their patients.

Does that mean they're running and walking experts? Not unless it's printed on their diploma (or other certifications). If they're not working in their area of specialty, then chances are they haven't done much testing and training with people to experientially know what can be accomplished by even the most debilitated people. So they pass along the misinformation they've heard from magazines and studies and we do what they say because - as a society - we generally believe what our doctors tell us to do.

What I'm saying is not a knock on the medical field, it is an observation. I'll be the first to tell you that you still need to trust your doctor, but at the same time start taking control of your own health and question what you've been told.

Big Health and Fitness Lie #7: Set Reasonable Goals Based on Your Lifestyle In Order To Succeed.

Translation: Set the benchmark low, because there are no more important things in your life than your health.

No wonder we're fat. We've put our health on the backburner.

If you don't think that your health is the absolute most important thing there is, you better rethink your goals.

Yes, goals do work. In fact, a good portion of this book is on goal setting, visualization, looking at your past success and making your goals a reality.

But when I hear that in order to succeed you don't have to shoot for the moon, when you could have the stars, I cringe.

Do you think star quarterbacks set goals to win 5 or 6 games in a 16 game regular season?

Do you think CEO's tell the board that they're planning on being just a little bit in the red?

Do you ever get in the car and head out to the grocery store, then turn around because you're satisfied you've made it halfway?

Then why is everyone in the health and fitness industry telling you that you should compromise your own optimal wellbeing?

Your health and fitness should be the most important priority in your life. Without it, you cannot do ANYTHING, because you're DEAD.

NEVER compromise your health goals. As far as I know, we only have one chance here on this planet, so don't listen to someone who thinks you should live a mediocre and half-baked life.

I want you to make your goals big and take big action. Don't be reasonable.

It's your life, live it with excitement, great health, fitness and vibrancy!

This article is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution" which can be found at www.TheBusyPersonsFitnessSolution.com

About the author

Kevin Gianni is a health advocate, author and speaker. He has helped thousands of people in over 85 countries learn how to take control of their health--and keep it. To view his popular internet TV Show "The Renegade Health Show" (and get a free gift!) with commentary on natural health issues, vegan and raw food diets, holistic nutrition and more click here.

His book, "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution," is a step-by-step guide to optimum health for the time and energy-strapped. To find out more about abundance, optimum health and self motivation click here... or you're interested in the vegan and raw food diet and cutting edge holistic nutrition click here. For access to free interviews, downloads and a complete bodyweight exercise archive visit www.LiveAwesome.com.

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