How Important Are Results In Your Exercise Program?

We are a “results-oriented” society, that’s for sure. In business, you hear that nothing matters but the numbers. The “bottom line” is all most people are interested in looking at. So how much emphasis should we, as people who want to lose weight, burn fat, lose inches, gain muscle, increase our cardiovascular fitness, put on RESULTS?

Before I reveal the answer, if you do a quick Google search on just about any weight loss or fitness program, all you will see are front pages with RESULTS splattered all over them: “Lost 15 pounds”, “Dropped 2 dress sizes”, “Went from 275 to 215lbs in just 6 weeks!!!”

So not only do the results seem to matter, but also the speed in which one gets there… obviously the faster the better, right?

Allow me to put the brakes on such thinking. I am going to expressly state that you should NOT be focused on results!

“What???, did I just hear that correctly? NOT be focused on results?.. that’s insane!”

What could POSSIBLY be more important than results, you ask?

Well, I’m glad you asked. Here is the answer: activity.

Activity is the ONLY thing you should be focused on. It really is quite logical if you remove yourself from the hype for just a few minutes and think rationally about exercise, your health, and your life.

#1. You do not have complete control over your results. You DO have complete control over your activity.

Why should your peace of mind and sense of accomplishment hinge upon something outside of your control? If you don’t lose 40 pounds in 3 months, but you DO keep up an exercise program consistently during that time, are you going to tell me you’ve failed?

#2. Activity is the only thing that matters because if you keep it up you will not fail to achieve a worthwhile result: increased health.

If you decide to walk 2 days per week, and do a more vigorous exercise 3 times per week, is this not a significant achievement?

But if you don’t eat much, don’t do any exercise, and you’ve lost 15 pounds, is this a good achievement or a bad one? Well, you seem to have gotten results, so that’s good, right?

However, what you’ve failed to realize is that those 15 pounds of “” came from a loss of muscle mass, bone density, and maybe some water weight (from the diuretics you took). And how much healthier is your cardiovascular system now (since you’ve done virtually zero exercise)? How much stronger are your bones, muscles, and joints now that you’ve lost muscle mass and bone density? How much less prone to injury are you?