One Fitness Solution for All? (Part I)

friends1By Madison Chase

Is there really one health and wellness solution that benefits everyone? As Arsenio Hall would say: ” Hmmmm”.

What do you think? What have you tried?  They’re on television, in magazines and all over the Internet –  misleading stories that try to make us believe the once-size (or product)-fits-all hype. According to them there are:

1)     sprinkles that you add to your food that cut the fat

2)     shoes that actually tone your legs

3)     shakes that totally cleanse or heal your body and make you lose weight

4)     a workout DVD that helps you shed loads of pounds in 90 days and completely tone your body

I’ve appeared in more than 400 fitness DVDs and infomercials; I know what happens behind the scenes and what eventually ends up in the consumer’s hand. That’s one reason articles and ads promoting these and other easy-fit products and fitness solutions make me nervous. So let’s set the record straight!

Let’s start with cleansing. Many are two-, five-, seven- or 14-day products that promise to cleanse, heal, or detox your body – once and for all!

Think about that for a second. There are 365 days in a year, right? (Unless we are doing a Porscha Coleman year, then it would be 265 days.  Now, for the record, I’m a huge Porscha Coleman supporter–I think she’s the new Jessica Simpson of reality television. I just couldn’t pass that up.)

So let’s go with 365 days a year. If you are over the age of 21, let’s do the math.

365 days X 21years = 7,665 days

7,665 days x 2 meals per day = 15,330 meals

7,665 days x 3 meals per day = 22,995 meals

Now, how would three days, seven days or even 14 days of digesting a shake balance 15, 330 or 22,995 days eating?

It may be tempting to fall prey to the latest cleanse products but ask yourself, are its promises realistic? This is not to say that a cleanse will not work but it has to be done with a natural and certified organic product, and it must be used for an extended period of time. Like maybe the rest of your life.

So, if you are considering a cleanse, read the label and study the ingredients. Finding a long-term fit to achieve fitness is more effective than digesting a one-size-fits-all trend.

With more than 27 years in Health and Wellness, Madison Chase has studied classical ballet with the prestigious Julliard and prominent School of American Ballet. She’s also a three-time Ms. Fitness ESPN Champion, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and author.  Catch her on…

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