From the Desk of Dr. Len
Is Good Health the same as Good Fitness
Dr. Len Lopez – Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Being in good physical shape is not the same as being in good health. I have worked with many athletes who look to be in great shape, but when we begin to dig a little deeper, we learn that they aren’t in the best of health.
The classic questions for being in good shape or in good fitness are:
o Can you jog two miles?
o Can you do 10-20 push-ups?
o Can you do 10-20 pull-ups?
o Can you do 30 sit-ups?
o Can you touch your toes?
o Can you hold your breath for a minute?
o What’s your percentage of body fat?
With regards to good health, here are some of the basic questions you need to look at:
o Do you struggle with bloating, gas, indigestion or heartburn?
o Do you struggle with cravings and low blood sugar?
o Are you constantly fatigued and tired?
o Do you struggle with constipation or diarrhea?
o Do you get headaches, lightheadedness or dizziness regularly?
o Do you struggle with mood swings and irritability?
o Do you struggle with insomnia and getting a good night’s sleep?
o Do you get regular infections (sinus, colds, flu, urinary, etc…)?
As you can see the questions you would ask for good health and good fitness are completely different. And don’t assume that simply being in good shape automatically means you are in good health.
Training like a beast is one thing, but if your digestive system isn’t working the way it should and you always get bloated and gassy, there is a good chance you are not absorbing all that extra protein you’re paying for.
Don’t forget, the more intense the workout – the more rest and sleep you need. Exercise is a double-edge sword. It is a form of stress. Can you body handle the additional stress?
Most importantly, when you design your health and fitness program, your underlying symptoms, are a big factor in determining what type or workout you should and shouldn’t be doing, as well as, the right type of diet for those specific maladies.
If you’re stressed out and your adrenals are exhausted you definitely don’t want to be doing too much anaerobic exercise, or doing your aerobic exercise in an anaerobic state, which is Fitness Mistake #1. This is why so many people hit a plateau and can’t figure out why they aren’t getting the results they are hoping for.
It’s about training smart! Use our online health questionnaire to see if there are some underlying issues that need to be addressed and look to see if maybe you need to tweak your workout routine to address your current level of health.