If your goal is looking fit and athletic, and feeling healthy, exercise should not feel like torture.
The “no pain, no gain” mentality does not apply to adults who are not professional athletes or bodybuilders.
Workouts that force push you to exhaustion and make you sweat profusely are often a waste of time. And energy. For one, they don’t focus on sculpting your muscles into shape.
They focus on burning calories. And if people focus on burning calories during exercise, it might mean that they will later use their pain an excuse to eat unhealthily.
It’s extremely common for people to jump on treadmills to feel good about eating cake, pizza, and other junk food. However, treadmills were invented as torture machines.
Two things that make you feel bad:
1. Torturous exercise
2. Eating unhealthy food
If you’re used to eating junk food you might not be able to tell how bad junk food makes you feel. People who make the transition to eating healthily report feeling more alert, fresh, and energetic than they were while eating junk food.(1)
Junk food makes you feel like junk, quality food makes you feel like quality.(2-8)
Eat junk for 5 minutes a day. Feel like junk 23 hours 55 minutes a day.
Eat healthily. Then, you won’t need to burn off the junk you ate. You’ll simply focus on sculpting your muscles to look athletic.
If you want to look and feel healthy without the torture, don’t do torturous exercise.
Do exercise that tones your muscles. You don’t need to feel tortured to get results.
A genius finds the easiest and most effective ways to solve problems.
20 minutes a day of non-exhausting exercise is all it takes.
Food guides that encourage you to eat lots of healthy food are the best. No tiny meals. No elimination of food groups, like carbs.
A genius does Ocinator.
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