I always perk up when I hear or see popular figures like Dr. Oz on television.
Because I know that he has won the hearts of so many television watching addicts that are in search of “the next great tip”.
Last night’s piece on NBC Sunday Night programming surely didn’t disappoint.
I have to admit that his advice last night was decent. But it’s the same old song and dance for me and many others…
– Eat more vegetables.
– Stop eating processed junk.
– Exercise moderately for no more than 30 min a day.
– Include the walk into the Mall, place of work or grocery store as part of that 30 minutes.
Huh? Re-read the last two points that he made about exercise.
Now, one might say, “Kyle, these are great points, anyone can start with this!” You’re right and you’re also missing a much more important point.
You’re right in the fact that advocating people to just get up and move in some way shape or form is a really positive tip. You should move whenever possible, no doubt about that. Add a little bit more everyday and the accumulation will equate to big things. You know the drill… take the stairs, park farther from the front door, take a short walk in the morning or after dinner.
But understand that this is the absolute bare minimum needed to get by. These are recreational activities. This is not “exercise” in my opinion. Walking is a skill that an able-bodied human should be able to do for miles upon miles, not just for the minimum 50 yards from the car to the front door of the area shopping mall.
I have seen the studies showing the correlation between minimal amounts of moderately intense exercise (roughly 30 min per day) and its positive effect on life. I get it. I read it and I get it.
While this information is definitely interesting, how about we demand a little bit more from ourselves? Walking for 30 minutes a day is great, but let’s get serious about changing or improving our physical abilities, trading unhealthy tissue for healthy tissue, increasing range of motion at important joints, etc.
Set some goals… Aim to run a 5K or a 10K. Squat your bodyweight on the barbell. Swing a kettlebell for 20-30 minutes. Slam a medicine ball. Go to war with some battling ropes or try to improve the maximum number of push ups or pull-ups that you can do in a 5 minute time-frame.
Become an athlete later in life, that’s something worth pursuing.
As I mention in my training book(s), we have become a nation afraid of work. I am talking about legitimate physical labor. The kind that fatigues your body quickly from effort, causes sweat pour down your face and eventually soak into your shirt. The kind that causes your lungs to “burn” from a short and intense bout of conditioning.
We always seek the path of least resistance. Our joints do it, our muscles do it and now our brains are doing it. We crave what is easy. We scour the internet, magazines and newspapers for the quickest possible route to health glory while enduring the least amount of physical agony.
Let me tell you something… resolving to dominate your training sessions, whether you are a beginner just learning or an advanced trainee seeking a new path, builds character that spills over into all other areas in your life. If you can do it physically, you can do it mentally.
Back to the backlash…
I predict a massive backlash from Dr. Oz’s comments, even though I think that he is very intelligent and probably didn’t intend for his comments to be twisted the way that they inevitably will.
It was funny to listen to him talk. He said that he has to choose his words so carefully when he talks about health concepts and strategies because: “People will hear what they want to hear”. I respect that comment.
What he is means is that people are always going to take his advice and twist it to fit their situation. Some will use common sense and add his tips to the greater whole (exercise and nutrition), but most won’t. They want the least painful quick fix.
If he says that raspberry ketones are a great supplement for helping to initiate weight-loss, consumers are going to be buying mass quantities of raspberry ketones and consuming at an alarming rate. When no weight is lost because all that person did was over-dose on raspberry ketones, they render that intervention useless and ineffective.
I also respected his comments about NEVER endorsing a product. That’s cool. He said that anything on the shelves that mentions his name or shows his picture is a scam. That particular company has chosen to use his fame as leverage to sell their product.
Beware of this. The supplement industry is a billion dollar industry with so many horrible scams out there. It is difficult to regulate the supplement industry and even more difficult to identify the supplements that are worth taking. You’re spending your hard-earned cash on these products and most of them don’t work! Ouch.
Anyways, prepare yourself for the backlash. Don’t be afraid to push yourself into new realms of fitness. I don’t care if you’re interested in kettlebell training, powerlifting or endurance-related activities. Go after something and be WAY MORE THAN AVERAGE in doing so.
Make it happen this week, alright? I will do the same.
Cheers on this Monday…