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Tired of Just “Burning Calories?”

A lot of people think about getting into better shape, but they can’t bring themselves to do it. They think about all that restrictive eating, and all those endless, boring hours at the gym before you start to see any results.
Those people might learn something from my girlfriend’s dog. Her name is Leila, and she is fat (the dog). She sits around all day, and doesn’t do much of anything except whine for treats when she gets bored. Sound like any people you know?
However, as soon as Leila gets the chance to play with another dog, she goes nuts with excitement. She barks and whines and jumps all over him. If the dog can stand it, she will wrestle with him until the cows come home, for hours at a time, until they are both panting and exhausted.
So what’s the lesson here? Does Leila crave exercise? Not exactly. If she craved exercise, she could simply pace around the house all day—kind of like getting on a treadmill for a dog. If it were the simple ‘burning of calories’ that she were interested in, she could accomplish that by herself, one way or another.
No, what Leila wants so badly is a particular kind of exercise—that is, a fun, exciting, challenging, competitive, fresh, and mentally stimulating workout. The play-fighting she does is basically what she was built for, and she loves it.
The exercise that many people nowadays are used to is comparable to the exercise that Leila shows no interest in. Just like Leila could walk around the house all day to maintain her health, people can walk on treadmills, or ride stationary bikes, or use weight machines all day, if they want to. But it’s just not fun or natural, and in the end, not as effective.
The play-fighting is essentially a kind of exercise that is very rare nowadays—which is surprising, because it used to be the norm, until the current brand of weight-training took over a few decades ago. This kind of exercise is exhilarating, stimulating, dynamic, and enjoyable.
It’s called functional strength training. It works because it follows what your body was made to do, and it is never boring. It’s the kind of thing you actually look forward to, rather than dread, and it’ll change the whole way you think about health and exercise.
So stop just ‘burning calories,’ and start getting a workout. Once you step away from the cable machine and start giving your body the kind of exercise it craves, I promise you’ll never look back.

A lot of people think about getting into better shape, but they can’t bring themselves to do it. They think about all that restrictive eating, and all those endless, boring hours at the gym before you start to see any results.

Those people might learn something from my girlfriend’s dog. Her name is Leila, and she is fat (the dog). She sits around all day, and doesn’t do much of anything except whine for treats when she gets bored. Sound like any people you know?

However, as soon as Leila gets the chance to play with another dog, she goes nuts with excitement. She barks and whines and jumps all over him. If the dog can stand it, she will wrestle with him until the cows come home, for hours at a time, until they are both panting and exhausted.

So what’s the lesson here? Does Leila crave exercise? Not exactly. If she craved exercise, she could simply pace around the house all day—kind of like getting on a treadmill for a dog. If it were the simple ‘burning of calories’ that she were interested in, she could accomplish that by herself, one way or another.

No, what Leila wants so badly is a particular kind of exercise—that is, a fun, exciting, challenging, competitive, fresh, and mentally stimulating workout. The play-fighting she does is basically what she was built for, and she loves it.

The exercise that many people nowadays are used to is comparable to the exercise that Leila shows no interest in. Just like Leila could walk around the house all day to maintain her health, people can walk on treadmills, or ride stationary bikes, or use weight machines all day, if they want to. But it’s just not fun or natural, and in the end, not as effective.

The play-fighting is essentially a kind of exercise that is very rare nowadays—which is surprising, because it used to be the norm, until the current brand of weight-training took over a few decades ago. This kind of exercise is exhilarating, stimulating, dynamic, and enjoyable.

It’s called functional strength training. It works because it follows what your body was made to do, and it is never boring. It’s the kind of thing you actually look forward to, rather than dread, and it’ll change the whole way you think about health and exercise.

So stop just ‘burning calories,’ and start getting a workout. Once you step away from the cable machine and start giving your body the kind of exercise it craves, I promise you’ll never look back.

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