We usually think of weight loss as a straight line, with a definitive starting point and a finish line. From my vantage point, now nearly eight years since I lost 120-lbs., it seems clear that it just doesn’t work that way.
There’s a starting point, yes, at least in the sense that we make a pivotal decision to change our eating and exercise habits. And then there are the weeks or months that we initiate those changes. We’re shopping for healthier food, and doing more cooking from home rather than eating out. Maybe we join a gym or start riding a bike to work every day. All of those behavioral changes become the healthy habits that carry our weight loss success forward.
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How believable are the numbers you see on cardio machines??
In a word (okay, two words), not very!
BUT WAIT!! There is a way to improve the accuracy and trust the numbers from one workout to the next.
I’m so glad you asked! 😂
Use the same machine each time you workout. That is, try to use the same treadmill, the same elliptical, or in my case today, the same blasted stair stepper that I used last week.
Why? Because they’re notoriously wrong. But even more so if you’re using the machine on the end one day and the sixth one down the next time. These machines get A LOT of use, and the don’t get calibrated often (or ever!), so the numbers aren’t particularly reliable.
But using the same machine each time at least allows you to assume that the numbers from that machine will give you a reasonably accurate, apples-to-apples comparison from one workout to the next.
So, last time I tortured myself on this exact stair stepper I did 99 floors in 30 minutes, today I did 101. Progress! 👊🏼💖 #personaltrainer #gymtips #cardio #healthylifecoach