Things I No Longer Believe

The fitness industry has changed. Personal Trainer Susan Howard discusses how her thoughts on exercise and wellness has changed over the years.

By Susan Howard

My industry is constantly changing, so if I stay set in my ways, I will likely be missing some cool new innovations coming down the pipeline. Past trends recommended barefoot running and now it has swapped to hyper-cushioned gym shoes. Yoga was a unique new age meditative stretch class, now there is a power yoga on every corner. People used to do Jane Fonda videos, now they listen to a podcast, use an app or follow along with their favorite YouTube chick. You get it.

So what do I think now that I didn’t ten years ago? Here’s my top 5:

1. You have to workout for at least one hour to make it count.

Today, I know that you can crush a workout in under 30 minutes with HITT routines, heavy lifting, and intense runs.

2. You must do a ton of cardio to burn your fat.

Cardio is great, but strength training is better. Hit the weights!

3. Don’t eat high fat foods, or you will be fat.

Nut butters, avocado, healthy oils can stave off hunger and help you make healthy picks

4. Don’t be distracted when you are doing cardio.

Distraction helps with compliance. I can watch the Kardashians for a 3-mile run on the treadmill.

5. Machines are for wimps, just use free weights.

Some machines are great and can help you keep form, especially for rehabbing an injury or for maxing out a weight you don’t want to drop on your head.

On that note, go to the gym and get cranking.

Stay Ready.

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