“I’m going to the gym” has become a very familiar phrase over the past 30 years or so. But when we go there, what are we doing to ourselves?
We think that running or spinning or jumping around doing Zumba is good for us. Generally speaking, it is good to exercise of course, but, depending on your reason for going to the gym, you should probably consult with a weight loss professional before embarking on your own program.
While exercise is, in general, good for everyone, and should normally be an important part of any weight loss program, there are limitations that some people have that need to be taken into account when embarking on an exercise program. Gyms are not well known for being staffed with people that know anything about exercise; most of them know only how to sell memberships. There are many pieces of equipment in today’s market which can help you shed those unwanted pounds, but you should not buy them from a midnight infomercial. The use of this type of equipment should only be done under the strict supervision of a weight loss expert. There are now health centers everywhere who are staffed with fully trained professionals who can review all of the options available to you and find the right one that fits with your objectives and any physiological limitations that you may have.
When physician, Gustav Zander opened the world’s first “gym” in Sweden at the end of the 19th century, he was motivated by improving the health of his patients. He had invented 27 machines, very complex ones, that could improve the circulation, stimulate muscular development and perform stretching techniques, now commonly used by osteopaths. He was a true visionary, supported by the state, and his machines were the prototypes for today’s exercise machines. The point is that he supervised what his patients were doing, rather than leaving them to their own, often ill-advised, devices.
Vibrating belts have been a part of weight loss programs for decades. The medical reasons are sound, that the subcutaneous fat can be “dissolved”, absorbed into the blood and processed away. Today, there are far more advanced ways of achieving this same result. Again, these new devices are made available to you after a consultation with your weight loss professional, who can also inform you of any potential dangers to you, due to any pre-existing conditions that you may have. Another major advance in recent years is the evolution of laser technology. Now laser treatment has become very popular in the weight loss area as it offers a safe, non-invasive procedure which can remove unwanted and un-needed fat to complement your dietary and exercise programs. Your compatibility for this type of treatment should also be carefully investigated prior to any program of treatment of course.
With all of the different ways to lose weight, perhaps the most important thing of all is to talk to a professional so that you do not waste time or risk any health problems by following your own plan.