Gwyneth, Has She Unknowingly “Uncoupled” From Fitness?
You’ve probably heard the phrase “uncoupling” by now. In case not, it is a new age theory of getting a divorce without all the drama. Made all the more popular by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.
As well as being a huge celebrity of film, Paltrow is known for her devotion to her children and her business GOOP, but she has also found celebrity from her devotion to keeping fit and remaining super trim and slim.
To those of us who make a career out of keeping fit and healthy, we know the importance of keeping motivated and moving forward with our fitness regimes. We also know the worst thing you can do is to get stuck in a rut and never change your work out modality or routine. This seems to be where Gwyneth has come unstuck (so to speak).
Her regime is a military one, there is no room for flexibility. Following the routines set by celebrity trainer Tracey Anderson, Gwyneth follows the same techniques day in day out. While this may work for Gwyneth, it certainly isn’t the best way for the majority of us to get fit.
Firstly, lifting only a maximum of 3 lbs in any work out just isn’t going to make a difference to the muscular tone of most of us, some of us may have far more weight to shift or we may have different goals for our muscle building. So stating that lifting more than 3lbs will make you big and bulky is simply the wrong way to go.
Then there is the fact that there is no variety to her workouts. It is important to keep your workouts varied, not only does it keep it interesting but it also means you are working all the muscle groups in turn. Focusing on one repetition of movements is only going to unbalance your body and that’s when injuries occur. Although there might be different “moves” in the Tracy Andersen style workouts they are all built off the same basic premise and platform.
What I am saying is that one needs to shake things up – do something entirely different to stimulate muscle fibers for improvement in strength and aesthetics. Doing a similar workout routine and ONLY that workout routine day in and day out (Tracy recommends that you do her workout 6 days per week and that you don’t mix it with any other type of exercise such as strength, yoga or pilates) is just plain wrong and after a few months will leave lackluster results at best.
Please don’t get sucked into this celebrity hype by some of these trainers that want you to buy their fitness products. There is more than one way to get fit. You have to find the right way for YOU, find some workouts that you enjoy and that you feel challenge and stimulate your muscles and your mind. And then guess what, after a few months – change it up. If you don’t know what to change to – hire a coach for extra motivation and direction. They can often see the bigger picture and area’s you are lacking in better than you can.
Now don’t think me some crazed Gwyneth bashing bitch! I certainly am not, I mean who can’t honestly say that she doesn’t look fabulous at 40. But when it comes to eating healthy and getting the right diet for a healthy and wholesome life, pureed baby foods is not the way.
If you really want to know the secrets of living a healthy life and eating a balanced diet then here it is; (shocking – I know)!!
• Whole foods and plenty of fiber (think beans)
• Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
• protein – such as fish, lean meats, eggs
• carbohydrates – root vegetables, whole grains and fruits
• NO processed junk food, artificial sweeteners or soda – water instead!
That’s it folks! It’s actually pretty simple when it comes down to it. Once your taste buds get used to eating only whole foods after a few weeks you won’t struggle with that addiction anymore and you will find that whole foods actually taste delicious and any junk food tastes too much like a chemical.
If you can get a balance of each of the food groups above in your daily diet, coupled with a varied and interesting workout regime, you will see great results and feel fabulous. Forget the fads that all the celebrities rave about, we aren’t all made the same and no singular workout routine alone can sustain a healthy body forever. The body finds results through change.
Find a personal trainer who can help you discover the best workout for your weight loss and toning, they will know the best nutritional advice for your needs and as you see changes they will adapt your workouts and nutritional advice so that you can continue to see progress and results.