In this video, WatchMojo learns about the first step we must take to change our lifestyle into a healthier one.
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Taking the First Steps to Become Fit WatchMojo.com Veronica: Have you ever wondered why you’re spending hours at the gym without seeing results. Hi I’m Veronica for WatchMojo.com and today Annick Robinson discusses the steps we need to take to reach our fitness goals and it all begins with an assessment and a strategy so as you can now decide that you wan to get into shape and get healthier what’s the first step to take? Annick Robinson: (Wellness and Fitness Expert) Well the first thing you need to do is understand your status quo where you’re starting from and the second thing is you really need a good idea of where you want to go to. So what are your goals and then you have to have someone really knowledgeable who can put together a strategy to get you from where you are to where you want to go. You start off with a fitness assessment so we want to know 0 to 3 months what you want to be doing. You have long lists of categories and then we look at your long term goals 3 months to a year. Once you’ve gone through the goal setting questionnaire we go through a wellness history and medical history questionnaire so we really understand what is very specific to you where you’ve been, any injuries you may or may not have. Then we measure you. So we measure how much muscle you have. Your fat percentage, your bone mass, we measure your hydration levels your metabolic age. Once we have your body composition we take your circumference reading and we also take your picture from the front from the side, the other side and in from the back so that we have a real memory of where you start it, not just in terms of the weight you looked but also in terms of your posture because as we go forward and train somebody we want to make sure that your posture is improving too. And then the last segment we do is we measure their VO2 which is their cardiovascular health, once we have a full picture of the way they are we put together the strategy. Veronica: And you mentioned all these measurements that you’re taking why can’t you just look at the numbers on the scale? Annick: Someone tells me I want to lose 10 pounds, no problem I can make you lose 10 pounds by tomorrow. I’m going to take you over to my sauna. I’m going to take away all your water and I’m going to make you sweat out 10 pounds or like in calorie reduce you and on the scale you have lost 10 pounds but you’ll have lost bone and you’ll have lost muscle and it will probably dehydrate you in the process as well. Most people that they want to do is improve their body composition and that you just can’t measure by looking at the scale. Veronica: So does that mean that two people who weigh the same aren’t exactly in the same health condition? Annick: I see hundreds of people in my fitness assessments every year and I can see someone who’s exactly the same age. The same height and have the same weight and one can be obese and one can be extremely fit. Muscle weighs more than fat so someone who is small and dense really muscular but has low body fat could weigh the same as some one who’s extremely obese who has a lot of fat and low muscle. Veronica: Why is it important to have one before you start training? Annick: Well I see a lot of people who train really, really hard in the gym and some people never meet their goals as it is really important now if you’re gong to be spending time in a gym you want that time to be productive. They have to take several factors into consideration in order to meet their fitness goals and that means to include what you eat, what you drink, what your exercise plan is. How you sleep, rest and recuperate and consistency. Veronica: What’s the difference between a realistic goal and an unrealistic goal? Annick: Usually it’s the time frame. Someone tells me they want to lose 20 pounds to be healthy and we would agree together by 20 pounds is a good goal that they tell me they want to lose it by next weekend for a weddin