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Why fitness that’s easier is best
Some years ago my portable disc player gave up the ghost and I decided to make the jump to an
At first, my experiences with MP3 players and software was a nightmare. I couldn’t find files, I would
lose entire batches of newly ripped music and when I did have my music it sounded terrible
because all of the setting were off. I felt doomed never to experience the musical joy my computer
literate friends had.
Then one day I finally joined the masses and bought an iPod. Within 20 minutes I had everything
set up, downloaded and rockin'. I was creating play lists and using the player like a pro.
I firmly believe that Apple dominates the market for one simple reason - they make the whole MP3
player experience very easy.
The lesson here is simple:
If something is easier to do then the chances of a successful result are much greater.
Hardly rocket science, but I have noticed that there seems to be a strong idea in our fitness culture
that harder is better. We seem to believe that the more we suffer and sweat the better our fitness
will be. The question is, does this approach really work?
It's no secret that the health and fitness of this country is a little worse for wear. Even the rest of the
world thinks our health is going down the tubes. I just saw a TV show on the BBC where the British
host of the show was interviewing an American and he made the comment that the man didn’t look
American because he wasn’t fat enough and had too much energy.
It’s certainly not for a lack of trying though. We have more diet and exercise programs than some
countries have miles of paved road. We are spending billions each year all in the name of weight
loss and muscle tone. We have books, videos, web sites, and even support groups.
We are also working hard enough to get in shape. I know some people think that we are out of