Houston Forward Times

17 September 2013 Written by  Valecia Weeks

Gadget Exercises

fitness gadgets watchValecia Weeks is a Professional Licensed Massage Therapist through the state of Texas as well as a Birth Doula.  She is a licensed ZUMBA instructor and a certified personal trainer with NESTA.

Are you a regular Mrs. Inspector Gadget when it comes to Fitness Gadgets…”as seen on TV, etc”? Are you the one who is so determined to lose your unwanted inches that you will literally “buy” into any weight loss gadget?

On television, some infomercials promise you the world with GREAT weight-loss results…like a six pack in 30 days! The unfortunate thing is that, most of them do not deliver on those promises.. When those Television ads are so believable and convincing, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired?
There are a few questions that you can ask yourself when watching those infomercials.  If you answer “yes” to even one of the questions below, keep yo pocket-book shut! And save your money because you will not get your desired results.
Below are the Must-Ask Questions before buying any type of exercise gadget in the future.

Does the gadget target only one part of the body? On several occasions I’m asked how to lose weight from a certain problem area, but the answer is that no matter where your problem area is, the true answer is the same…SPOT REDUCTION DOES NOT WORK.  Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes all the muscles working together to get the results that you are so desperately looking for. Just think about it.  How do you get a six pack by just working the abs?  It is also very necessary to work oblique muscles since all of them are connected. There is no way to slim down, lose water weight or trim inches from a specific area of the body just by working that body part. If you have body fat that is hiding your muscles, only a calorie-controlled diet combined with a sound exercise program will solve the problem.  Sure, you can make your abs stronger with strengthening and toning exercises (which is awesome!), but you won’t go from a size 12 to a size 2 overnight….sorry Ladies!

Does it mention anything about diet and nutrition?  Nutrition is so very important when it comes to losing inches, building muscles and dropping weight.  If the gadget infomercial DOES NOT address nutrition and eating habits, which is a very important part of weight loss,  then you can pretty much guarantee that it’s a gimmick exaggerating its results. All the exercise in the world will not change your body if your diet isn’t also in line with your goals. Remember it takes burning 3500 calories to lose just one pound.

Will it be too difficult or not difficult for me to use?
Some fitness products out there are incredibly challenging and completely unsuitable for beginners. In fact, one of the most popular infomercials gives even the fittest people a challenge. On the other side, some other DVDs and products are much too easy and would not be enough of a challenge to a seasoned exerciser. Look closely at the moves and the exercises shown on TV and see if you can do them. If your knees start aching after a couple moves, it probably is not for you.

Overall, it’s best to use your common sense when purchasing fitness gadgets from a television infomercial. While many of them are a little gimmicky, there are plenty out there that can produce results! However, remember, for any product to truly work, you have to use it and watch your eating habits.  It’s not the fitness gadget that works…it’s YOU!

MAA WereReady