Category Archives: Exercise Trends

What Is Cropfit?

Oh the play on words. Crossfit, Cropfit? Subway recently released a pretty funny commercial about Cropfit, and basically you exercise like a farmer. If you also grow some crops, hey you have more fresh food! The company calls it nothing more than a Crossfit parody and hardcore fitness based on nineteenth-century farming practices. The commercial is meant to make fun of Cropfit, but if you think about manual farm work, it could actually burn a lot of calories and get you fit fast.

Of course, the average person is never going to get into farming, especially with the way the farming economy is these days. But it’s another way of pulling, lifting, pushing, hoisting, bending, twisting, and otherwise moving around. For those of us who are not farmers, there are other options available such as:

  • Going to your local hardware store to get a rope and a tire or cinder block. Then drag it around your driveway or backyard.
  • Plant a small garden in your backyard and go out to water it, pick weeds, plant, and otherwise care for your garden.
  • Get a heavy river rock and carry it up or down a hill. You could also build a wall, firepit, gardening area, or other things in your backyard with different sizes of rocks
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Rich People Change Their Lifestyle, Poor People Take Diet Pills

There have been plenty of studies that show a distinct relationship between poverty and obesity, and obviously, I don’t believe any ad I see that connects celebrities and diet pills. Extreme cleanses and only the most expensive personal trainers I believe, but generally speaking, celebs tend to advocate for diet pills when they have never had a weight problem! Surprise!

The relationship between poverty and obesity isn’t just a misperception, it’s studied and proven fact actually. You could blame various factors, such as a stronger likelihood to go for quick fast food (and a tendency to see healthier foods as more expensive and therefore inaccessible, whether or not that is actually true). According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine though, there is another factor to consider.

Low income Americans are less likely to use proven weight loss strategies and lifestyles like long term dietary changes, exercise routines, etc. They are more likely to go for the quick fix with amazing fat burners, appetite suppressants, and other diet pills while also potentially skipping meals.

There could be many reasons behind this. It could be that if you’re poor, your life is more stressful and you really have less time to dedicate to thinking about and planning for a healthier lifestyle for you, let alone your kids. It’s hard to exercise and get to a gym, or for that matter go running if you live in an unsafe neighborhood as opposed to the suburbs, where you could get your own treadmill or go running at the park or around your neighborhood.

In addition, the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to engage in stress eating while also turning to junk food, because you don’t have the time to prepare healthier alternatives. If you don’t know your work schedule each week, how do you plan effectively comparatively speaking? The fact that a study in Science in 2013 illustrated that poverty can actually decrease your IQ by 13 points certainly doesn’t help. Those who struggled economically, whether or not they had lower IQs were also more likely to give up on difficult puzzles. How do you think that translates to long term lifestyle changes.

Maria Konnikova writes in the New York Times that when you live an unpredictable and erratic lifestyle, this can kill your self control. If we’re not quite sure when the train will get there, why invest precious time in continuing to wait? If you don’t know how tomorrow will go and what will happen, why waste your time dieting when it will take that much time to lose weight and get healthier? Why do anything that would take precious time and effort as opposed to a quick fix miracle fat burner?