The numbers on your scale, do not indicate whether you are fit, or fat. Far more significant than your total body weight, is the composition of your body tissue. If a man’s fatty tissue is bigger than 14%, up to 15% of his body mass, or if a woman’s is more than 20%, to 22%, he, or she is overweight, or more precisely, overfat.

A small amount of fat is needed, for padding the internal organs and as insulation, under the skin. Excess fat leads to diseases, such as diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and gallbladder problems. There are very few, very fat people. The reason is that the fittest, not the fattest, survive.

The problem now, is focused on how to resolve the situation. The problem with most people, who want to lose weight, is that they have the propensity, to concentrate more on getting those numbers lower, than on what they are seeing now. What happens next, is that they strive harder, to achieve a lower weight, according to the “ever reliable” results, of the weighing scale.

It would be more important to think of the human body, as a heat-exchange engine, that works on the basic principles of energy physics. The calorific balance, equals the total calorie intake, minus the total calorie expenditure.

Some of the calories people ingest, are used for basal metabolism. As people get older, their bodies require fewer calories, for this basic upkeep. Some calories are excreted, as waste products. Some go into “work metabolism,” which is the energy expenditure required, for any physical activity.

Hence, if people take in more calories, than are used by these functions, there is a definite calorie excess. By the laws of physics, energy is transformed, rather than destroyed. In this case, each excess of 3,500 calories, is changed into a pound of fat. If people want to reverse this process, then they simply have to burn up 3,500 calories, to lose a single pound.

Winning the War Against Fat

When you think of fighting fat with exercise, you probably think of hours of hard, sweaty exertion. If this is the case, then, you will not get any farther. This is because people who are so much into losing more, by exerting more effort, tend to get bored easily.

Why? Because experts contend, that when people exert more effort, than what they are capable of doing, it creates a tendency to develop weariness and ennui, or boredom. Hence, they give up. They stop doing their routine exercises, and end up sulking in the corner, with a bag of chips, that seems to have all the bad calories in this world.

Now, you might ask, "What should be done instead?" The answer: cross training.

After some intensive studies and experimentations, health experts were able to come up with the concept, of incorporating cross training, in order to overcome, or break the monotony, or dullness in an exercise program.

Cross training refers to the integration of diverse movements, or activities, into a person’s conventional exercise routine. The main purpose of incorporating cross training, into an exercise program, is to avoid overdoing excess muscle damage and to put a stop, to an imminent boredom.

Three of the most commonly used activities, whenever a person decides to engage in cross training, are swimming, running, and cycling.

In cross training, distance is one way to extend your activity, as your condition improves. For this reason, you need to traverse a measured distance.

If possible, swim the course and measure the distance. If you will be using a running track, such courses are usually a quarter-mile per lap, for a complete circuit.

Cross training offers a variety of benefits, for fitness and for fat loss. Remember you are not worried about losing weight, but fat! It builds up the strength and endurance of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It also has some tranquilizing effect, on the nerves, and it burns up calories, as much as it makes your “losing weight” more bearable.

Cross training has three basic components:

1. Endurance exercises, to condition the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and to induce relaxation. These begin with a carefully planned walking and jogging regimen, depending on your fitness level.

2. Exercises, to strengthen the muscles, particularly those important to good posture. These include some activities, that are selected to encourage some people, who are already burnt out, with a particular regular routine.

3. Exercises, to improve joint mobility and to prevent, or relieve aches and pains. These consist of a series of static stretching positions, that are safe and effective, for most of the people, who wish to try to lose some fat.

Indeed, cross training is a great way, to modify the concept of exercising and of losing fat, without having to endure monotonous activities. In fact, the idea of exercising, is to like what you are doing. Thereafter, if you engage in cross training, you will be surprised to see how quickly you achieve your desired look and "weight."

Boiled down, cross training is, certainly, one way of having fun, while working on a normally unpleasant task.

I am a firm believer in Cross Training. I practice it myself and initially I called my website Crosstrainers, after this discipline. When I found that Crosstrainers was a brand name in the U.S, I changed to Clints Training.

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a contract to run the gyms on cruise ships. He has done a special higher level course and qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He works in 2 local gyms, assisting the staff with clients and training plans. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. Visit his blog at