It always disappoint some people when I tell them the chances of looking and feeling great improve in direct concert to how seriously we approach our training and nutrition.
This does not mean dieting and especially does not mean starvation. You never want to stop eating. Take Karen who has lost more than 50 pounds since June by, among other things, making herself eat every two to three hours. I say make because sometimes you don't feel hungry, but you still need to eat. Keeping your body continuously working on getting the nutrients out of your food keeps your metabolism humming.
This is a mix of managed cardio and weights that burn fat and and build lean muscle. Getting rid of fat has obvious benefits. And lean muscle burns extra calories even when you are inactive. You need to do resistance or weight training to make muscle.
It's that simple.
Let the search begin
I'm not going to tell you what to eat and how to train. You can read about Karen if you like, or you can search my site, and the internet has zillions of diet and exercise websites and videos available for free.
Now and then I write about training but not in depth. It's better for you to search around, try stuff that appeals to you, and put together your own routine.
The only advice I'd like to give you is this: Change your routine regularly, because your body will acclimate to whatever you do and your body will begin to tread water if you don't keep pushing it. Newbies don't like to hear that, but it's a key factor of success and when you see yourself making progress, and others start asking you your secret, you will become a believer in exercise. More often than not it also becomes fun and something you want to do.
World's most common workout fail
It's saying you don't have time to go to the gym and you are too tired or stressed out to go to the gym after work. Since it's common to think you will go to the gym after work, this is a losing proposition.
I think it's silly -- if not futile -- for the typical person that has a demanding job, a family, and a life to plan to go to the gym after everything else is done. That usually means between right after work until bedtime. It doesn't work very well.
So what's the solution?
If you are serious about getting fit, go to the gym first thing in the morning. Even if that means losing an hour or two of TV time the night before. TV does zero for your body -- or your brain for that matter.
Benefits of working out first thing in the morning:
- You have it finished and out of the way.
- No fretting about all the stuff you have to do and how tired you'll be at the end of the day.
- By the time you shower, eat, and head for the rest of your day you will be amazingly recharged physically.
- Emotionally you will feel good about yourself the remainder of the day.
And practice these few things:
- Eat every couple hours.
- Go to sleep at the same time every night. Don't cheat by staying up late -- your workout will suffer.
- If you drink coffee or tea have it ready to go so you can start it the moment you get out of bed.
- Don't go back to bed or hit snooze.
- You can eat or choose not to prior to working out; go with what makes you feel best.
- Take something to drink and a little something to eat in case you need it, but avoid sugar-added products; if you add sugar us real sugar or artificial sweeteners not products containing high fructose corn syrup.
- The night before write down what you are going to do at the gym.
- Unless you have time to waste, workout not talk to people.
Not much to it but if your resolution is to look and feel the best you can as quickly as feasible you ought to try the first-thing-in-the-morning plan if you have any problems making it to the gym at the end of your day.
Remember to have an annual physical. Thomas Amshay articles are not meant to take the place of your doctor or health care team. Talk to them before starting any exercise program, diet, or supplement.