Have you set a fitness goal for yourself? If you are falling short of this goal and getting frustrated, creating and maintaining a regular workout schedule might be the secret sauce you need.
You need to be consistent for the beneficial changes to occur in your body. It takes weeks of strength training to grow muscle fibers and that will in time make you stronger and more toned. Regular aerobic exercise stimulates the growth of new capillaries to bring blood to your muscles. This, too, takes several weeks. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up (Babe Ruth).
An easy way to make sure you can stick to your workout is to find something you enjoy. When something becomes a part of your everyday life, it doesn’t feel like a chore (even getting up for those 6 a.m. classes) and becomes your routine…habit. And then it can become fun.
I know it sounds easy, but if you want to work out frequently, commit to a class or sessions with a personal trainer. You’ll perfect your form, build endurance, and become stronger. Plan your workout in advance and let others know about it! You’ll be more committed and you’ll feel guilty if you don’t go…heck, your coworkers may even feel a little guilty about not working out. Thinking about going to the gym burns between 0 and 0 calories.
I think a really great way to stick to your workout schedule is to form relationships. When you know your instructor, trainer, other people in the class, you start to feel more accountable for your workouts and you’ll think twice about skipping class. Remember in school when you skipped class and got called to the principal’s office? Of course, I don’t have firsthand knowledge about this…just saying.
I saw an article about a patch you can put on that may help burn off those “love handles” (which by the way, no one loves). Just slap on this patch and it may help lose pounds by burning fat off specific areas of the body. This has been tested on mice and researchers found the mice saw a 20 percent fat reduction. The hope is the same can be done for humans.
Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. Results happen over time, not overnight. If fitness came in a bottle, everyone would have a great body. The magic “pill” is sweat and intensity. We live in a world of instant gratification, the world of the quick fix. Skip the quick fixes. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient. That is what will ensure lasting results. It may take longer doing it the healthy and right way.
You won’t be successful at getting fit until you get over the idea of “fast.” Trust the process….not the mice. You’ll get there. Change nothing and nothing changes.
If during your workout you are sweating, breathing hard, making ugly faces, ache, want to stop, but want to keep going at the same time, know you’ll feel it the next day, want to chug a gallon water, feel good, thinking about the long shower after the training…you’re doing it right.
It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptations. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s worth it. Sweat is the best accessory. When you first get started, what seems impossible today, will soon become your warm up.
And, yes, you need a rest day. When you start an intense workout, you will soon feel worn out and you could fall off the wagon. Don’t be afraid to have that rest day (or two) when your body needs a break. Fitness is not about abusing your body. It’s about taking care of it.
To be your best self you have to take care of what you truly own and that’s your body. Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody. Be persistent, will get it. Be consistent and you will keep it!
Matt Molnar is the owner of Atlas Fit, an adventure fitness facility at 603 W. Gaines St. Visit his website at atlasfit.co.
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