It seems that everyone is looking for that quick fix, a magic get fit overnight exercise plan. I’m here to deliver the bad news….there isn’t one. However, with the 3 “D’s”, some commitment, and a few helpful tips, success is easily attainable. Dedication, Desire, and Determination combine to form a pretty good start out formula for success, but we’re here to give you a few tips on how to improve those ends results. Here are the first few:
Strengthen Your Core- Sit-ups, planks, ab roller, whatever you want to do, just do it. Your abs and your core are actually key to building a healthy and strong body. There are so many variations out there that you could spend 30 mins a day, everyday doing an ab workout with different exercises. So, find ones that are fun and a little challenging and knock them out.
Flatten Your Gut- Along with the previous tip on strengthening your core and doing ab workouts, developing a healthy and successful meal plan is key. Weight loss is 80/20. That means, it’s 80% what you eat and 20% workouts. We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet” and that is so true. Discipline in the meal department is crucial for weight loss and that elusive six-pack.
Buy Shoes That Fit- Whether you’re walking, running, or just need a good traction shoe for the gym, make sure you take the time to find the right shoe. Try shoes on later in the day when your feet expand the most. Also, make sure you’re buying the correct shoe for your target activity. A walking shoe will support and function on your feet a little differently than a running shoe. Do your research, figure out the right fit, and spend that extra money to have the right wheels, because comfort will help you get through a workout when the rest of your body is on the brink of exhaustion.
Lose Your Weak Spot- Are you having troubles with push-ups? What about sit-ups? Does that 1 mile run feel like torture? If those answers are yes, that’s because those are the things that expose your weak spots. You need to find these “spots” and train them, really push the limits each time, further and further. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link and you need to make sure you’ve covered all your links and are training the weak ones extra hard.
Eat Meat and Grow- Chicken, beef, fish, they are all full of the protein your body needs to build lean muscle mass. A good goal is to consume roughly between 4-8oz. of meat every day. Meat also have a plethora of nutrients like: B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, iron, zinc, selenium, just to name a few. So, make sure you’re taking in enough protein every day!
I hope this was useful in helping you understand that fitness can be simple once you have a grasp of what your mind and body need. Next week we’ll discuss more, and give you some tips on how to lift and exercise properly and safely. Happy gains and losses!