My dear readers,
Today, I am going to discuss the four basic actions that you must take in order to get and stay in the best shape of your life. Let’s get right into it.
A lot of people will make a resolution (you’ll see it happen this new year) to get “healthy”. They’ll buy gym memberships, hire trainers, and tell themselves how committed they are. They’ll say things like, “I’m finally going to get rid of this belly fat!”, “I’m sick of being fat – it’s time for this to stop!”, or “Now I’m really going to get in shape and never get fat again.” The disappointment occurs when, after taking these initial steps and finding the “motivation” to work out, only a handful of these people (less than 5%) actually work toward and maintain their goals. At maximum, only 1 in 20 people will reach their goals. When this is applied to millions of people nationwide, you can see that only a dedicated few really get the work done.
“Why?” I can hear you asking. Well, out of the many factors that play a part, I pin it down to only two: 1) paralysis by analysis (i.e., too much information on weight loss, fat loss, muscle building, etc.); and 2) wanting the easy way out in the form of a diet pill, weight loss supplement, or workout program guaranteeing “instant results in just one month!”.
I’m here to clarify both points. With regards to the first point, I give you four simple ways to get and stay in good shape so that you do not get overwhelmed by the excessive information on the internet or at the gym. With regards to the second point, these four tips will show you that hard work and commitment is required if you want that six pack or if you want your underarms to stop flabbing once you stop waving. Without further ado, here they are. Your tips for getting and staying in the best shape of your life.
1. Find your “why” – your ultimate reason for getting in shape
This is perhaps the most important one of them all. If you can’t find a significant reason to get your ass in shape, then you will not maintain the mental and physical strength necessary to get consistent results. I’m just telling it as it is. Fortunately, I know that you have a pain somewhere that nags at you emotionally, mentally, and physically. We all want to look and feel great. We all want bodies that we (or our significant others) can be proud of. So we will work for that. From there it’s a matter of being consistent. In the beginning, showing up is 95% of the battle. Thankfully, it gets easier from there as you see results over time.
2. Eat foods that energize your body
I’ve covered this already in my Nutrition 101 article, which you can find here.
3. Bring the intensity to every. single. workout
This means hauling serious ass in the gym. If you played sports, remember how your coach told you to “leave it all out on the field”? Do that in the gym. Leave it all out there – the sweat, the effort, the accomplishments, the personal records. Show up 100%. Smash your previous self into oblivion. Personally, this is most satisfying for me. People notice when you work hard, and it will motivate them to work hard, too. This creates a community of like-minded people who will support you on your fitness journey.
4. Sleep, sleep, sleep.
Sleep is where recovery happens. No sleep = no recovery = no gains = no energy = increased risk for injury = no goals accomplished = depressed mindset = lack of action = lack of motivation = inconsistency = starting back from square one. Let’s NOT go back to square one again. It was bad enough being there once already! If you’d like more information on the importance of sleep, check out this article.
Hope this information is helpful! What other fitness questions would you like answered? Let me know in the comments section below!