Who doesn’t want a healthy, lean body? Most of us do. But we don’t always have the time or energy to put into yet another demand.
And that’s just too bad…
Because there is no fast train to getting fit. I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear, but fitness is a way of life. If you want results that last, there just isn’t any way around it.
Hear me out, because this is much more simple than you think (plus this article is a short read).
Fitness, is a combination of things you do and don’t do. You say no to the slice of cake and choose some dried berries and a square of dark chocolate instead (quite delicious). You get a 20-minute workout in, even though you’re exhausted. You find creative ways to make sure that you’re moving towards health, each and every day, because you want it, and you’re the only one who can get you there.
You must change your way of thinking, first.
Put dieting out of your mind. Diets won’t work. Extreme HIIT workouts before your body is acclimated, will only cause injury or discouragement, and strict meal plans or only eating certain foods — is not practical for long-term results. The one tried and true method to getting fit, is to start today, as you are, making small choices that will add up to big results in a few months’ time.
20 minutes a day cardio with 10 minutes of added strength training will give you results, and those results will motivate you to keep moving forward. It’s also important to remember that what you put in your body, is as important as the sweat that’s coming out. Choosing lean proteins, combined with fruits and vegetables will give your muscles the fuel they crave, while cardio will melt away fat and work the most important muscle in your body — the heart. (And, Believe it or not, healthy foods will actually keep you feeling fuller, longer.) Once you’ve had your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes (30 is ideal) put in10 minutes of strength training in. Use a resistance band (Under $10) or weights.
In less than 30 days, you will notice a change in how you look and feel. The key is to stay with it. You don’t have to spend an hour a day at the gym. You shouldn’t deny yourself the foods you love all the time. It’s okay to enjoy a cupcake at a birthday party or to eat a slice of pizza on Friday night — but moderation is key and working out more often than you don’t, is a game changer.
In time, you’ll likely find that you rarely crave unhealthy foods or sugary drinks— and that even though some days you’re tired, you want to get the workout in, because you feel better when you do, especially mentally. Being active boasts many rewards all across the board.
So, although there is no fast track to getting fit, it can happen much sooner than you think, if you start with small steps. Change your way of thinking first.
You want it… go get it.