With the year ending and 2019 rapidly approaching, I have one thing to say; STOP WORKING OUT TO LOSE WEIGHT! Now, before you light your torches and sharpen your pitch forks, let me explain. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail before February. If that isn’t discouraging, I don’t know what is. But don’t worry, I am here to help you through this so you won’t become another statistic.
As a trainer, one of the number one goals I get from new clients is that they want to lose X number of pounds. While these are great goals, I have seen too many people lose the weight and then months later they gain it all back and here’s why. Those who want to lose weight only want to do so to see the number on their scale go down rather than to become a healthier individual. By creating a new culture of health and wellness within your life, you will lose weight and it will stay off! I repeat, create a culture of health and wellness in your life and you will lose weight that will stay off. This means don’t go hard at the gym and then go down beer and pizza just because you went to the gym. Too many people only look to exercise when things get out of control. Too many people say, “Okay, January 1st is the day I am getting back in shape.” I ask you this; why wait for a date to reclaim your health.
The best formula for success that I have found for my clients and myself is formulating a plan. Prep your meals for the week, schedule your workouts and get your sleep. Most importantly, make your health a priority! My suggestion is to get a trainer. He or she will help you stay accountable to your plan and progress you properly. One of the biggest mistakes, you can make is saying, ” I want to lose weight, so I am going to go out and do a bunch a cardio.” The problem with this is, that cardio is repetitive; meaning that if you have more form and staggering imbalances, you will only make things worse. A trainer can help you perfect your form which results in maximum results. Get on a good strength training program, get your diet in check and have fun with it. If you can accomplish these things, I promise you a body that doesn’t just look good naked, but one that operates, functions and feels better.
Now I don’t want to scare any of you from chasing your fitness dreams. I just want you be well equipped for the hard work that lays ahead of you. Make your exercise about being healthy and the results will payout ten fold. Make a plan and get to work. I wish you all the best of luck in your new fitness journey. GO KICK SOME BUTT!