Fitness is something a lot of people desire, but not many actually go after. Strength, determination and a whole lot of sweat might get you close, but if you don’t have the proper information backup, a plummet is all too possible.
A better, fitter ‘you’ is a long road, so here are a few steps you might want to take:
1. A short workout doesn’t mean bigger thighs. These days you easily can find a whole plethora of short workouts on YouTube. One of the best workouts for us 9-to-5ers is something that’s called Tabata, a four-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) hell which is scientifically proven to not only burn the flab off, but to also replace it with some shiny, new muscle mass. I’ve been doing this myself for the last few months, and it really works! Google it!
2. That donut doesn’t mean bigger thighs, either. Well, technically, yes it does. But anybody, busy or not, has to indulge sometimes. Your body actually has a pretty neat system to fend off death (which worked great when we were running away from Cheetahs). When we get real hungry for treats, we start to physically and mentally crave them. The desire gets so intense you’ll probably grab fifteen frosted ones, instead of the regular you wanted this morning. At least there aren’t any Cheetahs around.
3. With that said… You know what’s a better way of avoiding sweets and snacks? Not buying them. The crave for sugar can be fended off with fruits and heavy weapons at any day of the week (mainly the weapons, though).
4. Sleep! Some studies have been done here, and all of them say you crave sweets much more when you’re sleep-deprived. Except the added will-power you’ll get, sleeping is also essential post and pre-workout, since when you’re asleep your body actually takes the time to repair your sore muscles. The result? A better workout and better results from said workout. Pretty rad, if all we’re talking about is lying on your mattress for a few extra hours.
5. Stop worrying about your weight. This goes for the gals that want to be slimmer and the guys that want to be tougher; your weight says nothing. This is proved every other day when boxers dehydrate themselves to drop a weight class (sometimes getting into weights lower than super models). Your weight is so interchangeable it’s amazing, and it’s rarely fat you’ve pawned.
6. Make a habit out of it. You know how since you were little, you’ve brushed your teeth every day? It seems you’re not even paying attention at times and you’ve already done it. Why’s that? It’s a habit. Habits take time to make, but if you (sometimes) force yourself into the gym, it’ll get easier with time. Same goes for shopping and eating healthy, and practically anything else.
7. Get to it. The grand (and albeit cheesy) finale! Don’t talk about how you’ll go to the gym, just do it.