Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Getting Fit: Home Truths

Fitness truthWhilst I think it would be untrue to try and claim that I was some of fitness god, still I have managed to come a long way over the last few years in terms of trimming down and firming up. Along the way I tried fad diets, grueling exercise regimes and an assortment of fitness related products. Some of which worked, some of which didn't.
One thing I learnt for sure whilst on my personal weight loss journey, is that there are a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to people losing weight. So I'd like to take the time today to talk about some of the basic truths behind getting into shape.
Daily Exercise
This is an absolute must, even if you are just trying to lose weight and don't care about working on your muscles. Some people will tell you that you shouldn't exercise daily, that you should only aim for three or four times a week. The truth is though it is actually harder to maintain the habit of exercising three times a week, than it is to maintain the habit of doing it everyday. You shouldn't work on the same muscle groups every day, but making sure to do at least thirty minutes worth of hard exercise on a daily basis  will go a long way to making sure you burn off any excess fat your body might not be using.
Be Realistic
Not everybody is built the same way. Nearly everyone can manage to lose weight and strengthen their muscles to a certain point, but not everybody has the genetic makeup to be the next Mr or Mrs Universe. Everybody reaches a time when their hard work levels out and they are stuck on maintaining their current physique instead of improving it further. Of course it is possible to overcome this plateau through a lot of hard work and dedication, but make sure its really what you want before deciding to go down that road.
Eat Wisely
When people want to shape up they often put themselves through the craziest of diet plans, when in fact as long as they maintain a balanced well portioned diet they have absolutely nothing to worry about. Try to avoid faddy 'health' foods that are just trying to get desperate people to part with their money, stay away from processed food, eat plenty of vegetables and when you have meat try to make sure its grilled instead of roasted or fried.
Don't Stop
When starting a fitness regime people often use any excuse to take a day off, which then turn into two, which becomes three and before you know it six months has passed since you last hit the gym. They key to success is to consistently follow through with your plans. Anyone can do it, all you need is willpower. If something comes up to throw a spanner in the works, say a surprise holiday interferes with your exercise routine, then its down to you to make time to fix the problem and make sure you get back on track.
This is a guest post by Jessy Troy who blogs on Celebrity Weight Loss and Vegetarian Life
Post image by Watt_Dabney

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