Most of us at one time or another spend time being obsessed with food, eating from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. To balance that off we work out like it’s our job under the mantra of “harder-stronger-faster-longer” until we feel satisfied and hopefully get the results we deserve. We try this method, then that. We eat less. Then more. We buy this and everything under the sun that promised us results. Pills, potions, lotions – been there done that.
So what gives? Why are people still struggling to find balance?
If you feel stuck, frustrated and out of ideas it’s time to go back to the basics and finally heed good advice.
Here are a few universal truths of health, fitness, diet and weight loss.
1. Weight training: You need it for more reasons than you think. It’s best combined with interval training for a top notch fat loss plan.
2. Cleanses shouldn’t be considered a weight loss method.
3. Chew your food, don’t drink it. Drinking your fruits and vegetables is not the same as eating them.
4. Fitness is about strengthening your body over time. Sign on to fitness for the long haul and you’ll have much better success.
5. Cardiovascular exercise is beneficial but shouldn’t “run” you down.
6. To lose weight, you need to eat less.
7. Drinking more water doesn’t automatically make you shed pounds.
8. If you’re not seeing results, ask for help.
9. Hard workouts are great. But find something sustainable that can keep your attention and that you can do for the long term.
10. Some of the best weight loss foods aren’t always low calorie.
11. Skip single-joint exercises.
12. If you’re not really hungry, why are you eating?
13. Commit to your decision to get and stay healthy. Firm up that backbone and quit quitting on yourself.
14. Speaking of quitting- quit the excuses. The fact is everybody is busy. Yet, some make the time to get healthy. If it’s that important to you – you’ll find the time.
15. Find a reason, any reason. Use whatever methods possible to help keep you on track.
If you’re looking to transform your body and finally ready to make the commitment, sign up for our four-week Bootcamp Fitness class starting at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10.
Call 570-338-2386 for details.
Tim Hlivia is a trainer at Leverage Fitness Studio. Need help getting started on fitness? He will be happy to take the time and sit down with you and talk. 570-338-2386.