Commit To The First Step!
1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
We all want to look and feel our best, right? If it were easy, everyone would look great! Please don't spend time looking in the mirror, picking your body apart because it doesn't look like your favorite celebrity physique. Often, I hear people criticize their own bodies when in public to spare the agony of hearing someone else says something that might hurt. You have to love your own body and strive to make it the best it can be. You may even be the one that comes up with excuses like, "I wish I had the time to workout but I'm just too busy." NEWS FLASH: We are all "too busy" doing what is most important to us. If your wellness has climbed the priority charts to a higher position that may push another activity down, you better be ready to commit. And I mean commit not only to improving your health, but removing something that was a priority in it's place.
Finding Time Vs Making Time!
If you have several things that you do on a daily basis that take up the time that you could be actively improving your health, then you have to decide and commit to taking at least one of those things off the priority list to make time for exercise. You'll never "find time" for anything that you want to add to your life. We all are given the same 24 hours in a day. You have to MAKE TIME for what's most important. If you want to be healthy, successful, a better parent or spouse (whatever you value most) you have to make time to create sustainable habits.
Sustainable Exercise For The Seasoned Beginner
Keep it simple and sustainable! I use the term "Seasoned Beginner" because less than 5 percent of Americans participate in at least 30 minutes of activity per day. Yet, so many join fitness centers every January for their New Year's Resolution, just to give up after doing everything wrong for a month or two. If you're going to join a gym, hire a fitness professional to assist you in customizing a program for your fitness level, past experience and body type. Now, to the exercises that you will start with. The most basic exercise that works your chest, arms and core is the PUSH-UP. Trust me when I tell you that this exercise really works and has been used effectively for a very long time. As a beginner, the push-up allows you to effectively use your own body weight to achieve strength and build muscle. As you build muscle, you will start burning calories as your metabolism starts to increase and your body fat % starts to decrease.
30-Day Fitness Challenge!
For the next 30 days you are going to build a sustainable habit of making exercise a priority in your life. Each morning when you first get out of bed, I want you to get down on the floor and do 10 really good push-ups. Each week you will feel strong enough to add at least 1-5 reps to your set. Great! Add whatever you feel you can sustain for the whole week. You'll be doing these everyday without a rest day for 30 days straight. Trust me! This will hardly be over-training because it's only one exercise for one set and won't take much time to complete. By the end of the month, you'll be doing 25 to 30 push-ups every morning. You'll start feeling better; start seeing change in your energy levels and focus; start building body control, coordination; and core strength. Do your push-ups slow and controlled to strengthen your stabilizer muscles and prevent injury. For help with doing a proper push-up slow and controlled, watch the video below. Next week we will add another exercise that will burn even more calories in a very sustainable way! Enjoy the results!
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