A combination of diet and exercise is the best way to lose weight and get in shape. As the New Year rolls around many people like to make their New Year’s resolution a promise to get into better shape. For those who have been going to the gym over several years I’m sure they have noticed the big jump in the number of people suddenly attending the gym in January. Then over the next few months watch the numbers drop off and return to normal by about March. I have always felt many people try to start of with their exercise programs in a way that isn’t sustainable. The key is to incorporate a work out program that one would be able to continue and make a part of a person’s life and live a more healthy lifestyle. Gains will take time but if one can form the habit of exercise a person can definitely change the way an individual looks and feels over time. I believe one important key is to start slowly and have the initial work outs somewhat simple to just start to form the habit. After a few weeks when the base habit of going to the gym has become part of one’s routine then make it a bit harder, but not so hard that one dreads going to the gym. You want to enjoy the gym experience and look forward to it, not dread it. Also, I have a little pre gym ritual that I really enjoy doing. It involves a protein drink, music and little mental psych. You may want to start a little tradition for yourself. Realistic goals and expectations are important. Keep in mind that you are always slowly working toward ones goals. Everyone misses work outs, but if you can get back in the gym, after just a couple of work outs you will feel like you are back in the swing of things and working toward you goals again. Often I set a goals such as looking great for a special occasion such as a wedding, going to the beach or getting into a sexy Halloween costume. Whatever you goal is, it is important to have goals and give yourself time to accomplish them.
Getting fit and having a nice healthy weight is the goal of many people. I personally have strived for this since I was 17 years old. Over the years, off and on I have read magazines, exercised, tried different diets and taken a wide variety of supplements. For me learning about my own body has really paid off. It seems like I have taken different exercise programs, diets and supplement suggestions to try to create my own program. I feel everyone has a different body type, needs and desires. Understanding ones own body, I think may be the most important variable in creating the body that one strives for. I am pushing 50 now and have seen products, programs and ideas come into vogue, morph and be shown to be worthless. In the 80′s protein tasted like chalk. I had a college nutrition class that basically said any extra protein was a waste. Later, it was said, perhaps protein does work. Coffee has went back and forth as demon to a cancer fighter. I am sure as new science continues to unfold, pros and cons will come to to the forefront of various supplements, diets and exercise programs as new methods and plans are developed. The goal here is to find, discuss and evaluate through personal experience what new products, programs and ideas work or don’t work. Quite honestly, trying to live a clean, healthy life has greatly affected my happiness. Although, I must admit many times throughout my life I have let myself go and fallen out of shape. But, I have always fought to try to come back to what I consider the healthy side of life and always been happy when I have. Whenever, I have started my way back to being healthy I always start back slow with baby steps and have slowly formed the habit again. You can’t run a marathon if you can’t run 1 mile. As long as you are on the path, it feels good to just get started and start to form the habit. I have so many friends that started soooo hard core and then hated the experience and quit. To me the most important thing has always been, just start on the path ever so slowly, but form the habit, then slowly build from there. Anyway, please post any experience, personal knowledge, ideas or questions you might have.