By Sean Michael Clarke
If you’ve never attempted to get fit before it can be a real challenge to know where to start. With so many products all over the internet, it can be confusing to know whether such programs really work or if the creators are just after your money.
I myself have spent countless hours scouring the net trying to find something that might be genuine and not just a sales pitch. What I have learnt is it really comes back to the same three things when you want to start getting fit.
The next step after looking up a fitness program is research. This can be a very interesting experience… or… frustrating.
These days its hard to tell whether a review is from a genuine user or if its been produced by the company itself. Most commonly once I’ve found what I believe to be genuine reviews, I’m not shocked.
It seems that the users from one fitness program are saying very similar things to users of other fitness programs.
I’ve come to realise that weight loss and muscle gain techniques haven’t changed in recent history but the way they are being marketed has.
It seems these different companies are regurgitating existing techniques and selling them on as something new. For a beginner this can be very confusing because it appears there are so many different approaches to getting fit. (I’m not saying there aren’t, but it’s not how these companies make out.)
Sure I’ve learnt a couple of different tips from different programs I’ve investigated over the years but there’s never anything too surprising and most of the information given out is always common sense.
When it comes down to it there are only a few things you need to do to start getting fit and healthy.There are no shortcuts, just follow these 3 simple instructions to be on the right path today.
1. Eat well – without a proper nutritional diet your gym work is for nothing. Re-fuel your body with the good stuff, veg, lean meat, water, fruit, etc. I think of it as 70% what you eat and 30% working out. What you eat is so important and I don’t think people realise this enough. I recently spoke to someone who asked if they should starve themselves after exercise. I was more then speechless.
2. Exercise effectively – I see so many people at the gym jogging on the treadmill for an hour+. This might be good for endurance training but weight loss?… Start doing interval training or circuit training 3 times a week for 30 minutes and you’ll burn twice the amount of calories. Make sure you exercise effectively, it’s not just what you do but how you do it. Whether it’s performing a rep with good form or using the right trainers on a run.
3. Drink Water like it’s going out of fashion – Try and drink 8 pints a day (I know you’ve heard it before but it’s true) BUT its going to flush out water retention. Pinch the fat around your waist. If it wobbles when you let go its more than likely water retention then fat. So start drinking the good stuff! You’ll see a difference in a couple of days.
There you have it. Before you sign up for a fancy fitness program follow these 3 steps and see where you get. The main thing that you need is motivation. You cant buy it (unfortunately!) Only you can drive yourself. Good luck.
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