Slow Down For Better Results From The Gym
IF you are anything like me; you can be a bit impulsive about your decision to get fit fast. Your whole life gets flipped on end, as well as your household when you decide that this time you are serious about getting results from life-style changes. You dump all the junk food, try to acquire a taste for kale, and you spend every spare moment you have either in the gym, or studying the internet for a quick fix.
There is no quick fix. Working harder will bring results fast, but you inevitably will be asking yourself a question: ‘Is this really the life I want?’ ‘Do I value change in my body enough to change everything else in my life at once?’
Let me answer that question for you. NO! No you don’t. That’s why you search the web for six minute six-pack-abs. That’s why you put your faith in 30 day body transformations. That’s why you look for the 2 week diet pill. That’s why the 3 day cleanse is appealing. You want results NOW, and everyone on the web knows you do. So what’s the deal? SLOW DOWN!!! Don’t be in such a hurry. The mentality is wrong and your results will not last if they come without true habitual life-styling changes.
Three major components to any successful body transformation:
It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. But what it requires is patience with yourself to do it right. Why not take some time.
SLEEP: Start with sleep. Don’t worry about nutrition, don’t even worry about hitting the gym yet. Teach yourself that you love sleep, that it is good for you. Show yourself the benefit of that extra hour or two of sleep. Make sure you get a full 8 hours every night. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body will not respond as well to the other changes in your life. What if you took 2 weeks to change your sleep habits; you’d be a happier, more energetic, and less stressed version of yourself.
NUTRITION: Find out what works for you. Nail your nutrition down before you start your workouts. WHY? Here’s the deal. When you develop habits of healthy eating before you add the gym life to your life change; you learn what’s good for you. You learn what energizes you without the added fatigue of gym life. You also learn how to see and maintain results through diet alone. Make a life style change with your diet. Don’t look for a quick weight loss diet, look for a life style diet that suits you well. Give that 30 days to sink in. See results from diet. You will feel better, you will sleep better. It takes a full 30 days to retrain your body to crave the good stuff and stop withdrawing from the not-so-good stuff. Now you have 2/3 of the life change habits in place. Now you know how to maintain the results you got in the gym if ever those days go away and life gets crazy.
GYM: This is at the bottom of the list for a good reason. It is nothing without proper sleep and nutrition. You will not get the results from your workouts that you desire if you don’t have proper sleep for recovery and diet to fuel the workouts and recovery. People make the mistake of changing diet and gym together. What happens is they train themselves to crave and eat enough food to make up for the calories burned in the gym. Therefore moderate results from the gym because the calorie deficit is cancelled by increased calories. What makes it worse is the eating habits stay when the gym goes away – therefore you hate yourself if you don’t go to the gym. You lose results so fast you can’t handle it. This has to do with not nailing down your eating and sleeping habits before your gym habits. This is a lifestyle change. Take your time with it.
Slow and steady wins the race. BE CONSISTENT. Here is a post I wrote on the key to getting results from your life style change.
Slow down. You’ll thank yourself when your whole world is finally and successfully changed and on track with your goals.