Do you think your diet and exercise programme is the most optimal way for you? What would you say if I told you most people go through life doing the same selection of exercises and doing the same workout and eating the same narrow variety of foods? Variety is the spice of life for exercise and food!
There are many factors which exercises and exercise programmes will work best for you, such as age, training experience, your ability to recover and your flexibility and posture.
There is more to just getting your daily food requirements. If your diet isn’t working for you have you ever considered what you’re not eating or what you may be doing wrong for you to stay the same?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt is not to be rigid in your approach even if you think its right. Being loyal to an exercise programme or diet if its not working is a waste of time. Allow room to experience new ways and reap the benefits by giving your body more variety. But be clear what you want to achieve first and make sure your efforts are aligned to achieving the outcome you want.
What if I told you that, six months from now, your body will be in the exact same condition it’s in today?
How would that make you feel?
As you’re here reading my blog I’d guess that’s not what you want.
Chances are you’re working on improving the condition of your body through exercise – or at least thinking about it.
Maybe you want to fit into your favourite clothes again, or look good on the beach, or just to be able to run for a bus… Whatever it is for you, you probably have a good idea of what it is you want to see as a result of improving your fitness.
If you want to see and feel those results you’ve got do more than thinking or planning or dreaming about it, you’ve got to take action. Not just once but consistently over a long period of time.
If six months from today you haven’t got fitter, that will be because for whatever reason you didn’t do what you needed to do to get the results you wanted.
It’s that simple.
A progressive, well-planned fitness programme is essential for optimal results – I tailor exercise programmes for different people, there are different ways to get started and you can read about them on my website www.proactivestudio.co.uk
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When you do the same workout over and over again the body has no reason to change. If you want to change your body shape and increase your strength and fitness you have to challenge yourself and push beyond what your body finds comfortable. Try and get away from the routines that you feel most comfortable doing and mix it all up.
Your goal and experience should determine how often you should rotate your exercise selection and rep range, number of sets and workout frequency. Not forgetting the tempo you use and the time you spend resting between sets and the structure of all your workouts.
Does this sound confusing? If you aren’t thinking about all of these factors and putting them into practice than you are cutting yourself short and risking the speed of your progression. If you need help please get in touch.
How many times have you worried that an upcoming event will ruin all the effort you’ve put in at the gym and with your diet?
It’s surprising how common it is for people to think an all or nothing approach is required to look a certain way or to reach a desired level of fitness.
This kind of thinking could put you off beginning a fitness and healthy eating plan or give you a reason to quit because you may think you are wasting your time.
If you exercise frequently doing the right kind of workouts to support your goal and follow a healthy and balanced diet that suits your body you won’t need to worry about nights out or straying from your eating guidelines. Doing things right 80% of the time will give you enough vitality for the other 20% when you’re not doing things right. Train yourself to cope with nights out and meals that don’t support your goal and you will move forwards instead of backwards.
The most important question is how quick do you bounce back into your routine afterwards?
In my 14 plus years experience working one-on-one with people the most common mistake I see people make after a drinking session or a cheat day with their diet is not getting back into their dietary routine immediately.
Your next meal should be one that is part of your plan. If it’s not, your night out could cost you 2-3 days. The shorter the excess the easier it is to bounce back and the better you will feel. If you want to look your best it’s no good waking up on a Sunday morning after a night out and eating a McDonald’s and spending the rest of the day eating chocolate and ice cream to help you feel better. It would take you another day after that to pull yourself together and start eating right again and that’s before you would feel like doing any kind of exercise. You would quickly develop a hate of exercise and find it easier to eat junk food, sound familiar?
Being healthy is all about doing the things you want to do without it making you feel worse. Learn to take control and you will reap the rewards with less effort than you realise.
The activity of lifting weights burns calories in itself, not to mention what happens after. The more lean muscle you carry, the more calories you’ll burn – even at rest. So if you want to be burning calories 24/7, get lifting!
Muscle is active tissue – it requires energy and calories to sustain it. Fat, on the other hand simply hangs on you. Just remember – cardio exercise can burn fat effectively if done in a certain way, BUT it doesn’t have the large-scale benefits resistance work has.
Women who are worried about looking masculine if they lift weights shouldn’t be worried because THE TRUTH IS lifting weights burns fat. You will only increase muscle size like a bodybuilder if you dedicate yourself to that particular goal.
Your training programme should support whatever goal you might have for your body and your fitness. A properly designed exercise programme is the only way to get the physique you want or you risk developing a disproportionate physique and the failure to be able to lose body fat.
What I have learned over the last 20 years is that there are many ways of optimising performance and achieving body goals that the general population and even most athletes don’t know about. The good news is they are perfectly natural, do not include any banned substances and most of the time doesn’t cost anything at all.
Living out of balance and trying to compensate with more exercise, low calories and poor quality supplements is a common mistake I see all the time. It is often addiction to the wrong approach that is the main challenge. The right application of diet, exercise and lifestyle factors are the only real ways to get optimal results that lasts a lifetime.
This is what I teach my clients and what allows me to exercise at almost 42 years of age and move and feel better than I did at half my age.
Applied knowledge is power!