In Part I of “Top 6 Ways To Save Your Body!” I talked about focusing on productive workouts by cutting out the busy work, avoiding extreme workouts to save yourself from injury, and the importance of “big picture” thinking to help you understand how important physical strength is for quality of life. In Part II, I’ll discuss the importance of commitment, why fat loss should be a priority, and how a support team is critical in helping you achieve your goals. Let’s get started.
4. Stick With It
“It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein
Einstein was probably talking about a different kind of problem then the topic at hand, but the sentiment remains.
Losing body fat and gaining strength can be tricky proposition for some.
Although the mechanics behind the process is relatively straight-forward, getting an individual with his or her unique emotional and mental makeup in-sync with the process can be challenging affair.
What works for one person, may not work for the next.
Some things may work instantly, while others require the ‘ole carburetor adjustment, as I like to call it. In short, it can take time. So here’s a question to ask yourself:
What if realizing your fitness goal doesn’t happen in the timeframe you think it should happen? How long should you stick with it? When does throwing in the towel make sense?
I suggest you answer this question before you begin a fitness program.
The reality is I almost NEVER see someone in better shape after quitting a structured fitness program than before they quit.
They may have quit because they didn’t see the fat loss they were hoping for (which, by the way, has very little to do with the exercise, as I’ll explain in a minute)…but what they failed to appreciate was that even without dramatic weight loss, their body composition is still radically changing.
In fact, in many cases, they were able to successfully stop further weight gain. Few consider this, but it’s evident by the sudden gain in fat they experience when they stop working out.
Do you see what I’m getting at? When it comes to health and fitness there is never a good time to stop cold turkey.
You should always be doing something to progress and maintain your strength.
5. Make Fat Loss a Priority
There’s a saying amongst knowledgeable fitness professionals:
“You can’t out train a bad diet.”
What it means is no amount of training will play a significant role in helping you become slim, fit, tone, etc. — if you eat too much.
Your general physical appearance is governed by three things — bone structure, body fat, and musculature.
Since your bone structure is unlikely to change, we’re left with body fat and musculature to work on — with your body fat level playing a far more significant role in your appearance than your musculature.
That’s not to say your musculature is not important. Musculature gives you shape, and with enough body fat loss, will improve the look of your arms, legs, and everything else.
The best way to improve your musculature is to strength train, of course.
Body fat, on the other hand, is best manipulated through diet. People often ask — what percentage of fat loss is diet versus exercise? Is it 50/50? 80/20? 90/10?
Well, let’s put it this way: forget the numbers and accept the reality that if you are going to lose body fat, you will most likely need to reduce your food intake.
You need to make conscious decisions about how much you eat otherwise your body will see no reason to release body fat if it’s kept padded with additional food.
Many try to go nuts with the exercise in an attempt to burn fat off with making little change to their diet, but this approach is difficult.
Why? It’s just plain hard to put in countless hours doing what amounts to manual labor, all the while building up an appetite…and then trying to hold back at the dinner table.
It’s just too easy to eat more than you have burned off during a workout.
It’s for this reason the most efficient and rational way to improve your appearance, performance, and health is to figure out how much food you need to consume to each day to encourage fat loss and then build your muscle mass through strength training.
6. Don’t Go At It Alone
A lot of people think coaching is only for athletes or the well-to-do. In particular, they think fitness coaches are for celebrities, doctors, or high earning business owners.
My view is understandably different.
I believe if your track record shows that you have been unsuccessful achieving what you desire — then coaching is not only warranted — but absolutely necessary.
And this goes for anything you want in life, not just fitness.
If your emotions are getting the best of you, you would work with a counselor. If your business is suffering, you would hire a business coach.
Fitness is no different. If you feel you’ve tried, and tried, and tried to achieve your goals — and it hasn’t happened — then it’s time to get help.
If success alludes you, it generally boils down to three things. First, you don’t have the knowledge of how to put a complete game plan together. Second, you lack a workable plan-of-action that integrates everything required for your success. Third, you lack the support system required to not only achieve your goals, but also maintain them.
You see a good coach provides knowledge that is conveyed in a useful manner — as well as perhaps the most important thing — accountability. This is why working with a coach is unquestionably the most important thing a person can do to achieve their goals.
And yes — it costs money.
But what doesn’t? What are the financial consequences of being in emotional turmoil, seeing your business fail, or being in terrible shape?
The money is only an expense, until you see the payoff — and then you realize it’s not an expense, but an investment.
Noted sales trainer and success coach, Tom Hopkins, says 10% of your income should be devoted to self-improvement. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a pretty good number to begin with when we consider how we spend our money and what we really value in life.
So seek out the most qualified coaches with the best track records you can find. Make the decision to work with them until you can consistently do what is necessary on your own!
So there you have it — the Top 6 Ways to Save Your Body! Armed with this information you can leave behind the frustration of old, and begin forging your way to a new healthy you in the New Year. If you follow these steps to the letter, I promise you’ll achieve the health and fitness you deserve.
Don’t wait, get on it and take action now!