One of my favorite sites for diet and exercise advise on the web is Nerd Fitness, you should check it out. He always has great tips with an edge of humor mixed in. This post is one I love from that site. Don’t forget to also join our growing community, it’s free and you can win prizes, earn badges and other cool stuff. www.theweightrace.com
Good, you’re in the right spot. Here is your step-by-step guide to using to becoming a fitness Jedi master. Yes I realize this might sound a bit ridiculous, but hear me out. Instead of light sabers and billowy robes, I’ll be discussing how to get you in the best shape of your life…and into pants that fit.
You must unlearn what you have learned
Unfortunately, there is a lot of crap information out there when it comes to losing in weight and getting in shape. If your idea of a balanced breakfast is a bagel and a glass of orange juice, we have a lot of work to do. What about exercise? Let me know if this sounds familiar:
- Spend 30-45 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical
- Wander over to a few machines, crank out a few reps on various exercises
- Go do some crunches on a mat
- Drive home, drink a Gatorade, and feel good about yourself
Your heart is in the right place, but it is misguided. You might think lifting weights will make you bulky, hours of cardio is the best way to lose weight, and drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water are good for you. Young padowan, you have much to learn, so let’s start by forgetting whatever you thing you know (unless you’ve been getting your info from Nerd Fitness…you can keep that info). Luckily, there is hope for you yet. Once you’ve cleared your mind, I’d start your re-education here:
- How to not suck at losing weight
- How to not suck at getting in shape
- How to not suck at working out
Learn the ways of the Force
The Force is responsible for everything that a Jedi does and how he acts; it’s the life force that binds everything together. When getting in shape, you need to learn the ways of the Force and understand how everything in your life is interconnected:
- Your bad diet can and will affect your performance in the gym.
- Your poor sleeping habits can and will affect your weight loss.
- Your daily exercising can and have a positive influence on how you eat.
The Force affects everything around you. Exercising every day but eating and sleeping poorly will NOT give you the results you want (“these aren’t the results you’re looking for”). You need to find a good balance in your diet and exercise, focusing on actionable goals and results. Once you learn that everything is connected, and that everything you do affects everything else, you are one step closer to becoming who you want to be.
This journey willchange your life. As you start to change your diet and begin exercising regularly, you will start to sleep better and feel better. You’ll have a new found sense of confidence, which will allow you to exercise more in public and eat better in public. Every action you take will either lead you closer to the dark side (boo) or the light side (yay).