Fit Tip: Don't Fall for Gimmicks
Have you ever heard about a cool new gadget or magic supplement that’s going to put you on the fast track to fitness? You can already picture the sculpted bod you are going to show off and you are about to fall prey to a GIMMICK! It’s time for your friendly wake-up call: Your fabulous body awaits, but you won’t get to it by falling for gimmicks, it’s going to take (gasp) WORK!
1. Go Cardio. Here’s a secret you don’t hear about on infomercials—sweat means you’re burning calories. Get your heart rate up with a cardio workout. Power walk, jog, bicycle, take a group fitness class, hit the elliptical or put that treadmill on an incline to work up a glossy glow. Even if you start with just 30 minutes of cardio per day, you will burn calories, condition your heart and increase your energy.
2. Power Up. When you invest in your muscles, they invest in you. Building up your muscles is the way to a revved up metabolism—so you can burn more calories during the day, even when you’re at rest. Select two to three times a week to focus on your muscles with body weight exercises like planks and push-ups, squats and lunges. Or take a strength, high intensity interval training or athletic conditioning class. Use the circuit machines at the gym or lift free weights. Adding muscle-building to your cardio is the key to your results.
3. Move More. Don’t fall into the camp of dedicating one hour to your fitness and eight hours to sitting on your butt at your desk or couch. Standing up is so much better for your health than sitting down. Aim to get more movement throughout your day, even if you have a desk job.
4. Stick to it. There’s a great quote by legendary philosopher Jim Rohn that comes to mind, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” A two-week plan won’t cut it here, you need a life plan. It’s what you do every day that adds up.
Though a magic pill will not solve your weight loss and fitness objectives, you’re the one who’s in control. With a little work, dedication and smart decisions, you’ll be well on your way to whatever you want to be.