Fitness Secret #1
Making a Commitment to Your Exercise Program
Big money has been made by large companies that want you to believe that a pill, fad diet or ab machine will solve all your weight loss and fitness problems. Too bad it isn’t that easy. The first of the fitness secrets is quite simple and here it is: eat an appropriate number of calories for your body and activity level and perform a combination of aerobic and resistance training exercise for 40 to 60 minutes at least 3 times per week.
Get your planner out right now and mark off three days each week for the next 12 weeks when you will commit to exercise. Then do it. Your consistent commitment will bring you the results you want. Not really sure what to do? If you need assistance with your program, call me for your complimentary consultation.
Fitness Secret #2
Having a Fitness Coach
Almost every self-help book ever written talks about the critical importance of having a coach or mentor. A coach is an experienced and trusted counselor or teacher. It is inevitable that you will come up against hard times on your path to losing weight and getting fit. A fitness coach will guide, motivate, educate and support you so that you can easily and rapidly overcome these hurdles. A coach is critical to systematizing your exercise program for maximum results and assisting you in heightening your motivation and strengthening your commitment. And a coach becomes your “objective feedback system,” helping you see, understand and correct the problems that are interfering with your progress. Exercise and nutrition are bona fide sciences and learning everything you need to know on your own can take years of struggle – but not if you have a fitness coach.
Fitness Secret #3
Have you ever met someone who says they exercise week after week, month after month, even year after year and still they just don’t get any new results?
By doing the same workout over and over, your body adapts to the routine and you hit a plateau. When this happens, you stop seeing results and unless you change the pattern, you will continue to see no progress. Very frustrating.
Fitness Secret #4
Accountability is the BIGGEST of the Fitness Secrets
In a study at Virginia Polytechnic University, researchers divided people starting a walking program into two groups. Every week, each individual in one group got a phone call asking how the exercise program was coming along; the other group was not called.
At the end of 24 weeks, 45 percent of the individuals who got phone calls were still walking compared to just 2 percent who did not receive calls. The results show that weekly accountability increases the likelihood of sticking to your exercise program by 2200 percent!