I have had the privilege of being in the fitness world for over 19 years and I’ve seen many physical and mental transitions. Everything from weight loss to changing blood pressure to fighting through depression. And I can tell you with certainty that the one constant theme, that matters the most in all of these changes, is follow through.
You must learn the discipline of staying in the workout game even when it hurts and when it isn't convenient. Your body will indeed thank you in the long run. It will return the favor ten fold by helping you live a longer, stronger, and healthier life.
For many of us, we feel an instant desire on January 1st to jump into a new routine and go after big changes! I love the excitement and the energy - but I don’t love the execution. Year after year, I watch the gym fill up during the first few weeks and, year after year, I watch it slowly drain because the work is tough and the enthusiasm goes away.
But always, the select few who make it through the pain and the struggle, start seeing results - results that can last a lifetime!
So, with that in mind, here is my 2017 goal for you. It is very simple… Stay the course!
If you haven’t worked out before, try working with a knowledgable coach or trainer. If that’s not a possibility, you can always email me and I'll talk you through the beginning stages.
I've included two different links below for beginner cardiovascular training and beginner weight training. Those of you who know me always hear me talk about creating strong muscle tissue first. I am a huge believer in building the body - not breaking it down. We will talk more about this in a future column.
The first step for most people, once you get your food and eating under control (that’s a completely different subject!) is hitting the gym. Stop worrying about perfection and just start thinking about progress. Concentrate on your daily journey instead of your final destination.
As you get started, I simply want you to hear the word “foundation” ringing in your ears. Build your foundation and it all begins with cardio and weight training. Again, always feel free to contact me as I'm here to help you every step of the way! Get going and good luck!