What is a realistic fitness goal and how do you get there? What are you thoughts on those ads that boost that you can lose 5 pounds in five days? Let's take a look at what that really would take. To lose one pound it requires you to burn 3500 calories...that works out to about six hours of continuous exercise every day without eating anything at all. When you look at it that way, you really wonder what method are they using? I find it hard to believe it could be good for you. Since the whole purpose of a lifestyle change is to last for a lifetime...this doesn't appear to be the best choice.
So...where do you start...the first step is making the commitment to yourself that you are ready for a change. This can begin with something as simple as daily taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator or doing some simple easy exercises at work to help ease you into a routine to build on.
Keep it real.. excess weight or living a sedentary life did not happen overnight. When you have unrealistic expectations it leads making excuse like why keep doing it... it isn't working. This often give people what they feel justification to head back to the couch.
Once your exercise at work routine has been consistently you need to kick it up a notch and set aside time outside the office for exercise. Be serious about it...make it an appointment in your date planner. This appointment should be considered as important as any other work/business related appointment you make.
Keep a journal to log your daily goals and make entries each day on how you did. Don't beat up on yourself if you didn't hit the mark...the journal is something to help you keep track and see your strong points and weaker points (what you might need outside assistance with). Remember to eat frequent small balance meals and stay properly hydrated. Lastly, don't skimp on rest...the body needs rest to restore and when you are sleep deprived it affects many areas of your life.
If you feel you are not progressing as you would like to, consider consulting a professional trainer for some helpful tips. The main thing to remember is never give up...winners never quit and quitters never win.
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It is always advised to check with your PCP before starting any new exercise routine...the information in this blog is for informational purpose only. If you experience any distress or pain stop and consult your PCP ASAP and if you are having difficulty breathing or chest pains call 911.