I’m going to do a short blog series about the things I’ve learned about fitness. Maybe it will remind me of some of the important things I often forget. I’ll be sharing workout routines, food plans, recipes, whatever comes to mind. These posts will not always be the next post I do, I like to mix up my writing so I will still post articles on technology etc, but as someone who has struggled with weight his whole life, and is always looking to improve himself, I cannot help but think someone else may find some of this useful. Or, worst case scenario tell me how wrong I am.
So, article #1 on this subject will begin with a few fundamental reality checks that have to happen and are not the easiest things to hear, and for that matter you’ve likely heard many of them before.
It takes time
Getting fit is not a simple fast process. It has its challenges and it takes time. There is NO one size fits all solution, some people’s bodies will react poorly to what works for other people. Low carb is not the ultimate solution, nor is any other diet. The bottom line is that getting fit takes time and is for many people a lifelong pursuit.
You need to measure everything, you cannot validate a workout plan based on how you feel or how you think you look, your eye balls SUCK at judging this. Use a scale, measure your food, weight, run times etc. Numbers can be compared and studied.
Fitness does not equal 5% body fat
The only way to have six pack abs is to have a low body fat percentage. That’s it, get that low and poof you have sexy abs. That being said, low body fat is not healthy for many people. You need to find a level you are comfortable with that lets you look the way you want, but in the end bulging veins and well defined abs does not mean you’re healthy. It can very well be that having a low body fat percentage can be detrimental to your health.
Consult a doctor
Don’t take what I say as anything other than a guy who has tried a bunch of stuff, and is pretty comfortable with his health and fitness levels. If something isn’t right I talk to my doctor. If I’m going to try something like fasting I talk to my doctor. Never rush into things, but don’t let yourself delay forever because “Well, he said I should talk to my doctor”
You will look silly, accept it
You will flop, you will feel weak compared to many people at the gym. You will struggle to maintain form, and you will likely have to pause more than you want to. All of that is ok, its fine, its mandatory, you have to build up your body and strength, its perfectly fine to start with light weights and slow cardio. Its ok to not know how to do this stuff. BUT. And I very seriously mean this, do not EVER allow yourself to stay at any level for more than 2 weeks. Improving health means constant change, you should increase weights and cardio intensity, until you are in a maintenance regimen.
Don’t be a hero, but let yourself become one, if you want
Finally, you don’t have to be a hero, and eat perfectly, or exercise everyday, you don’t have to give up everything you love in life. But as you continue to improve your fitness, its ok to let go of some less healthy habits. Its ok, to be at a family dinner and ask for a more healthy option. Its ok to want to go running or lift weights when on vacation.
I hope that I don’t stick my foot in my mouth too much in this series of entries. It’s like I said, I’ve been up and down in weight and I’ve tried a variety of food plans while on this journey. While what I share may not work for you, I hope it will help you question what you are doing and what other suggestions you’ve read and I hope it helps you find a solution that works for you.