Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Secret to Lasting Results

What is the best exercise or method for fat loss? Should I eliminate all carbs? Should I eat Paleo? Should I train for a marathon or do Crossfit? Kickboxing? Zumba? Is vegetarian eating better? Bootcamp or Yoga? South Beach Diet? Atkins?

There is so much conflicting information out there that it becomes extremely confusing and frustrating to figure out where to start when it comes to weight loss. For those who are already exercising, all of this can be very distracting. 

The good news is, it may not be as difficult as you think. For those who are just starting an exercise program, my suggestion is to find something you love. Pretty simple, right? Just remember, to elicit change, you must do something different than what you have been doing. If you love to dance, try Zumba or a group exercise class of some kind. If you love walk, get out and walk. This is about as basic as it gets. Remember, I am talking about just getting started. Once you have begun an exercise program, you may find that you get results initially, but your body may level out and quit responding. This is when you must challenge yourself to increase the intensity of what you are doing, or try something new. It may be something that scares you a little, like lifting weights or trying a boot camp class. Often this is when real change happens! 

To achieve results that last, the secret is CONSISTENCY. That does not mean you have to be perfect every day. It just means that you have to commit to moving more and eating pretty clean most of the time. Instead of beating yourself up for missing a workout or having a piece of cake, forgive yourself and do better the next day. (By the way, I am not saying you can have cake all the time!) 

I highly recommend trying new activities and challenging yourself to explore different exercise routines. Your body will appreciate it and you might just find something that inspires you more than what you are currently doing! 

I wear a band on my wrist every day that reminds me to stay consistent:

These beautiful bands came from an awesome guy named Eric at Endorphin Warrior. Each one of my Challenge participants received one of these, since that was our theme. 

So is there a secret? Yes, my friends. Move around. Do the things you love. Try new things. Be thankful for the beautiful body you've been given and feed it well. Be in awe of the way it can move and be CONSISTENT in your respect for it. 

Now go be awesome!

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