What do I do to get in Shape?
How do you get in Shape? You do it. I mean, it really is that simple. You’ve heard me say before, Do Something!! Get up and walk around your chair a couple of times. Tomorrow walk around the block a couple of times. Get down on the floor and do some pushups (from your knees if you have to) and some situps (or crunches). Go out for a bike ride. If it’s summer or you have access to a heated pool if it’s winter, go for a swim. Go take a fitness class or sign up for Martial Arts. Do something. It doesn’t matter if you have something planned out as a workout regimen right now, the main thing is get active. Go out to the playground with the kids. Walk your dog or the neighbor’s if you don’t have one. Park as far as you can from the store and walk if you have time instead of driving for 30 minutes looking for something close. Take the stairs. Instead of having the kids get up and get you a beer from the fridge, you get up and go get yourself a glass of water or almond milk. I could go on forever and ever about little things you can do that will add up to huge things in the future. You are where you have chosen to be. If you have ever shot a gun, you know a small deviation doesn’t mean much if the target is close, but a small deviation will make a HUGE difference if the target is far away. If you are driving a car and you want to stay in a straight line and you are off 10 degrees, it won’t mean much if you travel 5 feet because you will only be 0.87 feet off of your target. But if you go 1 mile, you will be 920 feet off of where you intended. So, small changes now, and being consistent mean big changes down the road.
What does it take to get in Shape?
Wow, that’s like asking “How much does a car cost?” The answer is, I don’t know. I don’t know what your goals are. I don’t know how old you are. I don’t know how much you weigh. I can only talk about what is typical and normal on here without knowing more information. You can buy a car (that runs at least temporarily) for as little as about $500 or you can buy a Bugatti Veyron SuperSport for about $2.4 Million. There is a big difference in price there, and functionality. You can workout for 5 minutes a day or you can workout for 2 hours a day. I can tell you this, if you jump out of the gate and go for 2 hours the first day, you can likely forget days 2 through 5 because you will be too sore or possibly even too broken to workout. I wouldn’t suggest, and I’m sure most personal trainers and fitness coaches would agree, going out the first day and trying to run a marathon. If you haven’t run in awhile, expect that if you decide to run a marathon, you will need to train from 40 to 52 weeks. If you want to go out and run a 5k race, plan on training for at least 2, possibly 3 months. If you want to compete in a body builders competition, that is going to take a LOT of focused hard core lifting, eating right, supplements and all of that. If you want to be functional and go out and play with the kids and have a good time and not worry about getting worn out before they do, and maybe lose some weight and get healthy, then, it is something likely moderate and much easier. So, what does it take to get in shape? For most people, you can expect to spend about 30 to 45 minutes, maybe an hour a day, working out. I know…you say “I don’t have time”. Yes you do. We ALL have time to do the things we want to do when we really want to do them. We make time for the important things in life. When I was working 10 to 12 hours a day at my Engineering job, I was getting up at 5:00 AM to workout and getting done around 6:00 AM so I could leave the house at 6:45 AM so I could be at work at about 7:00 or 7:30 AM. I don’t know what your schedule is, but you have to figure it out. It is what you HAVE to do if you want to be functional in life. I don’t know about you, but I intend to kick old age in the butt. I don’t want to be the old guy walking around shuffling my feet or getting the power scooter at Wal Mart when I’m 65. I also don’t want to fall down and break a hip. So, I work on balance, posture and I stretch. Stretching is probably one of the most important things you can do to stay young. Think about how old people get all “drawn up”. It’s because they aren’t stretching. More on that later. I would LOVE for you to get a bunch of Beachbody Products and workout with them at home. But, the main thing, as I said, is to do something and learn to eat right. I will help you! Contact me and let me know and I will send you some information on what to do, even if you haven’t worked out in years!!
To your Health!!