Want to change your body, change your health, change the way you eat and train? It all starts with the habits you cultivate, and your daily routine. Many folks start a fitness program because they have been driven to change. Something has pushed them over the edge — the way they look, the way they feel, a negative prognosis — and they want to make a change now. The problem is, motivation only lasts so long. Real change occurs slowly, over time, and the thing which ensures someone will make long-lasting change, and achieve their goals, is the daily routine.
There are two essential elements to developing positive new habits. First, you need a basic understanding of the thing you are trying to change. Do you want to get more fit? Then you need to understand the 10 general physical skills, and how those are acquired. Strength is the foundation of all physical skills, so you need to follow a program which will make you strong. Do you want to lose body fat? Then you need to understand the basic macronutrients and how the body partitions each of them depending on your activity level, the amount of lean muscle mass you carry, and your caloric intake.
In short, you don’t need to be an expert, but you need to understand the fundamentals of health and fitness in order to make logical changes to your habits. A little science goes a long way!
Now, you need to act on that understanding. Integrate exercise and good nutrition program into your daily routine. Train 3-4x per week in a lifting program. Eat an appropriate amount of protein every day. Start small! One change at a time. Start by just attending all of your workouts. Even if you feel terrible and need to take some weight off the bar because you have a cold, show up and do the workout. Once you have hit all your workouts over a month long period, then you can start thinking about making the next small change. If you did that for a year, then you would have twelve new positive habits ingrained in your daily routine. Most people try to change twelve things on day one, however, and they burn out by month two or three, if not sooner.
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