1. Run often – whether you’re running, riding a bicycle, jumping rope, or climbing a very tall tree, do it with maximum intensity. Of course, this reduces the time you spend on an activity, but the overall physiology of the activity will also benefit you more. That said, you should probably explain this last statement. If you want to run a marathon or swim to Tahiti, my previous statement is a complete lie. However, if you want to be strong, powerful, energetic, lean and muscular, then my statement is correct (give me my nickel – another grape please).
People who run as a fundamental part of their training are muscular, thin and powerful. If you don’t believe me, type “track sprinter” in the Google images and see what kind of physique you find. On the other hand, people who do long-distance and low-intensity exercises (long-distance running, cycling, etc.) tend to be thin, less muscular, and have a less rounded physique in general. You can write “endurance athlete” in the Google images if you want. Although I tend to appreciate both types of physical activity and both types of physique, I admit that the physicists of sprinters are more like my idea of a fit body image. So if you want a body that is functional, strong, powerful, slim, and vibrant, race at full speed.
2. Reduce Grains and Dairy – fortunately, this advice is beginning to take root and become more accepted in the world of fitness. In short, our bodies were not designed to ingest grain products or dairy products from non-human animals. Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, any milk other than human milk was designed for babies of that species, not for you and me. Once we can eat, chew and manipulate our own food, we are destined to eat the phenomenally nutritious things that the earth provides us naturally.
Grains exist in large quantities because our hungry ancestors in the past realized that growing some wheat, rye or oats and transporting them in a sack was much easier than chasing a rabbit or looking for nuts during a snowstorm. Fortunately, we’re not in such need of food today. If you’re a starving disaster, then, of course, carry the milk and bread. Hell, if you really starve to death, eat whatever you find! But if your goal is to stay in shape and not just survive, then reduce your consumption of grains and dairy products.
They are hard on the body, are not easy to digest, many are addictive, tend to create inflammation and our body reacts to them by swelling, sluggishness and fat. There is even evidence that grain (mainly wheat) can lead to verifiable brain damage and contribute to disorders such as ADHD, ADHD and depression. Try to eat lean meats, fibrous vegetables, nuts, berries, and melons. Things like this are what our bodies were designed to feed on, so try it.
Work with a Fitness Coach – I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Jared, this isn’t very original advice,” but it’s one of the best tips I can give you. In my experience, less than 1% of most gym members work with a personal trainer, while more than 60% stop coming and eventually leave their membership. You see it every year in January! Herds of people join the gym and crawl to the treadmills as if they were led by some primary force. After a few weeks you see fewer and fewer new faces and by March, it’s the same group of regulars who have always been coming.
But, we know that those who work and continue to work with a personal trainer or physical trainer stick to their programs, keep coming to the gym, and eventually develop habits that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Working with a fitness coach is absolutely one of the best recommendations I can make to anyone who wants to get in shape. My only precaution is that you choose your trainer wisely. I personally hire a professional trainer to oversee my entire fitness program. That’s how strong I believe in this factor.
4. You’ll have 60 Days of Selfishness – a lot of people don’t get in shape, partly because it requires you to concentrate on yourself. Not just while exercising, but while cooking, eating, and interacting with family and friends. If your tendency is to make everyone around you happy before you take time for yourself, I promise you that your chances of achieving the fitness lifestyle are slim at best. You should