Dealing with chronic pain, achy joints, bloated guts, and fatigued lives has become a sort of accepted state for many people.
But why? Why must we accept being in pain, feeling like crap, and always dragging day to day?
Here’s an idea.
Do something about it.
Take action, and invest in your health.
Sitting on Facebook, complaining about this and that, posting memes of healthy diets and inspiring fitness quotes will get you absolutely no where.
But investing in your health is harder than posting memes, and costs more than your Netflix subscription…
You know what also is hard, and costs money? Being chronically sick, tired, and out of shape. Medication costs and doctors visits add up, and this can be a long tern negative investment in the red.
Yes, working with a trainer isn’t cheap – but if you truly need help, and have no clue where to start, this may be you best and safest option.
It will take physical work, it will take some planning and working on your diet – but I promise it’s not as hard as people make it out to be.
1) Find a Workout Plan You Will Stick To
What does this mean? Well, you have to do it in the first place. It has to keep you healthy so you can keep doing it, and it has to be somewhat enjoyable to keep you wanting to do it, and it has to aid in getting results – so you stay motivated to do it*** (MORE ON THIS LATER)
So how do you figure that out?
Find a trainer that knows what they are doing (harder than it should be) – but ask around, ask friends who you know like their trainer, and like what they do, and like heir workouts. Word of mouth referrals are big indicators of quality trainers.
When you meet with the trainer, tell them your goals, and they should ask about 10 questions after that, but then make sure you tell them what you enjoy doing, and what you hate doing.
They should be able to come up with a suitable plan that fits nicely within most of what you would like to do, with it still being a relevant workout to your desired goals.
Then you need to trust the process, and follow it.
2) If You Ignore Diet, You Ain’t Going Anywhere
The unfortunate truth.
Your diet must be modified if you are looking to make a change in how you look, feel, and perform in the gym.
It doesn’t often need to be the extreme diet that most people turn to, as this can lead to burnout, and a “screw this” mentality.
So where the heck do you start?
Find your “lowest hanging fruit”. What can you change right now that is simple, and will have a significant impact on your caloric intake?
Drinking 3 sodas per day? Cut 2 of them out – you just shaved off 400 calories.
Have a bowl of mixed nuts always sitting out that you grab a handful from every time you walk by? Get rid of it – you might cut out 500 calories right there.
Not drinking enough water? While this may be a great goal, it actually won’t help you reduce calories – so look elsewhere first, or just do this but don’t expect significant weight loss.
Whatever it may be, pick ONE thing, and work on it for a few weeks. Notice changes. Notice and record everything – remember how you felt, and how you feel now.
3) Stay At It
“How do you stay motivated?”
Find a reason to live longer…that should motivate the hell out of you.
Find a reason to look better…that should motivate the hell out of you.
Find a reason to be happy…that should motivate the hell out of you.
Not these stupid #fitstaquotes and #fitmemes that people love to mindlessly share.
Find something within you, and real reason to become better – and do it.
Working out, eating right and taking care of your body may seem hard at times. Being out of shape, in chronic pain, and walking around feeling like crap is also hard.
Choose your hard
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Stay healthy my friends,