I saw a great quote on a friend’s website the other day and it got me thinking. I have no idea who first said it, but the quote was:
“Some people make things happen.
Other people watch things happen.
Other people ask “Hey, what happened?”
This holds true when it comes to fitness and your personal goals. You’ve got a few choices when it comes to making changes in your Personal Eating Plan, workouts, mindset, etc. You can choose to watch things happen, you can put the blinders on and later ask “What just happened?”, or you can be proactive and actually MAKE things happen.
No one is going to do the work for you. No one can log the minutes, miles or hours of cardio, no one can eat the right food for you and no one can do the Chin-ups or lift the weights for you. All of this falls on you. But don’t be discouraged because it’s not that hard. Regardless of your goals, you have the power to make the changes happen. Do you want to be a better athlete? Do you want to loose some body-fat and get that summer body going? Do you just want to move better and feel better about yourself?
It doesn’t matter which of these apply to you, even if it’s all of them. You start by formulating a game plan. Figure out how much time you have and where you can fit in some training. Look at your Personal Eating Plan. Where can you make changes and improvements? One thing to keep in mind is that small changes can lead to big improvements.
A great place to start is with a food log. I use an APP Called “Carb Manager” and it has proven to be extremely useful for me. No matter how you track things, with an APP or writing it down in an actual journal; be honest with yourself, and track what you eat, how much and when. Keep records over a few days and then look back to see where you can improve. Trust me, it helps.
Once you’ve got your time figured out and P.E.P. (roughly) in check, make a plan to get some exercise in. You don’t necessarily need a trainer or a gym for that matter. Just get out and get moving. Remember if you want to build or maintain lean muscle, strength training is a must. Keep in mind that the more vigorous the exercise, the more calories you’ll burn. So if you have access to a treadmill, elliptical trainer or some other piece of indoor conditioning equipment do your best to get moving faster and harder, not longer. If you feel like you need some assistance with any of this stuff, maybe some Virtual one-one-one training is the right choice.
Don’t forget to educate yourself! This is very important. The fitness industry is loaded with myths. For example, one big myth I deal with all the time is that “women will get big and bulky if they lift heavy weights”. I can’t tell you how untrue that statement is. You’ll get strong and you’ll build lean muscle, but “bulk” is very hard to come by, even for men. Keep that in mind. You may be able to get bigger if you want to, but it takes a specific training and nutrition approach. We discuss this on the website in podcasts and articles, by the way.
So to summarize, educate yourself, get your Personal Eating Plan in check, find time to exercise, then MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Good luck and train hard.
TAKU’s NOTE: Making things happen is about small actions taken over time. If you explore our CORE VALUES you will see the word Kaizen. Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning “continuous improvement.” that sees improvement in productivity as a gradual, incremental, and methodical process. We’ve got podcasts and blog posts with additional information. Send us an email if you need help with your training training and nutrition plans…We’re here for you!
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