Obtaining the body that you dream of is something anybody can do and definitely worth it. Carrying around an amazing physique with you in your life can help you to boost your confidence, self image, and self esteem while also gaining you more respect from your peers. Additionally, it can therefore create more opportunities for you in your life. The more opportunities you have, the more fulfilling, rewarding, and exciting your life can be.
Nobody wants to get weighed down and held back on their quality of life, but this is what ill health and a weak body can do. If you don’t exercise and improve your strength and appearance, injuries and health complications become much more common. The more these injuries pile up, the harder it will be for you to ever turn things around. This is why many people will come to arrive at mid-life realizing they must enter a gym and start to take care of their health, but making this decision much sooner would have enabled them to prevent these setbacks and injuries. Now, they have a much more difficult mountain to climb, if they can even climb it at all.
The good news is that it’s never too late. In fact, anyone can stop what they are doing right now in this moment, decide that they are going to get in great shape, and immediately begin exercising. It is one of the easiest and most empowering things anyone can do, but it is easy to take it for granted. It’s even easier to get bored, frustrated and quit due to the daily commitment that can lead to muscle soreness, getting uncomfortable sweating, and going out of your way every day for a few hours to the gym.
This is where you must make the commitment and see the change you make as an investment. You must focus on all of the benefits that exercising regularly can have on your life. The motivation comes from you focusing more on the rewards and positive results from your workouts rather than the pain, discomfort, and tediousness that sometimes arises from them.
Going all in and giving it everything you got, accepting nothing less than excellence becomes imperative. You will experience quicker results and this will in turn give you the positive feedback and encouragement you need to keep going and stick with it. If you only go halfway in and only experience little to no changes on your body, then you will just become more frustrated and give up. You need that positive reinforcement to sustain new habits.
So why not just go all in and give it everything you got? It’s easy, really. Here is what you need to do to gain a brand new body that you can walk around proud of and that will improve your health, strength, and overall quality of life:
1. Start with your diet. Make the changes.
One of the hardest things to do will be cutting out your favorite foods and substituting the lower fat and healthier varieties that will result in fat shedding. Your taste buds and mind have become accustomed to the pleasures of flavors that satisfy. Usually, these more tasty flavors are associated with lots of sugar and fat. While you may have derived lots of pleasure from them in the past, you will need to find healthier alternatives.
The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to cut them out completely, and you’ll find there are also many flavorful healthy foods if you do some research. You can still eat your favorite foods, but you must limit them to only one day per week and try to keep the quantity of them controlled. There are currently numerous low fat and lower calorie varieties of many popular foods that you can select instead of the original kinds you may be eating, but you still want to keep these limited to one day per week.
Disciplined dieting makes it much easier to see results from your workouts, but it also gives you more energy as well. Processed foods and most foods high in sugars and carbs can lead to sluggishness and a lack of energy, whereas healthier alternatives can improve your mood and energy levels throughout each day.
2. Weight lifting is necessary, and you have to focus on control more than weight, repetitions, and sets.
If exercising with weights is new to you, you need to get familiar with the terms: weight, reps, and sets. While they are very important to anyone involved in lifting weights, they are often overestimated in comparison to good control of the exercise movement. Sure, you’ll need your guide and program which will tell you how many sets to do and how many repetitions to do of what weight, but you must first master perfect form of the movement. This will come down to practice and coordination.
You will achieve better and faster results with body sculpting if you can perfect the mind to muscle connection that occurs during the movement. This mind to muscle control ultimately allows you to isolate the muscle, which will lead to its’ ideal shaping. Without this kind of mind to muscle focus, all of the other muscles in your body will evenly distribute the work to one another, and it will be hard to hit the exact specific muscle you are trying to shape and change.
The key is to know which muscle you are trying to work with each exercise and practice concentrating on it while you perform the movement. You are really better off getting a lower repetition count on each set with perfect control and isolation of the muscle targeted than doing lots of repetitions of the exercise without any connection between the mind and the muscle. People who put more emphasis on how much weight they are lifting or how many reps and sets they do over perfect form often times come out with physiques and bodies that are disproportionate. For example, they may have gigantic arms but no chest, or they may have an overall big musculature without any muscle definition or muscular striations.
So always remember to know which muscle you are transforming and targeting with each exercise and be sure to fully focus on that muscle with perfect control. Just to show how true this is, you often times find that you can feel the muscle working more with a super light weight using perfect control and isolation than you do with heavy weights, which proves the point. The heavier weight will call more on the helper muscles to work, rather than isolate the muscle being targeted, and this is not how you perfectly tone and shape a muscle. You must master isolating each muscle to sculpt the muscles properly.
3. Always do your cardiovascular/aerobic training
While the amount of cardio you do will vary depending on your specific goals, sculpting your ideal body will not be complete without implementing a consistent cardiovascular training regimen. With cardio training, always remember that something is better than nothing so even if you start out by doing only 10 minute or 20 minute jogs each day, this will assist tremendously in your results.
Since cardio is somewhat difficult to enjoy with the monotony and the constant pounding of the feet and legs for the best kinds, it will be a challenge to put in the time and effort, but for those who do, they will achieve the best results. This is simply because cardio training adds up the calories burned each day and week, ultimately keeping your body fat very low on top of the muscle you gain from weight training.
But you can’t do one without the other if you want the best results and a great natural body. Weight training without cardiovascular training can leave you massive and bulky with extra layers of fat covering up your definition, and cardiovascular training too much without weights will leave you thin but with no muscle tone. The best physique you can achieve comes from a strong combination of both.
In the spring and summertime especially, there is no excuse not to get in your consistent cardiovascular exercise. The warm weather supports an easy opportunity each day to get outside in the morning, day, or night and go for a brisk walk, a jog, or a run for at least 20-30 minutes each day. Cardio training will also help you to sweat off some excess water, which also adds another layer on top of the muscle you have. The key to the best body you can get comes down to ridding of the excess water and body fat to reveal your lean muscle tone, shape, and tighter skin.
The process of sculpting a great body accelerates the harder you work and the more focused and committed you are. Nothing can replace consistency and dedication once these three things are in place, but the best time to start is now. Set up your weekly schedule, write down your workouts and how you want to approach them, and head to the store to stock up on all healthy foods. Head into the gym right away and begin developing exercise habits that yield results. The one promise with weight training you’ll find is that the harder you work, the better the results you will get. So utilize these three strategies and don’t be one of the people who only gives fifty percent or half hearted efforts; be willing to sweat and get your muscles burning each set, and you are guaranteed to achieve the body you want the most.