What do you want?
In my fifteen plus years of personal training, I have found that people exercise for two reasons.
- To look better.
- To feel better and be healthy.
It is important to recognize which of those reasons is your priority and I will explain why with a conversation I had recently with a friend of mine who is a bodybuilder. This friend, let’s call him J, looks very good all year round. I have noticed him recently start to look exceptionally defined and lean. When I asked what he was doing differently, J told me that he “normally” eats five small meals a day and in the course of a day will eat twelve egg whites, two cups of oatmeal, two pounds of chicken or turkey and lots of vegetables. He will work out five days per week and eat some occasional “junk.” But come summertime when he wants to get really lean, he turns it up a notch. He eliminates the “junk”, eats exactly the same thing every day for eight weeks, and exercises every day. Can you imagine doing that? No way right?
The point of that story is not to tell you that you should eat like that, but to realize that to dramatically change the way you look and to drop your body fat to the level of your favorite sexy celebrity or cover model requires extreme commitment and dedication. Do not get discouraged if your workout routine is not giving you a “cover model body”. It is not realistic to expect to look like a fitness model if you are not able to make that kind of extreme commitment. Take comfort in the fact that by working out two or three times per week and eating healthy you are doing wonderful things for your body. You will look better. You will feel better. It has been documented over and over that you will reduce your risk of the following health conditions:
- Coronary heart disease (the leading cause of death)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Colon and breast cancer
These terrific benefits of exercise are often forgotten in our pursuit of six pack abs or a perfect set of thighs. It is great to set your sights high and to have a physical goal in mind, but don’t forget that many of the benefits of exercise cannot be seen with the naked eye.
You will dramatically improve your health, your mood and your quality of life with moderate, regular exercise and a healthy approach to diet. If you are still set on getting that “Hollywood Beach Body”, recognize the level of discipline and dedication it will take and get started right away as summer is here!! Make an appointment with me to sit down and put together a plan to get you there.