We all know by now that there is no such thing as spot reduction (like trying to get rid of love handles). There is no specific exercise that you can do to get rid of those. You will have to reduce fat overall to get rid of those and depending on your body type that may be the last place for fat to leave your body. It’s important to recognize your body type and then work on an overall muscle building and fat reducing plan that includes a diet that will support your training.
So what’s the most important thing? We should all know by now that cardio alone won’t build you a solid fat burning metabolism and weight training isn’t just for bodybuilders.
Here are the key things you want to keep in mind when it comes to your training.
- Find something you can enjoy. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do a variety but if you are just starting out and looking for ways to get healthy, the first thing you should do is find something you can enjoy and that you know you can be consistent with. If you don’t like going to the gym, go for a daily hike, or do a home workout. You could even go to the local swimming pool or join a racquetball team.
- Consistency is key. You need to make sure you schedule time in each day for some form of activity. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym every day but you should be planning for something. It could even be spending a few hours at the mall walking around. Just make sure you have at least an hour a day of activity.
- Challenge yourself. Week by week or month by month you should add a new challenge. Whether it’s running a little further, or adding more weight or just changing something in your weekly activity. This won’t only help you get stronger or better at what you are doing currently but it will help keep you from getting bored
- Track your progress. You should not be at the same place you were last year this year. You should be either learning what isn’t working and making changes or learning what is working and working on improving in that area. You need to mark specifical goals to know that you are achieving. Try and avoid solely weight loss goals when it comes to training. Your diet will be where you need to focus the most for those goals and as you build muscle, your scale will be weighing in on the benefits of good training and may deceive you. If you are also looking for aesthetics, use a measuring tape instead.
What is your favorite workout? Or is there something you struggle with. Would love to hear from you in the comments below.