10 Things That You’ll Change to Get in Shape
Getting in shape isn’t easy. Dropping a few pounds is definitely a step in the right direction, and anyone making small changes to better their life deserves a congratulations. But when you’re talking about getting in shape, we’re referring to reaching your upper limits in all things fitness. This may mean pushing past how strong you thought you were, chopping up as much bodyfat as you can, or maxing out a marathon time.
You want to get in shape? That means you’re going to have to make some changes down the road. Before you smack the panic button (or hit the back button on your browser) don’t think that this means you need to ditch all your friends, wear sweat pants all day, and workout three times a day. These things aren’t as bad as they seem, and as you get in shape, these items will be as normal as going to the mall.
- Write it down- At some point, you’re going to have to write down what you do. Whether you’re a runner, lifter, or anything else, you need to track down what you’re doing in the gym. This means…
- Do more – You’re eventually going to have to sit down, look at that log, and make things more challenging. There are countless ways to do this – it may be more weight, sets, longer runs, faster pace – whatever the case may be. Keep in mind that you need to make the uncomfortable comfortable.
- Takeout – The times you eat out will need to come down. I enjoy a night out as much as the next guy, but the more you eat out, the less control you have over your diet. This means differences in you carb, protein, and fat intake, as well as being at the mercy of a restaurant and whatever quality food they use (chances are it’s low).
- Get a cooler – You’ll have to invest in a cooler. This isn’t the end of the world though. You get to make the foods that you want to eat during the day and you’ll also save a lot of money in the long run. Plus you’ll have an excuse to get out of lunch meetings at work.
- No more cutting a rug every night – Like to hang out every night? Those partying nights may be coming to an end. Once you start training hard and pushing your genetic potential, sleep becomes very important. Placing a few hundred pounds on your back or set a PR on your mile time means you need rest. This doesn’t mean you need to be a saint everynight – just give yourself a bedtime during the week.
- Measure – If you want results, then you have to assess where you’re at. This means stepping on the scale, recording your weights, and timing your runs. Be honest with yourself so you can make yourself better.
- Ditch the distractions- Training is like anything else and requires focus. This means ditching your magazines, phones, television, and lengthy conversations with friends. No, it doesn’t give you the right to be a jerk, but some of the best training partners I’ve had went through workouts with only a couple of words said between us.
- Your inner circle – Jim Rohn once said that “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Working out doesn’t mean you need to toss your friendships out the window and only be friends with “fitness junkies.” But if you’re trying to make honest changes in your life for the better, and your friends keep hindering your progress with their lifestyle choices, it may be time to re-evaluate who your friends really are.
Want to know how to get fit? Believe it or not, these 8 things listed will do far more for you than any workout plan will. Good luck and enjoy the journey!