1) Starving yourself, not eating the right food, doing 2-3 hours of cardio everyday, not adding resistance training into your program and not resting, its not the way of losing unwanted fat. It is one of the most popular mistakes those do when wanting to lose a few pounds. It is important to treat your body right and avoid putting it through a state where certain damages can occur such as Metabolic Damage and more. Weight loss its an ongoing journey of hard work and dedication. Focus on eating well, fueling your body properly, adding a mix of resistance training (weights) and cardio and most of all scheduling a day of rest. Your body is a living organism, it needs the adequate rest to respond and recover from intense training. Stick to a method of training that works for you and if something doesn’t work, find something else that does. Trial and error is a learning experience rather than failure. Enjoy the journey, work hard and trust the process. Results will come.
2) Remember to train with a purpose. Don’t get to the gym and start wondering around thinking what type of exercises, sets and reps you are going to do. Don’t get distracted and focus on your Goal and what you want to achieve. Additional to your training, it is important to know what are you training for, weather it may be to put on some muscle mass, lose weight or just looking to maintain. It is important to know what you are doing before you step into the gym.
3) Each time you get off track, get right back on ASAP. Don’t give up. Telling yourself that you have to be perfect forever is unrealistic since we all make mistakes. Embrace the good and bad days and stay positive but make sure you always give it your best.
4) It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.
5) Appreciate the incredible opportunity you have to become fit. You have to prepare your meals, but many have no meals to prepare. It’s hard to train before or after work, but many are out of work. Lifting weights takes effort, but some can’t even lift their body from a wheelchair or bed. This is a privilege, so make the absolute most you can out of it. From that perspective, there are no failures; only opportunities.
6) Shaping a new you isn’t about days or weeks. It’s an ongoing effort that can provide lifelong benefits. While it’s gratifying to know that your fit, lean look turns heads, the boost in energy and confidence is even more rewarding. Your pursuit of perfection through diet and training requires real Personal True Strength! Never. Give. UP!
7) Don’t be embarrassed if you are new to the gym, are out of shape, or overweight. Everyone has a story and we all had to start somewhere. The Key is to enjoy the journey, work hard and stay consistent.
8) We all want instant gratification. Take it one day at a time and on days where you think things aren’t changing fast enough, take a look back and see how much you have improved. Every small step is a step moving in the right direction-no matter how long it takes. The moment when you want to quit, is the moment when you need to keep pushing.
9) LADIES…DO NOT be afraid of lifting weights. You will not be bulky or manly. But you will have the ability of reshaping your body in tremendous ways. Don’t just settle with cardio. Focus on hitting those weights and challenge yourself daily.
10) The longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives. The harder you have to fight for something, the more it will be worth to you once you achieve it. And the more pain you have to endure on your journey, the sweeter the arrival at your destination. Most great things don’t come easy, but they are worth waiting for and fighting for.
“Train Hard & Train Smart”
About the Author
John Carter is an Internationally Published Fitness Model, Men’s Fitness Magazine UK Writer, World Champion Martial Artist and Actor/TV host. John has been featured in multiple magazines all over the world and has appeared in National Level TV commercials as well. He has also developed his own Fitness DVD programs which are being distributed all over Europe. You can follow John via his site www.JohnCarterFitness.com, via his Facebook account : www.facebook.com/JohnCarterFitness, and Twitter account : @JohnCFitness.