How to get the body you’ve always dreamed of.
He struts into the gym sporting brand new neon sneakers and a perfectly-ironed, branded T-shirt courtesy of his mum – just tight enough to show off that festive beer belly. He radiates a “New Year, New Me” energy underpinned by a look of sheer determination. He walks away from the water dispenser, reading the instructions while shaking his bottle of protein powder furiously. Then he sets about trying every fitness machine on the floor, secretly hoping that soon he’ll look like his over-paid personal trainer.
We all know that guy – perhaps he even stares back at you from your bathroom mirror every day. No matter how determined you are, how great your gym gear looks, or which brand of pricey protein powder you’ve invested in, without perseverance, your belly isn’t going anywhere!
Here’s the thing – the only people who truly see a change in their bodies, and who reach their goals, are the people who stay motivated and DON’T STOP. It’s the age old story of the Hare and the Tortoise – in this case, by December 2016 the Hare will still have a beer belly (a bigger beer belly) and the Tortoise will be posting pictures of his ripped abs on Instagram.
Follow these pointers to be more like a Tortoise, and less like a Hare:
- Be Focused. Set a specific, measurable goal that you can achieve.
- Make Time. Make gym your priority. Set a time during the day and GO TO THE GYM! No Excuses.
- Educate Yourself. Different strokes for different folks. The workout your best friend is doing may not work for you. Know your body, understand your limits, and be realistic.
- Be Healthy. Eat clean. Learn more about foods, and remember that Indian foods are especially high in fat.
- Be Dedicated. Say ‘no’ to your cousin who offers you beer claiming that you’re going to get fat when you’re old anyway. He’s a Hare!
- Stay Motivated. Whether it’s your New Year’s resolution, that expensive bikini that you can’t fit into, making your ex jealous, or the desire to post your shirtless bod on Instagram, just stay motivated.
Indian foods are VERY high in cholesterol, so bear that in mind next time your mum makes mutton curry for lunch, butter chicken for supper, or soji for dessert. Every decision that you make on a daily basis contributes to the way your body looks, how you feel, and your overall health. Training your body is a lifestyle not a now-and-then thing, so make it fun! Incorporate cardio into your daily life – get outdoors and go swimming, cycling or jogging at least once a week.
Want to make your gym experience better?
- Drink up. This is really important while you’re training as most of your liquid is lost due to perspiration.
- Tune In. Playing your favourite songs at gym keeps you motivated.
- Hit the Mattress. Ensure that you get plenty of rest after working out. Sleeping a full 8 hours each night will invigorate your body and mind.
The bottom line is that when you commit to making your health a priority, your whole life will improve!