I work out every day. That includes vacations. I’ve even been known to get up before the crack of dawn to get to 24 Hour Fitness before an all-day flight. The only time I slack off is when I’m sick, and the last time that happened was 10 years ago.
I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, but I don’t train clients. Why? Because personal training doesn’t work in the long run. I’m sure I’ll get blowback from my fellow trainers for saying that, but it’s the unvarnished truth. Time and time again I see clients struggle through their prepaid sessions and then disappear from the gym. Many people hire a personal trainer because they want to lose weight, yet they continue to overeat. How is the trainer supposed to control the jaw muscle? Some of the blame goes to trainers who try to design either the toughest or the wackiest workout ever. Presuming that the client will be able to maintain that routine is like expecting to play like Roger Federer after taking six lessons from Stefan Edberg.
My advice for those who want to get in shape for good is to shun the personal training racket entirely. If you’re a lifting novice, then sign up for a single session with a trainer who is amenable to giving you a weight circuit that you can do on your own.
Consistency is the thing to aim for to stay in shape. Many people work out in fits and starts. They’re able to hit the gym or go for their run for a few weeks or months, and then life happens and moving their body is the first thing to go.
Here’s how to keep your body in shape:
Lack of time is the reason most people get off the exercise bandwagon. Stop thinking that your workout is a 30 minute run or an hour in the gym. What happens when you can’t find that time? You do nothing. A better alternative is to incorporate a few exer-snacks into your slack days. Think in terms of sneaking in a few 10-15 minute walks or video workouts. Even something as simple as taking the stairs helps. Just find excuses to get that body moving throughout the day.
Find Something You Enjoy
There are a million ways to get your heart rate up. If you hate running, don’t do it. If walks bore you, join a softball league. Like to dance? Find a partner or take a Zumba class.
You don’t need to feel like a rag doll or have sweated a lake under your spin bike to stay in shape. If you try to kill yourself every time you work out, then you’ll just find excuses to avoid it.
Make an exercise appointment with yourself in your phone. It should have the same priority as a work-related meeting or important social event. If you don’t give exercise the importance it deserves, you’ll be scheduling doctor’s appointments.
Try New Things
Your body has an unfortunate habit of saving energy once it identifies a predictable routine. That means that you need to constantly change things up. Be adventurous. There’s a new workout conceived every day!