Becoming A Fitness Fanatic
Over the last few years, I’ve slowly become more interested in fitness, diet, and exercise. Why is this? Probably due to the fact that I turned 40 a couple of years ago. When that happened, I realized that if I want to be healthy and strong well into my 60s, 70s, and 80s, then some things had to change.
Back in May of this year, my wife and I went on a trip to Mexico to one of those all-inclusive resorts. During our time there, I started working out daily in the resort spa which had a quality fitness center. Once we returned home, I went back to my own fitness center and started working out 4-5 times a week. Over time, I started noticing amazing results. In fact, the results were such that I recently had to go out and buy new jeans, moving from a size 34 waist down to a 32. I probably haven’t been that size since I was in high school!
5 Steps I Took To Lose 2 Inches Off My Waist
Here are the five steps I took to shed any excess fat and gain muscle mass.
- Don’t try to lose weight or inches off your waist. Here’s what I mean – focus on getting healthy and strong. This may seem counterintuitive, but I simply had a mental picture of what I wanted to look like at the end of this year. I wanted to have 6-pack abs. I did some research on how to accomplish that. Then I started to do those things. Getting bigger, stronger muscles and a smaller waist was simply a by-product of my overall physical vision. Get the vision, first, then figure out the how.
- Exercise 4-5 times a week. I am blessed with an on-site work fitness center. I typically utilize my lunch hour to get my workouts in. I have found this to be a great way to break up my day with a “first half” in the morning, and then a “second half” in the afternoon. I seem to have more energy going into my second half of the day due to working out.
- Rotate the workout routine. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I do strictly cardio for 25 minutes on an elliptical machine. I program the elliptical like I’m climbing a big hill to push myself hard in the first 12-13 minutes, and then I slowly come down the hill for the next 12-13 minutes. This may go against the advice of some other exercise gurus or routines, but it’s worked great for me. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do a fast, semi-hard cardio routine of 10 minutes. Then I go to the weight room and use a combination of free weights and machines and do primarily upper body for 20-30 minutes.
Do plank exercises. I usually do two sets of these, for a one minute interval on each. These are great for strengthening your core and getting washboard abs. Follow this link on how to do planks.
- Eat more protein, more veggies, and fewer carbs. This is a great tip I got out of the book The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. I typically eat a Clif 20g Protein Bar as a mid-morning snack and a combo of almonds and Brazil nuts as an afternoon snack. Having these protein rich snacks between mostly balanced meals seem to really help in keeping even blood sugar energy levels throughout my day.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
As I mentioned in my first step, I wasn’t trying to accomplish any great weight loss or weight building feat over the last few months. With a little bit of research, I had a pretty good understanding of how to get leaner and stronger than I currently was at the beginning of the year. So, I established procedures and routines, and I stuck with these routines each and every day.
I was the tortoise and not the hare in my approach to getting healthy and strong. If you need to get healthier than you’re current condition, then I would encourage you to follow the same approach.
Do you have healthy routines that have helped you on your fitness journey? If so, I’d love to hear your story. Leave us a comment and tell us your story.