The old saying, “You get out what you put in” is a great little motto to remember when striving to achieve anything you value in life.
If you are serious about learning another language, you can not practice 5 minutes a day and expect to be fluent in three months. Same goes with your health and fitness. Spend five minutes a day, and not much will change.
The great thing about investing time in your health and fitness is the return. Invest 45 minutes a day, three days a week and reduce your chances of getting heart disease or cancer by over 40%, sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress, lose body fat, reduce your resting heart rate and live longer..
Invest 45 minutes a day, five days a week and 30-45 minutes in the evening to prepare a healthy dinner and some well balanced meals for the following day and all of the above PLUS the body you have always wanted is available to you.
I do not know of any other investment of ones time that gives a return that has so many benefits.
Here are a few steps towards achieving your health goals.
Step one. Decide WHY?
You need to ponder the reasons why investing time and effort in your health and fitness is important to you? Is it to lose weight so that you can live longer and have much better quality time with your children and family? Is it to become fit enough to travel the world and see it’s many beautiful sights? Is it to get off blood pressure medication or manage diabetes so that you live longer and have a much better quality of life? Or do you just want a body that is smoking hot to attract the opposite sex? What ever it is, it has to be important to you and most importantly, have meaning and purpose.
Step two. Know clearly what your goal is.
Then visualize yourself in vivid colorful images of how you would like to look and how life will be different once you have acheived this goal. I usually do this last thing at night before I sleep and first thing in the morning. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between what is real and what is not. If you can go there in the mind, you can go there in the body.
Step three. Make YOUR health a priority.
Understand that without it, you are nothing. With bad health, you are restricted and burdened. Not only does bad health and chronic disease effect you, but it also effects your family and loved ones that care for you.
Your health must become number one priority in your life. Yes it may take some of your time, but I guarantee the time you spend, will bring ease and grace to every other area of your life. Life is to be enjoyed!
Step four. Plan it.
Get advice on what you need to eat and how much exercise you need to do to achieve your goal and then follow it. The old 80/20 rule applies here. Be good and stick to the plan 80% of the time and give yourself 20% leeway.
Step five. START!
In my next post, I will share more about my routine and diet. I exercise around 1.5hrs a day and spend about 40 minutes in the evening preparing all my meals. It really doesn’t take that long to cook healthy and delicious foods.
Here is a pic of today’s meals. Along with two protein shakes, this makes up 2400 calories, 240g protein, 240g Carbs and about 54g Fat.
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