Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Colin Reay
When I first started getting serious and focusing on my fitness, I found myself lost in a sea of information that threw me into a spin of analysis paralysis as well as wonder at how many ways your body can get fit. As awesome as it is, it can also be hard to know which one is best.
Well, there are only a few things you really need to know about fitness.
1. Anything Works If You Commit To It
Your body is best at adapting. That’s why stuff like P90X works because it forces your body to adapt quickly. And if you are safe to exercise, the more you have to adapt, the more results you will see.
After that, you should find something that you like to do. You are a million times* more likely to stick with a plan if you enjoy what you are doing. That’s why I have stuck with basketball and sports specific activities because they play directly into my sports competition.
2. Nothing Works if You Don’t Push Yourself
In order to get your body to adapt quickly, it needs a reason to adapt. So you will need to push it past its own comfort zone. When I coach athletes on how to jump higher, they have to jump more than they are used to so that their body will adapt to this new request we have put on it.
If you do not push yourself to at least a 70% level of exertion, then you won’t get anything out of it. That is what the heart rate monitors are for, so that you can see how your body gauges how hard it is working. The best thing about the human body is that you don’t need a heart rate monitor or need to spend any money for anything in order to work out. When I started, all I used was a high school track and the bleachers.
3. The Best Way to Watch Your Diet is to Think of Food as Fuel
Food fuels your body, and without it, you won’t be able to function. Think of a car without gasoline. That is why you get tired after you eat, because it takes so much energy for your body to break down the food but the food doesn’t give you any energy in return.
Also, don’t focus too much on controlling your diet. You will hate yourself and will be unlikely to keep your diet. So just make sure that for every bad meal, you eat four good meals. That is much more manageable than eating right all the time. Because you will be eating well 80% of the time which is likely better than you are now.
Try those out for your fitness hacks and don’t get caught up in everything that could get in the way of your fitness goals. And good luck.
*not an official statistic
(photo credit lululemon)