With the end of summer here and the holiday season in the not so distant future, it would be easy to give up working out/ eating right until, oh, the new year. However I refuse, nay, I rebuff such laziness! And I urge all of you to join me in continuing my workout… or starting a workout. Either way, I reached out to yet another one of my talented friends to give me some advice. The lovely and talented Venus Lau is an expert personal trainer here in L.A. and I asked her what the keys are to starting a fitness regiment.
Here are her 5 essential steps:
- Begin by finding your inner motivation for wanting to workout. Ask yourself “why?” over and over again. Keep reaching deeper to know the truth. Allow the real story to be your real motivation.
- Find a trainer and/or workout partner to hold you accountable to doing things the right way. Think about it like finding a roommate- you wouldn’t live with just anyone, you need to share priorities with this person.
- Be consistent. Even if you can only work out with a trainer once a week make sure to continue working out throughout the rest of the week. One day is not enough!
- H.I.I.T. that’s High Intensity Interval Training. This calls for 20 min. of workout on a daily basis using a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike. The speed is determined based on a personal 1-10 scale of intensity.
- Spend 1st minute at a level 6.
- Then for 30 seconds bump it up to a 9 or 10.
- Drop back to a 6 for the next minute.
- Repeat intervals until you reach a total of 20 minutes.
- Eat Right! Do not go for fad diets- fads are just trends and no one is still wearing slap bracelets! Just eat balanced. Eat whole foods not processed. Listen to your body. It will say one of 3 things:
- Protein- wanting a hamburger? Having low sodium turkey instead.
- Sugar: craving cake? Eat a half of a banana.
- Carbohydrates: dreaming of pizza? Sub for whole grain pasta.
Whatever you do, don’t over satisfy your cravings. Eat appropriate servings.