Fitness faux pas and more pearls of wisdom

Whenever you’re doing your physical fitness
training, flexibility training,
training your gung fu, or anything else
for that matter, avoid
looking for instant gratification.

This is one the biggest fitness faux pas.

We are live in a culture of that requires
instant gratification. The number of folks
who expect rapid results from a new “die~yet”
and fitness program is very high.

Sadly, it’s one of the worst mindsets the
novice can create. You know about all the
great benefits of exercise like lower
bodyfat, increased energy, reduction of
the flab factor and overall better health.

You go hard for the first week. The following
Monday you’re completely wiped out, a little sore,
and a couple pounds heavier
(since the exercises have made you so hungry).

Now what in the John Brown is goin’ on?

Well, the fact of the matter is that exercising
does provide many great benefits, but the results
are most often weeks or even months away.

You must be consistent in your training and the
results of your healthy lifestyle changes will begin
to show up.

Keep in mind if you’re out of shape when you begin
it will take a litte bit longer to see results.

Why?

Because you will have to work your way back up
to being at a level where you can start doing
the exercises and training that will
burn the fat in a safe way.

I mean, I can’t have a forty, fifty, or sixty
year old man or woman come in who hasn’t
been exercising (in a real way) for the
last several years and expect his or her body to
be conditioned enough to
start doing hill sprints with some of my
mixed martial arts clients.

That would do far more harm than good.

So, keep in mind with focused and consistent
work you can and YOU WILL achieve all your goals.

Now, when you are consistent…what will happen?

1) Your metabolism will speed up to make
weight loss possible
2) Your body will adjust to the stresses
exercising will require and you’ll feel more
relaxed and rejuvenated
3) Your immune system will get stronger
and help prevent sickness
4) Your strength and endurance will improve
and therefore make exercise
and daily activities) easier
5) Your mood and energy levels will dramatically
increase 
6) You WILL sleep better
7) You WILL look and feel better!
Whatever happens do not get discouraged
if you don’t see the results you want right away.

Think about your goals…they, and YOU, ARE worth it!

Be sure to focus on improvements you’ve made
besides weight loss.

Think about how go you feel, how much you’re learning
about yourself, the increase in your energy, et cetera.

Always keep in mind progress may be slow
in the beginning. It probably took you
many, many years to gain the weight you’re
trying to lose.

You can’t realistically expect to take
it off in a fraction of the time.

Besides, slow and steady weight loss
(about 1-2 pounds per week) is far
more healthy – AND you’re more likely
to keep it off – when it happens at this rate.

Remember you are changing your life for the better
and the results WILL come.

Keep up the go work!
Today’s Pearl of Wisdom is from
~Thomas Paine
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I love the man that can smile in trouble,
that can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the
business of little minds to shrink, but
he whose heart is firm, and whose
conscience approves his conduct,
will pursue his principles unto death.
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Lead the way–
Matt Shannon

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