Extend the life expectancy by 30%! Yes, it is possible. How? By maintaining and establishing a daily health and fitness training program. Diet and exercise goals should be included in the program.Take a good look at yourself in the mirror naked. One can have a normal BMI or weight, but still have a very high body fat content, and thus putting oneself at a high risk of a heart attack. You may also be at risk of Diabetes Type II.DietThe alarming rate of such heart diseases and diabetes is due to the consumption of an average of 600 cans of pop and 150 pounds of sugar per year. This works out to be an approximate of 55 teaspoons of sugar per year. Not only does this high consumption of sugar affect the health, but taking too much sugar than needed causes nervousness.Firstly, limit soda pop intake. Limit the amount of sugar to your morning coffee or tea to a minimum. However, drinking 3 cups of hot coffee or tea in the morning is highly recommended. Why? This is to keep yourself awake and your digestive system regular. But do keep in mind not to add too much sugar.Secondly, eliminate all junk foods from the health and fitness training diet. These foods contain a dangerously high level of chemicals and additives. Include only natural foods in the diet – foods that have not been chemically altered. Dark chocolates have been proven to be beneficial to health.Finally, drink eight large bottles of water throughout every day. Do not drink water from a community drinking fountain or tap water. Both of these sources contain high levels of lead, germs, arsenic and other harmful elements that are harmful for health.Exercise Daily As part of the health fitness training, do aerobic exercises that elevate the heart rate and makes you sweat for at least 30 minutes. Aerobic exercises allow the blood vessels to be cleansed, and at the same time toxins are released from the body while you are sweating.Do some weight training, such as free weights or weight machines every other day as part of your exercise routine. This not only makes your bones stronger, it gives you a new boost in your confidence level.
Is There a Real Need For a Personal Trainer?Let’s talk about different forms of motivation. As a person looking to get motivated to lose weight, you should first ask yourself, “Can I motivate myself? If I cannot afford a personal trainer can I still get the job done?” Some people – those who are motivated by something or have completely made a decision to motivate themselves — can use this motivation to get to a point where they’re making good decisions about their eating habits, losing weight, and reaching their goals. On the other hand, there are people looking to lose weight who are not in a particular state of mind to motivate themselves. The question is, Do you need a personal trainer to motivate you? I cannot answer that question for you directly, just as I can’t take your journey to health and fitness for you. But I can tell you this: in my opinion you can lose weight without a personal trainer. And you can even lose weight without dieting. I’ll give you tips on how to succeed in self-motivating to weight loss, and discuss if and how a trainer can be useful in the process.You Can ‘Do It Yourself’Self-motivating can be very difficult. We have created a society which seems to be very needy. This manifests in the realm of health and fitness as the belief that we have to hire a personal trainer and go to a gym in order to accomplish our health goals. But personal trainers are just another tool to assist you in your weight loss; hiring a personal trainer does not determine whether you’re going to lose weight or reach your goals. I know a lot of personal trainers who have obese clients start a weight loss process and after they lose five or 10 pounds they set them loose. Those clients are still obese. I know personal trainers working with clients to get them stronger but they end up gaining weight because of the muscles they build. In the grand scheme of things, this is a positive development because muscle burns more calories than fat, but the clients cannot control what they are doing outside of the gym– self-motivating to change their diets – so they do not lose weight. The good news is that the inverse is also true: you CAN lose weight without a personal trainer. If you structure the way you make changes in your life properly, you can do the job of losing weight and getting fit yourself.To do this, you will have to understand certain aspects of fitness and nutrition. Given the public health crisis of obesity in our society, there are enormous amounts of information on how not to be obese available to you — on the Internet and in libraries and bookstores — that you should take full advantage of. Gather resources and information about the human body, food plans, workouts, training regimens, and dietary supplements to help you work towards reaching your fitness goals. I also recommend looking in the self-help section of the bookstore to see what speaks to you. This can help you change your mind about other negative habits in your life so there is a complete metamorphosis, not just of the body but of the mind as well. This is what ultimately determines your success – how far you can go to alter your mind. This is why personal trainers do not guarantee weight loss, because they cannot live in your head. What can guarantee that you reach your goal is altering your state of mind so that you think differently about health and fitness, about your weight loss. Even better, eventually you will not have to think about it at all. Health and fitness and training can and will become second nature, just like waking up and brushing your teeth.You Can Do It at HomeAs we think about health and fitness being second nature, let’s also consider the necessity of a gym or fitness facility to reach our fitness goals. As with the ‘need’ for a personal trainer, there is no need to pay a monthly fee to enter a place where there is equipment, other people, or sometimes distractions in order to reach our fitness goals and become healthier people. Just being active and doing more than you did in order to become obese or gain the weight will start the process of reversing your obesity or shedding pounds. So if you do not have a gym or fitness facility, what do you or where do you go for exercise? Well, places you can get a good workout may be in your own home, like a spare bedroom, basement, or garage. Find a spot where you can lay out a couple of mats, put up a small television, get a few free weights, and some workout videos. Add some fresh plants and make sure you have nice lighting and upbeat colors to make it an inviting personal workout space. Over time, setting up your own workout space will cost you considerably less than the gym membership that you going to be paying for even when you’re not going to the gym.You can also go outside in the sunshine and nature to get some vitamin D and fresh air. In the spring, summer, and fall your training may happen at a park or lake or some other outdoor venue. In the winter this may be a little bit more difficult, but you will have your personal workout space to retreat to, where you can continue to stretch, do push-ups, sit-ups and free squats in order to keep your body in motion to burn fat and continue weight loss. None of these suggestions requires you going to a fitness facility. They don’t require you to put out a great deal of money to become healthy. What it does require is that you build a resistance to failure and the negative voices in your head and create within yourself the aptitude for self-motivation. This means you will have to take on the burden of being able to motivate yourself. In essence you will have to become your own personal trainer.
In the first part to this article I showed you how your health and fitness results are a direct result of your health and fitness decisions. You are responsible whether you like it or not. In this second part to the article, I share with you how saying you are not responsible robs you of your health and fitness power, while taking responsibility, give you all the power you need. Plus I share the one big step you need to take as soon as you have taken responsibility.When you do not take responsibility for you health and fitness, you rob yourself of the majority of your power over your health and fitness. You may say “I am this way because of my genes, or my metabolism.” Well what influence do you have over your genes or metabolism? Very little or none. If you grant power over your health and fitness to external influences your outlook is bleak. You have no chance. The world is a scary place, and you are at its mercy.On the other hand, if you say “My genes and metabolism are just an influence on me, and I am ultimately responsible for my health and fitness” you claim back your power (didn’t you feel a little of that power as your read those words?). The world is a brighter place and you can for the most part, chose what you do, where you go, and what you achieve.Those who have taken responsibility for their health and fitness are plain to see. They are the sports stars, and athletes that are idolised (don’t you have a favourite sport’s hero?), or those fit people that you know which everyone takes notice of and admires. Every one of these people has taken responsibility for their health and fitness.Once you tell yourself that you are responsible for your health and fitness, and that you are able to work with influences such as genes, metabolism, or the lingering effects of past illnesses or injuries, you must take THE FIRST BIG STEP.What is this first big step? It is to start getting yourself a health and fitness education.Most people’s health and fitness education stopped the moment they left school, or college. Your health education should be a life long study, rather than just a few years in formal education. Rather than your teachers being responsible for your education, you need to realise that you need to be responsible, and responsible on an on going basis for the rest of your life. It is only by acquiring this knowledge will you know how to act to ensure that you become healthy and fit and remain so for the rest of your life (like me learning about the effects of smoking on my sight).And it is not difficult. Taken a little bit at a time over the rest of your life, it is easy, and becomes, enjoyable and second nature. Health knowledge is all around. In newspapers, magazines, on the television, books, and on the internet. And as soon as you tell yourself that you want to learn what you are reading, you will automatically take more in and remember it more. And the more times you read something, the more it sinks in. Make yourself the habit of reading every health and fitness article twice. You’ll be amazed at the results.What about the maze and masses of often conflicting information out there? Well, I can tell you from experience that this is a little bit of a myth. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll find that the maze is not as big as you expected it to be.So decide today to empower yourself by taking responsibility for your health and fitness, and start getting your lifelong health and fitness education.