To many, this is an unexpected question as cardio (the sweaty type) has always been associated with weight loss. You may also recall the simple rule: to lose weight one must eat less and move more.
The reason cardio is controversial for weight loss is because of the phenomenon called over compensation. Some people over eat after they engage in cardio either because they overestimate the calories they burned through exercise, or they fall victim to an increase in hunger.
The solution is thus two-fold.
The journey of a thousand steps starts with the first.
You have a plan and you think about everything that will be required to get the project through. It seems like so much work, so many resources and so much time will be needed. Instead of driving you to action, this analysis leads to inaction. This inaction makes the problem seem insurmountable and thus more daunting. The cycle is vicious!
The solution is simple: Take action. Instead of thinking of the massive goal, think of small steps that will eventually lead to you achieving said goal.
For example, if you want to lose 40 kg, getting everyday and focusing on that enormous task will lead to a feeling of constant failure as you will never achieve said goal on any day. A much better approach is to focus on daily goals that will get you closer and closer to your target.
For example: Today I will eat a healthy breakfast and walk 5000 miles. That's all you need to do. You just need to take that step. Once you are there, the next step will be logical and not seem so high or hard.
Whatever your goal is, take action now no matter how small
It is estimated that 90% of the population would have tried a diet. How is it then that our nation's collective waist seems to get larger and larger?
As non intuitive as it appears the answer is that people try to lose weight by dieting! There are two main issues with dieting:
Now for the good news: with lifestyle changes you can lose weight and maintain that weight loss.
We all know it intuitively: Eat less, move more!
Think about lifestyle changes. Implement small changes, one or two at a time and build on it. Take it slow, remember you put that weight over a long time. It will take some time to shed it off if you want to do it properly.
Here are some tips:
We will be soon enforcing our late arrival policy and preventing customers from joining a class 10 minutes after it has started. We are not just being mean! The following will give you an idea of what you lose when you come late to a class.
Come early :)
Flowing Body Pilates.
I chose this name to show my commitment to flow ( the uninterrupted quality of movement). This quality of movement is outward proof of a body which is efficient at moving. Efficiency comes from precision: The ability to engage the correct muscles and to maintain alignment.
Getting from position A to position B is of minimal importance to Pilates. How you get from one to the other is what matters most. Speed is usually the enemy of precision and control and a way to mask a lack of both. By using momentum, muscles are not allowed to develop strength.
Remember what you are trying to achieve: Mastery of your body which will results in efficient movement and optimal posture. Slow it down and engage with the movement. Introspect, observe and connect with your own body. Feel your muscles, be aware of your alignment and focus on your breathing.
I have decided to move away from the formal articles and write my thoughts and ideas with a lighter pen . This does not mean my thoughts will be random; they are a product of my years of experience working as a fitness professional.
All of us have wellness goals but only a few of us achieve them. The how is actually easy! Do you want cleaner lungs: Stop smoking! Do you want to lose weight: Eat less and move more!
The how is simple in theory. The question is thus: Why is it so hard to follow through to our goals? I believe the answer holds in our "WHY". Your why is your purpose; it is the force driving you to achieve whatever goal you have in front of you. It is your fuel! Not having a strong enough why is like trying to drive cross country with half a tank of gas. You will be drained and you will come up short.
Next time you decide on a goal, I encourage you to consider it deeply and find your strongest why. Find that source of passion and energy that will sustain you and push you forward ever closer to your goals.