I wanted to let Karen share the strategies she uses to stay on track when it gets warm out and life becomes so crazy you can’t seem to keep up.
Today’s video covers exactly how we both use the following 3 tips to live the fat burning good life…Enjoy!
1. Schedule It
We know it’s obvious, but it works! You must plan and prepare ahead of time and schedule your workouts, meals and snacks.
We’ve heard it for years, but it’s SO true. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Just like opening the doors of your business in the morning, making it to a doctor’s appointment, or picking up your children from school or practice, exercise and nutrition must be scheduled. We have found that performing 12 to 30 minutes of exercise within an hour of waking up works best for most people. In fact, research shows that a healthy individual can potentially burn more fat and calories in an intense 12 to 20 minute exercise session performed in the morning on an empty stomach than an entire hour of exercise performed in the evening after eating a few meals.
Not only do you save time and burn more fat and calories;, but it’s also out of the way and supercharges your metabolism and energy to take on your entire day.
Treat your food intake exactly the same! Take 15 minutes every night before bed and plan your next day’s eating and exercise into your schedule. This will help you create more time than you have ever had because you won’t be chasing energy or waiting in a fast food line.
2. Use an Accountability System
This is the “Difference Maker” in your journey. You must seek accountability on a daily basis to beat the battle of the bulge for the long haul.
In order for you to be successful at home or in business, you have to hold yourself accountable to certain daily obligations, tasks and large projects. When it comes to being a parent or a mate, we also hold ourselves accountable to spending time with our children and our significant others. If you don’t invest the time necessary, your business and financial life suffer…and of course ultimately our relationships and family life suffer as well.
The same is true with exercise and nutrition. Most people fail with fitness because they lack an accountability system. There are a few different ways to do this depending on your personality, and of course, desire to succeed.
The best accountability system is to make a financial commitment. This not only will ensure you the proper way to do things, but also can obligate you through structured appointments or a financial investment. It “hurts” a LOT more when you have to reach into your pocket, and you’re much more likely to follow through.
Another great way to be held accountable is to enter a contest or event with a goal or deadline. This positive pressure will help you stay focused on a pre-determined goal, and by having a deadline, it creates the urgency needed to help develop consistent habits. I personally love scheduling a photo shoot. If I have to be in front of a camera on a certain day and time, it creates a healthy sense of urgency to be ready.
The last method of accountability to use is partnering up with a friend or mate and committing to weekly workouts, trainings, or some type of intense classes such as group training, spinning or kickboxing. If possible, it’s a good idea to pay monthly, or in advance, for a package or series of classes for that extra incentive to follow through.
3. Follow the GL-12 Law of Consistency: Strive to be consistent, not perfect
Learning to develop realistic, long-term lifestyle changes is the key to health, vitality and weight management. In order to do this, you must come up with a plan that will set you up for creating habits that will last a lifetime.
Because we are all human, we will fall off probably more than once a week. The key to achieving great results is knowing that when you do fall off, you get right back on track instead of giving up completely.
Karen and I personally like to schedule our workouts before or after events, holidays, or special occasions. If we know we’re going to cheat, we just work out 2 or 3 hours beforehand to rev up our metabolism, or the very next morning as damage control.
Everybody falls, but great people overcome their adversities and immediately get back up.
There will never be a perfect time to begin forming fitness habits so the best thing is to begin now by taking small steps today. Use the Law of Consistency. Remember, fat loss and fitness are a journey…NOT an event!
We have found over the years that consistency, not perfection of the basics described here, will give you the philosophies you need to be productive in fitness, business and in life!
Leave a comment below and let us know which one of these strategies you’re going to use and how you’re going to use it.
Here’s to staying lean for life,
Shaun and Karen
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