Little By Little

Exercising is never pleasant when you start or come back to after some time off, for whatever reason.

It hurts, your body hurts sometimes all over, guess what?  You, over did it!

The usual literature advises something to the tune of 3 times per week 30 minutes per session.

For someone who hasn’t exercised before or not in a long time, 30 minutes could be the equivalent of an ultramarathon.

Maybe a better solution would be to do just 10 minutes or maybe 5 minutes depending on the person.

5 minutes! I can almost hear people going crazy, yes maybe 5 minutes would be best for someone who hasn’t exercised before.

The crowd continues, what everyday?  No!  Just 2 times in that first week. Now everyone thinks that I am crazy.

No, I don’t think that I am crazy.  I see the bigger picture. If you do just 5 minutes of exercise, for 2 sessions in your first week, then maybe you will do 3 sessions the week after. Then maybe 4 sessions in your third week.

From my point of view, it’s all about progression. It’s all about forming a habit. It’s all about being able to recover gracefully from your first sessions, without the demoralising pain that will set in, if you over do it.

If you recover successfully in your first session (just 5-10 minutes), you will be inclined to do it again.

Mission successful if you’re asking me.

And if week 1 went well, then you’d feel that it was easy to continue into week 2 and beyond.  That’s progression, that’s forming a habit.

Will it always stay at 5 – 10 minutes per session, NO!  Will you only do 4 sessions a week, NO!

That was just an introduction, a guide to EASE you into exercising.

Your mission, is to extend these times and sessions, to a MINIMUM of 4 sessions for 30 minutes.  Notice I said ‘minimum’ not maximum.

I advocate people exercise for 45 – 60 minutes, 5 – 7 sessions per week, at a comfortable pace. And when I say that, I really mean 7 days a week for an hour.

7 days a week for an hour, is that too much? No, not when you have worked up to that level.

It’s all about progression and increasing time or intensity once your body is ready. No sooner.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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10 Reasons To Exercise In The Morning

Hi to all reading today, how are you? I hope you are well. I wanted to speak today about exercise, specifically about exercising in the morning, and why I think it is a great idea.

 

  1. Most people who exercise in the morning will all say the same thing, that when you exercise in the morning, that it is easier to get it done at that time than any other time during the day. The odds are in your favour. At the end of day, there can be other priorities or you could just run out of time.

 

  1. By exercising in the morning you help to jump start metabolism for the rest of the day. You will keep your metabolism elevated for hours, which in turn will help burn extra calories.

 

  1. Once you get your blood pumping you will feel energised and awake for the whole day. Personally I love the feeling I get from training in the mornings, I feel awake, I feel alive.

 

  1. Some people report that exercising early helps put them in the right mindset. So in turn, they make good decisions which helps regulate their lifestyle for the entire day.

 

  1. Keeping to regulation, by waking up at the same time and exercising at the same time you create healthy habits that will serve you over time.

 

  1. Research has shown exercise to increase your clarity of thought. This will last for 4 – 10 hours after exercise.

 

  1. Don’t want to be overwhelmed by other things at the end of day? Exercising in the morning will assure that you can worry about the other priorities in your life at the end of day.

 

  1. Maybe by going to sleep a little earlier, by watching a little less TV for example, you will have an easier time waking up to exercise and also have the time to do it.

 

  1. When you exercise in the morning, you take advantage of hormones, that help build muscle, when they are at higher levels, than at lower levels later in the day.

 

  1. Set the time and commit, it will serve you more than you can theoretically understand. You have to try it. And trying for 1 day is not trying it. Try it for 3 months. You will see, set yourself up for success by getting the day started well.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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Success Stories – Megan Rachow

Hi out there to all those who are reading, just a light one today.

A success story to motivate you and give you proof that you can do it, you can lose that dreaded weight.

Today’s success story is about a lady named, Megan Rachow, who lost 170 lbs or 77 kg for those on the metric scale.

That’s impressive amount of weight.

How did she do it?

‘First, she had reached a point, as she states: “the day the switch flipped for me”.  She had become committed to losing weight, had reached her threshold.’

‘She started small, first cutting out soda and only eating food she cooked at home.’

‘Megan says, that in the first week she lost 9 lbs or 4 kg. That’s an amazing start to a weight loss journey.’

‘After losing 100 lbs (45kg), she started doing more adventurous exercise.’

‘She became fascinated by fitness and seeing what new things she could accomplish.’

‘She ran, lifted weights, and completed triathlons.’

‘She now eats clean foods, like salad, quinoa and lots of vegies, also packing her diet with chicken and turkey.’

She ends the article by saying:  “I am now living a life that I love and feel as though I am a completely different person. The most important thing I have gained is being comfortable in my own skin.”

This is an amazing lady, to lose 170 lbs (77kg) is a truly captivating thing and it should be celebrated. Fantastic Megan, great work, and keep the hard work going. You are an inspiration to many people.

So how did she do it?

Removed the bad things from her diet and exercised. Diet and exercise. Started small and kept on improving with time and effort.

Please check out the article here.

http://people.com/bodies/half-their-size-weight-loss-story-megan-rachow/

And please check out her Instagram and Facebook accounts, where she shared her weight loss journey.

https://www.instagram.com/megankrachow/

https://www.facebook.com/MeganRachow

Thanks Megan for being such an inspiration!

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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Get Through The Holiday Season

Well even though the holiday season is about half way over, I was considering how to make it through without gaining too much weight. Well, gaining no weight, preferably!

Yes, easier said than done. But realistically what would it take to get through not just a day but through a holiday season?

 

  1. Plan. Without prior consideration and planning, you will eat whatever you like, whenever you like, and however much you like. So even though this period is a time for enjoyment, to keep the scales at bay without control or the consideration for what is likely to happen, you are doomed to fail.

So plan, prepare and organise yourself, so you don’t get caught out.

 

  1. Strategies. Have strategies in place to combat the constant temptation. Remember you won’t always be at the mercy of your own decisions, you will also be at the mercy of other peoples if you go visiting. So have strategies ready for what types of food you are going to avoid, how much food you are going to consume and so forth. Don’t forget it’s the holidays, this doesn’t have to be a spartan existence! Eat, be merry, just don’t over do it.

 

  1. Relationships. Remember that this time of year is meant to be enjoyed. Yes go visit, yes enjoy yourself, live life. Focus on socialising and having fun with people, not eating and drinking.

 

  1. Control. This whole period will be a success or failure dependent on the amount of control you exert. If you eat and drink to excess, you won’t achieve your goal of: not gaining weight. But if you control yourself, stay focused and consciously choose what, when and how much, you will succeed.

 

  1. Slow Down / Chew. Slow down when eating. The reason most people overeat is because they eat too quickly. So, slow down don’t eat so quickly. Another reason why people eat so quickly is that they don’t chew their food enough. When you chew your food, chew it until it becomes a fine paste. Not 2 chews, done, swallow. Eating like that will only result in poor digestion.

 

  1. Water. Yes drink more water! Another major reason for overeating is that we eat when we are dehydrated. So when you start to feel hungry drink a glass of water. Wait 20 minutes and see how you feel. Also limit your alcohol consumption. Drink water instead. If you’re like me and don’t drink alcohol, and prefer soda, that’s ok, but limit it to 1 or 2.

 

  1. Alcohol. It’s important to drink liquids, but realise alcohol dehydrates you. It also lowers your ability to make good decisions. And finally according to research, many people have a tendency to binge when drinking. So back to point 4 “Control”, stay in control.

 

  1. Exercise. Now don’t forget to exercise. No I don’t mean hit the gym for 3 hours doing high intensity sprints with weight lifting, straight after lunch. No! What I mean is, make sure to fit in that exercise session, yes it might have to be a lighter easier session because you’re between eating, but just don’t forget to do it. Maybe you’ll need to schedule it early in the day, or maybe later on in the evening. Whatever works for your particular situation.

 

  1. Self-Talk. Remember to be conscious of your self-talk, the way you speak to yourself. Be patient and be supportive. Don’t be negative and dismissive of yourself, the situation you are in and the efforts you have done. Stick to your plan, and your strategies. Talk yourself through each day and each moment. There will be temptation, and you will be tested.

 

  1. Enjoy Yourself. This is the season of celebration. Remember that this time is to enjoy yourself, to have gratitude for all that you have. Treat yourself and others with the respect you deserve.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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When Is The Best Time To Train?

When is the best time to train?

Research indicates that your body has woken up and is primed around 3 hours and 11 hours after waking

Your joints need at least 3 hours to warm up and be primed – this decreases the possibility of injury.

How intensive is your workout? Will you need to consume a meal to have the required energy to complete the workout?

Some people will and some won’t.

The reality of most people’s situation dictates, that whenever they can is the best time.

The most critical priority is to do the workout, to do the training.

I don’t have to tell you how busy life is, how hectic you are. You already know this.

For many busy people working out at the end of the day is easily missed because of other priorities, whatever they may be.

For some people exercising first thing in the morning is the best option. Get up, go to training, get it out of the way. But this is not for all. Maybe you start too early. Maybe you have kids to care for. Or maybe there are other reasons why exercising in the morning is not conducive.

Maybe some days you can do longer workouts and other days shorter workouts. Whatever works. As I said above, doing the workout is the most critical priority.

Are you a night person or are you a day person? This might dictate which period of your day is better for you.

Whatever your decision, doing the workout is the priority. It may be shorter, or not at the gym, but it is better to have done a workout.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Walk For Your Health

Walking. Pretty simple we all do it, it’s easy to perform compared to other cardio exercises. You can do it anywhere and anytime. You don’t have to be taught how to do it, or how to make it easier or harder, a really simple exercise for weight loss.

Walking can reduce high cholesterol, body fat, the risk of cancer of the colon and the risk of non-insulin dependent diabetes. It helps control body weight, mental well-being, osteoarthritis, flexibility and co-ordination.

Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/walking-for-health

Even a quick one-minute jaunt pays off. A University of Utah study in 2014 found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered their risk of obesity by 5%.

Most success stories using walking, walk everyday for 45 minutes to 90 minutes, with the average around an hour. That’s 60 minutes per day, 7 days a week, 30 days per month. A simple training philosophy.


Alasdair Wilkins lost 100 pounds (45kg) in 1 year by just walking. Yes, you read right, just walking. The main points of his article https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8877041/losing-100-pounds  can be found below:

I just went to the gym, and I … walked. On a treadmill, uphill, at a brisk pace, for about an hour every day — and I do mean every day — from July to April.

I just ignored the (frequently contradictory) mountains of literature on the best way to lose weight and just focused on finding a way that worked for me.

The trick was finding a routine that I actually enjoyed doing and wanted to stick with.

I had given up hope of losing weight at all my only real goal was to start feeling a little better about myself.

I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to lose 100 pounds.

I sidestepped the biggest danger when it comes to weight loss: discouragement.

It definitely helped that I could do things like bring my tablet and watch Netflix in the gym


Wow. What a great example. I love success stories like that.

Go the gym every day, walk for an hour, uphill, at a brisk pace.

Is this what will work for you, maybe no, maybe yes. Only you will know. What should be highlighted is that he found something he enjoyed to do. Yes he may have been watching Netflix, but you have the ability to choose. So choose something you like, use distraction if you need (Netflix in the example), do it every day and do it for a considerable amount of time (60 minutes).

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Have You Given Up?

I am always hearing people saying that they just can’t lose weight, that they’re doomed for the rest of their lives. They’ve given up, at wits end with what seems to be no options out. Many have lost and regained weight over and over again, going from one method to the next with no real success.

Have you given up?

Have you tried it all?

When reviewing successful cases of weight loss and weight management over long periods of time, 4 principles keep showing up time and time again. Coincidental? No, success leaves clues, as they say. So what are the 4 principles?

  1. Healthy Diet
  2. Portion Control
  3. Cardiovascular Exercise
  4. Strength Training

Simply, diet and exercise. That’s it. A healthy diet and controlled portions and cardio and strength training. Really? Yes!

Healthy Diet:

So what is a healthy diet? No processed products, that’s right, only natural products, foods that you will find in nature as they are or very close. Sorry no soda, no pasta, no bread, no alcohol, no chocolate, no chips.  Is that it. Yes! To say it is easy, but to do is difficult, especially when you aren’t used to eating a diet free of these things. Many people are addicted to processed foods, sugar, fast foods etc…

So the difficultly will be the implementation of the healthy foods and the removal of the unhealthy foods. I would suggest that you start slow, start small, and proceed step by step. Try to implement 1 thing and remove 1 thing. Don’t try to remove the things you love the most at the beginning, because you will be fighting withdrawal symptoms before long. Start with something small and that you’re not addicted to. Then try something else small. Slowly and surely you will change your diet for the better.

Portion Control:

Overeating is a chronic problem for many people and is one of the major problems for people who are trying to lose weight. By controlling the amount of food you are eating, you start to limit the amount of excess calories that you have to burn off. The amount of food will be different for everyone, it will be dependent on many factors. Review the size of the meals you are eating. Are you forcing yourself towards the end of meal to finish what’s on your plate? Did you know many people have been raised to finish what’s on their plate. Do you eat fast without chewing your food and tasting the food?

Slow down your eating, reduce the size of the meals, chew your food more and taste it. When you start to feel full, stop eating. Drink more water between meals to curb dehydration, which is commonly mistaken for hunger. Follow these suggestions and you will start to control your weightloss issues.

Cardiovascular Exercise:

Cardio as it is commonly known; things such as running, swimming, walking, cycling and rowing are the commonly stated cardio exercises, but as long as you are raising your heart rate and your breath rate, you are performing cardiovascular exercise. You need to raise your heart rate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 90 minutes. The average time is usually around the 45 – 60 minutes. Performed 5 – 7 days per week.

If you have never done cardiovascular exercise in your life, don’t go out and try to run for 90 minutes, you won’t be doing yourself any favours. Instead start small and slow. Start out at 10 or 15 minutes and see how feel. Maybe continue for the next week or so at that level. Then the week after, extend 5 minutes. And then another 5 minutes the week after and so on, continually improving and extending up to 60 – 90 minutes, to what feels right for you.

Strength Training:

The last principle that many successful weightloss stories have is ‘strength training’. Does this mean you have to go to a gym and pump weights with the body builders? No, but a gym is a good place to start learning to do strength training. Do you have to go to a gym to learn and do strength training? No. There are many alternatives. Strength training should be performed 1 – 3 times per week. Dependent on your schedule and your goals

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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10 Weightloss Truths You Have To Come To Terms With

  1. You are who you are:

You can’t change who you are. That is to say, you can’t be 6 ft tall if you’re only 5 ft tall. Some things you can’t change, many things you can, but some you can’t. That’s life. You have to live with you are. You can’t be somebody else. So concentrate on the things you can do something about.

  1. You might end up heavier:

Yes. I’ll say it again, yes. Muscle is heavier than fat. If you improve your fitness and strength, your muscular composition will also improve. Fact. Yes, with concentrated focused effort you will lose fat, but you will also gain muscle. So you might become heavier in the process. Is this a bad thing. No, are you healthier? Do you fit clothes better? Damn, yes to both those questions.

  1. Once won’t make you fit:

Fitness is a health habit that is continuous and ongoing. It is not a once off effort or done once a year in January. Your fitness training has to be a habit, performed and maintained at least 3 times per week. Your efforts pay off over time with an increase in fitness and performance.

  1. Effort required:

What effort? Why? I know, who would have thought? Seriously though, anything worth achieving requires dedication, commitment, sweat equity. “Effort”.  Plan it, schedule it and actually do it. Yep, turn up and do it, each and every time. Making excuses, won’t work and neither will blaming someone or circumstances. Don’t put it off, get started however you can.

  1. Weightloss won’t happen by tomorrow:

You didn’t gain the wait overnight and you won’t lose it all before waking up tomorrow. Weightloss is a journey. The process will start slowly and increase overtime. Keep records of what activities you have performed and the results to follow. With analysis of your records you will find what is working and what is not. Streamline and tailor your efforts as is necessary.

  1. Spot reduction is a lie:

Don’t fall into the trap of believing ‘spot reduction’. You can’t do sit ups to reduce a fat belly. You can however train your whole body and improve your whole body in the process. You are at the mercy of your genetics when it comes to removing the fat from your body, the same way as when it goes on. Train the whole body.

  1. Proper nutrition:

You have to see yourself as a race machine, you wouldn’t put manure into a race car would you? No! So don’t put processed foods into your body. Am I stating that you need to paying for only the most expensive foods available, NO! What I am saying is, healthy, nutritious, naturally available foods are best.

  1. Exercise:

Yes, you need to exercise. Dieting alone can reduce the fat off your body. But how quickly? The best way is a combination of exercise and diet. Exercise should include cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Yes both, the ideal is to fit, strong and healthy. Find something that you like to do, or do it with someone, or find something to do at the same time.

  1. Quick fixes don’t exist:

Forget the scams, the miracles and all the TV advertisements. Learn the fundamentals of weightloss, nutrition, exercise and strength training. You don’t anything more than that. You don’t need the fads or what’s new out there. Learn the basics and apply them. That is what is more likely to work in the long run.

  1. Lifelong commitment:

Yes I said ‘lifelong’. This is for life, not this week, or a month. Form the habit and train for life. Set goals, go after them and achieve them. No secrets, just dedication week in week out. You can do this start slowly and small and build.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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16 Easy Ways To Lose Weight – Part 2

  1. Treats:

Reward yourself for the efforts you’ve achieved. Set a date a specific item/s that will be your treat. Maybe it’s a Friday night meal. That’s what I do, and then the rest of the week stick to the diet.

  1. Portions:

Portion control needs to be implemented if you’re a chronic overeater. Many people could lose weight just by cutting down the portion size of the food they were eating. It needs to be relative to your size and activity levels.

  1. Water:

Drink more water. Yep, pretty easy. Start the day with a tall glass of water or 2. Keep hydrated throughout the day. Many times people eat when really they are dehydrated. Next time you feel hungry, get a glass of water and wait 30 minutes and see how you feel then.

  1. Finishing Everything:

You don’t have to finish everything on your plate, if you feel satisfied with what you have eaten, STOP. Overeating is major problem today because we don’t control portion size and don’t stop once satisfied. Slow down and pay attention to the feeling of being full.

  1. Eat More Or Less:

Many diets now support the idea of eating multiple times, 5 – 6 times per day. This is good in theory but some times does not fit our situation. For myself I like to have 2 main meals with maybe 1 – 2 healthy snacks. This just what I found works best for me in my personal situation. Your situation will be different. Work out what best fits your situation.

  1. Keep Records:

Keep records of your diet and exercise. This will high light things you should not be doing, things you aren’t doing, and may reveal things that weren’t otherwise apparent to you. As time goes by you can use these records to evaluate your progress against the methods you are using.

  1. Fad Diets:

As it states “FAD”. Yes, here today, gone tomorrow. Why? Everyone loves something new. Something with hype behind it. Forget them. Don’t waste your time. They have principle why they work. And that is what you should pay attention to. For me it’s easy, NO PROCESSED PRODUCTS, is the guiding principle. Simple really.

  1. Habits:

A routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habit)

Habits are said to run most of our behaviours, yes the good and the bad, research argues between 60 – 98%. 60% is still most of our behaviour. The focus of course would be on creating “good habits”. To form a habit requires practice of the behaviour for a minimum of 21 days consecutively. Research also indicates that a minimum of 66 days consecutive practice is required for the habit to become automatic.

Find part 1 here.

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

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16 Easy Ways To Lose Weight – Part 1

  1. One Step At A Time:

Don’t rush into things. People are generally to quick to rush into things because of impatience, and when something doesn’t work out for them, get disappointed and quit. STOP. This is exactly what not to do. Realise it and be conscious of it, and you won’t make the same mistake. Slow down take the process step by step and you will win the race. Start small to begin with and build the habit. When it is effortless the process will take care of itself and you can extend your efforts.

  1. Accountability Partner:

Find someone to keep you in check. A Mum or Dad figure, teacher figure. Someone you have to report to, who will check up on you. Pick someone who will be honest with you. Yeah don’t pick your best friend or your significant other who will be afraid to upset you.

  1. No Processed Foods:

Yep, that’s right nothing processed. No sugar, pasta, bread, soda, alcohol etc… etc…  If you can’t find it nature as it is or very close forget it.

  1. Cardiovascular Exercise:

Cycling, running, swimming, skipping, punching a boxing bag etc… etc… Yep, get out there at an intensity that will make you really breathe and sweat. If these aren’t happening your just kidding yourself. At least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 sessions a week.

  1. Strength Training:

Weights? Well some sought of strength training. Could be just good old fashioned calisthenics like push ups, sit ups, pull ups (modified to suit), squats etc… Hit a gym, workout at home, or down the park. Combining strength training with cardiovascular training will exponentially help. If your unsure get some guidance.

  1. Goals:

You have to know where you’re going, what you’re achieving, just like why you’re doing this. Your goals need to be specific, and have a deadline, that is, a time frame to achieve it by.

  1. Breakfast:

To many people skip a proper breakfast then by mid-morning binge on junk that is terrible for them. Set yourself up to win, by having something prepared and ready to go. Some people don’t like to eat first thing in the morning, and that is OK, so have a mid-morning light breakfast of healthy alternatives, like fruit or vegetables. Something that isn’t just empty calories and completely unhealthy.

  1. Grocery List:

Pre-plan your diet and purchase ahead of time, like once or twice a week. For some people this won’t work because of their particular situation. That’s how life is. So improvise. Plan ahead for healthier alternatives to the fast food lane or the corner store deep fried junk food.

Find Part 2 here.

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

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