I used to want to be a jock. You know, the guy with a headband on and a towel draped around his neck, tilting his head and biting the straw with sweat all over his body? I never thought I could be as cool as those guys, but once I started hitting the gym I realized it’s not about how cool you are, it’s about how hard you work it.
There are a lot of myths about fitness floating around, so here at Vyvella I want to be honest and share what works for me. If there are some workouts I haven’t done or some exercises I haven’t tried, we can talk about them together. After all, Vyvella is a community.
First of all, let’s talk about some of the reasons people think it’s hard to lose weight and stay in shape. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said:
1. It’s hard to start exercising
2. I can’t find a workout I like
3. I can’t find an effective workout
4. I don’t train hard enough
5. I don’t work out consistently
6. It’s hard to cut down on my food intake
7. I eat the wrong foods
8. I can’t control my diet long-term
9. I don’t work out because I’m stressed/I don’t get enough sleep/I don’t have goals
10. I lack motivation
I’ve had some of these problems too, but as I said before I’ve lost 17 lbs in two months and I’ve been exercising regularly for the past 4 months. For me, the key is to switch it up. I’ve tried different combinations of exercise and dieting.
My top three exercises are:
3. Weight training
I don’t like dieting at all, but if we’re talking losing weight the most effective things have been:
1. Sticking to my diet
2. Anything that involves jumping
When it comes to staying in shape (especially getting the abs I want) my favorites are:
1. Weight training
I hear that sprinting and Pilates are good too, although I haven’t tried them yet. I also want to check out swimming, yoga, long-distance running, deadlifting, and drinking whey protein, so if you have any experience doing these exercises let me know.
Check back in for some upcoming posts about how to get over your work out hang-ups, and some updates about the exercises and diet plans I’m testing out.