Not too long ago I wrote a post on how you do not need a treadmill to get back in shape.
Too often we get stuck in the mentality that we need to figure everything out on our own before we are ready to figure some things out.
Just Tuesday we started another session of our Adult Bootcamp program. What I will often hear is that they are not in shape enough to handle such a program.
Well, outside of personal training how else are we supposed to get there?
When it comes to fitness and nutrition we put way too much reliance on ourselves to right the ship. If we were so reliable, then how did we get to that point in the first place.
I can use myself as an example. I wouldn’t say that I was out of shape or getting fat or anything but last month I was not eating the way I needed to be. This made me not feel so great and it just wasn’t good all around.
I know how I need to eat- proteins, plenty of vegetables, minimal processed foods- but there I was mixing not eating for long periods of time with overeating to make up for that.
To remedy this, I set up a nutrition program through our software at Evolution and I have felt way better since then. I am actually eating food throughout the day and most of my meals have green things in them.
I guess the only problem is that I was trying to maintain my weight but lost 7 pounds in three weeks. Please do not come at me with pitchforks and gas lanterns, I am trying to have some fun with this.
The point is that you do not have to figure it all out on your own. Get some guidance to help you along the way. Join a program where someone can help you, find a nutrition program that can be tailored to your goals, or buy a couple pieces of equipment to work out at home.
The best program in the world does no one any good if it does not get followed.
Anyway, here are some random tips for righting the ship in terms of exercise and nutrition.
Frozen Vegetables and Mixed Greens
I started buying these two things and it has made everything a lot easier. A bag of salad greens is helpful to just grab a handful and throw it in with everything. Just make sure you buy whatever bag has the most dark colors. Iceberg lettuce isn’t going to get the job done.
Now, for frozen vegetables. Personally, I don’t like the taste and sometimes they are mushy. What I like to do is microwave them so that they are thawed out and then add them into whatever I am cooking.
The other night I had 8oz of ground beef in the pan. When it was almost cooked I added in 0.5 cups of rice and 2 cups of broccoli. Now it is all mixed together and that weird microwaved vegetable taste is gone.
If that isn’t a problem then eat it straight up. Either way it is more likely to get eaten that something that needs to be cut, prepped, and cooked for a long time.
Finishers can go by a thousand different names. They are circuits of exercises mashed together to get the heart rate going and blood pumping.
Even though I am using the name finishers, some of them could be workouts by themselves.
For whatever reason, we are used to the idea that workouts have to be an hour. Anything more than that makes you awesome, a pyscho or a bodybuilder.
I know that a lot of people would be better served doing a 10 minute finisher than running on a treadmill for 1.5 hours.
If you are willing to pick up some equipment; a kettlebell, jump rope, and a TRX could get you doing a million workouts.
But you do not even need equipment.
You could do 10 minutes of:
- 10 bodyweight squats
- 10 pushups
- 10 lunges
- 10 deadbugs- each side
This would be a really hard workout that requires nothing.
Performing finishers like this is a good way to get back in shape. They will help lose weight, get stronger, and get the “cardio” that everyone is looking for.
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