With summer coming, it’s normal to think about transforming your body. However, now that you’re considering a healthier diet and an exercise plan why not go a step further and make it a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix for the summer? Both your mind and body will benefit. Here are a few tips on transforming your body.
1. A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips
One important thing about transforming your body is you need to eat healthy. Of course, it’s normal and encouraged to indulge every now and then but don’t make it a daily habit. Remember; don’t eat something solely because it tastes good. Although your taste buds will be satisfied if there is no nutritional value, your body will be very dissatisfied. Plus, eating unhealthy holds you back from transforming your body.
2. Your Body Will Give up before Your Mind Does
When doing a workout you’ll start to “feel the burn”, you’ll become tired, and you might even become sore if you don’t have a lot of muscle to begin with. Regardless, even if your body is telling you to give up, you need to maintain your workout mentality. After all, the mind is stronger than the body.
3. It’s All in Your Head
All your insecurities, all your weaknesses, all your self-doubt – it’s all in your head. Silence the parts of your mind that are you keeping you from reaching your potential and give it your all. Don’t let your mental roadblocks or your excuses prevent you from becoming the person you want to be both physically and mentally.
4. No Pain, No Gain
Transforming your body and your life isn’t just physical but it’s mental too. Becoming your new and improved self also means a lot of sacrifice, drive, discipline, and dedication. Sometimes the physical pain is bearable but the mental pain is what holds us back. Remember, no pain no gain!
5. A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step
Think of your body transformation as a journey. It will be a long, difficult road with many roadblocks. However, the end result will be rewarding and justify the means. But, to get to that final place you need to start somewhere. Whether it be something small like switching the cream in your coffee to milk or becoming a member at your local gym, the first step always beings with you and no one else can do it for you.
6. Eat Clean, Train Dirty
“Eat clean, train dirty” is a simple concept but hard to do. “Eat clean” means eating food that has not been processed. Whole wheat, fruits and vegetables, and meats from the butcher/prepared by yourself are considered clean foods. The opposite would be refined starches, fruit cups and juices, frozen and deli meats, fast food, etc... Furthermore, “train dirty” means pushing your body to its limits. Strong, but safe, exercising gets you strong results whereas light exercise only gets you light results.
7. Don’t Set Yourself up for Failure
Whether that being training without a trainer or trying to “quit” fast food and junk food cold turkey, don’t set yourself up to lose. Gradual changes in your exercise and diet regime will get you further even though results will be slower in showing. Trying to go from 0 to 100 when it comes to exercising can really damage your body and trying to go from a poor diet to strict diet will cause you to “relapse”.
Transforming your body is difficult, however it is worth the process. Keep yourself motivated and experiment with different techniques and foods. What are other important things to keep in mind when transforming your body?