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Having a F.I.T. New Year: Part III

Posted by Sean RN on March 10, 2008

So we’ve him-hawed around enough. We’ve touched on all the things that matter when it comes to maintaining or controlling your weight. Everything from the obvious obesity problem, the ‘American Way’ of everything quick and easy, the multitude of weight loss program options, etc.

So how do you do it?

You keep it simple. You keep manageable. And most importantly, you KEEP AT IT.

I talked about picking a goal in my previous posts. Make the goal attainable within a certain time frame. Of course you wanna aim high. But don’t aim so high that you’ll never even see the end result.

No matter what you do, how you do it, where you do it, who you do it with the basic and root of all evils when it comes to a healthier you is how hard is it? Not only how hard is it, but how long do I have to spend doing it?

If you remember my reference early about the quick and easy fix.. and the long and arduous option. Of course everyone wants the quick and easy way. Unfortunately that option doesn’t yield the best, most permanent result. Remember if it took you X amount of time to gain that weight, it will take you 2-3 times longer to get rid of it. Being the human sponge is sometimes not very beneficial.

If you noticed, I’m not mentioning anything about the ACTUAL act of losing weight or exercising. It’s quite simple really. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as it works for you and your lifestyle. I have the ability to go to the gym 2-3, sometimes 4 times a week for 1-3hrs at a time. Many people don’t have that luxury. So find something that fits your lifestyle, not someone else’s.

So if you’ve noticed the word F.I.T. I have been using is actually an anagram.

  • FREQUENCY
  • INTENSITY
  • TIMING

No matter what your doing, these 3 simple things can make the difference between a program that isn’t working, and a program that is.

FREQUENCY

Yep, basically how often are you doing it? Start out small and take baby steps forward. So you have a busy work schedule… AND you have a family with children…. AND your attempting this by yourself. I don’t care. Start small and move forward. Start with 1 time a week for 5 minutes. The next week try 2 time a week for 5 minutes. Then… maybe 2 times a week twice a day for 5 minutes, etc. The point is you will make progress, no matter how minimal it is if you simply increase the FREQUENCY of your action.

INTENSITY

Yep, how much effort are you putting into it? How hard are you working? How tired are you when you’re done? Same principle applies. Start small and take baby steps. So you begin with something that is not taxing on your body at all. In fact you can’t tell if you even stressed yourself. The next time either add weight, or add a step, or add a lap, or add a rep, etc. Same thing as before, progress, small or large is still progress.

TIMING

How long are you doing the exercise/event. Are you hurrying through, are you concentrating on what you are doing? Or are you distracted with other things (work, family, friends, etc). Again, start small. Start with 5 minutes for a week, or two weeks, then 10 minutes for 2 weeks. Progress is progress.

It’s always about the basics. Stick to the basics. Quit worrying about everyone else. Quit comparing yourself to everyone else. What you do will only work for you. Everyone is different. It may take you longer.. it may take you shorter a time to see the same results as John Q. Public, but you will get results.

Have patience and take your time.

Remember anything worth doing, is worth doing well.

Spend the time to do it right the first time, and you won’t have to find the time to fix it later.

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One Response to “Having a F.I.T. New Year: Part III”

  1. Phil Ultra said

    Great article illustrating the main and important pieces of knowledge related to exercise and honing an overall fitness life. You should write some more health and or fitness articles! If not here, you can guest post for FitHacker anytime in 2009!

    Will check back in my bookmarks to your blog here, feel free to contact Phil Ultra @ fithacker as well.

    Phil Ultra
    fithacker.com

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