If you’re new to the health game, you may find that the world of information and opinions available to you will be quite overwhelming. From diet strategies to training programs, there is much to absorb. Sometimes it can get pretty frustrating and even discourage a person from taking the leap.
We believe that, while all of this is true, there are a few universal principles you can start with that will give you the jump start you need in order to get you moving in the right direction.
HOW TO MAKE FITNESS EASIER TO ACHIEVE
1. BE SPECIFIC AND REALISTIC WITH YOUR GOALS
We all have an idea of what we’re trying to achieve, but it’s not enough to just have an idea. There is a science behind fitness and exercise, and if you’re going to use this science to achieve your goals, you better have a precise idea of what you’re going for.
If you’re overweight, simply stating that “I want to lose weight” isn’t going to give you the direction you need, and neither will setting a goal of losing 25 kilograms in one week. Not only is that unrealistic, but attempting to accomplish that type of goal could result in something hazardous.
Set precise, realistic goals that include realistic timelines and targets that can be measured. For example, if your body fat percentage is at 45%, a realistic goal would be to reduce your body fat to 20% in a period of six months. You may accomplish this feat sooner, which is great. If that is the case, you can reassess where you are at and set a new goal.
2. COUNT YOUR MACROS
Whether you’re trying to bulk up or lose weight, the number of macronutrients you consume will determine how easily you achieve your goal. Not knowing your caloric intake per day will make it difficult for someone new to this lifestyle.
Weighing food, and keeping count of the numbers will give you an idea of what kind of effect certain amounts of macronutrients have on your physique. It will be a lot of trial and error at first, but a consistent effort will soon make it second nature.
3. STAY AWAY FROM SODA AND FAST FOOD
This is a no-brainer for obvious reasons. The amount of sugar, sodium, saturated fats, preservatives and other chemicals we can’t even pronounce that are found in fast food do not belong in any fitness regime. Even if you’re in a bulking phase, you owe it to your heart and arteries to gain weight the healthy way.
A clean bulk also makes for an easier cutting phase as most of the weight gained will be lean muscle tissue and excess water as well as some body fat. People who eat everything under the moon while bulking tend to put on more excess body fat, which is much harder to shed off and, most importantly, poses a greater risk for a wide variety of chronic health problems.
4. RESEARCH BEFORE BRO SCIENCE
Look, I’m not saying that the guy benching 150 kilograms doesn’t know a thing or two about getting stronger. What I’m saying is that, while he may have some good advice, it may not be the best advice for you at this point in your journey.
This is going to take a physical and mental effort on your part because you will need to research the information you get to ensure it is valid and backed by science.
Luckily, there is a wealth of free info on numerous websites, including this one. However, it’s important to check the references to ensure that the info given is from a reputable source.
5. INCORPORATE INJURY PREVENTION
If you’re embarking on this journey for the first time in your life, your first instinct will most likely be to push yourself as much as possible and that is completely normal.
But there is another side to this game that most people overlook, and that is longevity. If you’re not taking care of your body after those brutal training sessions, you’re not going to last long before problems arise. Make sure you give yourself proper rest and incorporate a stretching/foam rolling routine to relieve yourself of muscle tension and soreness.
Apply these golden rules to the way you approach the gym for better results.