I have been reading a great book called "Work Stronger" by Pete Leibman. In the book it talks about habits for more energy, less stress and higher performance. Here is a section straight from the book that sparked this post, "It's possible to reach the top of your field if you drink five sodas a day, if you have a sedentary lifestyle, or if you sleep fewer than six hours a night. It's also possible to complete a 26.2 marathon by doing cartwheels, by jogging backwards, or crawling on your hands and knees. However just because something is possible, that doesn't mean it's a smart strategy."
One day I was having lunch with my sister and I noticed her taking a pill after we ate. I asked her what it was and she told me it was a fat burner. She takes it after she eats and it helps to burn calories. What she especially liked was she didn't have to workout. I told her what it really does is raise her heart rate which could be dangerous and that she would be better off getting her heart rate up and burning calories naturally through exercise. Let's just say that my advice went in one ear and out the other. A few days later I get a call from her. She had just left the emergency room. She was at work and she started sweating and her pulse was really high. It scared her so she went to the ER. Guess what the culprit was.....the fat burner. There are probably some people who had success with the fat burning (at least that is what the internet said according to my sister) and others who reacted like my sister. Again, just because something is possible, doesn't mean it's a smart strategy.
What got us where we are now may have worked, but how can we improve to take ourselves even further? I have clients who have plateaued in their weight loss and ask me how they can get past it and start losing weight again. What once worked now needs to be changed and updated and taken to another level. That doesn't necessarily mean work harder, but work smarter. Look at all your habits and what can improve? None of us are perfect. We don't eat perfect everyday. We should get 7-8 hours a sleep at night, but some nights that may be impossible. Especially if your child has an 8 PM basketball game that doesn't get you home until 9:30 PM and you have an early morning client (not that I'm complaining). I am sure you can relate. The goal should be that we try each day to do the best we can. Use the best habits we can and success will come.
Here is a check list to follow:
Remember short cuts and bad habits may get you so far, but it won't get you the best results. Try your best each day to create good habits and stay smart with your lifestyle. Who knows what you will achieve.
is the owner of The Good Body Personal Training. With a Bachelors of Science degree in the fitness field and 25 years experience in the fitness industry, she has become an expert in the field of exercise science and a well known personal trainer.