Hey Guys. I just wanted to pass along some useful advice that I received when I began my workout program. You guessed it. Work smarter, not harder. The first thing I though was “ok, well what does that mean and how can I do this?” The answer isn’t always as simple or straight forward as it may seem. The catch here is that everyone is unique, we all have our own goals, we all have different body chemistry and mindsets when we begin exercising. It’s also important for me to point out that I am NOT against intense workouts. In fact, I strongly suggest them for those who are looking to build lean muscle and burn fat. The difference is to make sure that WHAT you’re doing to exercise isactually benefiting you.
So, in short there is no simple or straight forward answer when asking “how do I work smarter?”.
The good news is that even if you aren’t working smarter, you can counter that with a lot of hard work (albeit sometimes un-necessary, and often times counter-productive). The first question you need to ask yourself is “what am I trying to achieve?” Identify your goals whether it’s to lose 5lbs, 20lbs, 50lbs or even to gain muscle mass. Once you know the changes that you want to make it will be that much easier to understand what it means to work “smarter”. While I can’t possibly address specifics for individual people, I just want to go over some basics that we should all be doing to speed up the results we are after.
- Get Your 8 hours of Sleep – the latest studies from WebMD show a direct correlation between how much sleep we get and the level of hormones (leptin and ghrelin) that our body produces. These hormones are a ‘checks and balances’ system in our body to control the feeling of hunger. Leptin sends signals to your brain that you are full while ghrelin sends signals to your brain that signal you are hungry. A lack of sleep drives leptin levels down, making you not feel as satisfied after you eat. Even worse a lack of sleep drives ghrelin levels up, making you feel more hungry. In addition to hormone levels being unbalanced, exercise actually allows your body to get a more restful and deeper sleep. Bottom line, get your rest.
- Verify Your Sources of Information – know where you are getting your fitness information. There are endless sources to pull from, just ensure that they are reliable and credible. Make sure that the person or source providing you the information understands your goals and has a track record of helping others. Your local gym personal trainers are a great place to start. They will point you in the right direction and keep you on track. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet regarding the latest magic pill or infomercial gimmick. If it sounds too good to be true, guess what? Yep, it is. There are no shortcuts.
- Stay Consistent – I can’t overstate this enough. I even did an entire blog regarding consistency. This is the number 1 tip that I want you to take away from here if nothing else. Consistency is absolutely the key to success in any area of your life, especially when it comes to fitness. Once you design a program that syncs up with the goals you’ve set for yourself, STICK WITH IT. Don’t make compromises and push through those days that you just don’t feel like doing it. consistency will yield results, guaranteed.
I hope these quick tips gave you some food for thought. Remember, there is no magic formula to achieve what you want. Suck it up now so you don’t have to suck it in later 😉