Staying fit may sound simple enough, but the fact is that with the busy lives we live, staying fit seems to be more of a luxury than a necessity these days. It’s a fact that not everyone has the same basic exercise needs; one person only needs to think about exercise and they drop 10lb… You know the person I’m talking about, while another can flog their guts out in the gym for months on end with seemingly no results.There could be a few reasons for this, bad diet, bad trainer or quiet possibly you are causing your body more stress by doing the wrong forms of exercise for your blood type. It’s impossible for a one-size-fits-all approach toward exercise to work on everyone and the fact is exercise can get tedious, time consuming and intimidating for a lot of people.
I can’t stress enough how impotent it is to find something you love doing. You wouldn’t expect to climb the corporate ladder and be successful in a job you hated would you? We your fitness is no different. If you hate it, you won’t get there.
Losing weight and getting fit is one thing, but if you can’t sustain it, what happens then? You eventually put the weight back on. It’s fine to do a bit extra when you are first starting to get quicker results, but ultimately you need to design a schedule you can stick to.
I find an intensive combination of resistance and cardio exercise using the principles of HIIT (high intensity interval training) work wonders with blood type O looking for weight loss. Cross Fit, Circuits and Indoor Cycling class are perfect.
I think there is a reason why vegetarianism is stereo typed with Yoga and Meditation. Blood type A does best on a vegetarian style diet, and also responds best with an exercise program that favours more calming and relaxing exercise. Strength training is still important for numerous other reasons, but you don’t need to train like an Olympic athlete. When doing more intensive exercise session, take a good 10-15 minutes at the end to calm down and relax.
It’s no wonder I have spent the last 18 years teaching group fitness classes. Being a blood type B group activities are perfect and the balance of different training styles keeps the blood type B interested and stimulated. With the B group, variety really is the spice of life.
No one likes to fail right, so why set yourself up for failure before you have even starred? Setting small achievable goals is the quickest way to fitness success. Being able to track and see results while you are still in the early stages will be motivation to keep going. 30 days is a great time frame to see results, and it sounds much more achievable then a month.
We have all done this before, including me; however this is the biggest mistake you could make. It’s hard to avoid it with TV, magazines, billboards; you name it, all telling us how we should look. At the end of the day you are never going to look like that person you are comparing yourself to. Except whom you are and embrace what you have.
Weighing yourself and obsessing in the mirror every day is a sure fire way to not only drive you crazy, but also give you more body images than you had before. Although it is important to see and track your results, do it no more than once a month so you can see significant results. Lastly, try not to rely solely on weight, use a combination of weight, body fat, measurements and how your clothes fit.
I can’t emphasize enough how bad most “low fat” diet products are. You need to remember that when something is taken out, something else is put in to keep flavor and consistency. Usually those additives are far worse for you then the fat! My advice is to eat the full fat product, but cut your portion size in half. The best advice I could ever give you is to swap your soda consumption for water.
There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of having a workout buddy like having a spotter, someone to correct your technique and someone to check out the hottie over there on the treadmill with. I mean everything is more fun when you do it with someone else, plus having someone to keep you accountable and push you through in invaluable. Book your exercise sessions into your diary like any other appointment for the day and make sure you stick to it!
My biggest message is to keep exercise fun, social and interesting. Do activities that will respond best to your body and decrease stress as much as possible. This lifestyle approach will be the difference between short term weight loss and long term happiness.
Resource: Eat Right 4 Your Type® Live Right 4 Your Type®
Mark Moon is a holistic fitness and wellbeing coach with over 20 years experience educating people on the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to their health and lifestyle. His philosophy is to teach people to think long term and big picture about how they want their life to look, and uses modalities such as strength training, yoga and life coaching to help them create it.
As a dynamic and down-to-earth trainer, Mark believes there are three key areas to sustainable fitness: MINDSET – NUTRITION – MOVEMENT – and when optimized, there’s no limit to the personal, professional and wider life goals you can achieve.
You can join Mark’s online fitness and yoga classes, or find him teaching in numerous Sydney-based health clubs including Body Mind Life, The Space Yoga Studio, Flow Athletic, Crunch Fitness and Fitness First.
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