1. Stop doing so much cardio.
When it comes to cardio the most common misconception is that more is better. Spending long periods of time doing cardio, particularly continuous, low-intensity cardio, can actually be counterproductive. It can cause the body to hold on to its energy sources … for fear that it will need them for future long, continuous exertions.”
Alternatively, short bursts of high-intensity exercises (also known as high-intensity interval training or HIIT) has been shown to burn fat, and lots of it. Thirty minutes of HIIT is much more efficient and effective than an hour of steady-state cardio.
2. Step off the scale.
For many people, the number on the scale shouldn’t matter. It isn’t what you weigh … The ratio of muscle to fat is far more important than the scale can reveal.
3. Be harder on your body but easier on your self-image.
“Our bodies can handle WAY more than we usually ask of ’em but our self-image can use a little pampering.”
4. Start doing anything. Just make sure you like it.
“There are lots of ways to achieve your health and fitness goals. Trying to figure out what you should do, how often, etc, … can stop you before you start.”
Just find something you enjoy, make sure it’s something you can do at your current fitness level, and go for it.”
5. Fall in love with exercise that changes your mood and your life, not just your body.
Most people believe that working to look better on the outside is the best part — it’s not! Of course getting fit and losing weight are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape.”
Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood.