What kind of workout should I do?
-Asked By Every Gym Person Ever.
This week I had a friend wanting to learn about fitness and how to exercise. We spent the first 30 minutes just talking about nutritional diet and what he should be avoiding to attain his weight goals. Although he wanted to make sure he got his upper body looking good, we encouraged him to not forget about his legs too.
So that got me and a different friend thinking about the core tenants of how we help people and why you should follow these 3 guidelines:
#1 Be Goal Oriented with Specifics
One of the most intimidating aspects of working out, is going to the gym to just “lose weight.” Its daunting seeing unknown equipment and people who are already in shape.
That is where specific goals work their magic. Our friend in the previous story, he wanted to specifically lose weight but make his upper body (specifically biceps too) look respectable. So we were able to help him put together a diet and work out routine.
#2 Research The Diet
I’m not a fan of fad diets, especially since the paleo-diet was just debunked, however I do believe an individual needs to know what they are eating. They need to understand the impact different foods have on their bodies. Now I’m not a big science person, but I researched exactly what foods I needed to safely gain weight and improve my overall health. Left to my own devices, I would eat Mac and Cheese and Steak almost every day.
Nutrition is a big deal too when you are trying to lose weight. At the core issue, you need to end the day with less calories than average. But maintaining your calorie load while eating enough for your work outs is a big deal. Take the time to research and see what your body really does need. Talk to a personal trainer too and they can help!
A big mistake I typically see is people making the move to Greek Yogurt, lots of oatmeal, granola, etc. in the place of starch/gluten/sweet snacks. While Greek yogurt and oatmeal are great, they are extremely high in calories. Lucky Charms cereal and Skim milk will typically be less calories than your serving of Greek Yogurt.
#3 Youtube and BodyBuilding.com is Your Friend
When I first started going to the gym, people would always suggest exercises. But as someone new, I had no clue what a dumbbell lateral raise was. Some names are so generic like, “shoulder presses.” I had no clue what most of this was. So it was off to Youtube and BodyBuilding.com to learn more about exercises and their proper forms.
You can legitimately hurt yourself doing too much or performing an exercise wrong, so I absolutely encourage you to ask questions and look online for answers to your questions.
Everyone has a different definition for what it means to be fit and healthy. Take some time and evaluate where you want to be. Talking to God can help too as you seek Him in keeping your body (temple) in good working order. It will also help you set specific yet reasonable goals to help you grow in physical and spiritual disciplines.