How to get in Shape without Breaking the Bank
So it’s almost summer and you’re still not feeling that good about your body?
What about that New Year’s Resolution you made 5 months ago? Remember?
So now you think you blew it and it’s too late and you’ll be the one wearing the sarong and t-shirt over your sexy bikini when you walk down the beach, right? Wrong!
You can do this. And I’d like to point you in the direction of how you can get in shape for summer without breaking the bank.
Let’s jump right in so you don’t get bored and head for the cat videos…
When considering each of my suggestions, you need to ask yourself, “How badly do I want to get in shape for summer?” Seriously, the reason nothing has happened so far this year toward reaching your health, weight loss, or fitness goals has nothing to do with a busy schedule, bad weather, or personal issues. It’s directly linked to how badly you want to change. It requires effort and sustained commitment. Of course, there’s always liposuction or dangerous speed-like diet pills.
But let’s consider at-home WORKOUT PROGRAMS first…
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“If you want to get in shape for summer and want a fighting chance at getting there, I’m not going to suggest you go vegan or cut out all fun foods completely. I will, however, suggest completely removing soft drinks (yes, diet drinks, too) from your diet.”
JUST TAKE A WALK. Yep, the king of all exercise, the one humans have been doing the longest, is walking. Studies show that walking 10 minutes a day will have a profound effect on your health and fitness levels at any age.
Start off slow. Walk down the street and back. Then walk around the block. Or if you’re REALLY out of shape, count your steps and add 10 more each day. Get a pedometer to do the counting for you. Your goal should be 10,000 steps a day in the near term, and much more as you start feeling stronger and stronger.
Walking is also a great time to work on your mind. Take along some audio books and improve yourself in all ways. I like to listen to motivational books by authors like Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, and Jim Rohn. Join Audible.com (up to 12.5% cash back with Dubli*) and load up on audio books today.
Now that you’re working on your fitness level, you might want to consider some dietary supplements to give your body what it’s been missing. If you’re lifting weights, you may need some extra protein to help rebuild those muscles. Amino acids and protein drinks, vitamins and minerals, and flax seed and chia seeds, just to name a few of the many choices of ways to give your body what it needs to shed those pounds, add that muscle, and kill that cellulite.
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The only thing I left out was eating healthy. We all know what we have to do and what kinds of food we need to STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM. We just need to start doing it. If you want to get in shape for summer and want a fighting chance at getting there, I’m not going to suggest you go vegan or cut out all fun foods completely. I will, however, suggest removing soft drinks (yes, diet drinks, too) from your diet. Quit cold turkey and you will see outstanding results. DRINK WATER. Add a lemon if you want. But avoid colas as though your life depends on it, because it might actually.
So take these suggestions as you will. But if you do only two things on this list — start walking and drinking water — then my work here has been a success. These two minor changes will surprise you with how fast they will change your physical and mental outlook on life.
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