This holiday season marks the annual "weight loss" frenzy that I've seen for over five decades...with more than half as a professional coach and fitness model.
It typical begins with the best intentions and ends usually with some challenge that was unclear at the beginning of a new person's first steps toward a new beginning.
Here's a short list of things to do before embarking on your own.
1. Get your "starting point" recorded by taking pictures (front, side and back) with tape measurements of key "target areas" (spots you really want to lose weight or inches on) plus use a body fat scale to determine actual lean muscle vs. stored fat levels.
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This information will be powerful with our motivation and act as a "steering wheel" with each monthly report card to help with our next potential steps.
Steps that may include more/less cardio, calories consumed, soft tissue work, etc.
2. Track your food. Many people attempt to "out train" a poor diet. It works for a few weeks...then ends in the next phase of "doing too much work" after progress stalls which can cause burnout. Use Myfitnesspal...I can even "stalk" your good habits:)
3. Aligning the best schedule to optimize your results. Many times everyone else has the same idea you do when staring a new fitness program on New Year's day.
And, you all arrive the same day, same time and the gym is too small for the traffic.
I suggest early morning workouts to thin the herd. Most people will start after work, when the majority attempt to train, so minimize the crowd and reduce the likelihood of missing workouts due to work/life drama with this #1 success tip.
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