So you're looking to get into shape but you don't know what to do! What's the first step? Maybe you leaf through a magazine at the local grocery store. You know, the ones with the latest celebrity workout or athlete training routines. You study the way that one actor or athlete trained each day for hours at a time. You read how they were eating every couple of hours and weighing out all of their food to just the right portions. Now, your deciding to give it a try!
Think about it first. You're most likely not an actor or a professional athlete! You probably work a full time job and don't have the time it takes to follow such a routine or strict diet plan. You also have no real need to actually do so, aside from a desire to look a little sexier! Professional athletes and actors train and diet with the professional help of trainers, nutritionists and some times a little chemical help (if you know what I mean!) in order to peak for a certain period of time. Athletes train to peak for their season and actors train to look a certain way for a movie shoot. They don't stay in that condition or look that way year round. Their diet plans are far to strict to follow for too long, and their training programs are to rigorous to follow for an extended period of time. The physical demand that is put on their bodies often requires extreme calorie intakes (especially for athletes), copious amounts of supplements and rest. Which means when they're not training they're either sleeping or eating. They train, they eat, they sleep and repeat! It's their job.
Most people fall into this trap. They try to follow the diet and training program of an athlete or actor when they are not one themselves and it usually ends in burn out or injury! That's the last thing you want. So what's one to do when they are looking to build everyday, functional fitness and look great at the same time?
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Eat clean real food, eat paleo! Avoid junk food, processed food and sugar. Eat when your hungry, stop when you're satisfied. Workout 2-3x per week! Short burst workouts that train your whole body at once! Use circuits, super sets, ladder sets, drop sets. Try tabata protocols, EMOMS, AMRAP's, or timed circuits. Build your training around total body movements like squats, lunges, pushing, pressing, pulling, and sprinting. Keep your workouts under 40 mins total. Don't workout when you're body is exhausted. Most importantly, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL if you don't know what you are doing!
That's it, that's all! Take it day by day, step by step, and your body will handle the rest. You'll look great and you won't have to stress about hours of training or calorie counting! Your a real person, you have a real life. Your training and diet should fit into your life and not the other way around.