So, you have decided to lose some weight and become healthier. What’s next? Taking the first step.
A lot of people say they just can’t do it. They can’t ever seem to lose weight. They don’t understand why. They’ve tried this diet or that exercise program. Nothing seems to work. They don’t understand why.
I’ve found that most people try too hard. They try to do too much at one time and it becomes unbearable. Then they feel overwhelmed and eventually give up.
My advice to anyone trying to lose weight and become healthier is to simply take the first step. Start out by making a commitment to yourself to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine at least five days a week. By making a commitment to do this, you are obligating yourself to do it even on days you don’t really feel like it – just like other things we do on days we don’t really feel like doing them.
Think about it. How many times have you gone to work on days you really didn’t want to? Or, have you ever turned down an invitation to go do something fun because you promised someone else you’d help them with a particular task?
If you treat exercise as a daily obligation – just like brushing your teeth, it will become a habit and natural part of your everyday life. You will start doing it without even thinking about it. It will just be a part of your new, healthy lifestyle.
So the first step to losing weight and living healthier is making a commitment to do it. Then, follow through with your commitment.
Find something you enjoy doing, whether it’s walking, going to a gym, cycling, swimming or whatever it may be. If you enjoy it, you’re more likely to stay committed to it. Once you find your activity and you do it at least five days a week, you are on your way to the lifestyle that you are seeking.
Now of course, this is not all it takes to develop a healthy lifestyle. Remember, this is just the beginning. Over the comings weeks we will be walking more about what we eat and when, along with many other factors that lead to a happy and healthy life.
So, you have decided to lose some weight and become healthier. What’s next? Taking the first step.
MY TRAINING EXPERIENCE WITH MIKKI CAMPBELL STARTED ON AUGUST 3, 2010. SINCE I HAVE BEEN TRAINING WITH MIKKI I HAVE LOST A TOTAL OF 30 POUNDS AND I FEEL GREAT. WHEN I BEGAN TO LOSE WEIGHT MY FRIENDS, FAMILY AND MY DOCTOR NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE. IN ADDITION TO ME LOOKING GREAT I WAS ALSO, LOWERING MY RISK OF HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, STROKE, AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS. WHEN I FIRST MET MIKKI I TOLD HIM THE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH WHILE TRAINING WITH HIM AND MY GOALS. MY NUMBER ONE THING WAS TO GAIN CONTROL OF MY BODY BY LOSING WEIGHT AND INCREASING MY STRENGTH AND EXERCISING THE CORRECT WAY WITH WEIGHT TRAINING AND DIET ING AND EATING THE RIGHT FOODS IN ORDER TO GET DRAMATIC RESULTS. I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED OUT BUT, NEVER HAD A PERSONAL TRAINER. MY HUSBAND IS JUST AS EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SHAPE OF MY BODY AS I AM. MY GOAL IS TO COMPETE ON MAY 28, 2011 WITH THE HELP OF MIKKI CAMPBELL MY TRAINER AND FRIEND.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU…………………………..”MIKKI”
This seems to be an on-going debate in the fitness world. There are some that believe cardiovascular training is the best for weight loss. Yet others deem it unnecessary and lean on strength training for weight loss. Both sides agree that a healthy nutritional program is a must, of course,
I personally am on the side of BOTH. I feel that it’s a combination of cardio and strength training coupled with a sound nutritional plan that leads to the greatest weight loss success. I believe one should strive to be in the best overall shape possible.
I’ll attempt to illustrate the benefits of both. By doing so, I hope that one can see; if they are both productive, a healthy combination of both will be twice as productive.
As a personal trainer I prescribe a combination of both to all my weight loss clients. In fact all my sessions involve cardio training, muscular strength and endurance training; as well as, flexibility training(which I feel is also beneficial to weight loss).
Some of the benefits to cardio training for weight loss are:
-It helps you burn more calories in one sitting. Getting your heart rate up means your blood is pumping, you’re breathing hard, you’re sweating and burning calories.
-With many cardio exercises, you can burn 100 to 500 calories depending on how hard you work, how long you exercise and how much you weigh.
-Burning calories with exercise means you don’t have to cut as many calories from your diet.
You can do cardio exercise most days of the week without worrying about injury or overtraining.
Obviously there are benefits to cardio training for weight loss. Another added bonus is most anybody can do cardio anywhere with no equipment. You just have to get moving. I have personal training clients that walk in place while watching their favorite 30 minute sit-com.
Some of the benefits of strength training for weight loss are that it will:
-Help raise your metabolism. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn all day long.
-Strengthen bones, especially important for women
-Make you stronger and increase muscular endurance
-Help you avoid injuries
-Increase your confidence and self-esteem
As you can see, there are definite benefits to strength training as well. Not to mention building that lean muscle will help you to reduce the “saggy skin” a lot of people end up with after losing a substantial amount of weight.
I want to add one thing here. A lot of people are hesitant to begin a strength training program. They fear that they will get too big and bulky. That is simply not the way it works. Big and bulky weight-lifters and bodybuilders diet and train with the intention of adding that size and bulk. It’s a completely different strategy and topic.
Hopefully, you can see the logic here. If cardio is good for weight loss and strength training is good for weight loss; then a combination of the two should be GREAT for weight loss right? That’s the way I see it.
I lost over 100 lbs in less than 6 months with a combination of cardio training, strength training and a healthy diet. GetRight! prescribes the same to all our clients. Each client receives an individualized program that fits them and their lifestyle.
Like I said in “The Secret To Weight Loss”, we are all different. Obviously there are people that have lost weight by doing only cardio. Others only did strength training and successfully lost weight. Some did it with just diet and no exercise. There are successes and failures on both sides of the fence.
In my opinion and based on my experiences and the success of the many that I have helped lose weight; the best option is the combination of both. It just makes sense to me. If you cover all your bases with a healthy nutritional plan, cardio training and strength training you have a much better chance at losing weight.
I get asked this question all the time. What’s the secret for weight loss? I’ll tell you the truth…There is NO secret. It’s simple you have to burn more calories daily than you take in. That’s it. Tried and true!
You know there are a ton of successful weight loss strategies out there. They all work! It’s completely up to the individual if it will work for them or not.
Weight Watchers, South Beach, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystems and all the other “diets” and nutritional companies out there have proven results. It’s up to the individual that begins the program if it works for them or not.
All the exercise programs work for some people too. It’s not the 300 workout or the CrossFit program or any other exercise routine that is going to make you lose weight. It’s not fat-burners or anything else, but YOU!
You have to find the right fit for YOU!
Why do things work for some and not the others? It all boils down to the individual in question. Nutrition, exercise and supplementation are all tools. It’s up to you how efficiently you use the tools.
It doesn’t matter what type of weight loss strategy you implement in your life. If you have no commitment to it, if you’re not willing to sacrifice a little bit, and maintain consistency in your effort, NOTHING will help you.
Now, I know I’m a little biased. But I truly believe that the BEST way to lose weight is to hire a trainer that specializes in weight loss. Why? Because a trainer can work hand-in-hand with you to find what nutritional strategy best fits you and your lifestyle.
They can not only prescribe the correct exercise program, but they make sure that you are doing it properly. They hold you accountable and make sure that you’re doing it with consistency. Right when your body begins to adapt to a “routine”; trainers change it!
See it’s like this. I have a tool box full of tools in my garage that my grandfather left me. But I have NO idea how to change the pistons in the motor of my car. I have a general idea. I’m sure I could read a book. Maybe watch a video. But if I want it done and done right. I’ll take it to a capable mechanic, that has a history of providing good service to people like me.
He knows exactly which tools to use and how to use them. I’m sure he probably knows a trick or two to make it easier and faster. I feel safer dealing with him, because he’s way more knowledgeable in this area than I am.
Sure, I could go to AutoZone and get a Chilton’s Manual. Maybe I fix it. Maybe I mess it up even worse…I bet Chilton’s will never even contact me to see if I got it fixed, much less offer any suggestions. They got paid when I bought the book.
I feel that way about weight loss. If you’re ready to make a change; DO IT! Consult someone that has all the tools and knowledge to help you reach your goal.
Know though, that it is ultimately up to you. Personal trainers are there to motivate, inspire, guide and educate you in the correct path that you need to be on to reach your goal.
If you don’t bring the desire, commitment, willingness to sacrifice and consistency to the table; truth is…there is no program, routine, dietary supplement or anything that will help you. That’s the simple truth!
I founded GetRight! to help as many people as I can achieve their goal! EVERY client receives individualized assistance. That’s the only way. Every body is different. Every body should train and eat differently.
Find what works for YOU! You owe it to yourself to be healthy and happy!
Obstacles are a fact of life. Everybody has something between them and anything they want to achieve. Some of the obstacles I hear when I’m helping people achieve their fitness goals are: time, money, physical limitations, accessabilty to a gym or workout equipment, and motivation.
A lot of times we allow these obstacles to become excuses and hold us back. I’m here to tell you that it’s well worth it to attack these obstacles. Develop a plan and decide to go around, over, under, or straight through them.
Today, I am going to attack the “Time Excuse”. That’s what it is a big, fat excuse. It allows us to just be lazy and put off regaining our life and living a healthy lifestyle. I know. I used this one myself for quite a while!
I didn’t get up to 328lbs of FAT overnight. I fell into a bad habit of making excuse after excuse. Time was one I could justify. I just didn’t have time. I was working CRAZY hours. I had my children, who were involved in all types of different activities. Blah, blah, blah…
I decided to regain control! I evaluated my day from a realistic standpoint. I took a real look at how much time was spent watching TV, on the internet, reading, sleeeping and just being lazy(on the couch eating junk food).
Realizing that to start the changes I needed to make, sacrificing some of that “wasted” time was my only option. To begin with I really only needed to spend 30 minutes a day doing some type of cardiovascular activity and maybe 30 minutes 3 times a week doing some sort of strength training.
Knowing that it’s best to do your cardio first thing in the morning, I decided to get up a little earlier. Walking was my cardio of choice. I’d take a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood or go over to the local track. If it was raining too bad, I’d walk in place while watching the morning news. (I didn’t have any cardio equipment.)
During my lunch break, I started going to a gym 3 days a week. Now, remember this is what I started with.
After I got started, I began to feel so much better! I would sometimes turn the TV off at night and take the dogs for a walk through the neighborhood. Next thing I knew, I was finding myself at that gym 4-5 times a week during my lunch break.
See it took a few small sacrifices for me to get started. Then, once I was on the road to a healthier lifestyle, they didn’t feel like sacrifices anymore. I knew I was taking my time back. I was regaining control of my life!
After a bit of this, I became more and more passionate about it. I wanted to share this with everybody. That’s how I got started back into the personal training field. Talk about sacrifice. I’ll go into that on another day.
Sorry. I’ll get back on the topic of the “Time Excuse”. Don’t let time cost you time. If you don’t take time to take care of yourself, you are going to lose time. I know I was on a fast track to the grave. Now I can’t guarantee that I’ll live longer, but I can guarantee that my quality of life is much better!
There are 24 hours in every day. Take 30 minutes a day of time for yourself and improve your time! I’ve helped a LOT of people find time in their day. You don’t need a lot to get started. But if you don’t take the time to get started you are going to run out of time…for real!
GetRight! was founded to help anybody that wants to regain control of their life. We will work with you on overcoming these obstacles and finding the best way for you to spend time exercising. As a personal trainer, I am obligated to assess lifestyles and develop strategies to raise my clients quality of time.
If I can help you log onto www.getrightpersonaltraining.com and get started today! Don’t let time pass you by!!
I am very pleased to recommend Mikki Campbell as a personal trainer. As his client for the past year, I had the opportunity to observe major changes in my body composition thanks to Mikki’s advice and guidance. I have had the opportunity to work with many trainers and I can honestly state that Mikki’s personal attention far exceeded my expectations. In addition, Mikki has assisted me with alterations in my nutrition that has assisted in leaning my body and achieving my goals with ease. Mikki is bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded and has also spent considerable time working on his own personal goals that I have observed him achieve.
It is clear to me, as I hope it is to you, that this young man, Mikki Campbell, is an exceptional trainer, one that would contribute greatly to any program. I wholeheartedly recommend him and wish him the very best in all future endeavors.
Dr. Michael Siebert