Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Sunny San Diego
Take a good look in the mirror and decide what you want for yourself physically. Having a very specific plan in mind is beneficial in that if you aren't sure of which direction to go in, you may start working towards opposing goals or get disinterested without an immediate goal to pursue, both of which will bring progress to a screeching halt. Once you decide on what your goals are to be (fat-loss, strength, muscle tone, size, endurance, etc.) you will need to look deep inside yourself for the motivation to get there. There nothing I or anyone else can say that will get your butt into the gym, you need to do it for YOU. This post is certainly a good start as ironicaly knowlege and the mind are the number one factor in getting you into shape, your body just follows it's directions.
If fat loss is your primary goal then your workouts should consist of primarily cardio and higher rep sets in the 12-15rep range. If you've got the time you can even afford to do each body part twice a week to keep the blood fowing and the calories burning. 20minutes is the minimum time you want to spend on cardio, as it takes atleast that long to get into burning your fat reserves, but working yourself up to an hour or more per session would be optimal.
Regardless of your goals in the gym all of your calories need to come from whole and natural sources instead of the fatty/processed fair found all too easily in todays instant gratification society. Fresh vegetables, oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, and yams are good sources for carbs, and lean meats like turkey, chicken, and tuna are preffered souces for protien with an ocassional lean red meat. It can be difficult to get all of your daily protien from these sources and that's when a protien shake comes in as a handy snack. I personally perform better on a higher protien diet with minimal carbs, but your ectomorphic (leaner) metanbolism might prefer a few more carbs to keep the "fire" lit.
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