At one point or another this thought has crossed your mind. Did you ACT upon it? Probably. Did you ADHERE to it?
Well…sorta…I guess…but then…and then…well…no.
A common answer to a common problem.
It’s easy to act on a thought, but much harder to adhere to a system. Why? Because you probably don’t know what “I need to get in shape” means…
Most people will say “to look better” “to lose weight” “to feel better.” But what is the common thread between all of those? What is the underlying variable that most people seem to overlook? WHAT IS THE MAGIC TRICK KURT?!?! It’s not that getting in shape doesn’t mean those things, but rather your process to get there has failed because your attention wasn’t focused in the proper arena.
Write down 3 things that you think “in shape” people can do that you can’t do. Not how their body looks, but what can they DO. Take the time to dissect it’s meaning TO YOU. What exactly do YOU want. Set your expectations of “in shape.”
Write down the reasons WHY they can do it, and you can’t. Can they do more pushups/pull-ups? Probably because they’re stronger… or they weigh less. Can they go up stairs without losing their breath? Probably because they’re stronger, or they weigh less. Can they go about their day without pain? Probably because they’re stronger, or weigh less. Do they have more energy? Probably because they’re stronger, or weigh less…
OK Kurt, I see a pattern…
OK, I need to get stronger, or weigh less… maybe both. Now what?
Learn the foundations of Strength Training.
Realize that all major adaptations rely on the foundation of strength. When you get stronger, you build muscle, when you build muscle, you increase your metabolism, when you increase your metabolism, you Partition (fancy word use) energy more efficiently. Which means the food you eat all has a “home” within your body. Carbs go where they need to go, fats go where they need to go, proteins go where they need to go, and very little is left out on the mean streets that is your cardiovascular system. Essentially, you are never dieting, ever. Your heart becomes more efficient at pumping blood to those muscles, you drop the bodyfat you don’t need, and you minimize the imbalances causing most pain associated with inactivity and sitting…win-win-win.
But there’s a catch. This takes TIME. You are building a business within your body. You may be in a lot of debt at first, make some poor decisions, lose some friends… but that’s what it takes to build a sustainable business that you can profit from for the rest of your life. And trust me, when you get there, the effort it takes to MAINTAIN a business is much less than it is to GROW a business.
So how strong do I need to get?
It doesn’t matter, just stronger than you are now, it is all relative to your current situation. Sometimes strength is limited because your movement quality is limited. If you can’t move well, address that first. When you can do something more or longer, you are getting stronger.
How do I know when i’m strong enough?
When you feel “In Shape.”
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