By Liam Murphy
Seeing as how there are whole libraries of advice available online, I shan’t waste your time and get right into the meat of the issue. A good weight loss workout routine really depends on a single denominator. You. A programme is only as good as the person who is following it. You need the intangible qualities of perseverance, commitment and a desire to change your lifestyle for the better. Forget the cheesy and promise laden online and offline advertisements that offer you miracle makeovers and ‘guaranteed’ workout programmes. The only person who can make such a guarantee – is yourself.
Now we are on the right path. Once we recognise the important kink in the chain, then I can move on to detailing an effective weight loss workout routine for you.
Diet. It is the single most important word I will use. No training will work without a good, clean supporting diet. Forget fast-food culture and forget ‘all in ones’. What anyone needs is a good balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and fluids on a daily basis. Putting the right things in your body will greatly speed up the metabolic rate in your body, and thus burn fat like never before.
Make sure you have equal portions of greens and reds in your diet (vegetables and meat) and calorie count like you’ve never before. Busy professionals sometimes overlook that fact and constantly ‘overeat’.
The workout routine should last up to and over 45 minutes. That is the effective time when your body starts to burn fat and your heart starts to really work. Make sure you are able to build up a sweat and constantly change your workout. If you run for a while, change it up. Do a longer power walk next week. Then try aerobics, join some cardio-vascular classes. Keep your body guessing what is going to happen next as, being creatures of habit, we sometimes tend to fall back into a routine that after a while, is not producing results.
Also, insert some resistance training while you are in there. Alternate between cardio and weight lifting. Weight lifting is important because it builds up muscle, which in turn helps to burn fat. Muscle needs energy to survive on a daily basis, and is a calorie burning element in your body. What’s more, a good balance of weight training and cardio help to give you that ‘lean and toned’ look that everyone is going after.
Make a schedule and check your progress against it. Make sure that every week there is an improvement, be it waist line reduction, weight loss or increase in muscle mass. Then you will know if you have hit a plateau and you have to toss up the workout.
Too busy to go to the gym? Purchase some weights and basic equipment and start working out at home. And the internet is a valuable tool for instruction if you do not have the benefit of a personal trainer’s advice. Websites like Shape Your Body Now have changed busy lives all over the world, utilising online fitness videos and valuable advice to get people on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.
Invariably, there is only one determining factor that will is needed in your weight loss workout routine. In the end of the day, there is no excuse not to get started or see results. Remember the common denominator for success. You!
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