Now What?

Okay! Our last post was about making yourself get up early enough to exercise. Now we’ll help you decide what to do.

If you’ve learned to simply get out of bed early enough to exercise, you’ve passed the hardest part! Now we’ll move to the fun stuff. What do we do now?  Well, that depends upon what you are looking for. Ask yourself, Do I want to lose weight? Do I want to build muscle? Do I want to get more flexible? Do I just want to build my cardio? There are so many directions we can go from here. These different directions are what this site will be dedicated to.

I will just take a wild guess today and assume that most people want to do all of those things. Everyone wants to lose weight, build muscle, build flexibility, and build their cardiovascular system.  Who wouldn’t?

Exercise #1: RUN. The best way to get started isn’t to ease into it, but to hit the ground running. I know I know, it’s so painfully unoriginal. You’re probably thinking why the heck did I come to your site and read all this just for you to tell me I have go running? I already knew that! Well, I don’t mean just any kind of running…

I mean really run. Let me tell you a secret. I never run for more than 5 minutes a day. Yet the benefits I get from running are more than the guys you see out running around town every day. What do I do different? I Sprint! Have you ever looked at professional Marathon runners? They always have really skinny legs and arms, and just a little bit of a pudge on their bellies. Compare that to Professional Sprinters. Sprinters are solid head to toe with chiseled muscles all over their bodies. Sprinters look much better and have healthier bodies.

Try this. Rather than running for 30 minutes. Sprint your heart out for 30 seconds, then stop for 1 minute and go again. Repeat this process 3 or 4 times. Only do this every other day. There is a lot of science behind why this is so much better, but I will explain it briefly. There are 2 kinds of exercises, Aerobic (with oxygen) and Anaerobic (without oxygen). When you sprint your body turns into a fat burning furnace.  It doesn’t have enough oxygen to supply the muscles, so it turns to other sources, like fat. After sprinting, your Cortisol (Fat building hormone) decreases long after the sprint. After Jogging, the Corisol increases throughout the day.

Always make sure to stretch really well after you exercise, or the lactic acid produced from exercising will sit in your muscles and give you the feeling of being sore.

A good idea would be to get a treadmill of some sort. Treadmills really help keep you motivated, and running in your own home is usually a lot more comfortable than braving the weather outside. If you want to check out some treadmills to consider, here is a good site that will let you compare them all and decide, and usually provide some sort of coupon for a discount. They don’t have to be very expensive.

Good luck and stay tuned for the next one.

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