Friday, June 5, 2009

Patience is a virtue

Unlike the instant gratification lifestyle we are now used to, losing weight will never be that easy. You can work so hard and have an immaculate diet but it seems like nothing changes. Just don’t give up. Losing weight in a healthy way means on average it takes a week to lose just one pound. Many of us feel like we deserve to indulge in our diet when we have a great workout, but remember a great workout means burning between 800-500 calories in an hour which equals about one pint of light ice cream!
Even when it seems like nothing is changing, if you follow the rules and stick with it, results will follow….eventually. Staying in shape is hard work. It takes patience, self control, and a lot of motivation but that’s what makes you appreciate it that much more. Strive to get 4-5 days a week of strenuous physical activity mixing cardio, weight training, and stretching. The beauty of summer is your options are endless. Don’t be a prisoner to the gym like we are all winter long. Instead of meeting a friend for lunch get out and enjoy the sun. Go for a swim or ride your bike. Try your hand at tennis or golf. Staying healthy is a lifestyle, you don’t have to be on a diet your whole life, just learn to enjoy eating well and exercising. But be patient; never give up because you aren’t getting the results you feel like you deserve immediately.

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