1. Be consistent:
We live at the speed of instant gratification where we want what we want, and we want it NOW. For many of us it’s an all-or-nothing mentality, when it comes to working out. But remember, we didn’t get out of shape overnight and so we can’t get back into shape overnight, but it will happen if we’re consistent. Keep your commitment to yourself. Ink in your workout time on your calendar and schedule exercise consistently throughout the week.

2. Be intense!
HIIT it hard! Studies show that intensity beats duration for short and long-term results every time, so engage in HIIT or High Intensity Interval Trainer. We love HIIT because it definitely gets results while saving time. Some of you have shared that you really enjoy getting into the zone with your favorite cardio for a while as your mind clears and brain relaxes. If this is you, super! Being a “cardio queen” is vastly better than being a couch potato J. In which case if you dedicate just 50% of your workouts to high intensity and heavier sessions, you will see definite improvement. Just remember, safety first and if you’re not sure about something, ask a the staff at your gym; they’re there to help. How do you know if you’re intense enough? You should be finishing your sets almost to failure and feel that burn.

3. Eat Healthy:
Yes, sigh, diet does matter and there’s no magic pill or supplement. Even the most dedicated fitness buffs won’t look the way they want to look if they don’t also moderate the quality and quantity of food intake. Approximately 80% of fat loss results will come from your diet. You can train until you are blue (or red!) in the face but if you are consuming more than you are burning or choosing empty calories then the proof’s in the er… pudding.

4. Be Patient:
Patience is key. You will get the results you want if you stay consistent, eat healthy and give it all you’ve got when working out. Give yourself a chance: at least 4 weeks of consistent effort for measurable results. Ultimately fitness is a way of life. Make it yours. You will not regret it.

My Trainer Fitness books and 6-packs are organized for a different workout every day, making it easy to be focused and effective in your workouts. Get in, get out, get results with your personal trainer to go. But whatever exercise you choose, get moving. It’s your life. Own it.

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