Build Your Best Body EVER in 32 Minutes!

Build Your Best Body EVER in 32 Minutes!

Support and encouragement for Christian men in their journey to maintain good physical and spiritual health.

Build Your Best Body EVER in 32 Minutes!

The title of this post is the subject line of an email I actually received this morning (okay, I put the word EVER in capitals, but other than that…)  I’m normally a big fan of Men’s Health Magazine, as I think they offer a lot of good advice. However, this email I got from them this morning was a little disappointing as far as the quality I’ve come to expect from them.

The email I received from them was for a new book they’re offering, and in it they claim the following:

Burn fat in an amazingly efficient 9-minute workout;

Get back into good shape working out just 2 days a week;

(I love this one) Train your body to burn calories while watching TV!

(Nowhere in the email does it say anything about doing something in 32 minutes, so I’m not sure where that came from.)

As I’ve learned over the course of the past 2 years of really getting serious about my health, there is no such thing as a quick fix or instant solution, at least when it comes to weight loss and general healthiness. Yes, there is a simple calculation for losing weight – take in fewer calories than you expend, and you’ll lose weight. However, that’s about where the simplicity ends.  Are there ways to increase your calorie burn from the exercise you’re doing? Yes – doing high-intensity interval training can increase your EPOC (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption), which can help burn calories after you’ve stopped moving.  And yes, there are healthy substitutes for high-calorie foods that will help bring your overall calorie count down; for instance, you can grate a head of cauliflower and stir-fry it with a little olive oil and salt & pepper, and eat that instead of rice.

Overall, though, making changes to your life to become more healthy takes time, and you have to set realistic goals. Now by that I mean, set goals that are a stretch, but are attainable.  Make the goals measurable (how will I be able to tell if I’m reaching the goal?), and make sure there is a time factor to it (within the next x weeks, by the end of the month, etc.).

Above all, in addition to setting realistic goals, set realistic expectations. Don’t expect to see changes immediately, and don’t expect to see changes if you only workout 9 minutes a day, or only pledge to eat healthy during the week but pig out on the weekends.  Plan, implement, measure, adjust, and then repeat the cycle. That’s the way to reach your fitness goals – and I’m sorry to disappoint you, but that process is going to take longer than 32 minutes.

So, what is it you really want? What’s your plan for getting there? When are you going to start, and how will you know what success looks like? Think about it over the weekend, and let us know what you’ve come up with.

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