Fitness Trainer, Christopher Crosby explains why fitness should be an all year commitment.
Summer is almost here and it’s that time of the year that everyone starts talking about their summer bodies. If we’re in May and you’re trying to attain that summer body its definitely not too late. With discipline, commitment and sometimes a little budget or not you can whip yourself into shape. But why only look good for a season when you can commit to an entire healthier lifestyle change all year round.
Fitness trainer, Christopher Crosby of Atlanta, Georgia says that its great to want that summer body but your goals should be a bit more long-term and serious if you want to be in shape, stay in shape and maintain the body you desire to attain.
“I don’t think people should just be driven by the fact that they have to look a certain way for the summer. Health should never be a short term commitment. When you are working out you’re not just transforming your body you’re transforming your mind and habits. Working out is a great mental and emotional release. Having perfect abs is a big deal for a lot of people but what they don’t understand is that you have to lose fat first and build an endurance that allows you to keep up with your workouts. You also can’t just be working out you also have to eat right. I always recommend a no carb, no dairy, no sweets and a huge intake of water to my clients. Lots of veggies fruits and protein. Please always eat full meals at-least an hour before working out. If you work out and eat unhealthy you are defeating the purpose.”
In order to get serious you must create a plan: Get on a long-term regiment. May be start with 12 weeks and continue from there. Get a trainer or put yourself on a regiment at the gym or at home. Stick to that regiment. Continuing is key!
Build endurance by being consistent, mix core workouts with cardio, legs, arms and abs. You have to work everything.
According to live strong and Harvard, to lose body fat, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. When trying to lose belly fat, the Harvard Medical School says you should not cut back so much that it makes it too difficult for you to stick to your weight-loss plan. To lose 1/2 pound to 1 pound a week, you need to reduce your overall calorie intake by 250 calories to 500 calories a day. Tracking your calorie intake before you start your diet can give you an idea of how many calories you currently eat and how many you need to lose weight. The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute says most men can safely lose weight limiting intake to 1,500 calories to 1,800 calories a day.
If you’re serious about getting in shape you can follow Crosby on instagram. You can also join his summertime fine classes every other Saturday at Heat gym. Here is a summer workout plan from our friends at muscle and fitness.