There are a variety of challenges when you start your weight loss journey. You face internal and external challenges. One of the most difficult external challenges is information overload.
A quick Google search returns over 300 million hits on the search “weight loss”. The variety of methods available is mind boggling. There is literally an exercise program for everyone. They range from time tested methods of weight training to strange torture devices. From CrossFit to wearing shoes which alter your gait the possibilities are endless. So how do you deal with this flood of information when you are starting out?
Pick one system. Stick with that system for at least 12 weeks. Don’t make alterations, don’t add or subtract anything for that 12 weeks. At the end of that 12 weeks, evaluate your progress and then make changes.
It’s easy to keep adding new pieces to your workouts. You see or hear about a new move that is supposed to make it even easier to lose weight. What you may not realize is that adding that new move in is actually making things more difficult. Just like the danger of too many cooks in the kitchen spoiling the soup, the same thing happens with workouts. The more you add, the less progress you make.
Pick one thing.
Some of my favorites:
Couch to 5k– This is a great program for folks who are looking to get into running. It has you building mileage gradually, and it can get just about anyone up and running.
Beginner Triathlon Training– Looking to be a multi-sport athlete? This is the place to start. Swim, Ride, and Run yourself into fitness.
Body for Life -Body for LifeThis is the granddaddy of transformation style fitness programs. Simple, includes both workouts and nutrition information, and just plain works. This is what I originally used to drop 60 pounds. It’s a little thin on information to help keep you injury free.
The IMPACT! Body Plan– One of my current favorites. Todd Durkin is a great trainer, and his simple to follow program will get you moving, and help keep you injury free.
If you want a little more help putting together a workout program, consider getting a personal trainer. A good trainer will design a program specifically for you, not just hand you a cookie cutter program. By addressing your individual needs, a trainer will help you get stronger, healthier, and stay injury free.
The goal is to get healthier, not prove how much you know about how to get healthy. So pick one thing and stick with it.
What workout program are you planning to use to help move yourself forward?