There are millions of books out there, each with their own approach, ideas, and systems that can help you reach your fitness goals. While it’s great to have so much insight on offer, it can be difficult to know what to try, who to listen to, or why to favor one method over another.
Gaining lots of information on something is one thing, but knowing how to turn that knowledge into action is an entirely different matter. Here at Joosr, we read a lot of books, so we’re well placed to not only recommend you a few books that can help you get fit and healthy, but also give you a key tip from each. In this blog post, we give you a short, curated guide that doesn’t just provide you with a bunch of further reading, but instead equips you with the insight to begin making small changes to help you on your path to fitness success.
How to get fit fast
Key tip: Perseverance is key to reaching your goals, but to be able to persevere, you must first develop a positive mindset. Practice optimism by actively searching for solutions, and make the conscious decision to pick yourself back up time and again, not giving into any pessimistic inclinations. By learning to see the positive side of things, you’ll have the perseverance to ensure you hit the gym consistently, even when you might have missed a few days, or it feels like the last thing you want to do.
Key tip: First things first: Yoga isn’t aerobic. However, it offers a multitude of benefits that differ from many other forms of exercise. For example, it reduces blood pressure, combats stress, aids relaxation, and improves mood. If you live a busy and often stressful life (which many of us do!), consider integrating yoga into your fitness regimen to benefit from these positive, calming effects that also boost your health. Now you can work out while slowing things down.
Key tip: Avoid fatty foods and you’ll avoid getting fat. Simple, right? Actually, the less fat we eat, the less easily our body stores it. But hold on a second—this doesn’t mean it’s fish and chips for dinner every night!
Good fats are good news, and, perhaps a little unbelievably, a higher intake of fat could be the solution to health problems such as migraines, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease. Take in saturated fats (coconut oil, grass-fed butter, chia seeds, almonds, and walnuts); polyunsaturated fats (salmon, kale, spinach, and organic eggs); and monounsaturated fats (olives, avocado, pecans, and macadamia nuts) as part of a balanced diet to maximize weight loss.
Key tip: High Intensity Training (HIT) has been scientifically proven to bring about weight loss faster than other forms of exercise because it improves our fat-burning capability, which can never be a bad thing! The best bit is that HIT is a really simple concept that requires little equipment and won’t eat into your schedule.
A HIT session lasts less than ten minutes, and can be carried out as little as three times a week to start seeing results. Choose your exercise and warm up for two minutes, then perform; 20 seconds of flat out exercise, followed by two minutes of low-intensity activity, another 20 seconds of flat out exercise, and then a two-minute cool-down… And you’re done—a more effective workout in less time!
Whether you’ve always been a fitness fan or you’re thinking about getting stuck into it, there are small changes we can make to our outlook and routine that can help us perform better—and it’s not long before the little things begin to add up (possibly turning into a six-pack).
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