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The one thing that most people don’t know is that even if you can’t see them, most people have a six-pack under that cover. The fat cells lay on top of your stomach muscles. That isn’t to say that, that fat layer doesn’t weaken you or your abdominals. But it means if you get that fat layer out of the way, everyone will be able to see your tight abs! Hmmm, so what is the super secret recipe for getting that fat free belly? Simple: first, cut down on fatty foods you consume, way down, and secondly, exercise to force your body to burn some of the that energy reserve you are carrying around. Funny how an energy reserve can become an energy drain! I guess to much of anything is bad. Notice in that last sentence I said “Simple”. That is because the solution is easy, it is the implementation that gives people the most trouble!
It starts with a thought, an image really, in your mind of what you want to accomplish. Visualizing is very important to helping you stay focused and committed, we humans tend to have short attention spans, visualizing helps. Of course you would not be reading this if you weren’t ready to commit, so let’s get started. While visualization will help you stay committed one thing helps more then all the others, having fun. No one likes a chore but everyone loves to have fun! So let’s have some fun!!
We are going to cut down our intake of fatty foods and increase our exercise. The type of exercise we engage in is very important. We can easily get on the treadmill or eliptical for hours on end and never loose that belly fat (or any other fat for that matter). The reason for that is those are cardio exercises and while they do burn calories, they are not great for building muscles. If you want to burn fat, you need to build muscles. The way our bodies work, muscles burn fat. Given this fact, the more muscles you work and build the more fat you will burn and the faster you will see results.
Back to having fun… Since it is important to build muscles it is important to find fun activities to accomplish that. Some exercises you will just have to learn to enjoy. Experience has taught me that learning to do an exercise correctly makes doing it more enjoyable and definitely more rewarding. Most of the time we dread exercise because we are not or don’t feel we are in good enough shape. Unfortunately that mindset will keep you from achieving your goals. To combat that, start out slowly and if possible with some professional assistance so you learn to proper technique for the various exercises you will need to do. You don’t need to hire a professional consultant there are plenty of resources on-line, including here on this blog.
Variety is the spice of life…and Life requires balance. As a Martial Artist balance has special meaning from both practical and philosophical perspectives. When we are striving to get into shape we also need balance, in our diet and in our activities. The Martial Arts provides a nice mixture of strength and cardio exercises but I always encourage my students to incorporate additional strength and cardio exercises outside of class. While many a Martial Artist gets obsessed with their training it is good to add other fun activities like swimming or racquetball. You will find that doing this keeps you more active, helps your body build different muscles and as a result burn more fat! Even before you begin to notice your weight loss and diminishing layers of fat, your body will be getting stronger and more agile. By the time you do notice the benefits of your work you will begin to find new motivation!
I want to stress again the two simple rules, improve your dietary intake and build muscles. That is it. I have know a lot of people who workout extensively yet never seem to reduce their weight or attain their goals. 90 percent of the time this is due to the simple fact that they do not understand those two rules. They feel simply increasing activity (treadmill, etc) will get the “in shape”, they don’t realize or don’t take it to the next step and work on building muscle which will burn the fat. Don’t make that mistake. It is difficult but like anything if you stick with it for long enough it will become a part of your life and easy to continue. Above all have fun (so you don’t get bored), take your time (it is a long race) and stay safe by doing things right (proper technique).
As you begin to cut down on the fats in your diet and exercise you should see some immediate results, these will slow or become less noticeable as you continue your training, don’t get discouraged. Our bodies heal from the inside, out and part of this process is repairing the damage done by an unhealthy lifestyle. Keep that in mind when you feel that you are not making any progress. Good Luck and please let us know how you are doing in the comments!
I’ll post some exercises that will help build muscle and burn that fat soon so stay tuned and read often.« Prev：Tons of Snow! British Karate：Next »