This is a question I think more people need to asked themselves. How bad do you want it? How bad do you want to succeed? I've talked to and know people that say they aren't happy with being out of shape, they aren't happy with the way they look and want to get in shape and then just continue on the same road they're on. They continue to eat unhealthy food and they continue to make excuses to not exercise. Oh I'm tired, I've got a headache, I don't have time, I don't have a gym membership. I know the feeling, I did the same thing for about 7 years, it took a major life event to shock me out of it but it doesn't have to be that way for everyone.
EAT BETTER FOOD
I think the first thing most people think of when they want to loose weight is that they need to eat less. That's not necessarily the case. Yes, you need to eat less crap but you also need to eat more nutrient rich foods. EAT MORE VEGGIES, Eat lean protein, eat good fats like nuts and avocados. I try to avoid sweets and snacks but I'm only human. I'll still have something now and again but it's not a daily intake. Having a cheat day once a week or once every couple weeks can help ward off daily cravings. It's nice knowing you have one day to splurge. If you've severely over weight it would be best to hold off on cheat days.
It's the best place to start. If you're totally sedentary and spend your work day at a desk find creative ways to move around. Get ankle weights and do flutter kicks in your chair, do 10-15 air squats every 45 minutes to an hour, or do arm circles, just move. When you're not at work move on your feet more. Go outside for walks, if something is within walking distance walk there instead of driving. I've seen people in my neighborhood drive from their house to the mailbox at the end of the block, don't be one of those people. On the weekend you can make a day of it. When my wife used to work weekends I would just put my son in the jogger and we would run everywhere all day. I'd take him to the park then to lunch, then to the grocery store, back to the park and home. It was great to be outside and exercise at the same time. If you do drive somewhere don't spend 30 minutes driving around the parking lot looking for the closest parking spot. Park far away and walk in, there are always open spots at the end of the lot.
This is where the largest amount of excuses come out but it's not as hard as you think. Do you have a body with arms and legs and do they work? Yes, then you have no more excuses. You don't need to have a gym membership, you don't even need weights. You are your own gym and all you need to learn are movements. My initial big weight loss was done with no gym and no weights, only my body and moving did the job. I used the Insanity program which is just cardio plyometric body movements. You don't even need to purchase a program. You can Google body weight programs and find tons and tons of routines for free that could be done in 30 minutes and start doing that 3 times a week. You just need a starting point, something to get your foot in the door and you headed in the direction you want and just go from there. Don't let your kids be your excuse to not exercise. If anything they should be your motivation. If your excuse is I don't have time to exercise because I have to take care of my kids make them part of your exercise. Play with them, run with them, chase them. Take them to the park and run around the playground while they play. Hell they can be your weights, pick one up and start doing squats, lol. The point is that there is no excuse to not exercise.
As soon as I started running and working out I began reading and researching different training methods, eating types, supplements, and vitamins. I tried to learn as much as I could about my body when it came to training and eating and what worked with me and what didn't. I still continue to do that today. I strongly urge you to do the same. Learn about yourself and what works best for you and continue to evolve to succeed.
The Running Geek.