Fitness Rules That You Should Break

I got to thinking today when someone told me that they workout in the pool for 3 hours straight, how crazy that is! Who works out for 3 hours a day?

Who has that much time?

Depending on the day, yes I can get in a solid half hour for sure. Sometimes just over an hour, but rarely...unless training for something major, I do not exercise or train for that long.

Here's where the difference is. If you are an athlete. That's your job. Keeping your body at the peak of perfection and being able to perform at your top ability, you probably will train for a few solid hours a day for weeks at a time. Hopefully somewhere in there you get a rest day, but that's what you are training to do.

The hubs and I awhile ago watched Dracula Untold, and in the extras on the DVD the main actor, Luke Evans, talked about how he was eating a 5,000 calorie diet a day.

CAN YOU BE-LIEVE THAT? 5,000!!! That's like....8 meals a day.

The dude is, as the kids say, 'jacked'! Or ripped. But he was filming for a role in a movie about a creature who gets vengeance for the slaughter of his people and his family, you kind have to be in good shape in order to pull a heist like that off.

Or take for instance body builders and how they count their macronutrients. They are crazy with weighing their food and making sure they get EVERY little gram correct within their allotted food grams. Which also helps them looked jacked.

Let me just say, as a PSA for the rest of us modern day, working, student, volunteer working people. Who have lives filled with things like work, homework, daily chores, weekly chores, budgets to meet, friends to see, church activities, we do NOT need to workout to the point of over working ourselves.
We do NOT need to eat 5,000 calories worth of food. (Unless you have a job that keeps you very, very, very active). Start with the basics. 30 minutes 5 days a week.

If you feel like you can do more, GREAT, do that. Up it slowly. 45 minutes 5 days a week. OR even an hour 5 days a week. Consistency is key. You can't workout for 1 hr every 2 weeks and expect for any major changes to happen. Slow and steady wins the race.

The importance is remember what your body can and can't handle. Pay attention to it. Remember to rest.

Don't work out for 3 hours every day, eat a crap diet, and wonder why you put your back out and still can't lose weight.

Also, don't be afraid to eat. Many people have no idea that they are actually under eating. Start by using my fitness pal to figure out what your goals should be.
Also talk to your doctor or nutritionist as well. While my fitness pal helped me lose 30 lbs, it wasn't until I was diagnosed with PCOS and put on a low carb diet that I really saw the weight come off.
Carbs are delicious, but I stack on weight like the Michelin Man stacks on tires if I have too many carbs.

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