By Chris Powell and Jim Stoppani, P.h.D. Men's Fitness
No matter how out of shape you are, you can turn it around by starting slow.
The first step toward achieving any fitness goal is believing that you can. No matter what the odds, you must remember that people just like you have made incredible transformations, so there's no reason you can't. Here are three steps you can take to help you believe in your potential, and then live up to it.
When you make a commitment to improve your fitness, get it out there! Tell your friends, family, and co-workers, and post it on Facebook and Twitter. Rally your support system and let them know you’re making the journey.
Do your best to surround yourself with everything you need to be successful, and eliminate anything that could threaten your success. For example, clean out your
Follow the "SMART" Acronym
“S” stands for specific. Know exactly what it is you want to achieve. “M” is measurable. Make sure your goal is quantifiable—you must be able to keep track of pounds, inches, blood pressure, or anything else that allows you to see progress. “A” means attainable. Your goal must be realistic. “R” is relevant. Your goal must be a priority and have significant meaning to you. “T” stands for time sensitive. Your goal should have a firm timeline attached to it.
If you’ve been sedentary for years, walking is one of the most effective ways to retrain your body. Just 5 minutes a day is the best way to start. It can be on the street or simply walking in place while watching television. Feel free to increase the duration to 10 minutes and beyond as you adjust. Whether you measure your time or the distance traveled, keep setting progress markers for your success and try to beat them.
Build trust in yourself by making just one promise for now and keeping it—make only one dietary change. Remove soda from lunch, start eating breakfast, or drink an extra quart of water daily. When you’ve been successful at that for a week or two and you feel like you’re ready for another promise, go for it. Transformation happens one promise at a time.
It will be less intimidating if you have a plan when you get there. Know what you’re going to do as soon as you walk in the door, and speak with a trainer to make sure you understand exactly how to use the equipment. The better your plan, the more comfortable you’ll feel executing it. Also, remember that it takes guts to declare to others that you want a better life for yourself. That kind of courage commands respect.
Try Stacking Testosterone and GH Supplements
The two main anabolic hormones that build bigger and stronger muscles as well as help shed body fat are testosterone and growth hormone (GH). So maximizing your natural levels of both can have an additive effect in helping you build a bigger, stronger, and leaner physique. Consider taking the following supplements together to naturally raise your levels of testosterone and GH.