The most burning health question we have is not to get gains, but rather how to lose weight. Gains comes afterwords. How to burn fat and how to be healthy. Of course gym does a great job in that. But what if I don't want to go to the gym? Yes there is a way. But with a lot of discipline. There will be no personal instructor, there will be no one to correct you or there will be no one to watch you. It will be you, you and you. I write this because I have done the same with no gym and so far, it's working for me pretty well.
It's a Fitness journey
A fitness journey or a weight-loss journey is a never ending one. You workout well, some days literally you don't have much energy, sometimes you get temptations suddenly, and you workout again to make sure you are guilty no more. And you workout again so you get satisfied, you see results, you get motivated. AND REPEAT. That's what it needs to be.
This is something we have but we don't put into practice. It's kinda hard, but when you makeup your mind, it's a piece of cake.
I'ts a mantra all in all. I used to say to myself, I'm fat, I eat a lot, I need to burn fat, I need to be healthy.
Lucky for me there is a jogging path 1 Km away from my home. At 1st, after work I used to
go for my evening walks. 4 rounds (1 round was 1.2 Km) and I was done. Oh, and my walking speed was 3.5 - 3.8 mph, that's the brisk phase or the most effective phase to burn more calories.
After few months I increased it to 6 rounds. 3 rounds/ small break/ 3 rounds and I do this for at least 2 times a week.
Since I ditched the gym I thought to my self, I need to make my arms, legs, core, chest stronger and of course walking can't burn all the extra calories.So I started home workouts.This is where will power came into play.
It's your home, you can have your own excuses and no one will be there to say NO. You could skip the workout days and could have rest days instead. But who are you cheating to? To yourself.
I did make sure that I do home workouts at least 2 times per week. And I have a kinda old spinning bike. I do spin too. 40 mins spinning schedules. This goes 1 time per week.
Home workouts - I have an almost 2 hour schedule which covers abs, chest and arms. I'm mainly focusing on my chest because I got man boobs and it's dissolving now :) and my love handles. They are almost gone.
Evening walks - 2 times per week. Failing that 1 day per week.
Spinning - 1 day per week.
I do drink Green Tea 3 times per day, everyday. As you may already know it has plenty of benefits to the body. Go try a cup of green tea now!!
Btw. I have a workout chart including everything I do during the week. It's easy to track my progress and if I skip, I know when I have skipped.
I'm very proud of myself with No Gym but yet I have lost 26 lbs from February 15' to November 15'
I have cut Pizza, processed meat, fast food, red meat and etc. with this lifestyle change.
It's a waste of time if you only concentrate on workouts but eating junk. Food plays the biggest part in a fitness journey.
I do invest on clothes a lot, because with weight loss, I got the self confidence back. And the best thing is I actually can wear the t-shirts I bought sometime back and sigh'ed when it popped up my man boobed chest and my love handles.
What I have learnt, with a little bit of will power, you can go a long way. My journey is not ending here. I have a goal. I need to go for that goal somehow.
I feel much more healthy, strong and satisfied than before. And I love my new lifestyle.
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