If there are any film aficionados reading this, you probably have heard the oft-repeated adage, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Though the bookish director and comedian, Woody Allen, hardly personifies the word, “fitness,” his sardonic witticism actually applies to health and fitness.
You have to show up. In other words, you have to attend to a routine day in and day out. Whatever you include in your regimen, schedule it consistently throughout your weekly routine. Whether it is a fitness-induced bike ride, swim, walk, run, weight lifting, dancing, aerobics or yoga and other body-mind disciplines, show up on each day they are scheduled. If you miss one, don’t miss the next. Get back on track and stay on it.
Health and medical experts aver: It doesn’t matter whether you do it 3, 4 or 5 times a week—or whether the activity is 20 or 30 minutes, an hour or two hours—as long as you enforce the routine of your activity consistently through the week, your body will demonstrate results each time you look in the mirror. You will also sense a slight surge in mental acuity. What is good for the body is good for the mind, the experts tell us.
At Isagenix, we know that busy lifestyles can deter active people from the dogma of physical and dietary routines. This is why we inject the two most important ingredients in all of our health and fitness products: portability and tastiness. The rest of our ingredients—the nutritious ones—come with due diligence to science and protein sourcing.
Routines largely depend on motivation. In the case of physical and mental fitness that motivation can derive from how you want to look and how you want to feel. It can also originate from how you wish to be perceived. Perhaps it is all three that inveigle you to schedule a routine and follow it methodically.
If you need more motivation than an altruistic treatment of your body or the egotistical counterpart, then consider this:
–According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, obesity bridles more than a third of the U.S. population. That is, more than 30 percent of adults possess a body mass index of 30 or greater. This quotient is derived from dividing weight in pounds by height (in inches) squared, and then multiplying the result by 703.
–Obesity is known to increase the chances of developing serious health problems, including some types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, stroke, and believe or not, falls.
The first step to staying on regimen, especially for very active lifestyles, is to make your chosen activity or dietary routine readily available. Keeping your bike in a storage unit blocks or miles away is not a great enforcement for that particular aerobic routine. Having to drive miles to a pool during particular free-swim hours is not conducive to routine either. Nor is a dance class or studio across town just after work.
Make sure the weight room, yoga studio, your bicycle or tennis racket are nearby, just like we at Isagenix try to do with our nutritious snacks and shakes. They can fit inside most any travel bag, backpack, purse or carrying case. They are easily mixed with readily available H2O and many of our products are feather-light because they are concentrates. They can be consumed in minutes during work, workouts or playtime.
If you are going to be encouraged to include healthy snacks and meals in your dietary and fitness routines, they must be tasty foods. Sourced naturally, the ingredients in Isagenix—whether creamy chocolate, vanilla or strawberry cream—are tested by our scientific teams for palate appeal. Textures and taste need to scream out, “Consume me!”
But it is imperative to include both diet and exercise in any effort to manage weight and improve your fitness—most any nutritionist or physical trainer will attest.
So, perform some type of aerobic exercise at least three times a week at a minimum of 20 minutes each time, but the longer the better. Just incorporating a mile-long walk of about 15 minutes into your daily routine can burn up to 100 extra calories your body does not demand during its less active stages.
To better illustrate, burning 700 calories a week can trim 10 pounds off your body weight over a year. But, this is as long as you are not exceeding your necessary calories by gorging on high-calorie foods after each routine. In other words, feed your hunger beast with nutritious, healthy foods, such as Isagenix snacks, beverage concentrates or ProShakes.
Also remember that routine is a mind game. Yoga and similar disciplines serve as an example. People who practice these disciplines, according to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, are more mindful about what they eat and, therefore, remain in control of their weight. That said, to effectively reach your goals, remember to incorporate some high-intensity exercise into your routines so that you maintain the calorie level needed for your body and attain your body’s ideal heart rate.
Also be vigilant about what your body can do. Don’t overtax your capabilities. Talk to your doctor before you start a new, vigorous exercise program, especially if you are vulnerable to heart or lung disease, kidney ailments, arthritis, diabetes or other serious maladies. The right routine for you is out there. On stage they say, “Break a leg,” but don’t do that.
What you must do, however, is what an actor or film director does. Show up on stage each day—or at least 80 percent of the time, paying homage to Mr. Allen’s axiom.