With time, most people come to realize that there are four key steps to achieving a peak physique.
1. Warming up before any serious training begins is the key in transitioning from your regular day to your workout. The human body needs to be able to adjust to the increase in blood volume and increased heart rate. It’s like eating healthy foods, most people know what they should be eating but don’t follow through. Take five minutes to perform basic stretching or a quick session on the stationary bike to get the blood flowing and set the tone for your workout.
2. Weight training can be effective but it’s hard on the joints if you’re weak. If you are looking to burn fat and improve your conditioning, spend time on compound lifting. You have to think of longevity. Performing five days of heavy weight lifting a week will not make you a bodybuilder overnight but it will increase your chances of injury. Consider investing time in practicing compound lifting movements which will make you stronger and keep you fit for years to come.
3. Cardio post weight training can feel like a chore. There is an alternative, running fast-paced intervals will improve your speed, endurance and balance. Sounds a lot better than a long grueling jog. Sprinting will target different fast-twitch fibers and put you into a fat burning state. So, instead wasting time walking for an hour, try sprinting for a minute or two then allow your heart rate to drop back to normal by walking, rinse and repeat. After you complete cardiovascular conditioning take some time to perform a proper cool by allowing your heart rate and breathing to adjust to normal levels with an easy five-minute walk.
4. Recovery should be the number one priority after a hard workout. You build your body during recovery, not training. When people train hard, they think they can eat what they want, some may even believe they can out-train their poor nutrition. A healthy vegan/vegetarian diet which is based in starches and vegetables is crucial to short and long term success.
If you want your body run like a Ferrari you have to feed it the best possible fuel. That means staying away from meat, eating whole foods, fresh produce and drinking plenty of water.