Turn Your Body Into A Fat-Burning Machine
Here's The NEWSS: You Have To Exercise
You need to take personal responsibility for your own health and vitality. Times are tough already, and experts say far worse times are coming before things get better. So you're going to need your energy to run your own business, succeed in your work, and manage your investments (financially and otherwise).
The five key daily health habits are the best place to start. I call them "The NEWSS:" Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sleep, and Supplements. Start by simply cutting the garbage out of your diet - processed sugars and fats are slowly killing you! Drink at least two liters of water every day, get your eight hours in the sack, and take some high-quality supplements to make sure your body gets the things it needs but can't get from our modern diets.
Meanwhile, you need to exercise. The best fitness programs alternate aerobic (or "cardio") workouts with strength-training through lifting weights. My favorite program has me doing "interval training," usually on a treadmill, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The idea is to work my heart rate in peaks and valleys, peaking 3-4 times during the 20-minute workout. On the alternating days, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and either Saturdays or Sundays, I hit the gym to lift heavy objects, doing different sets to focus the workout on each of nine different muscle groups (usually only 4-5 groups per workout).
Don't neglect the weight-lifting! I admit, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I've learned that it's REALLY good for me. The Mayo Clinic points out, for instance, that muscles are "metabolically active," which means that your muscles burn calories even when you're not working out. Your rolls of fat don't do that. So the more muscle mass you add, the more you turn your body into a fat-burning machine, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
According to research done at the Mayo Clinic, each pound of muscle you add makes your body burn an additional 35-50 calories a day. Do the math: add five pounds of muscle, and you're burning 175-250 extra calories every day. That's an extra pound of fat burned off every 14-20 days, over-and-above what you're burning through exercise and through your disciplined attention to the other health habits of The NEWSS.
You don't have to "bulk up" like the next great famous body-builder. Just add some muscle. Those strength-training workouts, no more than 45 minutes each, three times a week, will do wonders for you. You really will turn your body into a fat-burning machine... and the payoff in extra life and vitality is more than worth the effort.