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My Big “A-ha” Moment!

When I turned 40 years old, I still had the mindset, or I’ve never thought of myself as something different, as when I was 25 years old, especially at the gym.

Then, when I hit the 45 year old mark, something struck me.  I no longer wanted to spend 2+ hours a day at the gym.  I didn’t have time every day to “hang” with my workout buddies.  I didn’t want to do the same things I did when I was 25 years old.

WinkThat’s when it really hit me, if I wasn’t in the same place, life wise, now as I was when I was 25, why in the world would I want to do the same “stuff” I did when I was 25? 

Now, let me ask you: If you’re working out, are you doing the same workouts as 20 years ago?  Are you eating the same foods?  Heck, maybe you’re on some sort of medication from the doctor.   Maybe you’re not doing ANY kind of workout now.

The whole point is, your life has changed quite a bit in the last 25 years.  If just about every other part of your life has changed, do you think that maybe…..just maybe…..your health and fitness habits have changed as well?

If you haven’t had the “aha” moment yet, you will soon.  And when you do, you’ll understand EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Matter of fact, I actually put together a free video course outlining a few things about getting older and all this health and fitness stuff.   Our mindset and attitude towards health and fitness may be completely different now, and I’m here to help walk you through it.

Heck, maybe you’ve never thought about living a fitter and healthier lifestyle, but you should.  Age has a way of creeping up on us and, if we’re not prepared for it, the next thing you know you’ll 40lbs over weight, you won’t have the energy you once did and don’t know what to do about it.

Let me help you with that.  Go to www.TopFitnessStrategies.com/fit , watch the video and let’s do it together!    

How To Reduce Belly Fat…The Easy Way

Let me be clear about this and say it as simple as possible…..

You CANNOT spot reduce fat!  In other words, if you want to lose belly fat, doing sit ups and crunches will NOT give you a small midsection!
Let's face it folks, when you're over 45 years old, this whole "I can do a 2 hour workout at the gym" thing just isn't as sexy as it was when you were 25 years old.

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But, at the same time, you have learned to be more efficient with things in our life at this age as opposed to the younger you, right?
I'm here to tell you we can all be more efficient with this "reduce belly fat" thing as well.
Remember, we ALL have a six pack in our midsection, but it's mostly covered up with that unwanted fat.
So the question then is, "how do I get rid of the fat in the most efficient way possible?"
Let me see if I can explain this in simple terms. (I like to keep things simple)

In order for this to make sense, you may need to change your mindset just a tad.  In other words, instead of focusing on doing mid section exercises, focus on total fat body fat loss. Get it?
I'm going to outline a thought process that, hopefully, will make sense and could be labeled in the "more efficient" category, sound good?

The First Thing Is:

Understanding that your body is ALWAYS burning energy.  When your body burns energy, it's actually burning calories.
Here's the rub though, the older you get, the less energy your body burns while you're resting.
Now granted, it isn't all age.  As I've stated quite a bit….LIFE HAPPENS!  With this comes things like…..stress!
Also, let's not kid ourselves, we don't move as much as we did when we were younger.  We like our "quiet time" and our "beer time" too, which all comes into play with this energy use thing.
I say this because now our metabolism is used to all this Life Happens stuff, so we have to consciously make a change to fool it into using more energy.
To do this leads to…..

The Second Thing:

Figure out how to burn more energy/calories while you sit on the couch.
And, here's a bit of trivia for you: Every pound of muscle you add to your body, your body uses up to 50 more calories a day while at rest.
So, we just need to figure out how to add more muscle to your body is all.  Simple, right? 
What happens when you add more muscle?  You lose more fat……..WHILE YOU'RE RELAXING.
Think about it, how would you like to reduce the fat around your arms, in your legs, maybe in your butt, and AROUND YOUR WAIST?
And what happens when that fat reduces and melts away?  Your muscles start to show more and more!
Remember when you used to show off the "guns"?  Well, with this reduction of fat, the "gun show" will come back in town baby!

Think about this for a minute, and I'm showing off that Saint Joseph's College Mathematics Degree here…
if adding one pound of muscle burns and extra 50 calories a day just when sitting around, how much does two pounds of muscle burn?  100 calories!
So, you literally burn an extra 700 calories a week, just when you're relaxing!  Now THAT'S some math I can enjoy! 

 

The Third Thing:

How do you add that 2 lbs of muscle?
Believe it or not, it's easier than you think.  AND, 30 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week is all you'll need.  But I'm talking a good solid 30 minutes of some sort of exercise, not doing one set of something and resting for 5 minutes.
Remember how I talked about that efficiency thing earlier? 
Well, it REALLY comes into play now.
There has been all kinds of science showing how a good solid 30 minute workout can add muscle to your body just as a 90 minute workout can, but we'll save that for another time.

The purpose of this writing was to get you thinking in a different way, about how your body works and yes, how you can reduce that belly fat too!

I get into the "How to be more fit and healthy after age 45" thing in more detail with a video.  You can view it at www.TopFitnessStrategies.com/fit

Just click that link and give it a listen.  Hey, you never know, it may trigger something and you'll say "Yeah, that makes sense!"   Now, just click and listen!

Is Counting Calories The Way It Should Be?

Let's talk calories for a bit, shall we?  Most people, especially the ones reading this right now, know the simple formula for weight loss….."Burn more calories than you take in."   I'm also sure that the "Fitness Over 45" crowd find it harder and harder to count the calorie and maybe, just maybe lose some weight.

I'm sure I'll get some response to that statement, but if you're just starting out in a weight loss journey, follow that basic rule and you'll be off to a good start.   Then, build on that philosophy but we'll talk about that another time.

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BUT, if all you EVER DO is count calories, In my humble opinion, you'll get yourself in trouble in the "healthy eating" side of things.  Let me explain what I'm talking about…..