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October 28th

I tackled losing weight, but that was when I was directionless unemployed webdev. I’ve also tackled gaining it all back, thanks to a soul-crushing commute. Now that I have a steady job and a reasonable commute, I am ready to tackle how I work out. Keep in mind, I’ve been mainly a skinny person my whole life.

It’s not how you look, but how you feel. Looking good is great. I myself spend way too much time looking at the mirror or walking around shirtless, but these are bonuses to working out. The most important thing is to feel good. It’s about feeling alive and energetic and be ready to tackle the day, including going to work feeling pumped. It’s going to be awhile and take a lot of work to get the body that you want, but feeling good happens after you finish your first workout.

You only need 4 minutes. No, you have time to workout. And thanks to brilliant Japanese scientists, you only need 4 minutes a day. Oh those 4 minutes are gonna suck, but here’s an example of what to do:

Mountain climbers and high knees are only one way of doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), but the basics are to do basic exercises at max intensity in 8 20-second reps with 10 seconds of rest in between reps. You will be in a pool of your own sweat after 4 minutes. Obviously, there are different and more time-intensive workouts, but lack of time is not an excuse to not workout. Ever.

Spend wisely on equipment. I bought an Iron Gym. It cost me only $25 on Amazon. In addition to pull-ups, sit-ups and push-ups, you can do this:

I don’t recommend spending on weights just yet, since you will be doing mainly body weight exercises and cardio (lots of cardio) in the beginning. The best exercises can typically be done without any equipment. Screw the treadmill, go outside and run. But if you don’t feel like running outside, jump rope. And speaking of saving money,

Avoid the gym.
Unless you are paying for a personal trainer or taking a class, save your money. To me, going to a gym means wasting time getting there and seeing my workout devolve into a social event. Unless you really need to do leg lifts on a roman chair, you will be better focused working out privately in your own abode.

Portion control.
I love eating. One of things I refuse to compromise is the type of foods I can eat. Of course that means controlling how much of it to consume. You can order fries, but I recommend sharing a small.

Maintain an active lifestyle. As someone whose job and hobbies revolve around sitting around the computer, it’s important that you do your best to keep your body active. That means stand up and walk around often, run up those steps, or up the pace.

Have a measurable goal. I don’t mean hitting the scale or fitting into smaller pants. Those metrics are not as important as what you are able to achieve as a result of working out. In my case, my goal is to ace the United States Marines Personal Fitness Test. So that means at one point, I will be able to do 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in 2 minutes, and run a 18:00 min 3 mile all within two hours. That means everything I do must lead to this goal. Whether your love handles melt away is not up to you, but being able to go for that extra push-up or squat is.

Have fun. I’m not saying every workout will be enjoyable, but some are. Don’t like running? Dance a little. If you have an opportunity to make working out feel less like work, go for it. You are a living being, time to feel like one.

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