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Want to get Lean? Take your Time

Want to get Lean? Take you time

Getting lean, shedding pounds, gaining muscle, and losing fat are not easy tasks. They are difficult to execute but are generally pretty simple to understand. But you want to know what is going to get you the healthiest and longest-lasting results? Time.

You are probably thinking that if you are anything like me you don’t have time. You’ve got a busy schedule. I get it. Work, errands to run, maybe kids to take care of, cook dinner, and THEN workout!? But I’m not talking about spending 2 hours at the gym or even going to the gym 6 days a week. Really all you need is 15 to 20 minutes to get a solid workout in, even less. And you only have to go like 3 times a week.  Better yet, if you can’t make it to the gym, guess what . . . there is always the old school house of iron that you can resort to – aka your house.

Well I don’t have 15 to 20 minutes. I can’t make it to the gym 3 days a week. I don’t have time to work in my own house.

You know what those statements are? Excuses. Excuses are lame. And excuses don’t get you healthier or leaner any sooner. You can read more about what I think of excuses here.

If you don’t have 15 to 20 minutes then wake up earlier. If you have a spare 15 minutes, then get your workout in. Instead of watching YouTube or pressing the snooze button get your ass moving and get it in.

 These are the three things you will typically need to work on getting leaner:

  1. Rest
  2. Food
  3. Intense Workout Sessions

Rest – get some


This is probably the MOST important factor in getting lean. You need it to build muscle and allow your body time to recover. Despite what everyone thinks,lean muscle is made in the bed (get your mind out of the gutter girls) . . . not in the gym. It’s also great for mental focus too.

Eat Lots of food

It’s totally cool to eat lots calories throughout the day. Just as long as it is not solely chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers from the classiest restaurant of all time: The Golden Arches. Get your grilled chicken and veggies in. Also, I hear they serve starches, bread, and tons of pasta in hell but still, carbs are not evil.  Its quantity AND quality that counts when eating food.

Intense workout Sessions

Finally, make sure you hit the gym, or do some pushups while you’re watching your favorite TV show . . . duh. You’re not going to improve if you just sleep and eat food. And do you want to save time? Go to the gym for a half hour and bust your ass. It’s all about the intense workout sessions. You’ll feel more refreshed and burn more calories than running 60 minutes on a treadmill  – that goes for you too ladies.

Fitness ads will always rant about the newest pill on the market that is going to magically take all the fat out of your body so you look great without trying – kind of like liposuction. Or the coolest and easiest fad diets that are so simple you don’t even have to eat. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but those pills and diets just don’t exist.

There is always something or someone out there that would swear on your kids and mother their newest breakthrough pill or diet will get you quick results. Ignore it.  Nothing worth having comes quick and easy

What do you think?

Cara Windham

Written by Cara Windham

Yes, it takes motivation, determination, and consistency to succeed. Although it may not always be easy and you may face a few hurdles, you can be sure that you will eventually look at your body in a whole new light. You’ll not only look good but also feel better, happier, and more confident. All you have to do is take that first step on the journey to your new life.

Rest – Get Some

Rest – Get Some

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