I Want to Look Better Naked

If this is what is important to you, own it. Don’t beat yourself up for being vain or selfish. There is nothing wrong with taking pride in your physical appearance. The one caution I will give you though is to make sure that the reason why you want to look better is because you actually want it, not because you think you should. We get bombarded by messages all the time about how we “should” look. If you want to change your physical appearance, do it for you, not for someone else.

You Have to do More than your Normal

Here’s the deal with changing your physical appearance, you need to make your body do more than what it’s used to. So if you’re used to walking for 30 minutes three times per week and you want your body to change more, then you need to make it do more.

The ideal is to get your body ready to do higher intensity physical activity. Exercising at higher intensities will burn more calories during the workout as well as boost your metabolism for a few hours once the workout is over.

Be Ready

You can’t start with high intensity, you need to work your way up to it. If you jump in before your body is ready you put yourself at risk for injury, overtraining and burn-out. General guideline is to do a basic fitness program for at least 6-8 weeks before starting something that is of a higher intensity (bootcamp classes, high intensity interval training – HIIT, Crossfit etc.).

Don’t Over Do It

When you are ready for high intensity workouts you only want to do those 2-3 times per week. And then add in 1-2 days of other activity that’s at a lower intensity. If you do too many workouts at a high intensity it can result in injuries, illness, decreased results, trouble sleeping, agitation etc.

What Goes in Your Mouth Also Counts

If you aren’t eating well then what you put in your mouth could be undoing all the hard work that you are accomplishing through your workouts. There are so many differing opinions on what you should eat. I say start with the basics:

  • Eats lots of veggies and some fruit each day
  • Stay away from processed foods as much as you can
  • Stay away from the whites – white bread, white pasta, white rice etc.
  • Drink lots of water – limit juice or any other sweetened drinks

Once you have mastered the basics then you can start to take a look at a more involved way of eating.

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10 thoughts on “I Want to Look Better Naked

  • All the research coming out on exercise says that intensity matters! Most of us are flooded with the hormone insulin which is a very strong fat storing hormone. Exercise with intensity helps your body overcome the effects of the insulin and allows other beneficial hormones like growth hormone and lepton to come out and do their job – which includes fat burning. Brenda, you have outlined a very sensible way for someone to work their way into a higher intensity work out. Job well done!

  • Really sound advice. I’m currently up-leveling my daily workout and am focused on increasing flexibility and endurance. I’ve also noted that my water intake has slipped, so I have been focused on that much more. It is amazing what a difference increasing your water can have on your overall success.

  • It was a bit of a shock to me to realize one day that I have my mother’s legs! But realizing that there’s really no way I can change that: bone structure! I decided instead to “own” the look and be grateful to strong, healthy legs which carry me up and down mountains.

    I love your gentle reminder to drink more water! I find ways to “trick” myself into it; usually by making sure that my favorite style bottle/glass is full and nearby. A trick for me: get a straw! I’ll sip on water much more out of a straw!

    • Hi Kim!

      I too have gone through that stage of recognizing how my body has changed (and will continue to change). The upside is that through that recognition I also saw that my reasons for being active are also changing.

      Tricks for drinking water – so funny you mention drinking with a straw, I blogged about that in my post “I Don’t Drink Water” – it’s so true!

    • Thanks Maribel! Yes, simplicity is very important to me. There is so much unnecessary complication and confusion in the health and fitness industry.

  • I love the permission giving tone of both this blog post and the workbook that I just downloaded and read. When I see people going for the burn and wanting you to exercise until you pass out or throw up, it makes me want to go back to my comfy chair. When I feel like slowly building up is ok, then I want to do more. I do have a trainer and I go to the gym 3 times a week, but life gets in the way so often. My latest small step is to walk to Starbucks, and either have nothing, or a decaf skim cappuccino. It’s a mile round trip. Thank you for the reminder about variety and intervals of intense exercise!

    • Thank you Gina – I think that most of us are way too hard on ourselves. I like to focus on ways we can be healthier without beating ourselves up in the process. I love your small step! We often don’t give small steps the credit they deserve.

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