You don’t have to be like Gwyneth Paltrow

February 15, 2012

I just read a very interesting article in Harpers Bazaar about Gwyneth Paltrow and how she manages to look so good at 39 years old.

So basically she works out for one and a half hours a day with a personal trainer, changing the exercise routines every ten days to get the muscle confusion I was talking about in my last article.

Now, that’s all fine and I think if anyone has the time to work out for an hour and a half every day, and follow a careful diet then you are going to look pretty good. In fact, when you see photos in the magazines and online of people with fabulous bodies, you can be pretty sure that they spend at least an hour a day working out and they will be following a very healthy diet.Gwyneth Paltrow

But this doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. Especially if you don’t do any exercise at the moment. When I started on my weight loss journey last year there was no way I could do more than ten or twenty minutes exercise a day, and to be honest I wouldn’t have wanted to even had I been able.

I think for a lot of people, the idea of having to do that much work, and change your lifestyle that much, to be healthy is so off putting that you’d never do it. But as I’ve proven over the last year,  just making small changes makes a huge difference over time. In the beginning I only ever exercised a few minutes a day, and that was easy enough to fit into my day and to enable me to get used to the idea of exercising a bit each day.

Now that I’ve lost my gut (mostly) and have a new goal of getting ‘ripped’, I have stepped up my exercise. Now I exercise for around an hour, five days a week. This is something I could never have seen myself doing a year ago, as I wouldn’t have been able to, nor wanted to. But that was fine.

So don’t feel like you have to workout like an athlete to get in shape. Start slow, set long term goals (years, not weeks) and take it one step at a time. You will get there as long as you give yourself the chance to do so, and for many people, myself included, jumping into a massive workout and going on a strict diet from the outset is just not going to work.

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