For those of you who are new to this blog, I was born and raised in a city. When I was growing up, I was obese. I had three layers of belly fat, two rings of arm flabs, and some thigh rings. This was due to the fact that I couldn’t get the chance to jog around the city because my mom wouldn’t permit it. When I reached college, I dropped the weight because there was plenty of opportunity for me to exercise. 4 years after college, I moved back into the city and started growing fat again. I had to stop this vicious cycle and for 6 months, I succeeded in not only losing weight but from becoming fat again.
Here’s what I did.
First find a local gym. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fancy gym or an iron gym. When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t dream of sending me out to exercise, so I grew fat. But now that I am a grown man, the gym is a lifesaver. It gives you an avenue to safely lose weight indoors and you can even ask someone to help you come up with an effective training program.
Now, if indoor exercises are your thing and the gym is like a couple of hours away, don’t sweat it. you can do a lot of exercises indoors, provided you have the necessary equipment. You can do exercises like the P90X or other forms of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Exercises. This is to get your blood flowing, your muscles working, and your butt sweating. You can find beginner programs on the Internet, but you need to make sure that you familiar with the exercises involved and the proper form. Otherwise, you’re just going to invite injury and send yourself to the emergency room.
On the topic of indoor exercises, most people would fit their apartments or condominiums in the city with their own mini gym. It’s pretty expensive, but it’s an investment that you can risk provided you have the space. I have a buddy of mine who lives in an apartment upstate in Toronto and he purchased a customized squat rack, benches, and a few barbells with plates. He also got kettlebells and dumbbells. The setup was intended for a small room, no bigger than a standard master’s bedroom, and he was able to carry out most of his workouts effectively right in his own room.
What good is your exercise without proper nutrition? It’s tempting to go out and eat in different fast food chains every single day, but if you’re going to lose weight while you’re in the city, you need to resist the temptation. Go to a market where you can buy fresh produce. Take the time to make your own food. There are many recipes for healthy living that you can find online that will not require you to be a Master Chef. I found some of the best recipes from www.bodybuilding.com and it only takes me 10 minutes to prepare them.