I think most of us have all said "working out sucks" sometime in our lives. In all honesty, it can suck, but the alternatives suck more.
I have been given the opportunity as a FitFluential Ambassador to read and review the book Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) from the CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon.
I enjoyed this book. As I have tried to get fit and lose weight throughout my life, I have read a lot of weight loss and fitness motivational books, and this is by far one of the better books I have read. If you are looking for a book that tells you everything is going to be easy and getting fit is a walk in the park, this is not the book for you.
This is a four part book, and in the first part, Chuck Runyon pulls no punches. He goes through each excuse of why people don't work out and blows it out of the water. Some of the chapters even pissed me off, but I knew I had used many of the excuses he went through, and he was right. This part of the book motivates and pumps you up to get off your butt and get to work.
The second part of the book is about changing behavior. Let's face it, if it was easy to just decide to get up and start working out and change the way we do things, everyone would be in shape and work out. Changing the way we behave is a huge part of this process. Rececca Derossett writes about tools and methods we can use to help change our own behavior and break through any road blocks we put in front of ourselves. This section has several success stories of others who took control of their lives and started to get healthy. I related with several of the stories and have my own.
Part three discusses nutrition. Brian Zehetner covers everything from the carb debate, fiber being your friend, water, protein and many other subjects. I have written about this several times. Once you start working out and make it a habit, the hardest part is food. Eating right will always be a struggle for me. Working out after I started was easy, but I still struggle on eating better. That is why I liked this part of the book so much. So much of the process is the nutrition, and this section really breaks it down to why it is so important. There is no silver bullet or magic pill; it is all about eating healthy and living right. You will get all the tips you will need to start your own nutritional plan. Everyone is different and he recognized it, so he gives you tips to help you with what YOU need.
The last part of the book is about fitness and the 21-Day Kick Start plan for total health and fitness. The getting off your butt and moving part of the process. This book is designed for those who are starting the weight loss and getting healthy process. Getting off the couch and walking for 15 minutes.
I am going to be doing the 21-Day Kick Start plan he has in his book. I am excited, because it will get me back on track with eating healthy, and I will get to try some new workouts. I will be working out at the Anytime Fitness here in Republic, Missouri. I am going to blog about my process and how the plan and the book has helped me. I wish I had this when I first started.
So if you are looking for a no-excuse, get-your-butt-up-and-get-started book, I recommend you go get Working Out Sucks. It is perfect for those who are starting. Working out does suck, but dieing young and not being able to play with your kids suck worse.
Follow my process here as I strive to lose the last 40-50 lbs using the 21-day process and the tools I learned from this book. I will be posting at least once a week about my 21-day process and what I have been doing and how it has been helping me. I am going to the gym today and starting Day 1.
Now, I am sure all of you want to run out and get this book, and I highly suggest you do. I am also going to be giving away three copies. Entering is easy, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me an excuse you have used to getting out of working out (mandatory). For another entry, you may tweet “I want to win the @AnytimeFitness book #WorkingOutSucks from @cajacrosby http://tinyurl.com/73xyzgb” and leave another comment saying you did it or the second entry will not count! US readers only please. Giveaway will be going until next Monday 1/9/12 at 11:59PM CST. I hope you win! We will randomly draw the three winners.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.