Running is Lyuda and Jon’s go-to workout.
Running is the only way you can stay fit, lean, toned, and healthy – while eating to satiety and living a hunger-free life. Running burns calories like no other workout and if you’re running every day, you don’t need to worry about your fitness – you can be sure it will be moving in the right direction.
Without the daily run, you will never be able to truly master your physicality.
The reality is that most people hate running. This has led to billions of dollars in revenue for the fitness and health industries, which have presented countless alternatives and quick fix options to avoiding the run. When it comes down to it, if people were out there running hard and burning the amount of calories that a hard run facilitates, there wouldn’t be such a demand for pop-up diets, complicated exercise programs, and weight loss fads.
You should strive to run daily.
Running is the only way you can shed the fat you want to and build functional and toned muscles in addition. Running will also speed up your metabolism, improve your digestion, give you a better gauge on your appetite, and provide you with the cardiovascular base to escape potential harm if a wild animal were to chase you.
A few years ago, Lyuda used to spend an hour each day working on her abs. They looked great, but she had no time left over to work out any other part of her body. Now, Lyuda runs intensely for 30-minutes each day and her abs are equally toned. The difference is that now her legs are in shape, her body is lean, and she’s no longer hungry during the day because she’s eating normal portions and burning off the fuel from the run.
Lyuda's life changed once she incorporated the daily run into her life. And you can do the same.
If you’re accustomed to working out in the gym, make sure your strength-based regimens are serving as a supplement to your daily run. It took Lyuda and Jon some time to realize that there’s isn’t a replacement for running, but now that they understand this, their fitness and quality of life has taken off.
Build a Functional and Enduring Body
A “functional” body means that you have muscles and tendons that can be used for some physiological purpose.
Functional muscles are created by using the human body in the way it was intended to be used: As an entire, unified organism (such as going for a run or playing a sport).
You can’t construct functional muscle by going on twenty different gym machines that isolate one muscle group at a time -- you will build muscle that will only function to operate those machines.
In addition to running, you should follow a strength-building routine comprised of body-weight exercises -- plyometrics, core-work, push-ups, and pull-ups. Body-weight strength-building exercises will help get you to the functional physique.
An “enduring” body is one that is healthy, strong, and robust. You want to build muscles that will last for your entire life.
The problem with lifting heavy weights is that big, bulky muscles aren’t enduring. They aren’t functional either. Your goal should be to build a lean and toned physique.
Become an Athlete
Sports promote a functional and enduring body. Whatever sport you enjoy, pursue it. Play it on the weekends. Find a local league to join. You should aim to use sports as a vehicle for working out and getting fitter.
Jon is a tennis player, and he uses tennis as part of his daily workout routine. Every morning, Jon starts his day with an intense workout of one and a half hours of side-to-side rallies on the court. Lyuda used to play basketball in high school. Whenever the couple gets the chance, they like to play one-on-one. Lyuda has won every game thus far, and she credits her success to an accurate jump-shot.
If you were a high school or college athlete, you’re lucky. Use the knowledge and experience from your athletic background and pursue your sport for the long run. If you haven't been an athlete, pick a sport that interests you and start learning how to play. It can be tennis, soccer, or beach volleyball – it doesn’t matter, so long as you’re using your body in a functional manner.
Sports are valuable and should be a part of your daily exercise routine. Don’t underestimate what being an athlete can do for your life.
Work Out in the Right Way
Getting fit isn’t just about working out. It’s about working out in the right way, one that will enable you to stay healthy and workout hard for a long time to come.
Working out in the right way means always thinking about how you can best preserve your body, how you can stay injury free and secure that your muscles, joints, and tendons will endure over the long haul. Getting fit is a life-long pursuit, and if you exercise smartly, there’s no reason why a daily workout shouldn’t be part of your life when you hit the 100-year mark.
When Lyuda and Jon complete their run each day, they always try to do it on a soft surface: either a dirt path or a grass field. Cushioned tracks at colleges and high schools aren’t bad, but natural terrain is the ideal. Running on a soft surface will enable you to preserve health in your tendons and joints so you don’t head the route of knee surgeries and hip replacements. If the weather is bad or if you’re in a Northeastern winter, there’s no other choice but the treadmill -- however, as soon as spring arrives, get yourself outdoors on the first warm day.
When Jon plays tennis, he always seeks out a clay court (as opposed to hard court). The clay surface, similar to natural terrain, is more forgiving on the body and so it won’t erode the joints like a hard court will. Florida is a great place for clay court tennis, and this is one main reason the couple has chosen to relocate to the Sunshine State.
To stay injury free and preserve the body, you must warm-up before working out and stretch when you’re done. Get a massage whenever possible. Follow through with workouts that jive with your physicality and current physical conditioning level. Don't overdo it.