When it comes to fitness, let’s face it: It is NOT an endeavor for the faint hearted. Many have attempted the journey but none have done it with quite the panache as Raymond Guttierez, who recently unveiled a fitter, more chiseled physique that has everyone sitting up and paying closer attention. So, how did Raymond transform himself so successfully in a relatively short period of time? Philam Life's ambassador for their “Live Better” campaign boils his amazing journey down to these six simple tips:
Success takes sacrifice. Intertwining healthy habits with one’s lifestyle is a feat in itself. It requires balance, fortitude and maturity, all of which is forged over time with a steadfast approach. "You need to give up something that you love in order to see some changes," says Raymond, "I really love going out, I really love late nights, and I really love partying," having opened some of the hippest bars and clubs in the metro and staging events and parties for a living. "I gave so much of myself to it," admits Raymond, "I didn't really focus on me." Stepping back from the lifestyle that he loves taught him how to balance things. "Go out when you need to, celebrate when you need to but make sure that you take time out for yourself."
Gather your tribe. When friends support each other, incredible things happen. It can be difficult to find the drive to workout on our own. Doing it with a partner or group helps you sustain your commitment to your fitness goals. "One thing great about this journey that I went through is that it rekindled friendships that I was kind of losing touch with just because our lives were so different," relates Raymond. "It was important that I reached out to people like Solenn, Anne, and Belle who would be up at six in the morning working out," he says, adding they were essential in motivating him to stick to his journey.
Be fearless in pursuing what sets your soul (and muscles) on fire. Fitness should be a life partner, not an adversary. There’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy or even look forward to exercising. Look closely at your personality traits and find a fitness program that mirrors it. "Find something active that you love," advises Raymond. "I really enjoy doing Ride Revolution and boxing," he adds, "It didn't feel like a hassle for me to go there."
You can't outrun your fork. It really is all about the diet. You need to eat enough to fuel your workouts but you also need to make sure you are actually burning what you are consuming. This precarious balance means you need to pick the right kind of food. "I gave up junk food, rice, beef and pork," relates Raymond. This is not to say that he suffered a bland, tasteless diet. "Before, in my opinion, eating healthy meant 'boring food,'" laughs Raymond, "You'd be amazed with the amount of healthy things out there that you can prepare for yourself that are simple, affordable and tasty."
Clothes can make or break your workout. The benefits of donning the right set of workout clothes go way beyond looking good for that gym OOTD selfie. Wearing appropriate gear allows you to perform the routines properly and more effectively, yielding faster results. "Invest in the proper gear," says Raymond, "It'll be easier for you to workout and motivate yourself. It also helps prevent injuries, especially for those high impact workouts."
Stay the course, embrace the process, and the results will be sure to follow. "Have fun with it, enjoy," encourages Raymond, "Keep youreyes on the prize." The journey wasn't always easy for him and doubt wreaked a lot of havoc on his resolve. "There would be days that I would ask myself: 'Is this worth it? Am I doing the right thing? I don't see any changes in my body,'" he reveals. At the end of the day, he powered past those thoughts. "I stuck to it and I'm reaping the benefits. I feel healthier. I feel like I can do anything. I feel like a brand new person."
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