American reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, has often faced brutal criticism over her fluctuating body weight over the years and suffered through several demeaning comparisons with her sisters, Kourtney and Kim. However, lately people are starting to sit up and take notice of her thirty-pound weight loss.
Although she claims to have lost weight many times before, only to gain it back again owing to emotional turmoil caused by events such as the death of her father, a nasty divorce battle and the pressure of constantly being in the public eye through the judgmental eyes of the paparazzi. It has never been easy on her.
This time, in terms of fitness, she seems to have it right and appears totally in control of her new healthy body image. Here are three lessons that we can learn from Khloe to break through plateaus and uncover the leaner, meaner and healthier versions of ourselves.
- Figure out What Makes you Tick
Although many inspirational people might make it seem easy, but serious weight loss requires a lot of discipline accompanied with plenty of physical and emotional investment. Vanity and social acceptance might be one of the many reasons why you want to get fit, but do not let social approval be the main reason behind your workout grind. In an interview to Huff Post live, Khloe claimed that she had to learn the hard way that no matter how much weight she lost, people still did not quit judging her. Finally, she decided to find self-acceptance first, before restarting her fitness journey.
When you start looking inward to define reasons behind your self-sabotaging behavior, it gets easier to define the path of a healthy lifestyle that you find yourself easily committing to for a lifetime.
- Push Yourself out of your Comfort Zone
Khloe has been working one on one with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who claims that she works hard and gives her best to every workout. When people inquire about Khloe’s secret, he simply claims that it is consistency and perseverance above everything else. She has managed to stick to her routines by ceasing to obsess about the scale and using every workout as an outlet to cleanse her mind of emotional stress. No wonder Khloe loves boxing so much! The cathartic benefits of a single boxing session completely make one forget how hard they might be working for the past 45 minutes.
At his fancy gym, Gunnar encourages the use of resistance with cardio. He keeps her body guessing by incorporating plyometrics or movements done using resistance bands, medicine balls or bosu ball, often put together in a circuit. High intensity workouts are relatively short, more taxing and not only retain lean muscle tissue, but also help define them much faster.
One often finds Khloe celebrating little victories on her Facebook page and Instagram. For instance, her go-to move to tone her arms is the plyometric push up, an advanced exercise. Mastering difficult movements helps one celebrate their fitness in terms of performance and skill rather than focus on the superficial benchmark of how much weight one has lost over the weeks.
Check out this video on Facebook, where Khloe tries to sprint with a tension rope tied to her back.
Get an insight on how Gunnar Peterson helps his A-list clientele, like Khloe, have plenty of fun at his gym while still making them work very hard.
- Take pride in your hard work and enjoy the process
Though Khloe completely depends upon Gunnar to define her workouts at his gym and makes it a point to book 3-5 sessions with him every week, she takes full responsibility for her activity levels outside and indulges in feasts ‘defensively,’ never going beyond a glass of champagne or a slice of cheesecake at every household feast or party.
As much as she claims to hate walking on the treadmill, Khloe never does the same kind of cardio two days in a row. Whether it is jumping rope while spending time with her sisters or going on a hike with family members, Khloe manages to make time for what most people tag as ‘boring,’ while spending more quality time with family. All it took for her was a shift in perspective towards consciously leading an active lifestyle.