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I think most people want to be fit and healthy. To many of us, that sounds like a big job. And it can be confusing to know just how to start this journey.
But what if we take a look at a few of the essential fitness goals we need to start.
1. Exercise routine
2. Good nutrition
3. More energy
4. Getting stronger.
Getting into a committed exercise routine-Yeah, I know that is easier said than done. Sure for a lot of people exercising comes as naturally as breathing. But there are those of us who have a harder time committing to the habit of exercise.
The first thing we need to do is stop with the negativity. Think positive. I can do this. I need to do this for myself and I will.
Start a healthy lifestyle journal and record your progress, and your missteps. Track your food, track what exercise you did and how long you did it. Looking back will give you an idea of how far you have come and also show where you need to make some improvements.
Be sure to include both cardio and strength training in your exercise routine. Vary your activities, so boredom doesn't find it's way into your routine. Change things up on a regular basis. Try some Yoga, a new exercise video, or maybe get a work out buddy.
And remember you don't have to do it all once. Gradually ease into a routine that will work for you.
Print out your goals and workout schedule and place it somewhere where you will be sure to see it. My tight jeans are a constant reminder for me.
Maybe add some inspirational quotes-
Here are a few I like.
"Fitness is like a relationship. You can't cheat and expect it to work."
"Respect your body. It's the only one you get."
"Strive for progress, not perfection."
Becoming stronger-Seriously, is there anyone who doesn't want to be stronger and more toned? I know I would sure like to be. So, I will dust off the weights and see if I can put them to good use.
The benefits of strength training will help you immensely as you age. Remember old age is not for sissies. No matter your age you should do some strength training. It's never too late to start.
As you build muscle, you will be burning a few extra calories. Not to mention strengthening your bones lower lowers the risk of a fracture. And let's not forget the toned body.
Boost your energy-That committed exercise routine will have you feeling more energized. But it wouldn't also hurt to start chugging the water down. If your body fluid level gets low, you are going to feel the fatigue.
Nutrition -Oh, yes, food. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. But seriously, a diet filled with healthy foods, including protein and whole grains will get you started in the right direction. And get rid of the sugar. Okay, at least cut way down on the sugar. It is a hard habit to break. But your body will undoubtedly appreciate your efforts.
Foods to include in your healthy diet-poultry, lean meats, fish, whole grains, high fiber cereals, yogurt, cheese, eggs, and of course fruits and vegetables.
Foods to avoid or at least limit in your healthy diet-French fries, potato chips, sugar-loaded beverages, and all those sugar-loaded pastries, cookies, candy, etc. We all know the drill when it comes to those things. At the very least try to cut way down on these items.
If you start working on these four fitness goals, you will see some results. You will be less hungry; your sleep will improve, your mood will improve, and you will find yourself with more energy.
Yeah, I know it sounds like a lot of work. But think about how good you will feel and look. Don't you think that will be worth the effort? Remember you only get one body!