For many people, the hard part about getting into shape is not the decision to do so, but rather being able to stick with it long enough to achieve their goals. Others become disillusioned when they don’t see results as quickly as they expect. And still others find themselves lost, not knowing what to do. All of these are avoidable with the help of a good fitness plan.
Tip: You should plan on no more than an hour of lifting weights. Muscle wasting also becomes a problem if you exercise for more than an hour.
Once you decide to get into shape, the first step is to develop a realistic plan. It’s much better to set the tiniest of goals, stick to the plan and achieve success than to shoot for the stars and fail. Take some time to draw up a plan that you can accomplish. A fitness trainer can be a great help getting started. Even if your goal is as simple as making a single trip to the mailbox and back each day, stick with it. Eventually all of those trips will add up and you can move forward with your increased fitness.
Tip: To stay motivated and enthusiastic about exercise, try a variety of fitness classes. Changing things often will give you the chance to discover new things you like and will keep you happy with what you’re doing.
Exercise doesn’t have to be torture, but it’s not always easy or pleasant. Make sure you understand this and tell yourself that no matter what, you will stick to the plan. Even one missed day, when it wasn’t necessary to miss your workout can destroy the best laid plans. There’s an expression that quitting makes it easier to quit, and that is absolutely true when it comes to exercise. Don’t let yourself fall into that trap.
Tip: Make a concerted effort to do the exercises that you like least. People usually avoid doing their weaker exercises.
If you aren’t sure what you can or should do when it comes to exercise, visit your doctor and get his or her opinion. This is especially true if you are no longer young, have been sedentary for several years of suffer from some physical impairment. Regardless of your situation, your doctor can recommend activities that you can do safely to increase your level of fitness.
Tip: When lifting weights it is not always true that the more weight the stronger you will be. Light weights for longer time periods can do this as well.
Perhaps the best way of all to live a healthier lifestyle is to eat better. The average American is one of the world’s unhealthiest eaters. We not only eat too much, we also eat the wrong things. To remedy this, think green. Vegetables are your friends. It’s alright to eat meat, eggs, fat and even cake. The trick is to consume these in moderation. A good technique is to use these tasty, but unhealthy, food items as a reward for a week of exercise goals met.
Tip: Wear clothes that are comfortable when you’re working out. You may feel pressured to wear a fashionable fitness outfit, especially when working out in public.
Water is essential, especially if you are exercising. Besides being necessary for life, water serves the dual purpose of appetite control. Sipping water throughout the day can ward off the urge to snack.
Tip: When you lift weights over your head, make sure that you flex your glutes on every repetition. This is not only good for a glute workout, it also lowers your chance of injury since you will be in a better position.
The support of family and friends is a great motivator and reason to stick to the plan for most people. In the best case, find a partner to exercise with you. You can keep each other company, keep each other motivated and share in each other’s success. Once goals are met, you can also share in the rewards.
If you develop a good, realistic plan before undertaking your fitness overhaul, you are much more likely to succeed. Like any war, the fitness war is won or lost before the first battle is fought. Be a successful fitness general and do your homework. Do that, stay motivated, stay disciplined and success is yours.