Getting fit is easier than you think. With the right mindset, a few hours out of your week spent being active and good nutrition you can improve your fitness in no time. When we are fit we are able to move better, sleep better and live better. Often we are happier within ourselves because we feel good. Being fit helps to improve your motivation in all other aspects of our lives and can even help prevent illness.
Get in the zone. If you don’t have the right mindset any program you attempt will fail. You will need to prepare yourself mentally. Get rid of excuses and admit to what is holding you back. Decide what you really want to achieve and find out what it is that seems to motivate you.
Get Assessed. Assess where you are right now and see what really needs improving. Use the scales the tape measure or even old clothes that you used to fit into. Having something measurable will help motivate you as you will be able to see the results.
Get moving. Set out a routine or program for yourself that includes days, times and activity that fit nicely with your lifestyle. Starting at the beginning of the day works well incase your day gets away from you later. Often programs will be more successful and more enjoyable if you have a friend or training partner to work with you. Include at least 3 sessions a week in your plan but preferably 4-5.
Get nutrient-rich. Create a healthy, nutritious food plan that fits in with your lifestyle. Get organised early in the week with your groceries so you are prepared with healthy, nutritious foods rather that eating the first thing in sight or whatever is easiest to get at the time. Plan your breakfast, lunch and dinners and have healthy snacks on hand. Try to focus on getting the most nutrition out of your food rather than calories/kilojoules. Having a nutritious diet will satisfy you much more and you will find you won’t need to eat as much.
Get consistent. Consistency is the key to success. Establish a realistic routine that you can stick to that doesn’t feel difficult to maintain. Consistency over time will lead to lasting results.
Fitness is a lifetime commitment. Your routine and interests may change throughout your life but your commitment to your fitness must stay strong to live happy and healthy.