Fitness is one of those things we know we should pay attention to but is often overlooked. For many of us, we get discouraged about fitness because we think we will have to commit to a rigorous exercise routine or join the gym. However, fitness is much easier than we often think.
Fitness does not have to be rigorous at all. It can be very simple. Such as walking in your neighborhood or riding your bike around the park. It could also mean getting a home workout program and exercising in your home.
The first thing to do to become more fit is to have a goal. What it is you want to accomplish? Do you want to lose weight? If so, how much? Do you want to build muscle or tone your body? Do you want to prepare for a 5k or train for a triathlon? Whatever you desire to do, you have to have a goal in mind. Without a goal, you will lack the motivation to become fit.
Secondly, you have to decide when you will work out, walk, run, bike, or train. Will you work on your fitness first thing in the mornings? Will it be later in the evenings after work? Also, what specific time will you move your body? 5:00am or 5:00pm or any other time convenient for you? How long will you do your fitness routine? 20, 30, or 60 minutes? Get really specific on the time and length of your fitness routine. This will give your fitness more focus.
Thirdly, be consistent. The only way you can get fit is to be consistent. Decide how many days a week you will do your fitness routine and stick to it. Will you move your body 3, 5, or 6 times per week? Once you have decided, find an accountability partner who can hold you accountable to your consistency. It is almost impossible to change your habits without accountability.
Finally, eat less. You don’t have to change what you eat right away. Just eat less of what you do eat. Watch your portions. When you fill full while eating, stop eating. Don’t overindulge yourself. Once eating less has become a habit, you can gradually introduce healthier foods into your meals. Take it slow. We often discourage ourselves by moving too fast. Be patient with yourself and the process.
Follow this simple plan to get started. Then you can add more to your routine as your habits become firmer; however, you can always just keep it simple. After all, you are not training to be an Olympic athlete (unless you are). Be kind to yourself as you gradually change your routine and habits.
Eat Less; Move More,
Certified Life Coach