Do you want to start a new fitness regime and get fit? Fitness enthusiast and writer Vanessa Davis shares her top tips for getting started and staying motivated.
Fitness Tips to Help You Get Fit
For some, fitness is a sore spot, for others it’s a way of life. If you’re a member of the first group and you’re only just tapping into your fitness potential, you need all the motivation you can get. However, let us just say – Kudos for starting.
There are so many training programs out there promising this and that. So many fad diet that don’t give any long-term results. Feeling overwhelmed once you start researching how to be in better shape is only normal.
It’s important to remember that whatever you do when it comes to your fitness, you should do it gradually. Everyone functions a bit differently. Finding a balance that works for you is therefore paramount if you want to accomplish your goals and get fit.
Here are my top 8 fitness tips for helping you to get fit in 2017.
1. Get a Schedule
Before it becomes a habit, exercising is usually the activity that we are most eager to sacrifice if we don’t have enough time in our day to do it. It’s incredibly easy to find an excuse for not working out.
Our willpower is the only thing that determines whether we’ll make progress or not.
One of the most efficient ways to make yourself workout is to incorporate it into your daily schedule.
Make time for your workout just like you would for a meeting or a lunch date. Bring your gym clothes with you, squeeze in a quick jog on a lunch break, or go swimming after work. Do whatever feels good for you, but don’t skimp on exercise.
2. Find a Partner
If you can’t rely completely on your will to motivate you to work out, find a gym buddy.
Exercising is much more fun to do when you’re doing it with someone else. You can also get some helpful guidance if your buddy is in better shape than you.
Choose someone you know you’ll have fun with – a close friend, spouse or a family member – whoever crosses your mind as you’re reading this.
The truth is that you will need someone to motivate you from time to time. No one can do it better than someone who’s been with you through every exercise you’ve done, just don’t forget to return the favor.
3. Make It Loud
Music makes everything infinitely better. When you need an instant boost to workout, play some loud and fast music that doesn’t let you sit still.
If you love running, having a killer playlist will enrich your entire running experience. It will also completely pump you up.
If it’s time to do some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), then the right music will make the process much more bearable. You can be sure that you’ll feel the adrenaline even when you’re sweating and praying for the workout to end.
4. Mind Your Eating Habits
Exercising is an important part of getting in shape and losing weight, but healthy nutrition is just as crucial.
If you’re killing yourself at the gym but still like to chug down a few cocktails afterwards, you will seriously thwart your fitness progress.
You need to establish a healthy-ish diet in which you steer clear of processed and junk food, while opting for home cooked meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water.
If you eat well, your metabolism will work better, you’ll have more energy for workouts, and you will burn more calories.
5. Get Outdoorsy
Going to the gym or working out from home is sometimes a necessity when it’s freezing outside or when it’s pouring with rain. However, you don’t have to stay inside for every workout.
If you exercise in the morning, you will feel more energized when you get outside and take a deep breath. Go for a jog in the park or even consider doing your full workouts there. Your body will probably react better to it, plus your joints will be grateful if you do it all on grass.
Being outdoors is an excellent way to motivate yourself to get physically active. If the nature is always moving and changing, why shouldn’t you do the same?
6. Lemon Water
If you haven’t seen countless articles on the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning, then you must have been living under a rock for the last couple of years.
This is one of the least imposing habits you can adopt, but it can do you so much good. Having a glass of warm water with a dash of fresh lemon juice will wake you up and rev up your metabolism.
It’s a great way to detoxify your body and the vitamins and minerals contained in lemon are also good for digestion.
7. Mix It up a Bit
When you’re doing the same thing every day, your workout will quickly become tedious.
In addition, constantly doing cardio and nothing else won’t give you the balance you need. You need to incorporate strengthening exercises, as well as HIIT and stretching, into the equation too.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Try different forms of cardio, different exercises for strength, or give yoga a shot. In short, experiment to find routines that work best for you and are fun ways to get fit.
8. Internet Is Your Best Friend
So maybe you don’t have the money for a gym membership or a personal trainer, but that’s no excuse not to take care of your fitness.
Thanks to the vastness of the World Wide Web, you can now find free workout programs online. These can give you the results you need, without paying a dime.
There are so many free channels on YouTube and websites that can help you get fit. All you have to do is look for them.
You can also learn a lot about what exercises you need the most according to your body type, what you should eat, and what you should and shouldn’t do to get optimal results from your workouts.
Some programs even have daily emails they send to explain exactly why you’re doing the workout you’re doing and motivate you not to give up.
Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. There are no tricks or hacks when you’re trying to lose weight and tone your body. It requires hard work and discipline, but you can do it.
These tips are there to help you in the process but the heavy lifting is still on you. Good luck!
About Vanessa Davis
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at Diet.St.
She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.
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