How to Get Fit

While being fit is a goal we all strive for, it means different things for different people. It might mean fitting into your “skinny” jeans, being ready and able to run a marathon, or simply getting your body into a healthier condition after a health problem. We’ll show you some ways you can get fit, and live your life to the fullest!

Develop the right attitude. The mind may not be a muscle, but it’s still incredibly strong, and can make the difference between succeeding and failing at your goal. Being fit is a marathon, not a sprint, and it requires making changes to your entire lifestyle.

Incorporate more physical exercise into your daily routine. By regularly challenging yourself, you keep your physical self “tuned up.” If getting fit means losing weight, this will help the pounds melt away—and stay away! If you’re training for endurance, this is the way ensure steady improvement.

Start an exercise regimen and stick to it. Try running or using the treadmill a set number of days a week, gradually increasing in intensity and/or length of exercise. You could also try purchasing a book that schedule workouts for you, like Five Factor Fitness.

Switch things up. Any physical activity that takes a bit of effort will help you get fit, but it’s important to remember that variety is the spice of life—and of physical fitness! More importantly, as your body gets comfortable performing a certain activity, it learns to do it more efficiently, making it easy for you to plateau in your workouts.

Keep track of your progress and be proud of minor improvements. Don’t be discouraged if you stop losing weight or if you have a few setbacks; remember that overall, you’ve put yourself on an upward trajectory and that’s definitely something to be proud of.

Give your body fuel. As you become more active, you’ll need more food, but not just any food—you need healthy, energy-laden food that’ll jump-start the next phase of your day, not weigh it down. Learn how to eat healthfully and drink more water.

Keep your house stocked with the right food. Purchase the healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soups, etc. that you want yourself to eat, and keep the junk out of your cupboards so you won’t be tempted. It’s not bad to indulge once in awhile, but it’s too easy to do so if you keep your house full of unhealthy treats.

Let your body rest. When you’re giving your body a run for its money with varied physical activities, you also need to let it recover and renew by getting a sufficient amount of sleep.Determine how many hours of sleep you need in order to feel refreshed in the morning, then discipline yourself to wake up and go to bed at the same times on a daily basis.

Get a check-up. To stay fit in the long run, you should perform regular maintenance on your body, just as you would with a car. Take yourself to the doctor and dentist regularly to make sure everything is running smoothly on the inside and to prevent any potential problems from arising.

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