The main reason people fail when starting
a get fit program is they do not set daily goals and targets. Not having
something to work towards results in failure to follow through with exercise
plans and diet changes.
However if you are looking to improve your
health and well-being by starting a get fit program, then all you need to
succeed is to have some simple goals and targets. All that is required on your
part is some planning.
Starting a get fit program can be made a
lot easier by following these simple steps:
Decide to make diet changes and exercise
daily considerations. Experts say over and over again that diet and exercise go
hand in hand. This doesn't mean that you have to go on a restricted diet for
the rest of your life. It simply means that you need to watch what you eat.
Control your portions and limit your fat,
sodium, cholesterol and sugar intake. In addition some form of exercise that
you enjoy is ideal. Schedule this into your routine daily if possible or at
least three times per week.
Exercise when it suits you. Include your
workout when it works for you. If you find getting up and exercising first
thing in the morning works best for you then do that. Or if you prefer to fit
your exercise in at lunchtime or when you get home at night then that’s fine
As long as it works for you then that is
what is important. Make sure however, do not substitute exercising for a meal,
if you choose to workout in the morning make sure you still eat a healthy
breakfast. The same applies at lunchtime and dinner. Remember you must eat a
healthy diet for the best results.
Exercise can be something you enjoy.
Exercise does not need to be boring. You may find you enjoy going to the gym or
doing a fitness DVD at home. Outdoor activities may be your thing.
Cycling, jogging, hiking, dancing and even
gardening are great ways to lose weight and get fit. When starting a get fit
program it is important to choose something you will really enjoy doing, so
remember that fitness can be fun so try to keep things interesting.
Fill your cupboards with healthy foods and
snacks. If you find you are tempted by unhealthy foods and snacks then ban them
from your home. If they are not available you cannot be tempted.
Instead stock up on fresh fruits,
vegetables, raw nuts, yogurt, low fat cheeses, lean meats, whole grains and
rice. Watching what you eat is the best way to get the most out of your fitness
program. Also eating the wrong foods will make it harder to lose weight which
may actually knock you off track and lower your motivation.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
We need to drink water in order to maintain proper bodily functions. As our
bodies are mostly made up of water we need to regularly top up water levels to
keep our bodies functioning at their best.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day helps to
flush out toxins and improve metabolism. Try to stick to clean filtered water and
avoid sugary sodas, juices and teas and coffee.
Common Mistakes People Make In Their Fitness Program
1/ Reducing sleep time to do exercise.
A busy life makes people have little time
for activities besides work including doing exercise. Many people decide to cut
down their sleep time so that they can have more time to exercise. It is not
good if your sleep time is reduced to less than 6 or 7 hours per day. Shortage
of sleep may cause many problems relating to your health that badly affect
work, your studies and others.
2/ Overdoing it the first time
This is one of the biggest and most common
mistakes in doing exercise. When starting out, many of us are usually eager and
have the tendency of doing too much of it. This can cause some injuries for
your muscles or bones. Specialists advise that you should increase the
intensity gradually each day so that your body can get used to it. When doing
exercise, the duration and the regularity are more important than the
3/ Exercising when you are hungry
To save time, many people go to the gym
right after work. After a long working day, you will be very hungry in the
afternoon. Doing this will make you feel exhausted and the exercise is not as
effective. As a result, you will not gain good results. However, you should not
do the exercise right after having a meal or you may get a stomach ache as
4/Wearing clothes that are too tight.
In order not to feel comfortable during
exercise, do not wear tight clothes. Wearing those clothes in doing exercise is
not good for your health. It may tighten your blood vessels and prevent blood
from circulating. Further more, tight clothes also make it difficult for you to
do some movements like raising your legs, spreading your legs wide apart, etc.
When starting a get fit program the above
tips can be helpful to you. Try to remember your goals and what you have set
out to achieve for the day. This will make exercise and getting fit a whole lot
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