Getting in Shape: Where to Start?

May 8, 2014

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If you’ve decided to start toning up and getting in shape, there’s a few things to keep in mind so that you reach your fitness goals. Getting in shape is feasible for anyone, anywhere. However, there are several pitfalls to avoid that could sabotage your weight loss goals. Here are some measures you can take to succeed if you are just starting out.

Start slowly

Don’t aim too high just yet. Goals are important, but if you’re starting from nothing, training for a marathon could be more discouraging than helpful. The key is to set attainable goals.

Start with a smaller goal, such as training for a 5k run. Raise your goals incrementally. Your goals should challenge you, but you should keep them within reach.

Getting discouraged will not help you succeed. If you haven’t trained for a long period of time, you can’t expect yourself to run 20k the first day. Be realistic, but confident too.

Healthy diet is the key to success!

Improve your diet. Every good workout needs a good diet for you to truly get fit. Replace sugary carbohydrates with hearty vegetables and proteins. A diet paired with exercise will help you lose weight faster and become healthier overall. Losing weight through dieting is also vitally important for your joints if you plan on doing higher-impact exercises.

Low-impact exercises

Start with low-impact exercises. If you are carrying a few extra pounds, high-impact exercises can place undue stress on your joints and cause long-term damage. This will limit your ability to exercise in the future, so it’s important to take care of your joints.

Stick with low-impact exercises such as cycling and walking until you get within your ideal weight. Lower impact exercises will slowly improve your cardiovascular and muscle strength. Once you are at a lower weight, you can shift to higher-impact exercises such as running.

Keep a strict schedule!

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Stick to a schedule, and keep it attainable. If working out five times a week is unattainable, make it three days a week.

You need to exercise regularly to see results. Lapsing more than a few days without exercising can undo all of your hard work. Make a schedule that you can stick with.

A schedule will also help you train to reach a goal, such as a 5k, by planning to run longer distances or for longer periods of time.

If you like to walk, plan to walk several days a week. The important thing is to make an attainable schedule and to stick with it.

It takes very little exercise to start improving your health today. Even walking an average of twenty minutes a day can vastly improve your heart health and bone density. It’s very easy to start exercising to improve your health and become more fit. With attainable goals and a regular exercise schedule, you’ll start seeing improvements in your health and fitness in a matter of weeks.