Let’s begin this discussion by acknowledging that maintaining fitness is not easy and it’s often not much fun either. Even though being fit isn’t easy, it is necessary. Luckily, staying in shape does not require extreme challenges. You only need put forth a minor amount of time and effort. You could discover that it’s a lot of fun.
If you are someone who is highly motivated by shopping, set a budget and go buy some cute workout clothing. Even if it’s a minor purchase, you can show it off. Ideally, by going to the gym!
Create a garden oasis. Gardening is a great workout. You must dig holes, do some weeding, and lots of squatting. It’s one of several hobbies you can do around that house that can actually help you get in shape.
Do you find it difficult to devote valuable time to exercise? You can cut your workout into smaller increments. You don’t have to workout for a longer period of time; just split one workout in half. Instead of jogging for an hour, jog on 2 separate occasions for 30 minutes during the day. If you don’t want to hit the gym twice in one day you can do one gym workout, and one outside workout.
Counting your calories helps you stay more fit. Knowing your calorie count helps you determine if you’re going to gain weight or lose weight. When you make an effort to record how many calories you are eating rather than guessing, you can get fit more easily and quickly.
Keep an accurate daily log. Write down your exercise, foods, drinks – all of it. You should even jot down the weather you had that day. You will be able to reflect on any highs or lows if you do. If you slack off on your workout for a couple days, record the reason for this lapse.
While running on a treadmill may have its draw, taking time to run outside has better benefits to you. Many people like treadmills because they are convenient (especially when the weather is bad), though if you want a great work out, running on the pavement will serve you better.
Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in during workouts. If you attend a gym, you might feel a bit of pressure to wear the trendy clothing, but you’re better off without it. Wear loose fitting clothing that allows you to move easily and won’t embarrass you. Proper clothing is essential to help you concentrate on exercise and not on ancillary matters.
Take control of your breathing to get more from your workouts. When doing situps or pushups, exhale while you are doing the hardest part. The powerful exhale causes your stomach muscles to contract forcefully, giving you added workout benefits for the same amount of work.
In short, getting in shape may not always be fun or easy, but if you have a good attitude and work hard, it can become both. There’s no reason you should have to lift yourself by your bootstraps and design a healthy fitness routine all on your own. Assistance is available, but you have to take the initiative.