If you have decided that it is time to get into shape, you need to create a fitness plan. You will increase your chances of success if you have a plan with specific goals and accountability. You will feel the positive impact of a plan as soon as you begin creating it.
The first thing you need to do is figure out what your goals are and record them. Determine if you are interested in losing weight or inches. Do you want to work towards entry into a marathon or other event? Do you need to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure?
Choose one or two primary goals and break them down into smaller achievable steps and give yourself a time frame for each step.
Schedule a daily appointment with yourself to exercise. Keep the appointment as though you had made it with an important executive. This will help you to stick to your plan. If you wait for the right time to exercise, it will easily be crowded out by other events.
Select several activities which you find enjoyable when you create your plan. You are more likely to adhere to a plan that includes routines you like. Be certain to select a variety that has stretching, aerobic, and strength training selections throughout the week. At the beginning of each session, warm up to ensure your muscles are ready for activity.
You may find it beneficial to exercise with one or more friends. You may walk with one person, weight lift with another, or go swimming. If you engage in a variety of people into your fitness plans, you increase your success by building a support group.
The more people you interact with, the greater your chances of continuing with your plan. Even if one person decides to stop exercising, you already have other activities lined up.
Give yourself small rewards when you reach steps on your plan. Keep the rewards affordable and consistent with your goals. Choose things that will enhance your progress, like a new tennis racquet or running shoes. Avoid food as a reward!
Getting fit takes a good plan and time. You can have fun along the way and feel good about your progress. Reward yourself when you reach a goal and do not focus on times when you deviate from the plan.
You can have the fitness level you desire if you follow these suggestions. Remember, it is up to you to make the most of your fitness needs.
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