Keeping fit is about so much more than just going to the gym and churning out half an hour on the treadmill or exercise bike. It’s also about appreciating your physical body and everything you can do with it.
This article talks about keep fit goals and sticking to your fitness aims.
Everyone is different and has different physical capacities but what’s important is to start where you are and build up to a decided objective e.g. to lose 9kg (20lbs), build muscle, endurance, increase flexibility or burn fat.
Always ground your starting point in reality. Jump on the scales and measure your weight. If you weigh 114kg (250lbs) and your ideal weight is 82kg (180lbs), don’t fret about it. Rather be glad that you’re fully aware of what you need to do, lose 70lbs.
Now comes the fun part:
Sit down and write (or as many people do nowadays make notes on your smartphone) a list of 20 reasons why you want to lose weight, become fitter, build or tone muscle and develop your heart and lung capacity. Imagine how you’ll feel (healthy, strong, vital, more able to smile etc) and what you’ll look like, (lithe, fit, capable, glowing, radiant etc) when you’re writing your reasons, don’t worry, no one is looking over your shoulder so don’t feel guilty.
So, if you want to be lean, for guys maybe you want wider shoulders , a v-taper and a firm midsection, to look good in t-shirts or even in a suit, maybe if you’re a woman, you want to drop a couple of dress sizes and feel more lively and energetic so you can dance freely, it will do wonders for your self esteem and guys find that kind of feminine confidence magnetic! Just go ahead and write it down, be very specific. Keep your list handy and read it at least once per day (preferably before you start your day).
Your reasons are your reasons and if it’s contributing to positive change, no one can say anything about it; except applaud and encourage you. (If they don’t, think if they are really your friends or well wishers 🙂 )
So after you’ve decided on your health goal; determine how long it would reasonably take to attain it.
I.e., losing 5lb of bodyweight per month will soon add up, that’s 30lb in 6 months which is a great achievement!
You should instill in your mind that you will workout for at least 30 mins per day by fast walking, running, jogging, cycling, swimming, rowing , any of those. Once you’ve done that for a month, (by which time you’ll already be feeling great and looking better too!) increase that to 45 mins per day and stick to it for the next 30 days and you’ll never look back. The caveat is though, if you skip a day you have to start a full month again from that day. Do this and you’ll be a changed person. Your heightened feelings of self esteem and physical vitality will propel you to greater levels of health and fitness along with the natural weight loss.
We’ve got more great articles coming up, so please feel free to share your story and progress.
For now, keep at it, keep well and keep moving, here’s to your health and fitness!