The Secret Guide To Start Getting In Shape
So, you want to start getting in shape? Join the club. Not the health club, I mean like “yeah, join the club. Everyone wants to get in shape.”
Whether it’s due to increasing obesity rates or a rising emphasis on appearance, everyone seems to be heading for the gym. Because this post is entitled “How to start getting in shape,” we’re going to assume that you’re not “in shape” right now.
First, we’ll tell you how to do it, approaching the project in a way that will maximize your chance of success, then we’ll tell you what to do. So, how to do it?
Set Goals & Write Them Down
OK, you want to get “in shape,” but what does that really mean? Do you want to be on the cover of a muscle-mag, or do you want your belly to stop jiggling when you’re brushing your teeth? Or somewhere in the middle?
It’s important that you set very specific goals. If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and failed, your problem might have been related to your goals.
Write them down. Don’t forget them. Keep them small at first and move from one small success to the next until you’re more shredded than a Julienne salad.
Without habits, you’re screwed. Don’t believe me?
Think of your habits right now. Do they reflect the habits of a healthy individual? I didn’t think so. You have no problem with habits, it’s that your habits have problems.
One of your goals should be to get into a habit. Perhaps it’s running at least a mile every day, or swimming at least a mile, or playing basketball at least 3 times a week. Like your goals, your habits should be set in stone. With any luck, you’ll feel horribly guilty any time you deviate from your habit.
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Your last adventure into fitness may have felt like a failure. It’s more likely, however, that what failed was your patience.
We’ve all heard the adage: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Like all cliches, this one has a lot of truth to it. If you’re not familiar with the reference, Rome was a very large empire that began in Italy and eventually stretched from Egypt to England.
Your goal is somewhat the reverse: you want to get smaller. The lesson here is that it’s not going to happen in a day. Rome had to squash a whole bunch of tribes before they began conquering the world.
Success and failure are defined by you, and you alone. This goes back to your goals. Set small, achievable goals, and you’ll be on your way toward that magazine cover.
What to do next? You’ll be changing two things right off the bat: your diet and your activities.
When it comes to diet, habits are elemental. Get into a habit of avoiding high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Fruits, vegetables, and meats (yes, meats!) are your friends.
Dieticians often make eating healthy seem like more of a science than it needs to be. The fact is that many of our diets are so incredibly unhealthy that minor alterations will lead to huge changes in weight.
Most of us don’t need to go on a Paleo diet or become vegan. I have personally seen an obese child lose 100 pounds just by giving up soda. Try out the simple changes below, and if you don’t see results, then you should break out the chequebook and get the advice of a professional.
Don’t mistake thirst for hunger – drink 8 glasses of water a day. Reduce food portions by ⅓. Avoid soda altogether. Eat 8 fruits and/or vegetables a day. Finally, eat slowly.
If you’ve tried to get fit before, but it ended in failure, ask yourself why. If you hated running, don’t run this time around. Getting in shape is difficult, but it shouldn’t feel like pulling teeth.
Find a physical activity that you actually enjoy and your chances of weight-loss success will skyrocket. Join an ultimate frisbee team, a soccer team, a basketball team. Start swimming or biking along the beach.
Starting with a commitment to go to the gym twice a day, run five miles, and do 200 push-ups and 200 sit-ups is setting yourself up for failure. Your exercise regimen can evolve over time. Start small and don’t give up.
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