A common New Year’s Resolution that people make is to get into good shape. Unfortunately, many people fail to do this. However, you can be one of the few who actually succeeds. Apply the advice found in the below article, and you can be on your way to reaching your fitness goals.
Always make sure that you start off slow when beginning a new fitness regime, especially if you are really out of shape. You have to allow your body to gradually change. Otherwise, you could overdo it and injure yourself really badly. This is not a good way to start out your goal of getting in shape. Try taking a few short walks every week, and gradually work up from there.
Try exercising in groups. Exercising with a group of family or friends makes it more likely that you all will stick with the exercise program. If you exercise by yourself, then you will likely quit after a couple weeks because you won’t be feeling good and will lose motivation.
Always set goals that are realistic. For example, if you are 50 pounds overweight, you cannot expect to lose it all in a few weeks. If your goal is to bench press 200 pounds and you are currently only benching 100, then you won’t be benching 200 in a matter of a month or two, unless you take steroids, which you should never resort to doing. It is going to take time and a lot of effort. If you set unrealistic goals, you are only going to be disappointed and lose motivation. Instead, set a goal to lose 2-3 pounds in a week, or aim to increase your bench press by five pounds in 2 weeks.
Walking or biking are excellent ways to get fit. If you live a short distance away from somewhere you go every single day, then walk or bike there instead of driving. Walking and biking burn a lot of calories and are very low impact. They are excellent beginning exercises, if you are new to fitness.
Make sure you are improving your diet. You cannot expect your exercise to make up for your terrible diet. If you are eating tons of pizza, ice cream, and cake every single day, you won’t be losing weight no matter how hard you exercise. You should make sure you are getting enough of all the major food groups. Choose whole wheat bread instead of white. Avoid junk food, as much as possible. It is okay to have a small amount of it in moderation, but you should not overdo it.
Try simple weight lifting exercises at home. You don’t need a big machine to lift weights. You can buy a few pairs of light dumbbells and do simple exercises, such as the bicep curl, tricep kickback, shoulder presses, lunges, and more. Weights help tone your body and reduce body fat, and they don’t take a lot of time to do them.
Now that you have learned how to get in shape, you’ll surprise yourself on how simple it is to get fit. Apply the advice given above, and you’ll soon get into excellent shape.