Getting into good physical shape and staying that way is not always easy, but you can do it with some time, effort and commitment on your part. There are always excuses to be made: you don’t have enough time, you don’t belong to a gym, or maybe your knee hurts. Excuses need to be pushed to the side because being fit is very important for a healthy and productive life. If you are ready to get in good physical shape the following article contains many helpful tips that will lead you in the right direction.
One thing that can really keep you on the right track is to enlist the help of a workout buddy. Having someone that you can count on, vent to, motivate you, support you and hold you accountable will make you more likely to get into shape and stay that way. Chances are, if your buddy is at the gym waiting for you, you won’t want to leave them hanging. Having a friend to work out with will help keep you on the right track.
Make a workout schedule and stick to it. Schedule your workouts into your day like any other important appointment. Don’t make any excuses as to why you can not make it. Working out is important and you should treat it that way.
Setting goals is very important to keep you going. Set both long term and short-term goals for your fitness life. Write down your goals along with a date or approximate date you would like to meet these goals. Research shows that people with clear cut goals work harder than those who have no goals. You also need to choose rewards that are tied to your goals. Everyone’s goals will be different. They need to be things that motivate you, but should not be food related. Maybe you want a new pair of shoes. Why not reward yourself with them once you have completed a month of consistent workouts.
It is very important to find fitness activities that you enjoy and look forward to. If you choose to partake in activities that you can not stand, chances are you will find excuses to skip them, and they is not going to get you anywhere. Choose activities that excite you. This way you will be more likely to continue on your fitness path.
Keep a workout journal. A journal is great for so many reasons. Write down your starting weight and measurements. Continue to weigh and measure yourself every week or two and record it. This will show your progress. Also write down the exercises you do, the amount if time you do it and whether or not you enjoy it. You may find other things you would like to add as well.
By using the tips presented in this article you can get on the right path and stay there. Being in good physical shape is not only good for your appearance, it is also good for your health and will help you feel so much better.