Are you interested in getting into shape? As the weather becomes warm, many of us resolve to start working out and improve our fitness level. This can often seem like a daunting goal, however, unless we have a clear plan. What steps do you need to take to get in shape?
You are probably familiar with the recommendation that you drink at least eight full glasses of water a day. Experts recommend that you do this for optimal hydration, but drinking plenty of water also has other benefits. You are more likely to feel full if you regularly drink a glass of water, for example. So before your next meal, drink a full glass of water, and you may find that this tricks your body into feeling fuller! Steer clear of sodas, even ones that are sugar free.
Regular cardiovascular exercise is a must if your goal is a sleeker, more toned physique. Make it your goal to work out between three and four times each week. Some people feel that exercising in the morning gives them a burst of energy that lasts throughout the day, while other people prefer to exercise after work. You will likely develop a preference for what time of the day you exercise. Identify several types of physical activity that you enjoy engaging in, like going for a bike ride or going on a hike. Try to vary your routine; you are less likely to get bored this way.
Eating a healthy diet will help you achieve your fitness goals sooner. Try keeping a food journal, or a record of everything you eat, so you can determine if your current diet is healthy or needs to be tweaked. It can be easy for us to skimp on the fruits and veggies, so make sure your diet is high in plenty of those important foods, and low in fat.
A simple rule of thumb is that if you do not keep candy and other unhealthy foods in your house, you won’t be able to snack on them late at night! Try to slowly eliminate foods that are high in sugar and/or fat from your diet; you will find you have more energy if you do not regularly eat such unhealthy foods. Set yourself up for success, not failure, by walking right past those items in the grocery store.
Adding weigh training to your routine may help you burn calories faster. You can buy several weights from the store and find some weight lifting routines online that will target the areas you want to focus on. You can get light weights to strap on your wrists or ankles when you walk, as well.
We commend you on your quest to lose weight and get into shape! You are likely to notice improvements in your overall mood and sense of well being, as well as your energy level. You will probably see some benefits in your sleeping, as well. We wish you luck!