Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Many people set ambitious fitness goals, only to give up when they fall short. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’re committed to making fitness a natural part of your life, these strategies will help you get started:
SHORT TERM GOALS.
Be realistic. Set a series of attainable goals. Once you reach your first goal, you’ll be eager to tackle the next one. Success is a great motivator. (Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.)
WRITE IT DOWN
Start a fitness journal. On page 1, state your goals. Record what you’ll do, when and where you’ll do it. Then every day, record your activity, if any. Simply knowing that you’ll be writing down what you do-and don’t do-can motivate you to make the effort!
ASSEMBLE YOUR GEAR
You’ll be more likely to exercise if your workout clothes are clean, organized and ready to go. You might even want to buy a few new items to inspire yourself. It’s important that workout clothes feel good to wear. Check other supplies you may need, such as a towel and water bottle.
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Whether you’re a walker, runner or cardio-class regular, exercise should be fun! The key is getting your heart rate up and maintaining it for at least 30 minutes per workout. A good trainer can recommend varied workouts, from circuit training to boxing & more. And don’t forget to drink up while you work out. Every little drop helps!