Suggestions for a Healthier You; Simple tips to get your fitness routine started

July 21, 2009

It’s not easy to start a fitness routine, but once we decide to better our quality of life using diet and exercise, the journey is rewarding. Here are my pointers on how to get started and find the motivation to keep going. When you decide to start training you must understand your own fitness level. Many individuals jump right in to a fitness routine without knowing their physical condition and capabilities. This could lead to health trouble down the line if you aren’t fully informed on your own body’s limits. If need be, consult a physician to help access your current physical state.

Set big goals but create smaller manageable ones to help you along the way. Plan your workouts carefully and make adjustments as necessary. Working out should not be overwhelming. Creating tough, yet attainable goals will provide motivation and make your journey much more enjoyable.

Always enhance your fitness knowledge. The more informed you are the more likely you are to see results. It is never a good idea to take workout advice from a friend simply because they have a nice physique. No two bodies are alike and just because something worked for a friend, doesn’t mean it will work for you. You should always seek help from a certified fitness professional for any questions you may have.

Sign up for a physical challenge such as a 5k run or a bike ride. This is a great way to motivate yourself and others around you. Training for a cause gives you a sense of purpose and will push you to keep going when you may not want to.

Find strength in numbers. Partner up with a friend or co-worker and promise to push each other for the better. Going it alone can be a tough task for anyone, but having the support of a familiar face can give you the extra push you need. These are just a few ideas on how to inspire yourself and succeed in your workout.

Inspiration comes in different forms, so no matter what yours is, let it fuel your journey to living a better, more active lifestyle, and an overall healthier you.