Follow This 5 Step Plan to Achieve Your Fitness Goals
Boost your immune system, have more energy, feel good about yourself and enjoy life more by being healthy and fit.
Let's hope you're reading this because you want to commit to a healthier lifestyle.
You've set your goals and now you're overwhelmed by figuring out how to reach them. It's going to be hard work and it's going to take time but it is very achievable. When you do succeed, you'll realize it's all worth it. Boost your immune system, have more energy, feel good about yourself and enjoy life more by being healthy and fit.
Follow this five step plan to develop good habits and find your rhythm.
1. Find Your Motivation
Before you begin your planning, you have to find your motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
For many of us, the primary driver that gets us into the gym is to look better. For others, we want to feel better about ourselves and have more energy throughout the day. If you're still searching for what motivates you, let me share what drives my passion for health and fitness. I do not want to be unable to be confined to a wheelchair or bed in old age. Many elderly people find themselves trapped by immobility due to injuries and aging. We often struggle to understand why this happens to our loved ones and the pharmaceutical industry has provided countless drugs to mitigate the effects of old age. Perhaps the best way to fight the aging process is to remain active.
The body doesn't grow old from overuse, it grows old from lack of use.
I look to Jack LaLanne, often considered to be the founder of the modern fitness movement. LaLanne died in 2011 at the age of 96 and he never stopped moving. He celebrated his 70th birthday by swimming across Long Beach Harbor while towing 70 rowboats with 70 people on board for a mile and a half. He did this while handcuffed and shackled. He maintained a healthy lifestyle and daily fitness regimen into his 90s. He believed in keeping your mind and body active to slow the aging process. Don't spend the last years of your life in a wheelchair or a nursing home.
Remain active, slow down the aging process and enjoy life.
2. Educate Yourself
Thanks to the internet, there is an unlimited amount of information about fitness, nutrition and healthy living available to you at no cost. As you begin your journey towards a healthier life, educate yourself on what works for exercise and diet.
Be your own personal trainer.
Due to the staggering amount of information out there, it is helpful to keep one thing in mind: the simplest answer is usually the correct one. Don't get intimidated or swayed by the latest fitness fads or new products being sold.
Do your research, vary your sources, consider simplicity over complexity and learn what works best for you by doing some self-experimentation.
3. Commit to a Lifestyle Change
You're going to encounter many salespeople trying to market to you the easiest way to get fit and lose weight while doing as little as possible. You will see "30 days to a flatter stomach" and "12 week diets" and some might actually be successful to varying degrees. These short term fixes are faulty.
Time and time again, people try these diets and workout routines only to find themselves worse off down the road. The reason for this is simple: they fail to consider the long term.
Reaching your health and fitness goals should be a road that doesn't end until your final days on this planet.
Changing your eating habits or adopting a workout routine should not end when a goal is met. Your goals should be nothing more than checkpoints along your lifelong journey to achieving a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Commit to a lifestyle change that never ends.
4. Start With the Basics
Start small and build your way up as you learn more about what healthy habits and routines work best for you.
As I said before, simplicity is often the right answer so begin with the absolute basics. For fitness, learn bodyweight moves like push-ups, pull-ups, squats and burpees to develop full body strength and conditioning. If you are older, out of shape, or injury-prone and feel like doing a push-up is impossible for you, remember this: your body was engineered to perform this type of movement. You were made to push, pull, run, jump, walk and crawl. Do them. For nutrition, focus on eliminating man-made, processed foods and introduce more healthy, nutritious foods into your diet. If man made it, don't eat it. Stick to the outer edges of a grocery store where you'll find fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats. The inner aisles are a nutritional dead zone where the processed foods are.
Keep it simple. Start with the basics and build on your foundation.
5. Maintain Balance and Be Consistent
After you have adopted your new healthy lifestyle, it is important to maintain balance on a regular basis.
Get enough exercise, eat the right foods and get a sufficient amount of sleep.
Remember to enjoy life too.
Don't think that you can't indulge from time to time. For diet, the 90/10 rule is a great way to maintain a balance between healthy living and enjoying the foods you love. This means that 90 percent of the time you are eating healthy and the other 10 percent of the time you can eat your favorite cheat foods. This method yields tremendous psychological and physical benefits. Don't drive yourself crazy by never allowing yourself to take a break. Keep your mind at ease and eat a slice of pizza every once in awhile.
Consistency is also critical to maintaining the healthy changes you have made over the long term. Remember that your goals are just checkpoints on the lifelong road to healthy living. Stick to your fitness routine on a regular basis. Schedule your workouts, hold yourself accountable for missed workouts and always keep the big picture in mind.
Be committed and stay disciplined for the long run.
Follow these five steps. It will guide you to find your healthiest and fittest self. Find what motivates you. Gather information. Look at the long term view and remember that consistency is key. The things you do on a daily basis are what make all the difference in shaping your physical and mental health.
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