Monday, June 8, 2009

Eat Healthier And Start Exercising

Eat Healthier And Start Exercising

The most difficult challenge that people I talk to face is how to incorporate personal fitness into their daily routine. Everyone knows we should do something to get fitter but not many people know how to go about it. It can be disheartening due to the abundance of information out there. So much that you may not know where to begin.

In todays society we have an abundance of food choices that it is easy to pack on the extra pounds. Also our day to day jobs are less physical as they where 100 years ago so we have more sedentary life styles. We know the advantages involved when we exercise and cleaning up our diet. However, the majority of us do not know where to begin.

So what's the best way to start, and how do we begin?

The very first thing you need do is go to your doctor and get the approval to start exercising. Your doctor may also provide some helpful tips as well.

Once your doctor has approved your exercise plans, try out this simple routine:

Decide right now to eat healthier and exercise more

Making the decision to do something provides a form of commitment you made to your self. Deciding that you need to change behavior creates new possibilities. When you say to your self I need to get in shape, it means something. You should be answering these questions in your mind: When can I work out? What exercises do I need to do? What foods should I be eating? Make your self think about the commitment you just made. Once you have done that you can let go of the past and take steps to move forward.

Write Down What You Do

It is important to get organised and make a schedule for your exercise so you need to write down everything you do on a daily basis. This includes work, travelling time, time spent with your partner and children, including childrens activities plus anything else you do. You should create a list for each day of the week.

Some people set lofty goals like working out for 2 hours a day. This can be due to an old saying, More is Better. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Knowing your schedule will help you set achievable targets and help you find a few hours a week to start exercising. You will have a visual perspective on what you can and can not do with your routine.

Research and Get Information

Most people do not have enough information before they start a work out program. So how do we get the information we need? The good news is we live in the information age. Take advantage of your favorite search engine and learn a little bit about fitness and nutrition. However, do not get carried away and lose focus. Find a source of information you like and take notes. Find the simplest and easiest exercises and nutrition tips. Do not over load yourself with information.

If you have the money, hire a personal trainer for a few sessions to help you get started. Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get started because you have made a commitment to meet someone to workout. Your goal is to have the trainer show you the basics on exercise and eating healthier. It may also be safer to learn how to perform the exercises (especially if you have not exercised for a while).

Create a Simple Plan and Set Realistic Goals

Make things easy for yourself! Following a simple plan while on a tight schedule is much easier than following an elaborate plan. You should have a plan of which days you want to work out and one goal to change your eating habits for the next few weeks. For example, I will work out for a half an hour for 3 days this week. I will eat a little less each meal. Simple is success.

Execute Your Plan

Now that you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. This is another big step. Make sure you read your daily plan first thing every morning. You need be mentally prepared for the great day ahead of you. Having your daily schedule at hand will help you achieve your goals for the day. When you have completed your workout for the day, highlight it or cross it off your list. It will show you that you accomplished something for yourself. No matter what you must execute. This will be the hardest and most rewarding step.

I hope these things help you get started on a new life of physical fitness. Our lives are filled with decision making, knowing your commitments, getting information, planning and execution. Try these approaches for yourself and you will see that having your own workout and nutrition program is not as hard as you first imagined.

By: Kevin Phillips
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