Getting fit can seem like an impossible challenge. However, just because you’ve failed in the past, or are too busy, that doesn’t mean that you will fail again this time. You need to be able to embrace the small changes that force you into healthier routines and healthier habits over a sustained period. That’s the real trick to improving your health and fitness, not using diet pills or overworking yourself at the gym. It’s up to you to find ways that work for you. We have got some ideas to get you started on the right path. So read on and then start making the most of these little ideas.
FILL YOUR WEEKENDS WITH FUN ACTIVITY
If you spend your weekends in front of the TV, you should find other ways to have a good time. Fun can be had via physical activity with your friends and family during your weekends, so why stay sitting on the sofa when you can have a good time with those closest to you, while also giving your body a bit of a workout at the same time. It’s a win-win situation for you.
LIMIT YOUR CAR USAGE CLOSELY
It’s so easy to jump into the car and go to wherever you need to go, but is that necessary most of the time? It’s often the case that it makes just as much sense or more if you were to walk to where you need to go. That’s why it’s a wise idea to limit your car usage strictly so that you give yourself more of a chance to walk from A to B when it makes sense to do so.
GET MORE SLEEP
Getting more sleep is one of those things that people assume doesn’t impact on health and fitness at all. But that’s where you’re wrong. People who get the right amount of sleep are generally more alert and focused during the following day. That means your energy levels will be higher and you’ll be able to work your body that little harder, so try to get more sleep than you’re currently getting.
WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE, TAKE THE HARDER PATH
We’re all presented with many choices every day. Start making the harder path if you want to improve your general health and fitness. But by ignoring your intuition and taking the stairs, you’d be doing your body a favour.
FIND A FITNESS PARTNER
When you have someone by your side to work out with and get fit with, the whole thing becomes a lot more fun and appealing to you. You will not be quite as quick to give up and throw in the towel if you’re having a good time with your fitness buddy. And on top of all that, you could succeed in adding a competitive edge to your workout sessions, which has to be a good thing for your body.
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO PORTION SIZES
Many people think that they’re eating healthily and doing a decent amount of exercise, yet they’re still not losing weight. Well, one of the things that this could all come down to is portion sizes. When you allow yourself to eat more than you know you’re supposed to, you will find that you keep putting on weight, even if the food itself is relatively good for you. That’s why you should learn more and start paying more attention to this factor.
INVEST IN A FITBIT
Being able to track and monitor your fitness is one perfect way to help you make gradual improvements. It’s so much easier to keep pushing in the right direction when you can see the improvements that you’re building on a day to day basis. You will want to see that trend continue once you start moving in the right direction, so invest in a Fitbit and reap the rewards. There are resources out there if you're still asking yourself ‘which Fitbit is right for me?’ Make the most of them and monitor your gains closely.
AVOID TEMPTING OCCASIONS
So often people give in to temptation when they could have avoided being exposed to that temptation altogether.
BECOME YOUR HOUSEHOLD’S MAIN DOG WALKER
Simple things like walking the dog more often will have a significant impact on your health over the course of a year. Take your dog out for a walk in the evening, why not be the person do that going forward? It will give you a reason to get out of the house and be active. It’s not much but if this is something that you every day, it will soon have a significant impact on your fitness and vitality.
You don’t have to spend 2 hours a day at the gym to get in shape; it’s not necessary. The small changes that add up over time are the ones that are most important. Contributed Content.