make your ‘get fit’ day today
If you’re waiting for the perfect day to decide to get fit and healthy for good, you might be waiting for a while. Or worse still, it might come when you least expect it in the form of a serious health warning. So don’t. Stop putting off what you can start today.
It also happens to be All or Nothing Day. So if you really need to put a pin in a ‘get fit’ date, today’s the day. Don’t wait till the New Year or your next birthday, or next summer. Just seize the damn day go for it! Here are some tips to get you started.
Set realistic goals
Ask yourself what you really want to achieve. Do you wanna lose weight? Tone up? Feel healthier? Or are your getting geared up for a marathon?
Whatever it is, be realistic about what you can achieve within a certain timeframe. There’s no point giving yourself two weeks to get in shape for a 10km run. And forget thinking you can slip into those skinny jeans after a few rounds of the treadmill. Do some research, get some expert advice, and get real about what’s achievable. And don’t forget to track your progress. It takes time to get your mind, body and lifestyle in shape, but when you see the results, you’ll be driven to go the distance.
Mix things up
Rather than hitting the gym and heading straight for your comfort zone (ie. the treadmill), be brave and mix things up. Try a new class, a different circuit or if you have no idea what to do differently, talk to a personal trainer. Shaking things up will kill the boredom of the same regime – and your body will thank you for it, too.
Why? Because doing the same cardio routine over and over is counterproductive when it comes to weight loss and building muscle strength. Like anything, your body will get used to it and soon start burning calories and fat efficiently – which doesn’t work when you want to get rid of them! So while it’s essential to build cardio into your regime, don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’ll do all the work. Get some weight training in the mix to see results.
One of the biggest (and most common) mistakes people make when starting a fitness regime is doing too much too soon. Just chill out, people! It’s awesome that you want to get fit – but it’s not going to happen overnight.
No matter how many weights you lift, miles you run, or crunches you crunch, the process takes time and you need to go with it. What’s worse, going too hard puts stress on your joints and muscles, making it more likely to tear, strain or sprain something. So don’t. Build your strength and endurance bit by bit, and you’ll stay on track for good.
Another common mistake people make is not taking a break between workouts. That’s right, resting between sessions is part of getting fit. If you don’t give your body time to recover, you’re more prone to feeling tired, sore or doing yourself an injury.
But if you get your workouts right, you’ll still be burning fat and calories and building muscle even when your butt’s planted on the couch. After weight training, for instance, your muscles need time and energy to recover and repair – energy they get from stored fat.
So next time you feel guilty for taking a break – don’t. If you get it right, your body will still be working out even when you’re not.
Live a more active life. End of.
Having a fitness plan in place is amazing. But don’t let it stop there. Making some small changes in everyday life can go a long way to helping you smash your goals.
Instead of taking the lift or escalator, take the stairs. Rather than catching a taxi, walk a couple of blocks. And instead of parking your car as close as you can to the grocery store, park further away. And if you’ve got the time, you could even get back to washing your own car, walking your own dog, cleaning your own house and cutting your own lawn. Whack on your Fitbit and be prepared to be amazed.
Are you gonna make today the day to stop ‘planning’ to get fit, and just do it? Think of the fitter, healthier and happier version of yourself three months from now. Got it? Now go get it!
– Team Anarchy45