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7 Simple Ways to Jump Start Your Fitness At Any Age

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April 26, 2017

7 Simple Ways to Jump Start Your Fitness At Any Age

Fitness is something we all wish for. Often times we see a physically fit person and we desire to be like them. Fitness- physical as well as mental is important for health. It is not something you are born with, but something you can get to live a healthy life. You can get fitness at any age regardless of your body shape and physique. Remember, fitness is something you need to get regardless of your age and size.

Follow these tips to get fitness for body and mind. 

  1. Schedule it!  We all live in a world where everyone is “busy” and we also wear this slogan like it’s some kind of badge of honor! The phrase “too busy” means that we have made the decision to put other tasks higher on our priority list.  Whether it’s right or wrong is a separate debate, but putting exercise somewhere down the list is not a good thing to do. Schedule exercise in your day. This is where the change will begin. Embed the exercise into your routine. People who succeed at sticking to exercise are mostly the one who schedules it into their day—just like a wedding, hair appointment, or trip to the dentist. For the next few days, write down how you spend your time and start it from today. Write down every important thing you need to do in your day and follow the schedule. Get an idea about which activities are important and which are not. Eliminate the less important activities from your routine and add exercise to it.
  2. Increase your steps:  Do you know how many steps you walk on average?  If not, this would be a great time to do some research.  Find out how many steps you walk on a daily basis. If you have no idea about what to do to get started with regular exercise, JUST WALK. I have clients who reach their weight loss goals by just increasing their walk. Start walking an extra mile today and you will get amazing results. According to the Surgeon General, we should walk up to 10,000 steps every day to maintain our weight.  If you want to get moving today and may not have an activity tracker, try the app Pedometer ++ or Noom Walk Pedometer.  These will track your steps and keep the data for you. 
  3. Take five:  As Tony Robbins says: “If you don’t have 5 minutes, you don’t have a life”.  I think we can all agree that sparring yourself 5 minutes out of your routine is important for your health. Sparring 5 minutes out of daily tasks is important for the mind and body. It’s a known fact that five minutes of mild exercise makes your heart beat faster and improves the delivery of oxygen to your muscles.  Also, you don’t need to do anything extra. It can be anything from dancing in your kitchen to jumping all over the couch.  Anything that increases your heart rate is an exercise.  Start today and focus on your physical and well as mental fitness. Want more of an exercise plan?  Try the app 5- minute home workouts for both men and women.
  4. Get social:  You always hear that phrase “accountability partner” used when it comes to gaining consistency with exercise.  Why is that?  Someone to report to and share your experiences make things happen.  Reach out to the people who are successful at gaining fitness through their everyday routine. Hop on social media and let the world know you are starting this journey. It’s not a shame to tell anyone that you are struggling with your fitness and you have started a new journey. It can be inspiring for other people as well. It’s amazing and the people will pop out of the woodwork to help you achieve your goals.  You need to know that you are not alone. You don’t need to be alone. 
  5. Put it in Writing:  It’s crazy to think that writing things down can make us healthier; however, it is absolutely true!  Numerous research studies show that the people who record their food intake and logged their exercise did not only lose weight but were also able to keep it off longer than those who did not keep track. Writing your calorie intake, your mood, sleep routine, and muscle soreness, along with other feelings, can be a tool to put you on the road to success. It can also help you identify triggers, both physically and emotionally, that you may not have known were there.  If you want to start with small changes, consult My Healthy Life Journal today. The journal is available on Amazon and Kindle.  This journal helps you focus on the positive changes on a daily basis. All you have to do is to answer some simple questions to help you get started.
  6. Define your intentions – Why? Why? Why? : Someone might have asked this question “Why are you interested in living a healthier lifestyle?”  What is your answer?  Define your intentions. Ask yourself the same question again and again. Ask yourself why you need to focus on your fitness? Why do you need a healthy body and healthy mind? Try it out yourself.  Ask the question and keep asking yourself Why?  Be honest and discover the real truth behind your intention. When you will have your intentions defined, this journey will seem better than ever.
  7. Celebrate success daily: Celebrating little accomplishments is just as important, if not more, than celebrating big wins.  We all love that instant gratification and as we know, this won’t necessarily come on at the beginning of our exercise journey.  Achieving your fitness goals is a long-term plan. You cannot get the desired result suddenly. Get yourself used to the routine; celebrate every success and every milestone you achieve.  The power of progress is a fundamental need of human beings.  Every day counts.  You will achieve that long-term goal if you have consistent wins along the way.  Focus on the day-to-day things to look forward to and feel good about.  Little things like an extra glass of water, 20 more steps, and extra 10 minutes of sleep, writing your daily routine etc. can do wonders for your mind and body. Celebrate each success and don’t stop.