Step-by-step guide to getting fit
New Year is around the corner and you want to start it on a healthy, positive note. But if you’ve spent most of your 2020 not working out, starting suddenly on January 1 isn’t advisable. The best way to start your New Year on a healthy note is by starting small and starting today. Importantly, remember these few mantras that will help change the way you think about fitness.
1. Don’t go for crash diets or programmes
Programmes that promise to help you lose impossible amount of weight in a few weeks are not sustainable. Such diets and programmes expect you to resort to extremes. Which is never a good idea.
2. Start small
Accept that you need to lose weight and then start taking baby steps towards correcting it. Start by walking for 45 minutes every day. The idea is to not complete, say, 10,000 steps but rather to be able to consistently do something every day for a month, without fail and without giving up.
3. Make other minor changes
Instead of doing a crash diet, start by making small changes to your diet that you can sustain. This could be something as simple as starting to have dinner as early as 7 pm or 8 pm. This is a practice you can more easily sustain than giving up carbs or sugar, or going on a cleanse.
4. Start with strength training
Strength training doesn’t just increase your metabolism but also helps tone up your muscles. It also helps increase strength, endurance, and energy levels, all of which help you maintain your weight goals. Lifting weight is also shown to improve psychological health, by increasing self-esteem, and self-confidence.
5. Mix things up
The key to getting fit and staying fit is to mix up your workout routines. If you’re doing the same cardio or strength exercises, your body will eventually burn fewer calories. By mixing up your workout routine you prevent your body from getting complacent and you from getting bored.