successful fitness plan

Do

  • Write down your fitness goals. You’re more likely to stick with a program once you have set some specific goals.
  • Always strive to eat a well balanced diet that includes ample servings of vegetables and fruit.
  • Break down your meals so you are eating several mini meals per day.
  • Assess your current fitness level before starting an exercise program. By doing so, you’ll be able to establish goals that meet your specific fitness needs.
  • Consider talking with your health care provider before embarking on a fitness program, particularly if you are struggling with a health condition such as diabetes or obesity.
  • Supplement your diet with essential fatty acids. You can do this by eating two servings of fish per week.
  • Choose alternatives to satisfy your cravings when possible. Consider frozen fruit over ice cream or opt for a mini chocolate instead of the whole candy bar.
  • Always warm up before and stretch after your exercise routine.
  • Don’t overdo it! Try doing too much at once and you’ll burn out swiftly. Slowly increase the intensity of your workouts.
  • Diversify your workout routine. If you do the same exercises day after day, you’ll quickly tire and are more likely to skip workouts.
  • Work out with a friend. You’ll help motivate each other.
  • Keep healthy snacks available at all times. You’re less likely to grab junk food if something good for you is readily available.

Don’t

  • Over-train. Your body needs time to recover in between workouts.
  • Skip breakfast. Eating breakfast will jump start your metabolism and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day.
  • Skip stretching.
  • Skimp on sleep.
  • Set unrealistic goals. A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. If you have 50 pounds to lose, don’t expect it to come off overnight, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment.
  • Compare your successes and failures to others. Everyone is unique, and what works for some may not work for others.
  • Work out randomly. Work out regularly to maximize the benefits you’ll reap from a consistent fitness routine.
  • Give up. Consider talking with a friend in times of discouragement.
  • Forget to reward yourself on occasion.
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