I often get asked, “What is the best thing I can do to lose weight?”. The best thing I can tell anyone is “don’t quit”. Perseverance is the best thing you can have when it comes to health and fitness. Of course, this isn’t really the answer that people want to hear… I will give you three things that will get you well on the way to the physique, fitness level and health benefits most people are looking for.
1.) Exercises Buddy
Exercising with a friend or family member can really make the difference in your workouts. Doing activities with someone will be more enjoyable. You don’t have to be exercising next to one another or doing the same workouts. Just having someone there to talk to occasionally can be enough. If you can share the same workout routine, weight, machines or run with even better. Interaction with others will help to keep you engaged and enjoy the time rather that just having another item to check off on your daily “to do” list.
It is important that your workout isn’t contingent on your workout buddy. If one of you has to cancel the other STILL goes ahead and does the workout. (Reschedule is okay if it doesn’t get pushed more than a day or two) It is important to be flexible when exercising with someone, schedules don’t always align. Be sure to text, email or something with your buddy about the workout if they aren’t able to go with you. It will add incentive for them be right there with you next time. Lastly, you may need more than one workout buddy or you may have to find a new one. Don’t let their poor decision to quit or scheduling conflicts to stop you from attaining your goals.
Being consistent doesn’t have to mean exercising on the same day and/or time or routine every week. What it does mean is that you are getting a workout or exercise on a regular basis. One day a week is not what I’m talking about.
Schedule your workouts just like you schedule a doctor's appointment, meeting friends for dinner or going for a mani-pedi. It’s best to schedule your times to workout at the beginning of the week. Most of us have a good idea of what must be done in our week. Put your workout times on your schedule just like everything else. Of course, you can make adjustments but keep it in your week.
3.) Patience & Flexibility
The fast-paced world we live in can cause us to have unreal expectations. When it comes to fitness, you work hard this month to see the results next month. Many people find this to be the hardest part when it comes to exercise. Phones are lighting fast, many times meals are eaten on a time frame but heath and fitness still operate on their own time frame. Keep in mind that fast normally results are usually temporary results. You can do several types of exercise. This really helps to keep you from getting bored with your workouts. Kickboxing on a day and Boot Camp class the other, yoga on the weekends or go for a run on a beautiful day. Change up your exercises, exercise schedule and type of exercise occasionally. Variety is a good thing.Variety will also keep you from hitting a plateau in your progress.
There are so many things that can make the difference in health and fitness. These are among the most helpful. Keep in mind that a good exercise class will have all three of these things in it.
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