Who says the number 13 is bad luck? There is no better time than now – the start of 2013 – to get fit and enjoy good health. You only get one body so it must be taken care of. If your resolution is to finally get in shape and look better than ever, here are 8 bits of encouragement to help make your goal come true:
(1) Results don’t disappoint – expectations do.
No one will like Tyra Banks, Channing Tatum, or Eva Mendez after a month of exercise. However, even after a lifetime of no physical activity you can significantly scult your body in a reasonably short amount of time. The best way to achieve good results is to make a series of short-term goals that are attainable over the long run. For example, aim to lose 4 pounds a week, or go up in bench press by 5 lbs every other week, etc. Exercise is a series of mini sprints that will help you complete the marathon.
(2) The gym may not be for you and that is okay.
You do not have to go to the gym or hit the treadmill if that isn’t your style. You may not be able to afford the time outside of parenthood or maybe you cannot afford a membership, for example. The good news is there are adequate alternatives to the gym. P90X, Insanity, and other home workout videos do wonders. Also, exercise comes in all forms. Joining a sports team or dance team are fun and easy ways to get exercise.
(3) ANY diet that says cut out an entire food group is bad bad bad!
Ideal health is achieved with a balance of all food groups. This includes fats, oils, and those killer carbs. Cutting out an entire food group is both unhealthy and very hard to sustain for a long time. Just eat responsibly and you will be fine. Carbs don’t kill people, people kill people.
(4) You are your most accountable workout partner.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Whether you are putting together a dresser or writing a movie, partners just make the work a tad easier. The same holds true for the gym. Having a partner is fun and a good way to spend time with someone, especially a significantly other. However, be cautious because not all partners are equally dedicated to their fitness. It is imperative that you do not let someone else’s apathy slow down your progress. Your fitness will only be achieved by your hard work and no one else’s. The infatuation phase for fitness is short lived. Each January, gyms are crowded with people who swear they will get fit in the new, but by February the excitement dies down and the crowd thins. Maintain your excitement for exercise and do not let someone else detract your goal.
(5) Let variety add some exercise excitement
Most things we do habitually tend to get boring. How exciting is brushing your teeth or driving to work everyday? Fitness must be ingrained as a habit, and it too may seem like a mundane task one day. When this happens, spice up your routine. There are infinitely many exercises you may do and they are easy to find. Do not underestimate the power of free videos on YouTube. Many trainers post videos detailing their routines. Also, playing music while you exercise can add a little more fun to your workouts. Get some catchy tunes and sing along in your head to forget about the pain!
(6) You don’t need a personal trainer
Personal trainers are very helpful, but they are also very expensive. Three personal training sessions are likely to cost as much as a one month gym membership. Personal trainers are a good starting point if you have no exercise experience, but they are anything but necessary. Trainers can show you new exercises and how to maintain good form without hurting yourself. If you elect to have a personal trainer, just a few sessions is all you need to get the gist. After that, you can use what you learned and exercise on you own. If you are the type of person who needs extrinsic motivation to exercise, then exercises classes are less expensive than a personal trainer and you can achieve the same results.
(7) Your hair is easier to fix than your heart
Many women have a valid concern about sweating out their hair in the gym. This may be a necessary evil, but it should not prevent you from taking care of your body. Damaged hair is much easier to fix than damaged high blood pressure and cholesterol. Besides, as you improve your body it will get you more adoration and compliments than you hair ever would!