Simple Fitness Tips To Help You Reach Your Goals
When you are just starting out, setting fitness goals is pretty easy. Following through and achieving them however, takes a lot of perseverance and hard work. If you are a beginner and new to the whole fitness idea, there are some simple tips that you can follow to help you reach your goals.
Start by writing down what your fitness goals are, and the steps that you are planning to take to be able to reach them. Keep track of your progress and effort. This helps to not only show you your incremental success, but also holds you personally accountable. Having everything written down helps you to identify what your strengths and weaknesses are, and where you need to make changes.
Keeping a journal so you can write down your thoughts as you go through your fitness journey can help to be motivating, inspiring, and also therapeutic. Having positive moments to look back on can be very motivational when you are in a slump. Your attitude is a very important part in helping you to reach your goals.
Try to build yourself up slowly. If you try to change everything all at once in your lifestyle such as your food choices, lifting weights, and adding cardio, it can become extremely overwhelming. If it is too overwhelming, you are likely to give up and not continue toward your goals.
Allow yourself to mentally and physically adjust to a few changes at a time. As you change little things one at a time, they start to become part of your new lifestyle as well as become good habits that you will continue to do for the rest of your life. This helps to provide you with a feeling of continued success.
Be sure to allow yourself a “cheat” day. If you miss one workout or if you eat a cheeseburger that you have not had in a month, it is not the end of the world. Allow yourself to make small mistakes, and as you progress toward your goal, those mistakes will become less and less.
Educate yourself as much as you can about fitness and nutrition. The more that you learn, the more information and tools you will have to draw from and implement into your new lifestyle. There are many sources of information available and you may become surprised and inspired with the new knowledge that you learn.
Try to stay focused. It is very easy to become distracted with daily responsibilities, stress, and business. Planning ahead for these distractions will allow you to be mentally ready for when they happen. Working out will actually help to relieve the stress and frazzled feeling that you have on these days.
When you have reached your short-term fitness goals, you can then set new goals. You may choose to bring your fitness to the next level, or you may simply maintain the level that you have reached. Either way, you worked really hard to get there so be sure not to fall back into old habits.
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The Fitness Evolution
As science has progressed over the last 50 or so years, it has become more and more apparent that health is directly linked to weight and overall fitness. Before the 60's, being voluptuous with soft curves was definitely the desirable look.
But quiet suddenly (when taken in terms of how trends develop over time) people wanted to be trimmer and firmer. This had a lot more to do with image than it did with being healthy. Being rich or famous meant that you had access to a healthier lifestyle and even if you did not own a fortune, you could certainly look as if you were wealthy.
Actors, actresses, models and other famous people of the era were also getting thinner and were talking about exercising and dieting. Although not everybody was jumping on the band wagon, changes were being made to incorporate the new look into lifestyles.
The fitness revolution only really came about in the 80's when different forms of exercise were suddenly available to every person. The advent of new technological devices also played a role in getting bums off couches and getting fit.
The videocassette recorder, or VCR as it was better known at the time, allowed fitness experts and stars to promote their exercise routines to the general public. In turn, everybody wanted to get in on the act and started an exercising revolution in the living room.
Morning breakfast television shows dedicated segments to aerobics and other exercise phenomena and television in general became more about getting off the couch than relaxing and taking in a show. Doctors were telling their patients to loose weight and exercise if they wanted to avoid a heart attack and live longer. High impact cardiovascular exercise was the in thing.
The 90's ran with the fitness phenomenon that was sweeping the globe and everybody just had to have a membership to a gym. This gave people access to different types of equipment and a variety of exercises to help them trim down and tone up.
In the new millennium, a new fitness trend evolved bringing back some old exercise trends while revolutionizing the newer fitness regimes. Pilates, yoga and tai chi became the new way to gain the ideal body and a better understanding of how muscles and exercise improve overall health.
Cardiovascular exercise took a new turn by decreasing the high impact nature of exercise while increasing the energy burning capacity of the routine. It was also no longer just cycling or running as fast and as long as possible, but integrating different difficulty levels into your fitness program. Even dancing, boxing and other forms of traditional exercise were upgraded to become far more intense.
In the current decade, fitness and exercise is beginning to play an even more important role in lifestyle choices. At the same time, fitness choices are becoming much more individualized as people try to find an exercise routine that they enjoy and that provides them with all the health benefits of being fit.