For many, the thought of beginning a fitness-training program is an exciting and life changing adventure. However, this excitement often gets replaced with feelings of frustration and confusion. The feeling of frustration is often the result of not knowing where or how to start. With so many books and opinions on fitness, some individuals are left feeling overwhelmed, confused and discouraged.
Have you ever felt this way? If you have, your frustration is over.
I am about to give you five steps on how to get into the best shape of your life.
Are you ready?
If you are, use these five steps to get your started!
Let’s Get Started One Step at a Time!
Step # 1. Discover Your Body Type
Discovering your body type is an important step in creating an individualized fitness-training program to meet your individualized fitness goals. Having an understanding of your body type will help you set realistic goals and expectations and relieve you from trying to make your other people’s fitness program work for you. It is common for individuals to be a combination of two body types. The three main body types of mesomorph, ectomorph and endomorph.
Step # 2. Be Specific with Your Fitness Goals
Making the broad statement that you want to become fit is not concrete nor objective. Your definition of being fit needs narrowing down to a more specific or objective goal. Do you want to lose weight, gain lean muscle or improve your cardiovascular conditioning? Whatever your goal, it needs to be clearly defined. Once your goal is clearly defined, you can begin taking the necessary steps required to reach your desired outcome.
Step # 3. Measure and Assess
Measurements are an essential component to the success of your fitness program or weight loss program. Prior to starting any fitness or weight loss program, it is important to gather a baseline of information to determine a starting point and an ending point. How will you know if you’re making progress towards your desired goal if you don’t know where you started?
Step # 4. Create a Plan of Action
If your goal is to do more push-ups within a minute and build upper body strength, then a plan of action to build upper body strength is required. If you desire better cardiovascular conditioning, a cardiovascular program needs to be designed. Whatever your goals, your plan of action needs to create the right steps to help you reach your destination.
Step # 5: Determine How Many Days to Exercise and Stay Committed
Once you determine which activities you enjoy, it’s time to realistically determine how many days per week you are willing to dedicate to these activities that will help you reach your clearly defined goal. If you can only do three days a week, some physical activity is better than no exercise at all. If you can’t get all three days in, do what you can and don’t fall into the “all or none” philosophy once you set your days of the week to exercise.
Use These Steps to Move Forward!
Making the decision to get fit and invest in your health is by far one of the best investments you will ever make. Therefore, as you start or continue your fitness journey, take these 5 tips to help you along your way towards better overall health!
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Written By: Olympian, 13 x Wellness Author, Health and Fitness Expert Laticia “Action”Jackson
Featured on TV stations such as Fox 40, ABC 10, and NBC News as well as featured in over 30 health and fitness magazines such as Oxygen Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Strong Fitness and Flex Magazine as a thought leader on population health, women’s health and minority health, Laticia “Action” Jackson is a Fitness Olympian, 13 x Wellness Author, Globally Recognized Health and Fitness Expert and Owner of Well Content 4 U! Her passion is to help prevent chronic illnesses and empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being. take ownership of their health and well-being by providing relevant and evidence-based wellness information delivered through content, wellness workshops and online wellness programs. Learn More about Laticia “Action”Jackson Here!