How to Get in Shape in 5 Simple Steps

Do you know how to get in shape so you can look great and feel great, too?

With new workout products and exercise fads coming out every week, it can be hard to know what you should do to stay fit and healthy.

There’s just too many choices…what should I do???

So one thing to keep in mind with anything when there’s too many choices, is to stick with the basics.

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How does this apply to fitness?

First, unless you’re a professional athlete or competing at the highest level, you don’t need to worry about the latest workout trends or diet supplements. Instead, do the stuff that’s been time-tested and proven to work.

So what’s that?

Here’s a few things to remember as you work to get moving and fit.

Learn How to Get in Shape With These 5 Tips

1. Do what you enjoy

One of the most important ingredients for a successful exercise routine is to do something that you enjoy. If you hate to run, don’t train for a marathon. Stay away from the pool if you can’t stand to get wet.

Find an exercise program that you enjoy doing, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.

2. Be consistent

Exercising hard for a week, only to take the next month off, doesn’t lead to results. So make sure you are consistent with your routine.

Sure, the first few weeks may be tough, but once you’ve turned exercise into a habit, your decision to work out will be on autopilot.

3. Get stronger

Strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders and athletes. Doing any type of resistance training – with weights, resistance bands, or your own body, can lead to important fitness gains.

You don’t need to squat 400 pounds, but you should do some resistance training to increase your lean muscle mass, get your heart-pumping, and help protect against falls as you get older, which happens to be the leading cause of injury death in adults over the age of 65.*

4. Get a partner

Exercising with someone else can help you stick with your workouts and motivate you to get fit even when you don’t feel like it. Sure, you can exercise on your own, but it can be more fun, and rewarding, if you can get a partner to help you along the way.

5. Set a goal

It’s hard to stay motivated unless you have a goal to shoot for. So before you start a routine, think about what you want to get from it. Is it heart-health? Do you want to look better? Do you want to feel better?

Think about why you want (or need) to exercise, and then set a big goal around it. Doing that will keep you motivated even when you don’t feel like exercising, and can help you build confidence as you make progress along the way.

Resources to Help You Get in Shape

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