Preparing for Fitness

This article was originally included in the Fall 2013 issue of our seasonal magazine. You can check out a digital copy of the East Side edition here, and the West Side edition here.

Making physical activity a part of your daily life isn’t an easy undertaking. It takes dedication, will power, patience, and a lot of hard work. But believe it or not, it’s not as hard as it may first appear, and you might even be surprised to find that you enjoy your new found lifestyle and the benefits it offers. But before we jump right in we’ll want to look at five steps that will help you stay safe, have fun, and be successful at getting fit. Let’s take a look at these five rules.

Preparing for Fitness 5 Tips for Success

Step 1: Talk with your Doctor

It is important to talk with your health care provider to identify whether your plans for physical activity are safe and right for you.

Step 2: Identify your barriers

Common barriers include a fear of discomfort, a lack of time, or a risk of injury. Begin by examining what barriers have prevented you from being physically active in the past, and find ways to address them.

Step 3: Choose your weapon

Identify what you are going to do to get physically active. Are you going to join a gym (Read: How to Choose a Health Club), start by walking, take on a new sport, or sign up for an aerobics or other fitness class?

Step 4: Set your goals

Goals are actually one of the most important parts of your plan to get physically active. (Read: Choosing the Right Goal & Finding Success) In many ways, they provide the road-map for your success. Basically, you can’t get to where you want, if you don’t know where you’re going.

Step 5: Get motivated

Motivation will be a key factor in your success towards getting fit. Also, try to find someone who will support you or – even better – exercise with you. Having someone to keep you on track when you feel like loafing may just make the difference between success and starting over next year.

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.

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