Everyone wants to get fit quick, but it’s hard to start the process. We scavenge the internet for workout and diet tips, but then we never actually do any of them. We waste hundreds of dollars a year on unused gym memberships. We keep saying we’ll start our diet tomorrow, we’ll start working out tomorrow, but tomorrow never seems to come. Stop putting it off! Get up and start moving towards a healthier life with these tips.

 

(Flickr/Sancho McCann)

(Flickr/Sancho McCann)

Schedule!

Designate a certain time to work out and follow through. Mark up your calendar, planner, and phone with alerts to remind you. Make sure not to schedule anything else for that time, so you have no excuse but to work out. If you need to, you can even schedule appointments with a trainer, so you will feel more committed to following your schedule.

 

Enjoy it!

If you hate running and would rather bike, go biking. The easiest way to lose your motivation is knowing you have to do things that you don’t want to do. Find the exercises that you enjoy the most, and stick to them. The more you enjoy your workouts, the more you will want to continue them.

 

All progress is good progress

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you have to go one pound at a time. You may be losing weight or gaining muscle slower than you had originally hoped, but every little bit counts. Don’t lose hope if you step on the scale and get discouraged after working out for a couple of weeks. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so a better way to track your progress is by using a measuring tape to see how many inches you’ve lost.

 

Don’t push yourself

Make sure your goals are all attainable. Don’t take on too much too fast, and don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion. Do what you can for as long as you can and stop when it becomes too much. Make sure you breathe and drink a lot of water while you work out to combat dehydration and exhaustion.

 

Get stronger, go harder

The more you work out, the stronger you will become. If it is getting easier to do the same amount of reps that you started with, try doing a few more. If you have been able to run one and a half miles for over a month now, try to complete that second mile. It will feel amazing to be able to see yourself gain endurance and be able to take on more.

 

Stop wasting your time doing such extensive research on diet and exercise. If you want to reach a goal, just get out there and do it — but make sure you always talk to a healthcare professional before starting a new regimen. Find the exercise you love, stay motivated, and meet your goals. You will feel so good when you see all that you can accomplish.

 

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