Many of us dream of being thinner, stronger, faster, or more physically capable. But, depending on where you are today, it can feel like that dream is incredibly far away. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Getting on the road toward physical fitness doesn’t necessarily require big changes right away. In fact, just dedicating 30 minutes a day to exercise and learning to make better (not necessarily perfect) food choices can be an excellent way to start. And your options for getting started are actually quite varied.
To help you achieve your dream of a more physically fit life, here are some tips to get you started.
Find an Activity You Enjoy
One of the hardest parts about maintaining and exercise routine is when it feels like a chore. If you aren’t excited about taking part, it will be hard to convince yourself to make it part of your routine. So, the easiest way to remedy that is to choose something you find challenging, but enjoyable.
That means if running isn’t your thing, but you love to dance, consider bypassing the treadmill and joining a Zumba class instead. It is more important to pick something that you can stick with than choosing an option because someone else swears by the results. Because, if you don’t like it, you will eventually stop doing it and you won’t get those results anyway.
Even if your path to physically fitness is longer because of your preferred activity, it is better to be on the long road than to never start the journey.
Track Your Effort and Progress
Often, part of improving your physical fitness means you need to do something to track your progress. However, this doesn’t mean you need to weigh yourself three times a day or write down your time spent working out to the minute. Instead, simplify the tracking process by choosing a fitness tracker that works for your activity.
Fitness trackers provide quick access to metrics and often offer long-term tracking options through accompanying apps or other software. Additionally, newer models offer the ability to do more than just count your steps. A good waterproof fitness tracker can actually measure your exertion while swimming, kayaking, or paddle boarding and won’t be damaged if it gets wet. Other versions that monitor heart rate can help you estimate caloric burn during almost any activity.
The best approach is to select a model that is designed to measure your stats when you participate in your favorite forms of exercise. Again, it is more important to pick the right one for your needs than to pick a model with great ratings that doesn’t make tracking tasks easy on you.
What we eat affects our body’s ability to perform, so eating right is important regardless of whether you feel you need to lose, gain, or maintain weight. But eating better doesn’t mean you need to overhaul everything you consume. Instead of making extreme diet changes, consider tweaking the choices you make on a regular basis.
For example, change out your normal white bread for a lower calorie version that also features whole grains. Then, you can still eat your usual toast or sandwich; you’ll just be eating a healthier variant.
Even a series of small changes can make a big difference, and it doesn’t require any more time out of your day. And, by adding exercise and eating better than you did before, your dream of physical fitness may be realized faster than you would have guessed possible.