Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fitness - Getting Started and Setting Goals

We need to be able to chase our little ones in the backyard without losing our breath, to pick them up without hitching our back or straining our arms. We also need to be around for as long as possible not only to enjoy our children but also so that they can enjoy us.
You and I both know what we need to do to ensure that we are physically fit and strong enough to sustain an active and long life but getting into the groove of working out is one of the most difficult things we need to do.
First you should asses your fitness level prior to beginning your workout. To do this read Your At Home Fitness Assessment.
Set detailed weight loss and workout goals after completing your fitness assessment. Set specific goals instead of setting a goal that you will lose twenty pounds. Set a goal that you will lose two pounds per week for ten weeks to reach a total weight loss of twenty pounds. Then set a goal for how you will lose two pounds per week.
Instead of setting a goal that you will work out - set a goal that you will work out for thirty minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at five am. When you are ready to incorporate weights into your workout set specific goals with the parts of the body you will work and the workouts you will perform.
Keep track of your eating and your workouts in a journal. Write down every morsel that you put in your mouth. You will quickly realize that you do not want to eat that Oreo if you have to write it down in your meal journal along with the calories, fat grams, carbs, sugar, fiber and protein. Record the length of your cardio sessions, your pace, calorie burn and how you feel afterward. Also include your weight sessions - exercise, weight, reps and sets.
If you have an iPhone then I highly recommend the free Lose It! application. If not then I recommend the DietMinder Personal Food & Fitness Journal available for $10.17 at Amazon. If neither sounds interesting then use a notebook to record the relevant information.
It is now time to execute your plan since you have your fitness assessment and goals complete. Stay tuned for cardio and weight/resistance routines, until then how about trying to sneak in some extra cardio? Read Ways to Sneak in Cardio.
You will quickly reach your goals if you stick with your workouts and eating plan.
Get Up, Get Moving and Get Healthy!

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