Getting and Staying in Shape

We seem to spend so much of our life worrying about getting and staying in shape. Unless you are really careful, it is not something you only do once.

You can make a great effort and succeed in getting and staying in shape for some time. Then you fall off the fitness wagon. And it’s back to square one.

Getting and Staying in Shape Starts With Fitness

Want a happy and healthy life? Physical fitness is a good start. If your body is not in good shape, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of developing many health conditions that can dramatically reduce your quality of life.

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This is especially true as you get older.  You may think you will be different, but trust me, you will not be.  To keep yourself fit and healthy, try incorporating the following tips for getting and staying in shape into your daily routine.

Strength training

Strength training is an important, though much neglected, part of physical fitness.  However, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym lifting weights, or spend a fortune on expensive equipment, to build muscles.  Simple exercises with free weights or resistance bands can be done from the privacy of your own home.  There are also easy body weight exercises that do not even require any equipment, just the weight of your own body.

Do Something Fun

When you want to improve your fitness, it is important to find an activity that you actually enjoy.  This way, you will be more likely to do it on a consistent basis and stick with it, even if you become discouraged.  Trying to force yourself to do something that you do not really like just sets you up for failure.  In the long run, it is better to do a less intense activity that you really like than a more intense activity that you dislike.  You might be like me and love walking but hate running.  I walk every day but run once in a blue moon.  To up my fitness level I could try and make myself run and have a battle every day.  Or I can look forward to a daily, enjoyable, walk.  Which am I most likely to do?

Tips for Getting and Staying in Shape

Add Exercise to your Daily Routine

There are many easy ways to get some exercise that can just become part of your daily routine.  Walking is a great form of exercise, and all you need is a good pair of shoes.  Head out for a walk in the morning before you go to work, or take one after dinner.  Or do both.  If you have a dog, take him for an extra-long walk several days a week.  If feasible, you can also walk to the shop or to work instead of driving.  Biking, jogging and swimming are other simple forms of exercise that do not require a lot of time or money.

Improve your Diet

Improving your diet is another important part of physical fitness. All the exercise in the world will not do you any good if you continue to eat a diet that is filled with fat, sugar and unhealthy junk food. Try to eliminate as much junk food as you can from your diet, and replace it with healthier snacks like fruits and vegetables.

Improve your Diet

Instead of eating sugary breakfast cereals in the morning, or skipping breakfast entirely, have a bowl of whole grain oatmeal with nuts and fresh fruit.

Add a Fitness Buddy

Working out with a friend is a good way to keep yourself motivated and on track. The two of you can challenge each other to do more than you could on your own. If you become discouraged, your friend can give you the support you need to keep going. When you have a workout buddy, it is harder to give up because you will not want to disappoint your friend by skipping a workout.

Even if you are not in great shape and have not been for many years, there are still things that you can do to improve your level of physical fitness. By getting in better shape, you can add years to your life. Start living a healthier lifestyle right away.