Many people fail to get in shape simply because they lack a clear step-by-step plan. And this situation is not because of a lack of resolve or effort; it is more a lack of organization and planning. Most people are so confused by the amount of weight loss plans promising results and stories of people who have failed and succeeded in each weight loss program that they don’t know what to do or what to believe. Most of the failure stories are the results of partially implemented plans. By following the steps outlined below, you can get a plan put in place to help you meticulously achieve your fitness goals and finally be in shape.
1. Know Your Goals
If you don’t define a clear set of fitness goals ahead of time, you won’t know what you’re working for exactly or have a way to measure your progress towards that goal. Set a specific weight, body fat ratio, or endurance test as your goal.
2. Assess Your Current Fitness Level
Just as you need to know what you’re striving for before you begin getting fit, you also need to know where you’re coming from before you can measure your progress in that direction you want to go.
3. Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
You need to know what triggers you to behave in unhealthful ways and avoid it. If you have a weakness for fast foods, you could for example prepare healthy meals before you go to work or go out. Likewise, you need to know what brings out the best in you. Does a certain friend encourage you to engage in healthy behaviors when you are together? Spend more time with those things that bring the best health practices out of you.
4. Find Fitness Programs Based on Your Interests
If you don’t choose activities for your exercise programs that excite you and that you will look forward to on most days, there is very little chance you’ll stick to the fitness or weight loss plan indefinitely. Many people find they like sports related physical activity. Some people actually get a thrill out of lifting weights. Others enjoy swimming. Don’t forget that dancing is an exercise too. Find one you really like and do it.
5. Identify the Most Convenient Fitness Programs
Some people find a local gym or fitness center to be a convenient stop on the way to or from work. Others need to work out in the home because of obligations. Others can simply join the sports teams at work. A convenient program is one that is physically accessible, financially accessible, and accessible to your time schedule.
6. Get Started Sooner Rather Than Later
Planning is necessary for long-term fitness, but if you don’t get started implementing your plan you’ll never reach your goals. Put all of the information above together and make your decision on which fitness program to do. Check your progress against your list of answers regularly.