Fitness is the subject of the moment, and although we all know the benefits of being in good physical shape, it can be hard to get started on a healthy eating and exercise routine. If you're looking to shed some extra pounds or beef up your body, there's no time like the present to get started. It doesn't have to be hard to make the necessary changes in your life – it just takes some willpower, some commitment, and a great routine.
If you find yourself feeling tired or unhappy with your body, maybe you need to lose weight. Even losing 10 pounds can give you more energy and decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues, not to mention diabetes and high cholesterol.
Healthy, sustainable weight loss comes slowly and is the result of a permanent change in attitude and lifestyle, not a weeklong fast or a month of frantic exercise. Start your weight loss routine by making a small change in your diet or exercise habits and focusing on the first 10 pounds. Making changes and setting goals bit by bit will help ensure you lose weight safely and permanently.
You don't have to run out and join a gym to get into a weight loss routine – start by simply looking at your diet. Good nutrition can make a difference in an overweight person's body, even without exercise.
The general rule of thumb is to ensure that you're eating a balanced diet with the correct amount of protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Carbohydrates, although they have gotten a bad rap from the media and aren't the best food choice for the bulk of your nutrition, are important in a balanced diet, as are fats (of the right type and in the right amount). These food choices, generally considered bad, actually help provide your body with energy, as well as important nutrients. The key is to limit how much fat and carbohydrates you're eating in a day and follow the USDA Food Pyramid's recommendations.
Dieting will help you lose pounds quickly, but this is an extremely bad way to lose weight and shouldn't be used in place of long-term nutrition. If you really want to try a diet, however, try one that follows your recommended food guide and focuses on maintaining a healthy weight, not just dropping pounds quickly.
Although good nutrition goes a long way to providing good health and a trim body, the best way to ensure you get the results you want is to establish a good exercise program. You don't need to join an expensive gym to do this; simply ensure you're getting approximately 30 minutes of exercise every other day, at a minimum.
The more you exercise, the more you'll find that you're dropping weight and gaining muscle – but don't overdo it, or you could experience serious injury. Speak to a doctor or fitness trainer about the best way to start an exercise routine, or start slowly and gradually build up the time or intensity as you feel comfortable or as your doctor recommends. Beginning an exercise routine could be as simple as walking around the block every day, eventually increasing the distance walked or adding weights to make it more difficult.
One form of exercise that's been gaining popularity is bodybuilding. As with starting an exercise routine, don't rush headlong into bodybuilding and try lifting twice your weight the first time. Consult a fitness trainer or doctor, and then start with lifting small weights for short periods in a day. Bodybuilding takes time and patience, so don't feel discouraged if results don't happen immediately.
Making a change in your life can be tough at first, but your health and overall wellness will improve when you start a fitness routine. It's definitely worth it to put the effort in!