Getting into shape can seem and feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many strategies to get fit, regardless of your size, shape, and athletic ability. Try these tried and true methods and watch your fitness goals soar!
Here are the top 10 ways to get fit in 2017.
- Dream big
Inspiration is key, and everybody is motivated by different things. Do you have something you’d like to knock off your bucket list, like a 5k, a marathon, or a triathlon? Set a goal for yourself and a plan to make your progress measurable. Maybe you’re going on a sunny beach vacation in 6 months. Use that vacation as your finish line, and work up to it!
- Take care of yourself
Common wisdom suggests regular exercise is an energy booster, not an energy drainer, but anyone who has battled fatigue knows how hard it can be to get yourself up and moving. To make the most of the energy you do have, make sure you take good care of yourself. Drink enough water. Make sure you’re sleeping at least 7-9 hours a night. Feed your body with unprocessed, whole foods. See the difference it makes!
- Get walking
Walking is a simple, low-impact activity that almost anyone can adopt. It will get you moving, and the fresh air is free therapy. You can do it alone, with your dog, with your friends, and you can do it almost anywhere, with no special equipment required, at any age. It is a low-stakes way to start a routine. Start with a walk around the block—maybe you’ll eventually work up to 10,000 steps a day!
- Join a gym
Not a gym rat? Gyms might seem intimidating, but it’s important to remember that everyone is there to focus on their own fitness—not judge you about yours. Check out a local gym that has locations all over the country, like LA Fitness. That way, there’s no excuse not to go, even when you’re travelling! You can find LA Fitness prices on their website to start your “no excuses” lifestyle today.
- Get a buddy
Accountability works well for a lot of people. Maybe it’s a friend you go to the gym with. Maybe it’s a neighbor you walk with after work. Maybe it’s your spouse. With today’s technology, your accountability buddy doesn’t even have to be in your city! Training for your first 5k? Register with a friend and text each other your workouts. It feels really good to have somebody tell you how proud they are of your hard work--and nobody likes to admit they failed, so it’ll keep you following through with your workouts even on the toughest days.
- Try an app
Your smartphone is a window into the fitness world. The latest iOS has a Health app, requiring no additional gadgets to help you track your activity, nutrition, sleep, and more. Not an Apple user? There are plenty of other fitness apps out there that are compatible with other smart phones, many of them free of charge. The free app MyFitnessPalis a great food/activity tracking site, and free app MapMyRun tracks distance walked or run.
- Get a fitness tracker
While the iPhone may have a built-in fitness tracker, the Health app might be a bit limited for your needs. Fortunately, there are plenty of fitness trackers on the market to fill the gaps. FitBit, a trusted fitness tracker for multiple years, tracks steps, floors climbed, heart rate, and sleep. There are also many other brands of fitness trackers for all price ranges—TomTom and Garmin are other leading fitness tracker brands.
- Join a class
Maybe solo workouts aren’t your thing, and going to the gym is a struggle because you have no one to go with. Try a workout class instead! There are so many to choose from, from Spin to Zumba to Yoga to Crossfit. Many gyms include group classes in some of their membership options. Check out your local gym’s class schedule and see if group energy helps keep you motivated!
- Join the office softball league
There’s a healthier way to burn off office steam than swinging by happy hour after work, you can swing a bat as part of the office softball league. It’s not hard to find reasonably priced equipment, and if you are unsure of exactly what to get, it’s easy enough to learn about glove and softball bat sizing. Your workplace may do other sports leagues as well, so think about joining! It will get you active and you might make some new and unexpected friends.
- Take up an active hobby
There’s a secret you may not realize: not all exercise has to feel like exercise. Maybe you like hiking because you love photography or birdwatching. Maybe you have active little ones, and keeping up with them is a workout in and of itself. Maybe your idea of relaxing is kayaking on a Saturday afternoon with friends. Just get out there and move, even if your brain isn’t classifying it as “exercise”!
There you have it, the top 10 ways to get fit in 2017. Any of the 10 tips above will be an excellent place for anyone to start, whether your goal is to walk around the block or run an ultra-marathon.