Have you come to the point that you are ready to get in shape by exercising and eating healthy? Do you desire a healthier lifestyle but feel trapped by bad habits and old behaviors? It’s time to break free of that unhealthy lifestyle and embrace a more active lifestyle and there is no better time than now to get started.
Too many diseases are related to poor lifestyle, but you can change that by becoming more active. That’s not saying that exercising is going to cure cancer, but it is going to help you fight off other problems that are caused an inactive lifestyle.
A fitness journal can make it all simpler for you to get moving and get healthy. You might be wondering how a journal can make anything easy. Well, it is the secret glue that sticks the diet and exercise together to help you attain successful weight loss and fitness.
First get your self a fitness journal. You can purchase a fancy one or just use a composition notebook. Just have a book that is used for nothing other than recording your fitness. Section off an area to record your goals and begin journaling. Write down your weight, measurements and dress size.
After that, dedicate time to write in your journal every day. Record everything you eat and drink and all of your exercise. Use your journal to challenge yourself to reach higher goals.
So what happens when you get your weight under control to a manageable level? Keeping your weight within the healthy limits will lower your risk of sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and almost any other disease that is directly related to obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
You are more at risk for a heart attack or stroke when you are sedentary, the chance of one happening is far more likely among sedentary people than those who are moderately active.
Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Activities such as brisk walking or slow jogging will release more endorphins than a slow pace, but any walking is better than none.
As you lose weight and become more active, you will begin to feel better and more confident. Remember that the body is a machine that consists of mental, spiritual, and physical parts. When you improve one part, you see improvements all over.
But don’t let that be reason to slow down or stop keeping your journal. Nope, you need to be even more vigilant about sticking to your goals. Oh, you can reward yourself for your achievements but get back on track and keep recording everything in your journal.
You can set challenges for yourself with a fitness journal. Set goals for added weights, more advancement on exercises, working with a medicine ball or exercising longer at a higher intensity.
If you aren’t exercising then you’re probably heavier than you want to be. If you’re heavy, then you’re overweight and are more likely to succumb to a weight-related disease like Type 2 diabetes. I want you to get up and get moving.
Keep your fitness journal handy so you can be accurate with all of your entries. It’s easy to get confused about what all you have eaten even after a few hours. Since I eat five meals instead of just three, I need to keep my journal even closer. It seems I’m always writing something in there.
Another important thing to keep track of is the amount of sleep that you are getting every night. You know experts believe there is a direct connection to the amount of sleep we get and our weight. Sleep deprivation can cause weight problems. Women especially, need between seven to nine hours of sleep each night and when they don’t get it, they can put themselves at risk for serious health problems.
If you will be faithful in keeping your journal, you are almost guaranteed weight loss results. But it’s up to you. No one but you can make the commitment to implement change in your life. You have to want to get healthy and you have to be dedicated to your goal in order to succeed.
The best thing is, you don’t have to go it alone. Find a fitness buddy to work out with, get some coworkers to join you on a nice long walk, go for a bike ride with your son or daughter, the important thing is that you get moving.
Learn to play tennis and join a team. There’s a nice chance for socializing with games like tennis and golf and always lots of people looking for someone to play with. But there are many other activities that don’t require a partner. You can go skating, swimming or go for a bike ride by yourself.
Fitness4Her believes in alternating aerobic activities and strength training exercises every other day, six days a week. This schedule will give you the best results for the female figure. My 30 Minutes To A New You Exercise Program will get you in shape in just 30 minutes a day. For some sample routines, check out the Members Exercise Section. Each routine can be performed in 30 minutes.
I’m so glad you’ve come to visit my site. I hope that physical fitness and healthy eating will become part of your lifestyle. I am passionate about helping other women achieve their fitness goals.
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