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As a new year's resolution, I decided to increase my level of fitness. It can be a difficult journey to start as sometimes you don’t see results straight away. There is a lot to consider if you find yourself starting your journey into exercise and toning up the body muscles. It’s not just about the exercise you take, but it can be more of a lifestyle change in general. So with that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the things to consider when you begin a journey of exercising and toning up.
Consider your diet
Starting to exercise more and tone up is so much more than the exercise you take. It’s about what you fuel your body to start your journey. If you live off a diet that consists of burgers and chocolate, then you won’t do too well under the pressures of exercise. You need to have the right kind of proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients in your diet, to have enough energy to take the exercise and tone up. This is where a healthy balanced diet should be enjoyed.
There are many exercise options to consider
Taking exercise and toning up doesn’t just mean pounding the gym everyday. There are so many options you can consider to give your workouts variety. This defeats any chance of boredom and allows you to keep things up more. So you may want to consider things like running, walking more or just being active, or even things like private yoga classes or swimming. All will have great effects on your body, albeit in different ways.
Increase the amount of water you drink
Exercising more and being active means you are going to sweat. It’s a fact. So you need to make sure you hydrate your body to keep fluid levels topped up. It is recommended to drink at least two litres of water a day, but many of us don’t even manage half that during the day. If you struggle with drinking more water than try and get into a habit of doing it. Perhaps having a water bottle on your desk or close by will motivate you.
Make sure you have the right gear
It’s all well and good having great intentions of starting to exercise, but if you don’t have the right gear you could cause yourself problems. Running or any strenuous exercise on your leg muscles will require you to wear the right footwear. If you don’t, you may cause yourself an injury. It’s always best to be prepared.
Set yourself small, realistic targets to reach the big goal
Finally, the one reason many people quit their fitness journeys is due to setting themselves unrealistic goals. It’s easy to become demotivated if you don’t feel like you are achieving what you set out to. While it’s always good to have a big goal, try and set yourself small, realistic targets that you can hit. This will keep your motivation high, and your chances of hitting your big goal will be greater.
I hope this may have inspired you to get going on your own fitness journey.