The better you physical fitness, the less likely you are to develop a number of chronic health conditions. You will also gain self-confidence and an improved outlook. If your efforts increase your physical activity levels, you are likely to experience improved moods and higher energy levels, too. That makes getting in shape a worthwhile pursuit. Use these tips to get started.

Start With a Thorough Assessment

If you are just getting started on your fitness journey, it is always a good idea to have a clear picture of where you are taking off from. If your doctor has recommended getting in shape, you can talk to her about your baseline physical assessment. If this is self-motivated, then working with a personal trainer or fitness coach is a good idea. They can perform a routine assessment now so you go into the journey with your eyes wide open. It can help identify any limitations and precautions you should be taking, as well as show where you might want to focus the bulk of your efforts. Once you have been working for a while, you can go back and reevaluate with another assessment.

Engage in Activities You Enjoy

If you absolutely love attending group exercise classes or hitting the gym three or four days a week, then you are in a great position to get in shape. Realistically, however, most people just don't feel that way. if they did, there might not be an obesity epidemic running rampant in the United States. Don't let the dread of organized fitness activities put you off from getting in shape, though. Instead, find activities that you truly enjoy and that you will stick with. Some very common hobbies require quite a bit of physical fitness to perform, yet the enjoyment factor makes it more likely you'll get that exercise in.

Swimming is a great example. You can expect to burn about 200 calories in a 30-minute pool session, and a lot more if you are working on a specific stroke to improve your form and fitness. That's right up there with the amount of energy it takes to perform rock climbing and moderately paced running. Plus, if the idea of exercising in public isn't appealing, you can enjoy swimming from the comfort of your own yard with one of the attractive options for custom pools Montgomery.

Learn How To Set SMART Fitness Goals

Having a fitness goal is great, but setting a SMART one is even better. If you are unfamiliar with this system, it encourages you to develop goals that meet certain criteria that will make working toward them easier. This makes you more likely to ultimately achieve your goals.

  • Specific: Your goal should be specific. Say you will exercise for 20 minutes more each session instead of simply saying exercising more. 
  • Measurable: You need to establish a way to measure whether or not you are meeting your goal.  
  • Achievable: Be realistic when setting goals. If you are completely out of shape, a marathon next month is probably not a realistic goal. Try walking a 5K instead.
  • Relevant: Each goal should move you closer toward the ultimate objective (getting in shape). Examples are losing weight, increasing exercise, or controlling a medical condition.
  • Time-Bound: There needs to be a time limit on working toward your goal, or else the pursuit could go on indefinitely without success.

Evaluate Your Relationship With Food

Food is necessary to fuel your workouts, but that doesn't mean you should continue any unhealthy eating habits that have developed over the years. Instead, strive to implement strategies for developing a healthy relationship with food. You can start by getting rid of the diet mindset. When you severely restrict food groups or calories, you create a feeling of deprivation that often leads to a cyclical pattern of weight loss and gain (yo-yo dieting). Instead, address the underlying reasons you eat certain things. An association with an experience, boredom or cravings for a specific ingredient can all cause destructive food habits.

It may not be easy to get into shape, but it is achievable. Set SMART goals, find fitness activities you enjoy and work to develop a healthy relationship with food to get started on the right foot.