Article By Robert Choat
So it’s now into the New Year and how many have even started to get fit. I realize that it’s still early and yet, without momentum, it usually never happens. That’s also a reason I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Most people don’t even understand what that means anymore. The essence of it is to resolve to get something done. I think most people have resigned themselves to get nothing done.
In getting fit, many times people tend to complicate getting started. Simplicity should come first. If you were to think about starting this program or that program, just doing so may overwhelm you. It’s important to just get started in fitness. Momentum will keep you going towards your goals.
Here are five simple ways that will help you get started and keep the momentum going.
1. Do the “5 times 5” each and day. If you simply do a 5 minute workout 5 times a day, you’ll go a long way to getting fit and keeping the momentum going. If you increase the intensity just by a little bit each week, your metabolic rate will also increase which leads to faster fat-burning. You can also keep elastic bands around that will help to intensify your workouts.
2. Do walking lunges or Groucho walks around your block and/or around your house. They may look funny, but they will get the job done. For those of you who are too young to know who Groucho Marx is, you can simply find him on YouTube. There are also examples of his walk there. Just type in “Groucho walk” as the key word. You can also do the same thing on Google. There are plenty of resources that will teach you both the “Grouch walk” and walking lunges.
3. Go on a challenging hike. If you live near a hiking area, then do the ones that challenge you to walk at ever-increasing elevations. Just doing flat, level terrains won’t do it. Only though challenges will you get the best benefit.
4. Play like a child. Play is probably one of the most fun ways to get fit. It will never seem like exercise and yet, it can be very intense. Even playing tag can be challenging. How about going to the local park and playing on the monkey bars? You have to use your whole body. It will build strength and stamina too. Crawling on the ground will do the same thing. There are so many ways to play that “the sky’s the limit” on possibilities.
5. Be a far parker. This simply means to park as far as way from the entrance to the store or mall. Everything counts when it comes to fitness. This will include leaving your car at home and take a walk to the store. You’ll save on gas and increase your health. If you plan on getting extra groceries or anything else, simply use one of those folding carts.
There are so many simple ways that you can use to get fit. And all of this can be done without setting foot in a gym. Once you get going, keep the momentums going. Incorporate one or as many of the ways described above as part of your workout program. Think of other ways that work for you too. Most important is to have fun. So, enjoy the journey into a lifetime of health and fitness.
Living an optimal life requires a life that is healthy and fit. Knowing what you need to do in order for that to happen is important. And taking action towards getting healthy and fit is the most important key. That’s as long as you take action on what you learn. People who are successful are always action-oriented. They will simply put into the action the right knowledge for them. That includes getting healthy and fit. For more information and to subscribe to the newsletter, go to http://optimallifeseminars.com
Bob Choat is a peak performance coach, professional speaker and co-owner of Optimal Life Seminars along with Dr. Lori Shemek, Ph.D. You can find him at http://bobchoat.com
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