Getting Fit: Ideas to Add to This Year’s Health Goals

by Head Health Nutter on April 14, 2015

Are you still working on your 2015 goal health you made back in January? If you’ve fallen off the wagon, it’s alright. Just get back up, dust yourself off, and use these getting fit tips from guest blogger, Brooke Chaplan! (And if you are still on track, then see if you can add some or all of these to your routine.)

cooking-healthy-whole-food-mealsFitness is the one thing everyone strives to acquire. A more efficient cardiovascular system means a longer life, less weight on your body means your joints last longer, and eating better food will help you encounter fewer health problems. It’s no wonder that physical fitness is on almost everyone’s to do list, especially when resolutions are made.

To help you reach a level of physical fitness you may have set as your goal for this year, let’s take a look at some ideas that can help you become fitter and how to incorporate an all-around healthier lifestyle.

Eat Wholesome Foods
Foods that are cooked, frozen, or canned often have preservatives. The fats and carbohydrates contained in them are often broken down in ways that make it significantly easier for your body to digest while leaving you less satiated. In your attempt to become physically fit, opt for whole foods that haven’t been processed since healthier options help you to metabolize faster and help with your exercise regimen. This is a case where an apple a day really can keep the doctor away.

Use Calorie Burners
Learn to box, dance or practice yoga. Boxing, dancing and yoga are three distinctly different types of activities, but what they have in common is that they’re all excellent when it comes to burning calories. While you may never become an expert in these activities, you certainly can find a new level of enjoyment in them. There are also a range of different type of aerobics and caloric burning exercise that will help your heart. Make your resolutions even more fulfilling by taking up one of these activities at your local gym.

Bicycle to Work
Many people live close enough to take a bicycle part, or all the way to work. While this may require you to commute by train or bus part of the way, it can certainly open up a new realm of convenient fitness to you while saving on the cost of gas. If you’re afraid to wear biking shorts to work because you have blue, bumpy veins on your legs, then your first step before biking may be to get varicose vein screenings done, and your condition treated. While it’s a simple procedure that can be performed at an Ivein vein center, it can take away some of the embarrassment you might feel about being comfortable while working out.

Connect with Like-Minded People
Fitness resolutions can be dangerous things. They tend to be daunting, which leads people to be enthusiastic about them before they gradually lose interest and give up. The best way to prevent yourself from giving up, is to connect with like-minded individuals. You can do this at gyms, online with social networking communities or by forming a circle of people you know whom have the goal of fitness in mind.

Join a HIIT Workout Group
High intensity interval training forces your body to work harder than you may have ever thought possible, but it also has one other major benefit most people don’t know about. There are HIIT groups designed to teach how to perform HIIT safely while forming a support group. This can be the perfect way to achieve your fitness resolution goals. There’s generally one or more of these groups around you, and if there isn’t, then now may be the time to learn HIIT and start one of your own.

If you stick with your exercise routine and your diet, then you’ll have the means to reach your goals. Hang in there and keep trying new things until something finally sticks.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Tell us about what you’re still doing in April to reach your 2015 health goals.

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