What’s the best way to get in shape?
Now that summer’s over, here’s hoping your schedule can get back to being more structured so you will have more time to focus on staying healthy and well. There is no better time than now to answer a question that I am asked all the time: What is the best way to get in shape?
Here are my suggestions:
- Be very consistent
- Rely on others.
- Get some training partners.
- Join a running group.
- Join a group challenge.
- Create a goal and make it public.
- A little exercise is better than no exercise.
- Sleep well.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat nutritious real food, not processed fake food.
- Never quit.
Two of the most important tools on my list are the support and relationships you create when you have workout partners and the importance of making your goals public.
Exercising with others creates a strong alliance between you and your workout partners. This relationship is usually unstated and just happens. When you have workout buddies, getting that invitation to work out or jog is often the little nudge you need when you are on the fence about exercising. The social aspect is also a great benefit. Many of us work long hours and have parenting responsibilities that take up most of our free time. This leaves little time for socializing with your friends. I run with a small group of friends on the weekends and the conversations never get dull. The runs vary in intensity, but most of the time we exercise at the level of the slowest person in the group. We never complain about or criticize that person, and even when that person tells us to leave and go faster, we never do. Too many people feel they are not fit enough to exercise with friends. Let me be clear: If friends ask you to exercise with them, they don’t care how fit you are or if you can keep up! They just want to spend time with you and not exercise alone. The next time someone asks you to join him or her in a physical activity, “Just do it.” You will feel so much better afterwards, and it may be the start of a great fitness relationship. https://www.mensjournal.com/
How many of you like to fail? Stupid question. Life is full of failures. What do we do when we fail? We move on and try to get better. A great way to help prevent failure is to be accountable to others for your actions. Internal failures are secrets. Sharing your goals with your friends and family or even strangers can be all the motivation you need. When you keep your goals a secret it is much easier to quit/fail. In thinking about what goals to establish and how to share them with others, you might consider social media. Although social media can be cruel, it can be a great source of motivation and inspiration. Most people express encouragement and give a thumbs up or a like when they see others putting themselves out there with a challenge. It also may inspire them to get off the couch. Give it a try. It works.