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5 Easy Ways to get Fit in 2013

working outThis article is intended to give you five ideas of easy ways to get more fit in 2013. First, try exercising in quick spurts. A lot of people don’t want to put forth the effort it takes to get into better shape and lose weight. Another excuse people give is that they don’t have time in their busy schedule to go to the gym.

Exercising in spurts is a great alternative to going to the gym for an hour every day. A study has shown that someone who does six 30-second sprints reap the same benefit as someone who does moderate cardio activity for 40 minutes. Consider simple ways to get your heart rate up such as jump roping or running up and down your stairs in your home or office.

Second, try inconveniencing yourself. Instead of following your same old routine every day consider mixing things up every now and then. I know I struggle with being a creature of habit. When you go grocery shopping consider parking far away from the entrance so you have to walk in order to get inside. Instead of using the elevator at work, walk up the stairs. These are very simple little changes that can help introduce a bit more activity into your daily routine.

Third, write down your exercise plan to help you stick to it. Let’s face it, in today’s fast paced society we all have some sort of daily planner whether it is electronic or written down. We write down medical appointments and work meetings and never miss them. Why don’t we treat exercise the same? Take time at the beginning of each week to write down a workout plan in your planner and stick to it. Treat it like it is a work meeting and there’s consequences if you skip out. This helps me, because when things are written down for some reason I feel like I have more pressure to complete it. I get satisfaction from crossing things off my list.

Fourth, when exercising listen to upbeat music. Perhaps even try increasing the beat of your music. A study has shown that you will increase your speed with the increase in music and also you may even exercise for longer without really noticing. I know for me personally when I listen to more fast paced peppy songs it gives me more energy to power through the exercise. Plus listening to fun music will help to motivate you and make the exercise more fun. Fifth, perhaps considering tracking your steps or something similar. Awhile ago I had a pedometer and loved seeing how many steps I walked. I would always try to somehow increase that number each and every day. This is great because in order to do so it means I had to be moving more. These are really inexpensive and easy to use.

Another fun tool that I current use is a heart rate monitor that calculates calories burned. As you can imagine I do the same thing. I track how many calories I burned in a single day and try to increase it the next day. Simple things such as jogging up the stairs at work instead of walking increased my heart rate and caused me to burn a little bit more.

Exercise alone isn’t enough. You will want to combine your workouts with eating healthy. Incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Try and cut out fatty foods and replace them with whole unprocessed foods. I have also tried to increase my nutrients by adding super food diet powder into my meals. It gives me a lot more energy especially after working out.

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