As a soldier in the Army, physical fitness is top priority for myself. The military is not only a job, but a lifestyle. This goes for fitness as well. Being fit and staying fit takes both will and determination. You have to be willing to make a plan for yourself such as a new diet and a new exercise program that you can work into and you have to be determined to stick with it.
New diet plans are hard to follow because you're all ready in the mindset that what you're eating is okay and to change it requires you to be strong enough to leave the dirty stuff behind. Build a foundation for yourself first. This plan is very simple and is like building a house. Once the foundation is set, you can add the framework, the bricks to re-enforce it, and the furniture inside as the perks for yourself.
Okay, getting started should be simple. Change your diet plan slowly. Many people fail early on when they try to change too many things at once. For example; rather than eating three or four candy bars a day, knock it down to one a day. One of the harder things to do is to stop drinking pop. Instead of drinking pop, drink water. Pop has so many unhealthy things in it. By drinking water, you'll not only cut down the calories and carbohydrates you're taking in, but cleanse your body as well. Salads are good because they don't offer a lot of calories depending on what kind of salad you eat and what dressing you use. A plain salad offers a very small amount of calories and still makes you feel full when you're done eating. Fruits are the same way. Take these steps in stride. Don't change it all at once because chances are, with anyone, failure will happen. You have to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run.
If you use tobacco, such as cigarettes, dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco, it will be the hardest thing to overcome. Many people can't quit cold turkey which means they can't just stop doing it and not do it again. If you're smoking, cut down on the number of cigarettes you're smoking a day, slowly. For example; if you smoke 15 cigarettes a day, cut it down to 12, 9, 6, 3, and then 0. If you're dipping or using chewing tobacco use the same method as is used for the cigarettes. For example; if you're dipping or chewing a can or bag a day, cut it down by a third a day or a half a can or bag of tobacco a day until you can quit.
Okay, EXERCISE! Exercising is very important. It gets your heart rate up and you start sweating. By sweating, your body is releasing toxins, so although sweating may be unattractive, it's good for you. Keep this in mind, the more you sweat, the more you need to drink "water." As far as exercising goes for someone who lacks will and determination; I'm using your words, start out small. You want to get and hour to an hour and a half of exercise each day, but just because you get an hour to an hour and a half of exercise each day doesn't mean you can sit around and be lazy for the rest of the day. You have to be active. Start out small by walking for an hour or so in the evening. Don't walk at a slow pace though. You have to get your heart rate up, so walk fast. It's called a power-walk. After you've done that for a week or so each night, maybe try jogging for an hour, but jog as a very slow pace for the first week. As each week passes, time yourself and make your pace a little faster. Running isn't everything though, but for someone who's wanting to lose weight, changing your diet slowly as described above and exercising like I've described will help.
DO NOT be discouraged if you don't see major results in the first 3 weeks. You may notice a slight weight difference on the scale, but you need to keep pushing yourself further than you did the last time. You can't give up because by giving up and giving in, you're telling yourself you're okay with how you are right now. This doesn't just go for the reader, but anyone, including myself. This all may seem like a lot to take in, but break it down and slowly work into it. By having this article on here shows me that you want to lose weight and be fit. You've taken the first step all ready without even knowing. Always remember this, you have to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run.
BEST OF LUCK TO YOU
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· 8 years ago