Don’t Overthink Fitness

If you’ve been considering a workout program for years, but never started because you weren’t sure how, just get moving. It simply takes putting one foot in front of the other and walking out the door, down the street and back home to get exercise. Opt for a personal trainer if you want a formal workout program, but whatever you choose, just do it. You can spend years planning your workout and never make any physical progress, since thinking about it is not doing it. Don’t overthink fitness, do it.

When you overthink your workout, you may end up quitting.

Remember that just moving your body is good for you. Something as simple as walking is healthy. In fact, one study showed that people who had longer strides when they walked, lived longer. That should be enough to convince you that no matter what type of exercise you get—it’s all good. Don’t get unrealistic expectations of what using a specific workout will do. There are hundreds of different theories on the best type of workout. If you wait to find the perfect one, you’ll never start a workout program. People working out and then switching to the every new type of routine often don’t make progress and end up quitting.

Keep dietary changes simple.

Eating healthier is another way people often overthink. Trying to achieve the healthiest possible choices when it comes to food is important, but not if it becomes frustrating and eliminates most of your diet (unless your diet consisted of all fast foods like burgers and fries!). There are some foods better than others, but no one food that guarantees good health. Instead, keep it simple and you’re more likely to stick with it. Choose whole foods—foods less process or in their natural state—over highly processed foods. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Avoid sugar and white flour products. The easier it is to do something, the more likely you are to stick with it.

Drink plenty of water.

You don’t have to measure your water and ensure you get a specific amount of it each day, just keep a bottle of water available and sip on it throughout the day. Make sure you hydrate before and after each workout to replenish the fluid you lost. Keep it simple and you’ll do it. Take a drink of water when you think about it or even when you’re hungry and by the end of the day, you’ll probably have adequate hydration.

  • Get adequate sleep in a dark room. Take the television out of the bedroom and make bedtime, bedtime. Don’t make it an extension of watching TV, but laying on your back. Note how you feel the next day. If you’re tired, go to bed a half hour earlier until you find the sweet zone.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff. Most of a person’s stress comes from little things. The guy that tailgates you on the way home or the scowling checkout clerk. Forget it and relax.
  • Do worry about form. This is the only part of the workout that is important. Maintain proper form to avoid injury and get the maximum benefits.
  • Have a positive outlook and be a can do person. That attitude will help you when staying healthy or in any endeavor in life.

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