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Lindsey Patterson

The Dos and Don'ts to Get in Shape

3 min read

Fitness and health are the goals of many no matter whether it's the beginning of the year, pre-swimsuit season or gearing up to prepare for end of the year holidays. Most of us want to be a little healthier and in better shape but don't know how to get there. If you are struggling and want to get in shape, here are some dos and don'ts that can help on the quest for better health.

 

Nutrition

 

Do try to eat a healthy diet with varying macro and micro nutrients. Getting in shape does tend to give a picture of working out but getting energy in order to do those activities is going to be influenced by nutrition. Getting enough protein, vegetables and such will help to influence your progress in the challenge to get in shape. There is also the classic saying that abs are made in the kitchen. Not the only place since working out is what affects the actual muscles but there is some truth in the fact what you eat will influence overall weight and visibility of muscle. Don't go on a crash diet. Some products and companies can help in order to reach goals. Thrive is one of the companies that works to provide people with options in order to meet their nutritional goals through supplements and meal replacements. Le-vel Thrive is a community based approach with many of the customers using their social media to discuss their successes and struggles in focusing on health and getting in shape. They often boast about increased energy levels along with finding ways to improve their overall health.

 

Move More

 

Do become more active. Cardiovascular health is important and it's nice to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. However, you don't need to go from the couch right to running marathons. Start off small and build your way up using different ways to work bits of exercise into your schedule each day. Take the advice of a life hack and find simple ways to add a little activity into your life on a regular basis. Don't let the excuses build up. "I don't have enough time" is the most common excuse people make in relation to fitness. However, if you use the advice of finding little things to add or change in your regular day then you should be able to beat the excuses..

 

Do resistance training. This can mean a gym membership but there are other options too. If you have access to barbells, dumbbells or any other type of weights that is great but there are other options. Muscles can be worked with bodyweight and/or resistance bands too. Check out different programs and find the one that works best for you. Don't workout without a plan. In particular if you are new to fitness, going and doing whatever with a random made up split will be better than nothing but the progress you'll make will not be optimal. Following a program will give structure and direction so you can work harder and smarter.

If you follow some of these simple dos and don'ts, that goal of getting fit and in better shape will be less of a dream and more of a reality.