Simple ways to start a fitness program.
Set a specific goal
Whatever your goal is - weight loss, muscle gain, coordination, or an athletic achievement - be specific and realistic.
Determine your goal weight, inches you would like to lose or gain, and even how you would like to feel. Write it down in an affirming way, not just "I want to..." but "I am going to ...."
Set smaller mile-stone goals
Sometimes goals are huge. Possibly overwhelming. Remember, no one can jump right off the couch and across a finish line all at once. Every goal takes time, focus, dedication and effort. Big goals are much easier to manage with mile-stones.
Don't get discouraged if your destination is far away. For example, a first time marathon runner might start with a goal of completing a 5k, then a 10k, followed by a half-marathon and so on. A 5k is more attainable when struggling with that first 2 miles, whereas a marathon might seem impossible at the time. Therefore it's important to map out your own personal mile-stones. Again, be specific, decide what they are and write them down.
Food is nourishment; your body needs healthy food in order to be fit. Good, healthy meals should be part of your fitness routine. Stay away from empty foods; those highly processed, low in fiber and high in sugar. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables throughout the day and lean protein during meals. Carbohydrates are necessary for energy, so make sure you are getting the right amount from good sources.
Attitude and Action
Attitude typically affects actions. People sometimes give up on their goals because of discouragement or lack of motivation. However, action can affect our attitude. Don't let how you feel determine if you are going to work out today. Get moving regardless of how you feel and notice how fitness can positively affect your mood.
A positive atmosphere
Surround yourself with positive voices, images and motivators. Put up pictures or quotes that encourage you. Listen to the people who edify and inspire you.
Avoid situations that cause you to fall into unhealthy habits. Put yourself in environments that help you stay on track.