When it comes to getting in shape, it seems like there are a million routines, diets, exercises, plans, and tips out there. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. In reality, the recipe for getting in shape is simple (but not always easy) when you apply some basic foundational principles. In this article, we’re going to discuss the top three things you should focus on if you want to burn fat, tone your body, and improve your health.
Make exercise a habit
If you want to get fit, it’s crucial to start moving your body more. Aim to exercise five to six days a week, using the other one to two days as rest days. It’s far easier to make exercise a habit if you do it more often. When you only exercise a couple of times per week, it’s much easier to turn three days off into a week off or even a month off.
You don’t necessarily have to work out intensely each time if that feels like too much for you. You might choose to do a higher-intensity workout three or four days a week, a moderate-intensity workout one day a week, and a low-intensity workout one day a week. The most important thing is to move your body multiple times a week in ways that feel good and productive.
On days you’re feeling sluggish and unmotivated, try to encourage yourself to exercise anyway. Lace up your shoes, take some energy-boosting pre-workout, and start moving. By doing this, not only are you working towards your fitness goals, but you’re also training yourself to do hard things. There are always going to be things in life that we don’t like to do. Oftentimes, however, it’s these things that provide us with the most benefit—and working out is no different.
Eat a healthy diet
Have you heard the saying, “abs are made in the kitchen?” Well, it’s true! While working out is essential, so is eating a healthy diet. There are tons of different diet plans out there, but we’d suggest not following any particular plan. Rather, keep it simple and focus on these nutritional basics:
- Eat unprocessed foods.
- Eat more fruits and veggies.
- Use meat as a side dish, not as a main course.
- If you use oil, stick to olive oil.
- Eat whole grains, not refined grains.
- Make water your primary beverage.
That’s it! Look at the foods you eat regularly and determine whether they fit into the above guidelines, and if they don’t, makes some changes.
Take supportive supplements
In a perfect world, you could get all the nutrients you need each and every day from diet alone. The reality is, this is nearly impossible due to several factors such as genetic variations, dietary restrictions, unavailability of certain foods, busy schedules, and personal preferences. High-quality supplements cover nutritional blind spots in your diet and give you a boost beyond what you could get from diet alone. By supporting your diet with supplements like fish oil, a multi-vitamin, and super greens, you can rest assured that you’re receiving all the nutrients you need to support your goals and health.
The Bottom Line
Getting in shape may take some time, but when you stick to these foundational basics, success is inevitable. Treat yourself well by working out, eating well, and taking supportive supplements and you’ll be rewarded with a toned, healthy body that allows you to look and feel your best.