Quick tips to help you with your New Years fitness goals

By Trillia Newbell

weight and shoesMany of us are thinking about fitness. It happens every year around this time. You really can’t help but think about fitness to some degree with all of the cheesy slogans. “New Year, New You” or “Resolve to Be Fit” or maybe “Commit to be Fit”.  Are you motivated yet?

But the reality is; training is useful. Scripture says so. “…For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”(1 Timothy 4:8). Training for godliness is of utmost value.  We will assume that we can agree on that. Yet God doesn’t say training is of no value. There is value.

I’m going to make another leap and assume that you would agree that exercise is of some value. So really the questions are, how do I get started and what do I do?

If you’ve made goals for 2012 and fitness is one of those, here are a few tips to help get you started:

1. Find a partner to workout with. Working out in groups or with a friend, husband, even child can be a way to stay motivated and accountable to meeting your goal.

2. Set at time that is most convenient for you and your workout partner.

3.  Schedule the time and day of your workouts and keep it consistent. Scheduling and consistency is essential for exercise goals. Exercise is the first thing that gets the knocked off a to-do list if that list begins to fill up. Making it a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth, will help you stick with it.  

4. Find a class or do group personal training. This is an excellent way to stay motivated and allows someone else to push you and encourage you.

What to do?

This question is much more difficult to answer on a broad sweep. What to do truly depends on your goals, your health, your background, and more. There are general guidelines that can help you: do some variation of cardiovascular/aerobic exercise at least five times a week and add strength training to your workout lifting weights at least three times a week.

Cardiovascular exercise could include: walking, running, treadmills or elliptical machines, bikes, dancing and anything requiring oxygen to get through the workout.

Strength ideas might be: using free weights, strength machines, functional training,

I hope these quick tips will help get you started if fitness is one of your goals for 2012.

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