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Starting the gym or practicing a sport are objectives that are often hard to meet or stick to over time, as often, factors such as lack of practice, unfamiliarity or absence of motivation, can lead us to quit before expected. Simple steps such as a good organization and counsel, a positive attitude and maintaining healthy habits, will be key factors for meeting your goals. Here are 10 fit tips to help you reach them:
Help! Ask for help: It’s not enough to just sign up and start the gym on your own. Tell your trainers about your goals and needs and they will help create a training plan specifically for you; training routines, cardio, group classes…there’s surely an option with which you’ll feel comfortable.
Patience and a positive attitude: effective change processes are not easy and even more short-lived. It is important to be patient and determined when exercising. Whether you are looking to get toned, lose weight, gain muscle or increase your physical fitness, the body needs a period of adjustment and action in which being positive and motivated will be key.
Persistence: do not abandon or desist for long periods of time. If you can’t go to the gym one day, then try to make time for it on the following day, or if you can’t make up the training you skipped that week over the weekend, then go out for a one or two hour power walk.
Looking for alternatives and not buckling under the fatigue of a daily routine is fundamental.
Make yourself heard: Persistence is often related to the support or motivation we get from our inner circle; finding a training partner is of great help to not desist on the laziest days. Another alternative is to share your story on social media by joining a fitness community where other users with similar goals and objectives will become a tireless support.
Set your goals: establish objectives and you will see how, little by little, it will become easier to reach them. Once met, try setting new ones so as to not lose motivation.
Change your routine: at least once a month, try to change your training routine. The body gets accustomed to the same exercise and, in time, the level of impact will be less, as will its effectiveness. Varying your routine is one way to always “stay active”.

Concentrate: take your training time as a time to improve your attention. Whether with cardio, in the weight room or in a group class, focus on each movement to obtain better results.
Hydration: while exercising, the body loses a lot of liquid and, with dehydration, the feeling of fatigue is much more intense; drink small sips of water which will help you recover during your training and don’t forget to drink at least two liters of water throughout the day.

Watch what you eat: A balanced diet will not only make the change more noticeable, it will also help you feel better both physically and emotionally. Don’t forget to recover calories after intensive training and avoid exercising on an empty stomach to prevent fatigue and the loss of muscle mass.

Rest: Having a regular physical activity is as important as knowing when to stop.
The body needs periods of rest to recover and perform better. Establish days off and unwind to get back to the activity with a greater disposition.


Text Paula C.
Photography, Self Magazine

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