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Getting Fit In The Summer

Getting fit seems to take on a lot more importance when you know the summer is coming. When the nice weather comes out, people start dressing in fewer layers and showing off more of their bodies. If the thought of that makes you nervous, it's completely normal that you should feel that way. Hopefully though, that will motivate you towards starting to get fit yourself.

Tip: Build a garden. People are shocked at how much work gardening really is.

Now, the first thing you need to do if you're going to get fit in the summer is to make a game plan. You are supposed to exercise three to four times a week, so start with that as a foundation. You must choose what you want to be your fitness program. You should start with a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training. Cardio is largely regarded as the type of exercise where you can lose weight most quickly, and weight training will build your muscles. When you have your muscles, you can speed up your metabolism, which will also help you to slim down.

Tip: A good tip for proper maintenance is to sign up with a club or some other gym that requires upfront payment. Not using your membership could make you feel guilty, and more likely to attend.

You must also drink enough water. This may be so overused at this point, but you must realize why water is so important. Your body is about two-thirds water. When your body doesn't get the water it needs, your body functions start slowing. You might even get a headache. When you drink enough water, your metabolism is where it needs to be, and your cells are hydrated so they can perform at optimum level.

Tip: Setting and reaching personal fitness goals is a great way to stay motivated. You will focus on getting there instead of thinking about how hard it is.

Find a friend to get fit with. This can often be a great motivator. After all, when someone else knows you haven't made the gym yet, it can be more of an incentive to get yourself there.

Tip: A strong core is the foundation of a fit body. Having a stable, strong core helps with balance and any other exercise you do.

Walk whenever you can. Every step you take is another toward health. Park farther away in the parking lot, take the stairs and generally choose to walk any time you have the option.

Tip: Try counting backwards instead of forwards when you work out. For example, pick the number of repetitions you want to do and start there.

Look for expert help. Whether there is a celebrity trainer you like, or you choose your own trainer at your local gym, realize that a pro can help you with whatever you need. They can critique your technique, they can give you good information about fitness,and they can help you through any plateaus you experience.

Tip: Breathing in a controlled manner can make your workouts more effective. Exhale hard when you have your shoulders up while doing situps.

Stay committed. This is something that people have a problem with. Realize that in order for you to see the results you want to see, you are going to need to have some patience. Things don't happen overnight, but that doesn't mean you should give up. If you feel that you are losing ground, try to change things up and try something new. But whatever you do, don't give up.

Tip: Do you want to have an easier way in doing chin-ups? Changing the way you think about them can help. Pull your elbows down and as you pull yourself up.

Forgive yourself for mistakes. If you do give up for a day or two, just get back in the groove when you're ready. Fitness is a long term thing, so you have time.

If you want to get fit, those ideas will help you, especially if you're trying to get fit in the summer. Think of other things you can do, as well. The more ideas, the better!

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