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Two weeks to fitness

Don’t forget to pack your workout gear when you travel (File photograph)

Learning how to get in shape and set goals for our lifestyle is important as we strive to reach our fitness goals.

However this will require changes to our daily routines. With diligent practice and dedication changes can be made in as little as two weeks.

Although anyone can conquer the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that you may learn through trial and error. Check out some of my favourite ways to learn how to get in shape.

1. Workout daily

Making exercise a habit is easier if you do it daily. If you aren’t currently exercising, I recommend beginning to exercise at least half an hour per day. When you exercise only a couple times per week it makes it easier to turn one day off into three days off, or a week off, or even a month off. If you are already exercising regularly, try switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule. However it can be challenging to maintain a workout programme you don’t do it every day. Try not to repeat the same exercise routine every day. If you have an intense core workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also add in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

2. Intensity over duration

If you get into the habit of exercising regularly and you are not reaching your goals, focus on intensity over duration. You don’t always have to workout for long periods of time. If all you have is 30 minutes, do your best to increase the intensity to get the most out of the time.

3. Eat as healthy as possible

Try and know what’s going into your food especially if you tend to eat out. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are truly healthy. Don’t be fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks that pretend to be good for you. Some basic nutritional advice to remember: eat foods that are unprocessed; eat plenty of vegetables; eat lean proteins; eat whole grains.

4. Watch out for travel

We are beginning to travel again, however don’t let a five-day holiday interfere with your goal of getting in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any special meals, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week-long break doesn’t eradicate your progress. To keep you motivated, don’t forget your exercise clothes to keep you on track.

5. Start slow

Ever join an exercise class and give it your all and then puke your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is very common when beginning to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be fit, so don’t try to go from couch potato to superstar in a week. With weight training start with less weight than you think you need. If you are starting a running routine, run a bit less than you can to start. You can push harder once your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

Getting in shape in as little as two weeks may sound impossible, but if you’re motivated and give yourself the time to devote to it it’s certainly achievable.

Find an exercise routine that works for you, choose healthier foods, drink plenty of water, and B-Active For Life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published September 01, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated August 31, 2021 at 12:32 pm)

Two weeks to fitness

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