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Dreaming to Be Fit? It’s Not Impossible.

Don’t just lose weight, get fit. Being active is not only healthy for your body, but it can help your self-image. Do you often wish you were as “fit” as that person you see at the gym? Do you sometimes think “I could never do that”, “that’s just too much work” or “that’s impossible”? Are you excited but also anxious to start an exercise plan?

The right mindset

We’ve all been there -- mixed emotions about starting something we are not familiar with. Those “fit” people are no different than you. You too can make your dreams a reality and be that person. All it takes to get started is the right mindset.

● Believe in yourself and your ability. Too many people don’t trust themselves to succeed and shy away from things because they are afraid to fail. Failure is part of the growth process.

● Believe it can happen to you, and visualize the shape you want to become. (Be realistic at the same time. Changing your body won’t happen overnight.)

● Think about the changes you think you should make, and turn them into changes you truly want to make.

● Focus on the future to imagine what your life will be like when you are physically fit.

Set goals to build habits

Set small weekly goals to start making fitness a part of your lifestyle. Link these new behaviors to habits you already have, for example:

Habit: I always watch one or two of my favorite TV shows in the evening. Get fit behavior: I’ll do squats, push-ups, and planks during my evening show commercial breaks.

Habit: I eat lunch at my desk during the workweek. Get fit behavior: I’ll get up and walk for 10 minutes everyday before eating lunch at work.

Habit: I drive by the gym on my way to the grocery store. Get fit behavior: I’ll get in a 30-min workout at the gym prior to grocery shopping every Tuesday and Saturday.

Where to start?

Remember, as little as 10 minutes of aerobic activity can provide health and wellness benefits . Start wherever you feel most comfortable, and extend yourself from there. Most dieters focus on cardio activities for the calorie burn. Consider doing resistance training in addition to your aerobic activity. Resistance activities can help build and tone your muscles and improve your shape.

So get out there and stop daydreaming about the skinny jeans or suit you want to get in to. Instead, keep your sights on the day-to-day steps you need to take to become more fit.