There are a lot of blogs about how best to lose weight and make that latest diet stick. It’s easy to take in all the advice and be left feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people looking to give you advice and cash in on your health. No matter how well intentioned, let’s be honest. If you’re out of shape and looking to get back into shape, it’s a little frustrating to listen to someone really fit tell you how easy it is, or how ‘all you need to do is this…’ I thought it would be a good idea to break down the core steps to figuring out what the best approach for you is so you can make an informed decision. We care about your dental health, but we also want you to be healthy in every other respect.
Know Your Type
If you’ve tried getting in shape before, you can probably look back and identify what it was that made or broke your routine last time around. If you tried a diet, you might pinpoint an obsession with a particular food or a problem with your schedule that made your routine impossible to manage. Try to figure out what doesn’t work so you can identify the right solution for you based on your needs. No diet or exercise routine works for everyone. Your body type, weight and fitness level are unique to you, and you may face medical challenges that complicate things further. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution for you, but don’t look at every option as universal or you’ll feel a little bit hopeless.
Make it Easier
This doesn’t mean cheating and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expect some hardship in getting it right. Anyone who said this was easy is lying to you. The truth is you need to find ways to make it easier on yourself. By knowing who you are you can make it easier on yourself by picking and choosing a plan that works better for you, even if it seems a bit backwards to others. Is there a gym right across the street that costs twice as much as the one across town? Spend the extra cash for the convenience. Does your diet depend on preparing meals you have no time to make? Choose a different diet that works for your schedule, even if it goes against the exercise part of your plan.
Try Everything Once
One of the first things most people do when attempting a diet is say no. It’s easy to reject drop-in sports because they seem too stressful or role your eyes at a weightlifting routine because you don’t see yourself doing it. But you don’t know until you try, so try everything once. Making a plan to try a new activity once a week can often fill up your calendar and offer a lasting supply of memories to go along with it. Pretty sure rock climbing isn’t for you? Find a friend to do it with this week and next week if you’re sure it wasn’t for you, move on to a class at your local pool. No matter your age and preference, there ARE activities that you will enjoy that will get you in shape while you have fun. You just have to take the risk to try them.
Don’t Ever Give Up
Take it from someone who knows, becoming discouraged is easy. There are too many people who look at getting into shape from the perspective of already being in decent shape to begin with. If you’re starting from the bottom, it’s hard to find those beginners classes and the drop in sports that won’t leave you embarrassed and behind the pack. But they are out there, and you need to know that finding the right balance and the right focus for you is as easy as pacing yourself and trying again, no matter what.