What being fit means to me

Fitness in my opinion is the most important thing you can invest in yourself, second only maybe to education. The fitter you are, the longer you get to live healthier and happier. It also helps greatly with self-esteem. It’s a simple but effective way to make you feel better about yourself. I think everybody should be into it, regardless of age or background.

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How I got into fitness

I wasn’t the most active kid, growing up. I was a couch potato and wasn’t into any sports. Plus I was born into a family of diabetics. I realized that if I stayed on that sedentary lifestyle, I’ll end up just like grandfather, my uncle and my dad. So I enrolled myself in a gym the moment I started earning my own money. So far, it paid off. It even motivated me to become a certified Les Mills fitness instructor.

How my commitment to fitness affects my daily life

My daily routine is based heavily on my fitness schedule. I guess fitness is officially my lifestyle. I’m not saying that it dictates my everyday life, but it definitely is a commitment. It’s all about planning ahead and making sure my social life and fitness routine don’t clash. You can’t just work out when you have the time – you have to make time. You owe it to yourself turn your motivation into a sustainable action plan. You have to be in it for the long haul.

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Tips on how to adopt a fitness lifestyle

Get a gym membership. Youtube and Google are great tools for gym and fitness D.I.Y.s, but it’s important that you execute the fitness routines correctly and safely. There’s no point in going beast mode today if it means you will be injured tomorrow. Get a professional fitness coach to help.

Don’t starve yourself. Dieting to lose weight doesn’t mean depriving yourself of all carbs and fats. It’s all about eating in moderation and being aware of how much your body needs to lose or gain to get and stay fit.

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Get by with a little help from your friends. Surround yourself with friends that are into fitness. It works wonders. Being in a group of like-minded friends will help keep you inspired and motivated.

Make it work for you. Working out with weights and running in the treadmill doesn’t work for everyone. Try group fitness classes. Most gyms offer a wide variety of fitness classes like Zumba, Body Combat, Body Attack, Body Pump, Freestyle Aerobics, Yoga, etc. Mix them up and find what works for you.

Don’t give up. This is probably the most cliché tip, but it really is true. Fitness doesn’t happen instantly. It’s a long journey. Result will come. Be patient. Work hard.

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