So many of us promise ourselves on New Year’s Eve that we’ll get fit and healthy in the coming year. Then as weeks pass, we find excuses as to why we couldn’t meet our goals. While it’s true, “life” often gets in the way, but it’s a matter of setting our priorities and keeping our focus. It’s so easy to get distracted with TV, Facebook, online games and social events. Sometimes we commit to too many things which causes us to lose focus. Sometimes we are not committed enough to our priorities and then welcome the distractions. Sometimes we are just lazy and want to sit and do nothing.

Make a commitment to love yourself first, eat healthy, and work on having a fit and healthy lifestyle. We all have 24 hours in a day. Make the time to exercise. Switch things up to keep it interesting. Take your dog for a walk. Go to the gym. Go for a morning jog before heading into work. Go for a bicycle ride. Enjoy the outdoors’ Spring air. Go for a hike. Take dance lessons. Find an exercise buddy. Commit to and schedule your exercise. Journal your progress. Set goals and challenge yourself.  Keep on moving! But do so safely.

There are five elements to fitness

  • A warmup.
  • A cardiovascular (aerobic) workout.
  • Resistance (strength-building) exercises.
  • Flexibility moves.
  • A cooldown

Your daily diet is important to your health and fitness. Learn which foods are healthy and why. Learn how to cook healthy. Keep your home well-stocked with only healthy foods to limit temptations.

Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Make a habit of drinking water before eating. Drink a half gallon of water every day. Keep a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.

Only then will you have the energy and stamina to do all the things in life that are most important to you, and for many years to come. And just look how beautiful fitness is!

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