Most people think way too much about how to lose weight! You spend hours gathering information about the latest trends and the quickest way to get in shape, and then become completely overwhelmed by all that you learn. There are thousands of ways to exercise and eat healthy, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and end up doing nothing. The good news is that all effective fitness programs contain the same core elements, which I outlined for you below as 5 Easy Steps to Get Fit Fast:

Get Fit Step #1: Consistency is KEY

If you want a fit body then exercise MUST be a consistent part of your life. You can’t exercise hard this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency. Don’t overthink the mode of exercise. Focus on being consistent.

Get Fit Step #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 10 kgs in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help. Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come.

Get Fit Step #3: Make it CONVENIENT 

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find a time, a place and a modality of exercise that is as convenient to your real life as possible, so that you can be faithful to Get Fit Step #1 by staying consistent. Make exercise part of your routine. Don’t stray back to your old habits.

Get Fit Step #4: Find something you LOVE

Like Get Fit Step #3, finding a modality of exercise that you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. You may never love swimming because you hate getting your ears wet, or you may never love biking because you’ve always struggled with balance. If you’re straining to get through a modality of exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. It’s best to move on to something different that you would enjoy more.

**Note for exercise-haters: If deep down you consider yourself an exercise hater, then DO NOT take this as a free pass to forego exercise altogether under the guise of not loving it.

Part of becoming fit for life is learning to find a type of exercise that you can learn to love.

Get Fit Step #5: Work with a PRO

When it comes to fitness there are so many different training styles, ways to achieve certain goals and reaching that dream body you’re after. By working with a PRO, you can shorten the time line so to speak as they will use all their knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your goals in the best and safest way possible. Even if you are a keen gym goer having someone in your corner to make tweaks here and there, or motivate you when you can’t be bothered is only going to help you long term! Even myself being a PT and Exercise Sport Science Student I have a coach who guides my training program and ways I can improve on the daily!

Overall exercise needs to be a part of your life if you are to achieve sustainable long-term results. It won’t happen overnight so you need to stay committed to the journey and enjoy it as much as you can. Once there just enjoy the ride and watch yourself transform in front of your eyes!

Blog post courtesy of Jamie De Abreu

Senior Personal Trainer/Qmax Instructor – Fit n Fast Southland