Getting in shape is always on the top of goal lists for many people. But putting together a successfully workout routine can be stressful to say the least. You have a lot of different areas to think about and getting even one of them wrong can really affect the others. To build a successful routine you need to first be aware of all of the areas of a successful program so that you can properly address each one.
The first area to keep in mind is the one of nutrition. That is right you cannot have a proper program that will help you lose weight and get in shape without paying some serious attention to the area of nutrition. You need to first take an honest look at where you are at and then plan a map to get to where you want to be. You need to figure out how much of your body weight is fat and how much is muscle or lean mass. Then calculate how many calories you are going to need to take in while accounting for the activity level of your workout. Once you do that you can then address the proper forms of food and make sure you plan meals that consist of natural foods and avoid any and all processed junk. The more natural the better. Remember the better you have this leg of your routine the better you will do in the other areas.
The second area to watch is the actual workout itself. I strongly suggest you build a routine that includes both cardio work and resistance or weight training. Even women need to incorporate weight training or resistance (even just bodyweight) exercise into their routine. The act of adding some lean mass and shaping your body will help to burn fat in the long run. Do not be afraid that you are going to bulk up into the incredible hulk overnight. The guys and gals on those hardcore bodybuilding magazines did not get that look from just doing a little bit of resistance training. You have nothing to fear if you just want to get in shape.
Finally no workout program is complete without accounting for proper rest. This is actually one of the most overlooked areas of working out for most people. Generally people think of only diet and training when they think of getting in shape. The truth of the matter is that your body cannot get in shape without proper rest. You spend a lot of time working out and actually tearing your body down when exercising so the only next logical step is to rest in order to recover. Make sure you plan the rest in your routine with the same effort you plan the work. All it takes is some time management.
Addressing all of these areas will assure you more success than the average person that starts a routine and quits in the first few weeks. Make sure you are not one of those guys!
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