Top 10 Ways To Stay On Track With Your Fitness Routine

Hi. As I was stepping out of the gym today, I noticed a hesitant woman about the doors. I asked her if I could help and she told me how uneasy she was at the idea of joining a gym though she was keen on leading a healthy life. 20 minutes later we parted and I knew what else I needed to talk about in my post today. I am sure there are many of us who are in her shoes. Well, the truth is, despite the hype of gym-oriented fitness industry, one doesn’t have to be a gym regular to be fit and healthy, though it is immensely beneficial.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. You can use any motivation to do your workout. Music. You can download music from good sites like, etc. Alternatively, buy an outfit you would love to fit into (a few sizes smaller) and work for it! Show your partner how strong your determination and will power is by making workouts a part of your routine!
  2. To stay on track, you can maintain a Fitness Diary where you can make an entry while you have the statistics of time, distance, pulse rate etc fresh in your memory. In a month’s time, you will be able to notice the improvements in your statistics.
  3. Walking/Jogging/Running: Think outdoors. Walking helps sleep better, builds leg muscles and helps you lose weight without injuring your knees or ankles. Plus, you can burn 125 calories for every half hour your walk. If you are fit, you can choose to alternate jogging and running in the same session to provide beautiful interval training.
  4. Swimming: Perfect at any age and helps tone every part of your body without impacting any one of them! You can burn up to 140 calories in half an hour with moderately paced breast-strokes. More calories burn during back strokes. A mere 20 minutes will help tone in 3 weeks time pitting in 5-6 days a week. Come summer!
  5. Cycling: Go green. Get out your cycle to visit a friend or do groceries. It can burn up to 150 calories at speeds of 9.5 mph for a half hr ride. Plus it’s a great cardio and lower body workout.
  6. Hiking: This could prove to be an opportunity to spend time with friends or family away from home. And, it is a BIG calories spender – up to 200 calories or more every half hour. Some hiking expeditions are more strenuous than others. So be careful here.
  7. Aerobics Class: If you are a group or social person, you may like to join an aerobics class with workouts such as Step (bench), weights, Taebo etc built in. You can use up to 150 – 200 calories in half an hour depending on whether your class is a low or high impact one.
  8. Dance: Ever wanted to learn the Waltz? Or Latin? What a fun way to burn up to 200 calories in half hr of fun!
  9. Household work can be a great exercise for both men and women!  Sweeping the porch, gardening, wiping down the counter tops, taking down curtains and washing them, dusting, and polishing furniture can burn as much as 200 calories a day.  The same as jogging for 20 minutes!
  10. Set time aside: Staying fit should be a commitment to yourself and your family. Make sure you set a firm time aside from all work to get any exercise of your choice that will help you stay fit and stay on track.

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