9 Tips to Help You Get Fit

People often fail at their fitness goals because they want to change something big without a plan. Keep your fitness goal small and doable to get fit.

Here are nine ways to add fitness to your life.

Take a Hike

If you ever wondered how to increase the number of steps you take in a day, then investing in a pedometer is a great way to measure you movement. Once you have an idea of how much you move throughout the day, work on increasing your daily step count. Ideally, you should strive to reach 10,000 steps (about five miles) or more in order to lose weight or keep it off. Replace a few small tasks that you'd ordinarily drive to with walking and you'll be on your way to moving more and losing more.

Spike Your Energy Level

To avoid the dreaded 3 P.M. energy slump, stand at your desk, go for a brisk walk around the block or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Anything you can do to get moving will help raise your energy level. Even a simple yoga pose like standing forward fold can help re-route your energy.

In order to avoid a steep decrease in energy during the day be sure to eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast can cause you to overeat later in the day and increase your chances of feeling sluggish during the mid-afternoon.

Get Bootylicious

There are two great reasons to work on getting a toned tush. First, working the muscle groups that will help you tighten your tush tend help boost your metabolism. Training large muscle groups  help keep your body burning calories longer. Also, the other benefit is self explanatory: a nice derri?re. In order to achieve that look, focus on targeting your glutes and hamstrings. Do squats and lunges to help engage these muscles. If you want more of a challenge, try lunges while balancing on the planted leg. Exercises targeting the lower body can help you lose weight, build muscle and sculpt a lean body.

Tighten the Tummy

The core is the key to flat abs. One of the most effective ab workouts designed to flatten the tummy works each abdominal group: the deep transverse abs, the obliques and the rectus abdominis: the "six pack" muscle. There are many ab exercises that can help you trim and tighten your tummy, but one of the most effective ones is the plank. While it may not seems like a traditional ab exercise, the plank is one of the most effective because it focuses on strengthening the entire core muscles, including the back muscles. Side planks, regular planks, stability ball planks...each of them are designed to strengthen and tighten the core.

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