5 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Life

These days, it's hard to turn on the television for more than fifteen minutes without seeing at least one commercial talking about weight loss. However, when you get right down to it, more than weight loss is important, the key is making lifestyle changes - eating more nutritious foods and focusing on physical fitness.

When you recognize that fitness matters and that you're going to want to do more exercise, there are a number of things that you can do:{relatedarticles}

  1. Choose one day of the week to walk or bike to work -- at least part of the way. If your fitness level is not quite where you want it to be, you may want to take the bus partway -- at least initially -- and to take advantage of the bicycle racks that are at the front of many buses in most areas. In addition to improving your fitness level, biking or walking to work will help you to save at the gas pump.
  2. Get active with the kids. Recent studies have shown that kids aren't getting outside or being active enough; by spending time with the kids and focusing on fitness, you'll find that you're able to stay on top of what the kids are doing and to help guide them down a path to fitness.
  3. Schedule your workouts early in the day. Especially in the summer months, setting the alarm an hour earlier to fit in your run or ride before the heat and humidity settle in can help you to keep fitness in your routine and can ensure that you're able to stay cooler and breathe easier in the process.
  4. Take more steps. While pedometers aren't all the rage the way that they were a few years ago, taking more steps in your day can help to improve your overall fitness level. By parking further away at the grocery store or mall, by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, you'll find that you're able to do more to reach your fitness goals.{relatedarticles}
  5. Add variety. Rather than just running on the treadmill at the gym, take the time to participate in yoga and pilates classes, pedal your way through a spinning class or take your aerobics workout into the pool where increased resistance from the water can help to improve your fitness.

Fitness and weight loss aren't just about exercise; on many levels, fitness and weight loss are about the little things and the choices that you make. Sometimes, simply by making small changes, you will find that you are able to make a considerable difference in your lifestyle.

Those who add variety to their workouts and fitness routines will find that they are able to prevent boredom and to stick with reaching their goals. Those who make small changes will find that they are able to stick with them longer and to make continual progress toward reaching their fitness goals and can help to alleviate stress, anxiety and improve your overall well being in the process; more importantly, those who embrace small changes for fitness will find that they are far more likely to stick with the program.{relatedarticles}