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How to Get in Shape the RIGHT WAY

Updated on May 13, 2019
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I am a fitness enthusiast who wants to help people see the benefits of personal fitness to allow people to live their lives to the fullest.

Whether this is your first or your hundredth time starting your fitness journey, it’s important to understand there’s a right way and a way to start your fitness journey; otherwise you’ll find yourself starting over next January. Below are some tips you may want to consider before you make another attempt to get in shape.

Focusing too much on glory muscles

Whether you’re a woman who loves leg day or a man who can’t wait for international chest day, if you only pay attention to your favorite days you’re never going to get that ideal body. I could be wrong and your goal is to have disproportionate body then excuse me. From head to toe each area of your body compliments each other.

Don't just show up!

Whether you have a workout routine or not, it does you no good if you’re not going to give it your best. You can’t keep bench pressing the same weight or running one mile in the same time and expect change (that’s called insanity). Every time you step into the gym your goal is to climb new heights, even if it’s by an inch.

Take notes

If you ran one mile in 8 minutes then I have a question: How will you know what time to beat if you never recorded your first time? This is common mistake made in the gym; as mentioned in the previous statement, you just don’t show up to the gym, but you climb new heights, but how will you know if you don’t record your previous workout. Another thing you need to record is what works for your body in order to get an effective workout.

Know your body

Everyone’s body is different from each other; our bodies are made up of short, tight, lengthen, and weak muscles. This means that means my work out most likely will be different from yours. A problem people have is thinking that if do the same home workout program they saw on TV I’ll get the same results. Truth is you’ll get in shape, but it may not be what you had hoped for. I can for sure say first hand that I’ve completed a workout program and packed on muscle like they guaranteed, but it never focused on improving my posture, which is one of my main goals. So even though I packed on muscle I still had an exaggerated arch in my back. So, before you even start your fitness journey, do your research and take the time know your body so you can set proper workout and fitness goals.


To get into shape and be healthy you’ll have to make room for fitness in your daily routine. This means finding that moment of down time in your day whether it’s 5 in the morning or 8 at night to workout. One of the biggest excuses is that people use is that you don’t have enough time to work out; this is mainly because you’re either doing something that’s a complete time killer or you just don’t want to work out the only time you have free, which may be 5 in the morning. If you’re serious about getting into shape and being healthy you must make time for fitness; if you go into any gym somewhere on a wall, you’ll mostly likely see a sign that reads “NO EXCUSES”.

Cook your own food

Another big problem people run into is that eating healthy cost a lot, but eating out cost even more; cooking your own food allows to save money. Take me for example, one day I checked my bank statement and it turned out that I spent 112 dollars a week eating out for lunch. If you live a busy life prepare your meals ahead of time; the whole week if you have too. With the extra money, you could use that to try out healthier foods or you could simply just put it in your pocket. Besides, every time you look on TV you find out the restaurant you normally go to either failed a health inspection or put some non-food ingredient in your meal like wood pulp or something.

New friends

Like I said its more than just working out and eating healthy; you also need to have healthy set of friends. Toxic friends can ruin your fitness goals just as toxic foods can. It’s nothing like when someone is encouraging you as well as standing beside you though your journey; rather than having someone telling you that you haven’t change. Ever had someone ask why do you go to the gym as if their saying you’re wasting your time? A personal trainer main job is to keep you motivated so that you’ll come back to next session, but it can be waste of time if you live in a toxic environment with no type of support, which can lead to you giving up on your workout routine. Toxic people are around us, but they must always be avoided and ignored.

Better decisions

Fitness doesn’t mean that you take out all the fun out of life, but it does mean that you should be aware of the decisions you make in your life. For example, getting an adequate amount of sleep instead of staying all hours of the day. Having a piece of fruit to reduce your appetite and to save money. Be mindful who you hang out with before you start developing toxic habits. It’s important that you stay focus; there will be times where you feel as if you can’t take a step further or just feel as if you’re not making any progress, but understand that is the point where most people decide to turn around and go home. Don’t stop when you’re three feet away from gold.

It may seem like a lot work, but it all pays off in the end. Fitness builds confidence in a person allowing them to live life to its fullest. Gone are the days where you’re too shy to approach someone you’ve been crushing on. Or maybe you allow people to walk all over you and it’s hard to let your voice be heard; whatever the case maybe a fit lifestyle can aid you in resolving these problems. Confidence allows you to take risk, perform well in all area of life. So now that you know what it takes to get in shape, as well as achieve the body you want the only thing holding you back is you.


Of course, you should know that you’re not going to get the result right away, so don’t give up just because you haven’t seen any results yet. The biggest mistake you can make is assuming you’re going to make a sudden transformation in two weeks. It’s also important to note that you want progress at a steady rate or you may end up with the opposite results, or even injury yourself, because you decided to do more than you can handle thinking it would help reach your goal faster. It takes time; how much time you say? Well that depends on your level of discipline.

© 2019 Derrick Bennett


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