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6 Signs You Need to Get Fit

Feb28

Ok, 2012 has come and so have the New Year’s resolutions.  Have you stuck to any of those resolutions to date?  Are you thinner?  Did you stick with that exercise program you promised yourself you would? Are you feeling great and getting back into shape?

It is so difficult to make changes for the better when life is just so busy and the kids need new shoes, work is challenging and you are just exhausted when you get home from work.  

But, there are some things you should consider, if you’re not in the best shape, or having weight issues.  These things can cause further health problems that might keep you from doing the things you love, not to mention highly expensive when we are talking medical costs.

Best to decide to make changes now, and here are some tips to bring to your attention that you are basically out of shape – and if these changes are really necessary or if you’re on target:

1. Overweight:

This is blatantly obvious – and being overweight like a big percentage of the population is unhealthy.  Not sure you’re overweight?  It is a sure thing when your favorite jeans don’t fit anymore, and if you do manage to get them on, the belly fat is hanging over.  Sure sign you’re getting out of shape.

There are hundreds of diet plans to choose from, and they can cost you big bucks – but the best plan is to cut calories and start exercising more.  Eat half of what you’ve been eating – period.  Eat more fruits and veggies and lay off the chips and ice cream completely.  If you don’t have the energy to exercise, start with some brisk walking.

Walking can be the easiest way to get yourself started on the path to a good exercise routine, its fun, easy and you can walk anywhere.

2. Short of breath:

Ok so you are trying to get somewhere in a hurry, and the faster you move, the more out of breath you become.  Sure sign you’re out of shape.

Start walking more – and instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs.  This will start you on the journey of getting in shape, because as soon as you start climbing those stairs, without becoming winded – you’re on the road to getting in shape!  Don’t stop there though – the stairs are just a starting point!

3. Heart rate:

Remember those stairs?  Well, if your heart starts beating out of your chest, you can pretty much rest assured – you’re out of shape.

Take it slow – because you don’t want to overwork that heart muscle just yet, but start some aerobic exercise, or strenuous hiking – or you can go back to the stairs.  It’s likely you’ll get back to a normal heart rate in no time.

4. No energy?

Do you find that when you get home from work, you’re done?  You can’t find the energy to take your dog for a walk or play with the kids…. You’re definitely out of shape.

Getting back into an exercise routine will cure that within weeks.  Even if its only 15 minutes a day, start walking, running, tread milling, hiking, anything to get yourself active and before you know it, you’ll have excess energy and will most likely be getting back into shape.

5. Feeling lethargic and tired?

This is a sure sign you are out of shape.  Exercise releases endorphins and getting plenty of rest will help as well.  So, get back to exercise on a regular basis and get those endorphins flowing – they cause a natural high and there is no way to remain lethargic after taking on those stairs for a few weeks.

6. Depression:

Depression, although it is known to be a chemical imbalance in the brain, and can be brought on by life struggles, it can be beat, according to the latest study and book, The Depression Cure, by Stephen Ilardi – who has proven that beating depression can be accomplished by a series of steps, exercise being a major one.

According to Ilardi:  “There are now over a hundred published studies documenting the antidepressant effects of exercise. Activities as varied as walking, biking, jogging, and weight lifting have all been found to be effective.”

Being out in nature, in the sunlight is another way to bring that mood back into joyous.

If you are continuously thinking about food, find yourself with very low energy and are tired a lot, it’s time to look into an exercise program, and a healthier eating diet.

Your body will thank you for it – and your mind will be thrilled.

Kristy Ramirez is a fitness fanatic and freelance writer for the free-to-use life insurance comparison website Life Insurance Finder.

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