Avoid the "get fit by buying this" infomercials. Don't buy anymore exercise equipment that’s “on sale.” Do you really need a gym membership to get fit? The answer is no. Getting fit isn't about gadgets, equipment or memberships. If you really want to feel fine, fit and fabulous this year and beyond, here are some tried-and-tested, fail-proof ways to start getting fit for better health and physical and mental well-being.
- Put on your walking shoes and get moving. Aim for 30 minutes of walking daily. If you need a gadget, buy a low-cost pedometer and log 10,000 steps daily for maximum results.
- Shovel snow and/or mow the lawn and/or dig in the dirt to plant flowers and vegetables . Shoveling snow is always a good work out in the winter or "working out" in your garden or your local community garden can help you burn about 140 calories for every 30 minutes of moderate activity. The perk: You'll get some “free” vegetables that are also good for your body.
- Get on the ball. Join a team such as softball, volleyball or basketball with your co-workers or close friends. It's an easy way to stay fit, see friends and have fun while you exercise.
- Be creative. Exercise shouldn't be something you always go somewhere to do. Whether you're making the bed, washing the car or walking the dog, add some extra energy by doing a few lunges, deep squats or jumping jacks to the activity and guess what? Call it exercise, baby. Dancing is another good option.
- Get motivated. Search the Web for free, online support and information to help you achieve your fitness and/or weight-loss goals. Here are Web sites to try: www.SparkPeople.com and www.smallstep.gov.