Being fit is great. You feel good. Every inch of your body is energized and ready for anything. Getting to that point is tough though. Not everybody can reach that level of fitness. That said, it shouldn’t stop you striving to be as fit as possible. Fitness is different for everybody. Some people will struggle more than others. We’ve put together a guide to help though. With a little direction, you should be able to make moves on being a better, fitter you.

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Diet

You can’t out-train a bad diet. Any athlete will tell you that. While you may not be trying to reach their level of fitness, what they’re saying still has meaning. If anything it means even more. If they can’t out-train a bad diet with their amount of exercise, you definitely can’t. This doesn’t mean you have to eat lettuce and lean meats for the rest of your life. You can still have treats, just so long as they are very infrequent. Maybe you can try learning how to cook. A lot of food can be healthy and delicious if you prepare it yourself. Be aware though, diet will only be the building blocks of your fitness journey.

Challenges

To increase your level of fitness you need to challenge your body. Fitness is attained through pushing your limits and letting your body adapt. Staying at the same level forever will not increase your fitness any. It has to be gradual though. You wouldn’t compete in triathlons before you’ve ever stepped on a treadmill would you? No, you need to work your way up to that point.

Varied Exercise

Fitness can be obtained through a well-rounded exercise regime. One type of training will not make you as fit as you can be. The main categories of training are in endurance, strength, and flexibility. There are plenty of exercises you can do to train these elements of yourself. Some may be more effective than others. Depending on your goals, you might want to specialize in one category but still keep yourself relatively well trained in the other two.

It’s important you switch up the regime though. Never do the same amount of exercise every time. It’s all about stopping your body from fully adapting, else you’ll plateau. You can do a little bit less some weeks, so long as you’re back in full form and pushing yourself as far as you can go on others.

Rest

With all this talk of fitness and exercise regimes and diets, it can be easy to forget that you need to rest. Sometimes you body just needs a break. Not only do you need up to eight hours of sleep a night to fully recover, but you also might just need to step away from exercise for a week sometimes. You don’t need to stop exercising completely. From time to time, you’ll have to tone down the intensity or duration quite a bit for a week to let your body recover.

While not a detailed guide to fitness, this is a template that should get you on the right path.