The road to health and fitness is not a hard one. Sometimes the most difficult part is starting! Wanting to get in shape or making a resolution to do so is an admirable goal and one that offers many long term benefits. Eating a balanced diet of nutritional foods and getting into a regular exercise routine is the only way to stay healthy. This doesn’t mean eating boring foods and being in a gym everyday. If you just cut out or at least cut back on the amount of fat type foods and get some exercise a few times a week would be a great place to start. Once you commit to a plan, all it takes is discipline to stay with it.

Getting healthy is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. You will feel better physically to go out and do the things you want to do and have the energy to do them. You also will look and feel better about yourself which will give you the confidence you may need to go and live life to it’s fullest.

Here’s 5 tips to help you with your goal:

1. Start small – If you are trying to stop eating that favorite unhealthy item, don’t stop cold turkey. Cut back a little at a time until you have cut it out of your normal routine. Quitting all at once just sets you up for a possible failure later.

2. Set modest goals – Keep your goals at a realistic level that you know you can achieve. Setting the bar too high can lead to frustration and failure. You know yourself better than anyone else so set goals you are capable of and increase them as you reach them until you get where you want to go.

3. Do the buddy system – Having a partner or buddy going through the same process with you makes it easier to reach your goals. You both can keep each other in check and it will make it more fun to do it together.

4. Having discipline – This can be the hardest part. Staying focused with your plan is key to success. Trying not to be distracted and to resist temptation will be hard at times but if you keep your eye on the prize and don’t give up, it will get easier each day.

5. Do it for you – Wanting to impress someone with your new healthy lifestyle change is fine and all, but you really need to be doing this for yourself. You don’t need someone else’s approval, you want to be getting healthy for you so you can have a better life.

If you follow these simple guidelines you can be on your way to a new healthier, more fit lifestyle that will open up a world of new opportunities for you. It is a very obtainable goal if you exercise some self-discipline and stay motivated. You can do it!