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Getting in shape is perhaps the most exciting and beneficial life changes you’ll ever make. There may be a number of reasons why you’ve decided to get fit. Perhaps you’ve had a doctor’s warning about a developing health condition or maybe you want to look fabulous for a college reunion, wedding or other special event. Regardless, take a moment to prepare yourself for this considerable, and commendable, undertaking.

Over the next 30 days, you can expect to:

  • Formulate a fitness plan.
  • Make important dietary changes.
  • Become knowledgeable about your body and fitness.
  • Set and achieve realistic goals.
  • Feel optimistic and enthusiastic about your new lifestyle.
  • Feel more energized and healthier.


On this first day, get a baseline of all your measurements. On a sheet of paper, write down your current chest, hip and waist measurements, as well as your current weight and resting heart rate. Also, test your physical skill with a modified version of the Army’s physical fitness test. Time how long it takes for you to run around your block as fast as you can. Then do as many push-ups and sit-ups as you can in 30 second intervals. Write those numbers down. At the end of 30 days, you’ll take these measurements again and see your progress. Good luck!

DID YOU KNOW?
Only about 22% of Americans are regularly active.

Posted: 9/28/16
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Im interested in doing basic yoga exercises. i cant . i think my body is crooked on the inside. can i be helped?
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Angelafreckles

OKAY... i wear a size 14 jeans and i've been quite active and consistently active for several years UNTIL recently i had an auto accident which broke my arm. Needless to say i've been inactive, eating more and doing my therapy but still not feeling energetic or strong ...ugh! My clothes are getting tight! sooo.... i'm going to try Step 1 to help motivate me back to where i need to be... going to get my measurements and my weight checked and see how many situps i' can do in a minute..haha!

SarahNRiley

that 22% of Americans are going to be sorry that they didn't get in shape earlier! I tell people all the time, you can work out right in your own living room and meet others online who share positive fitness aspirations! pls see my facebook page Your Living Room Is a Gym, and Link

Juliebulie

I hope I will be blessed with many more years in this body. So I am going to focus on investing an hour a day to walk or ride my bike, in the rain even! Because I would like to drop 20 pounds I will commit to this.
I will welcome my first grandchild in March and this will be so exciting.