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Written by Carol Whitaker   

Starting an exercise routine can seem like diving head first into icy cold water.  It may feel carol_whitakeroverwhelming and challenging, but it doesn't have to be if you follow a few simple basic tips!

The LivFit Lifestyle

The LivFit lifestyle means creating a easy that you can live the rest of your life in a successful and healthy way. Healthy, lean, strong, and satisfied! It is learning to create a strong foundation of regular workouts and and an eating plan that you will never grow tired of. Eat what you like. Just eat less. Move more. Granted, living a fit lifestyle doesn't happen overnight, it takes motivation to begin an exercise routine and dedication to follow through with your goals. I am about to show you how!

Getting Started

It all begins with loving yourself enough to want to improve your quality of life.  Living a healthy lifestyle makes for a happier life, everyone around you will benefit.  You'll feel happier and healthier, you'll have more energy to play with your family and friends and you'll have a sense empowerment.

Motivation the Key to Success

Unfortunately too many people lack the motivation needed to commit to starting a fitness routine.  It takes time, you don't have to jump in with both feet; you can start off slow.  Starting is half the battle; you can begin by walking briskly for 20 minutes 5 days a week or jogging on a treadmill for 15 minutes.  And in time you find that you'll want to exercise longer than you did the day or week before.

Motivation is the key to success.  Staying motivated will boost your determination to live a healthier lifestyle.  Here are 10 motivational tips that have helped me stay on track year after year.  These tips have also been highly beneficial for my clients who used them to achieve their weight loss goals and dreams.

Choose a Good Location to Workout

Choose a gym close to home, you'll be more inclined to make it to the gym more often if it's convenient.  Or create your own gym, all you need are varies sizes of dumbbells, a bench and a mirror to watch your form (always lift weights in front of a mirror) and you'll have your very own gym in the comforts of your own home!  Make your gym a place where you want to be.  Make it fun, have a fitness poster to motivate you, have a TV & a DVD player to follow along with your favorite workouts, or a radio/CD player to play upbeat music loudly to add energy to your workouts.

Set Obtainable Goals

Write down 5 short term goals in the present tense.  Write goals that you know you can achieve within a week or a month time period.  Create a detailed plan for success.  Be specific such as "I workout 30 minutes each day" or "I eat a small balanced meal every 3 hours."  Place your goals where you can read them often.  Keep your goals in mind at all times.  See yourself as though you have already accomplished your goals and dreams.  Feel what it feels like to be at your ideal body weight, imagine your physique as you want it to be. 

Keep a Fitness and Diet Journal

Keeping a diet and fitness journal is imperative for fitness and weight loss success.  Having a journal for your meals and exercise routines is a great way to track your accomplishments and improvements.  Log your workouts by writing down how much weight you used and how many reps you did. Write down your meal plan the night before and prepare your meals ahead of time so you'll be ready to go the next day.  Using a diet journal holds you accountable for everything you eat & drink, it will help you immensely.  Be honest and write down everything you eat. You'll begin to think twice about what you put in your mouth. Also write how you felt that day.  You'll be able amazed at how rewarding it is to keep a record of your fitness journey and much easier it will be to create your own success.

Make Your Workouts a Priority

Schedule your workouts on your calendar as you would a business meeting.  Pack your gym bag and have it ready to go or place your workout clothes on your dresser the night before.  If you can workout first thing in the morning that's perfect!  You'll have it done for the day and you'll feel proud of yourself for accomplishing your goal, it's a great feeling.  You'll also have extra energy to get you through your busy schedule.

Hire a Fitness Coach

Hire a fitness guru to help you learn how to properly chart your meals and exercise routines.  Be selective; follow your heart in choosing the right coach or trainer. There are all sorts of trainers and coaches from yoga to bodybuilding.  Having a coach or trainer will educate, motivate and inspire you.  You'll have more self-confidence in the gym and needed will-power at home.  Being accountable to someone whom you look up to will skyrocket you to success.

Create a Fitness Support Group

Having a buddy system is a huge benefit to assist you in your weight loss efforts. Tell all of your family and friends of your weight loss goals and then you will feel less likely to overeat at a family gathering and social events.  Exercise with a close friend, it's so much more fun to workout with a friend.  Surround yourself with people that believe in you and that will support you in your fitness goals and dreams. Avoid pessimistic people and choose to spend time with those that inspire you to be a better person.

Love and Believe in Yourself

Loving yourself unconditionally will open your heart to believing in you!  I always say "Dream big dreams because dreams really do come true!"  If it's your dream to be fit and thin then believe you can be. Visualize yourself lean and strong.  Our minds are very powerful in creating our habitual thoughts.  So think uplifting thoughts throughout the day.  By loving and believing in you all things are possible.

Be Grateful

Be grateful for your body as it is now.  Give thanks for all that it does for you.  Visualize yourself as though you have already accomplished your fitness and wellness goals. With gratitude in your heart imagine yourself as the size, shape and weight as you aspire to be.  Your body will literally transform more easily by focusing on love and appreciation.  The more you are grateful for the more you'll have to be grateful for!

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential to achieving a lean, shapely physique.  Your body repairs worked torn muscle tissues from your earlier workout during sleep.  Try to get to bed by 10:30 pm each evening so your body can fully recover.  You'll not only have more energy for your next workout but you'll feel stronger too!

Follow Through 

Start your fitness plan today!  Take action and follow through with your goals.  Be sure to implement journal writing and daily exercise to ensure success.  Write down a timeline on your calendar when you will reach your goals, then reward yourself when you do.  Get a massage, go to a movie, or read a good book; do what makes you happy.

Commit today to living a healthier lifestyle.  If you follow these simple motivational tips and incorporate them into your daily routine you'll soon discover that fitness will become a way of life.  Staying motivated is a mindset.  Be true to you; exercise often, eat healthy foods and believe you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Until next time, keep moving & live well!

About the Author 

Carol Whitaker is a well-known model, motivational speaker and writer. As a successful Fitness Lifestyle Coach, Carol Whitaker has changed lives around the globe. She educates how to live a fit, joyful and abundant life by balancing the body, mind and spirit. Carol Whitaker's have been featured in internet magazines and websites. Appearing on radio shows, conferences, seminars & webinars Carol Whitaker teaches that everyone already has what it takes to create their dreams

Carol Whitaker is a regular contributor to and Carol's inspirational messages and writings can also be found on, and where she has a daily blog devoted to motivating and educating others to achieve their fitness goals.

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