How You Can Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life In 2017
Scott Schmaren Dec 26, 2016

Are you tired of being uncomfortable with your body? Are you ready to finally make some changes to your life in hopes of dropping the weight and getting in the best shape of your life? If so, then you are in luck, because a new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start.

Start taking control of your life and body. With 2017 right around the corner, now is the time to change your mindset, eat healthy, workout frequently and get in the best shape of your life.

Remember, getting in the best shape of your life does not only come with a good body but it also comes with a good bill of health. If you are in search of that kind of life, a life that is filled with self-confidence and being happy with the person in the mirror, then 2017 is the perfect time to get in the best shape of your life, and we will be dropping some tips to help you get there.

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How You Can Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life In 2017

  • Enter A Challenge/Program
  • Create Goals And Then Incorporate Said Goals Into Your Schedule
  • Create A Meal Plan/Workout Plan That You Can Stick To -- And Don't Be Afraid Of Cheat Meals
  • Get Smart When Eating Out/Win The Little Battles

Enter A Challenge/Program

Why should you enter a challenge or program in 2017? There are many different reasons. For starters, a challenge/program typically features a fitness coach who will help you stay motivated and on the right track. This person will help you create goals and stick to them. This person might also help you create a meal plan.

Challenges and programs are great because the workout/exercise plan is mapped out for you. All you have to do is show up and give it everything you got. The best part about these challenges is the fact that there are typically people just like you in them, people who are trying to get in better shape. This is very motivating stuff because you push each other throughout the program. Not to mention, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.

If you are in a very good challenge/program, your fitness coach will help you every step of the way. You might need a person to hold you accountable to a healthy lifestyle in the beginning, and that's what a fitness coach is there for.

At the end of a challenge/program, you will have built some amazing habits and a great routine. The cherry on top could be the fact that you lost some weight and are one step closer to being in the best shape of your life.

If you need help, then you should seriously consider joining some type of group, challenge or fitness program in 2017.

Create Goals And Then Incorporate Said Goals Into Your Schedule

Since 2017 is almost here, now is the perfect time to create some killer goals for 2017. So, take out that piece of paper and pencil (or smartphone) and start writing down some fitness goals.

Here's the key, don't just say your fitness goals are to lose weight, start eating better, going to the gym on a consistent basis, etc. Yes, these are all great goals, but they are a little vague. Instead, say you want to lose 10 pounds (or however many you want to lose), say you want to go to the gym three to five times per week and you get the point -- add some details to those goals.

Once you have done that, next you will have to actually add these goals to your schedule. Saying you will go to the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is a good start, but actually add some times on top of that. Therefore, say you will go to the gym at 7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you don't, then the world will end, or that is at least the type of mindset you have to have.

In a nutshell, you need to add some details to your goals and then actually add them to your schedule. Saying you want to lose 10-20 pounds in 2017 is not good enough -- make a plan as well!

Create A Meal Plan/Workout Plan That You Can Stick To -- And Don't Be Afraid Of Cheat Meals

Don't just eliminate bad foods, add healthy ones. It's okay to have cheat meals from time to time. In fact, if you don't, then you will likely go crazy in the hunger department, which could lead to you breaking your diet/healthy lifestyle in no time. Create a meal plan that works for you, one that consists of more healthy foods and some cheat days. Make a meal plan that you can actually stick to, one that you will actually enjoy.

Sure, eating brown rice, broccoli and chicken for lunch and dinner might be great, but if you can't stick to that plan for the long haul, then don't commit to it in the first place. Create a plan that you can stick to -- that's the key.

Now, let's get to that workout plan.

Don't use a treadmill if you are going to quit after two minutes. If an elliptical is your jam, and if you will do it every day for an extended period of time, then by all means use an elliptical.

Running might be better for you (depending on what your goals are), but that doesn't mean running is for everyone. If you hate it, don't do it. If you love something, then do more of said something. You should have fun with this workout plan. Not only will it help you get in better shape (ideally the best shape of your life), but your workout time could be a designated time to refresh your mind, get away from work and actually enjoy yourself outside of the office.

Above all else, create a meal plan and workout schedule that you can stick to. After all, you are the one who has to come face-to-face with these plans every single day.

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Get Smart When Eating Out/Win The Little Battles

We are going to break this final point into two parts: Being smart when eating out and winning the little battles.

In terms of the eating out portion, start splitting your meals in half when eating at a restaurant. If you have trouble with portion control, then literally ask the server to cut your meal in half and put one of the halves in a to-go box.

On top of that, plan ahead by looking at the menu online -- well, if you know you are going to be eating out, that is. The key is to not go overboard, and you can achieve that goal by looking at the menu before you even step foot in the restaurant. When you are at the restaurant, be smart. If you are going to get a milkshake, then skip the fries. Make healthy-like decisions whenever you can. A great example is to order fruit for your side instead of fries.

So many people will get a burger and fries on top of a milkshake because they think they already killed their diet by getting a milkshake; however, you are going to be much better off if you skip one of those three options. Just because you make one unhealthy decision, that does not mean you have to go completely overboard on your entire meal.

Now, let's talk about winning little battles.

Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car far away from the entrance, etc. Sure, you might go to the gym three-plus times per week -- and that's awesome! -- but you can still go above and beyond by winning little battles throughout the day. This type of mindset (getting extra exercise in when the opportunity arises) is how you successfully live a healthy lifestyle, and it's also how you can get in the best shape of your life in 2017.

Start making a difference in 2017. If your goal is to get in the best shape of your life, then use the information above to your advantage. The choice is yours, but the journey starts today.

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