For a lot of people the definition of getting in shape means working until you drop in the gym everyday, and cutting out all foods you love. THIS IS NOT TRUE!! If we all change our mindset from "I want to get in shape, and lose weight" to "I want to get healthy", all of a sudden these New Year's resolutions will become significantly easier. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, obtaining a healthier lifestyle is as easy as just moderately exercising for a total of two and half hours a week, and including more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Two and a half hours a week?! That's only 20 minutes a day! That would be a good hike, a long walk, a little jog, anything that gets that heart rate up for 20 minutes a day! Or you could do three good hour long workouts throughout the week and call it good! Now I don't know about you, but that sounds a lot easier than I expected.
Once we wrap our heads around the idea of just trying to have a healthier lifestyle (including more fruits, vegetables, whole grains in our diets, and moderately exercising throughout the week), then we will naturally start losing weight and getting into shape. This New Year's resolution does not have to be one that is hard to achieve; it can be as easy as picking an apple over chips at lunch, choosing some water over Gatorade when your thirsty, and walking that block or two to get your lunch instead of driving (or just making your lunch at home). Achieving a healthier lifestyle will naturally help you achieve weight loss goals, and help you obtain the body you've always wanted! This is so much easier than we have all believed it to be! So this year lets all strive to make those small changes that will lead to life long benefits! WE CAN DO THIS!!
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease; Prevention: What Can We Do