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How to Get Fit in 4 Weeks

by Kelly Townsend

Getting fit isn't just important because you want to look good; it's also vital for your long-term health. If you are out of shape, a regular exercise and diet routine is essential to improve your fitness level. By following these simple steps, you can get fit in as little as four weeks.

Eat smart by keeping track of what you eat. Perhaps the most difficult part of the whole process, developing a healthy diet allows you to maximize your workouts. If you are trying to lose weight, limit the number of calories you eat on a daily basis. You can keep track of your caloric, fat, protein and carbohydrate intake in a journal or by using an online program, such as Fit Day. Your diet should consist of high protein, low fat foods, along with whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Organize your workout. Divide the week into four different workout sessions: light cardio, heavy cardio, strength workout and toning workout. Between each day, you should take a day off. Taking a day off is necessary to keep your body healthy and avoid becoming susceptible to injuries.

Understand what you need to do each day. Light cardio consists of 30 to 40 minutes of walking or light swimming. Strength workout consists of lifting free weights and barbells. Heavy cardio consists of running or biking. Toning workouts include pushups, sit-ups and crunches. Each workout should last between 60 and 90 minutes.

Stay committed to your workouts and diet. While four weeks isn’t a long time, it’s long enough to start getting fit. However, you must stay dedicated to the plan so you can ensure the sought after long-term results.

Items you will need
  • Free weights or gym membership

Warning

  • Consult your doctor before starting a diet plan or exercise routine.

About the Author

I have been a freelance writer and blogger full-time for the last five years. Most often write about sports, fashion and beauty. However, in my experience writing for About.com and Lifetips.com, I have written about everything from local events to cell phone plans. My diverse background allows me to write on a multitude of topics and I think I'd be a great asset to your team.

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