How to Get Fit (Teenage Girls)

It is really important to eat healthfully and exercise. You should exercise at least 5 days a week and leave 2 days to relax. Here are some easy steps for you to follow.

Steps

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    Little by little. Make small, but important changes on how active you are, such as: instead of taking the car, you could walk to where you need to go, or, cutting down on the amount of time you spend watching the television, computer, etc.
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    Get strong! You should strengthen your entire body - this means your arms, legs, and core.
    • To strengthen your core you should do sit ups and other workouts such as planks and crunches. These will strengthen, tone and define the muscles in your stomach, giving you a leaner shape.
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    • To strengthen your legs you should do squats and other workouts such as vertical jumps and wallsits. These will strengthen and define the muscles in your calves and thighs, meaning your legs look nicer and stronger. Try out some stretching exercises, which can be done in a small space without too much effort. Stretches for flexibility can really help shape your muscles nicely.
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    • To strengthen your arms you should do pull ups and other workouts such as chin ups, push ups and lifting something moderately heavy such as a tin of beans. Make sure to remain consistent in your exercise routine, keeping track of your previous amount of that exercise you could do and how much you have improved since then. Start small, maybe only a couple of each until you get stronger and more physically able to do them.
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    Eat Healthily. You should try to eat five portions of fruit and/or vegetables a day. try to eat a balanced diet, for example getting a part of each food group into every meal and not snacking on unhealthy things such as refined carbohydrates or sugar. Try to avoid things that have plenty of caffeine in, such as coffee, coke, and energy drinks.
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    Drink at least 5 glasses of Water a day. It is so important and vital that you drink enough water. Water helps us function, makes our skin clear and flushes out any unwanted toxins - so make sure you drink more of it. Aim for about 1.5–2 liters (0.4–0.5 US gal) of water a day. You will feel so much better for it, promise! But remember not to drink too much. When you exercise, keep a bottle of water nearby so that you don't forget to keep hydrated.
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    Join a new sport. Are you just aching to join that gymnastics class or desperate to learn ballet? Go for it! It will contribute to your daily exercise recommendations and you will notice a difference. However, make sure you enjoy the sport you're going for, otherwise you won't want to stick at it. And if you don't feel comfortable going into sports that have complete strangers then do the sport with some family members in your back yard if you have an Apartment try to do it somewhere with a lot of space.

Tips

  • Drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • Get a proper amount of sleep, as this is the time your body repairs itself.
  • Never starve yourself, as it never works and only makes you sick. Many gain weight instead of losing it, because your body goes into emergency mode and preserves more fat.
  • Think of your goals when it gets harder and harder.
  • Eat healthy foods such as whole grain cereals, subs, and pasta, vegetables, fruits, fish, and chicken.
  • Inform family and friends of your plans to start being healthier so they won't try to tempt you.
  • Get some family or friends involved, so you won't be bored and will be more motivated to exercise.
  • Try to stay away from sugary, salty and fatty foods.
  • Make sure that you get enough energy in your body like eating fruits like watermelons, pineapples, grapes, strawberries and for example never eat chicken or meat, just vegetables.
  • Make sure you are getting enough protein and calcium.
  • Try to eat little, more frequent meals.
  • Make sure that you only watch TV for one hour and exercise after every meal.
  • Wait one hour after eating before exercising again.

Warnings

  • Warm up before exercise or you might pull a muscle.
  • Make sure to eat regularly and drink consistently, and that includes breakfast.
  • Becoming vegetarian can be risky so be sure to consult a doctor first.

Things You'll Need

  • Workout equipment, treadmill, or bike.
  • Comfortable exercise clothes.
  • Exercise shoes.
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Energy
  • Fun
  • Self Motivation

Article Info

Categories: Youth Diets and Nutrition