The health and fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business. So, you already know how important that good fitness to your overall health.

But because there is so much information out there, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Do you pickup on the latest health fad that you see on TV on the 2:00 am infomercial? Or do you join a gym, or purchase a piece of workout or fitness equipment for your home?

The truth is, all of these have merit. There are many different paths to reaching your health and fitness goals. It all depends on your goals, likes and dislikes.

And, that is the first important rule to a successful fitness plan. Find something that you like to do. Or at least do not hate but which can still help you meet your goals.

There is almost no point in committing your self to a regiment of daily jogging if you absolutely hate to run. You may have the strongest will on the planet, but if you hate your daily routine, you are going to find excuses to skip it.

The same is true at the other end of the scale. You may absolutely love lifting weights. But if you goal is to lose weight, doing a weight lifting routine that is geared at building bulk is not going to help you to lose weight.

You need to find the best combination that works for you. If you are just looking for overall fitness, the biggest key is to be active. This could mean doing an activity like basketball, riding a bike or hiking. Or it could mean something more focused and disciplined like attending an aerobics or boxing class.

The next 3 rules for a successful health and fitness plan ensure that you have the most success. Your fitness plan should include strength training, cardiovascular activity and a healthy diet. With out those 3 components, you are missing out.

No matter what your chosen activity is, you need to adequately prepare for it by stretching before participating. By increasing your flexibility, you are helping to avoid injury and the pain you experience after your workout, exercise or play time.

It is important you stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help keep your energy level high and help your cells to rebuild.

Ensure that you do not over do it, and give your body time to recover. New muscle is built during rest time, after you exercise. Give your body the time that it needs. How much will depend on your current fitness level, overall health and age.

Finally, before starting on a new exercise routine you should always talk to your physician. This is even more important if you are not in the best shape of your life.

There are many different ways that you can help to increase your health and fitness level. Chances are you don’t have to be stuck doing something you do not enjoy. Just follow these rules.

  • Pick activities that you enjoy, but will still help you reach your fitness goals
  • Ensure that you have activities that include strength training and cardiovascular activities
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Prepare before working out or exercising by stretching
  • Stay hydrated
  • Allow adequate time to rest
  • Talk to your physician before starting a new exercise regime

The most important things are for you to be active and eat right. So find a plan and stick to it.

Putting a health and fitness plan together can take some time. But, if you follow these rules, you are taking the first step to find and execute a plan that will work for you.