I understand that there is a current fitness obsession that a lot of people are undergoing in the US. Look at the sudden surge of all these fitness employees who work from home selling workout DVDs, shakes, and wraps. I see it all over facebook and beyond. There is a healthy way to achieve weight loss and health and there are some very unhealthy ways that can do more harm than good, if not kill you.
- Clothing matters: You do not have to own the latest and greatest fitness clothing but it has to be able to move and grove with you comfortably as you are having fun sweating it out. Invest in good sneakers and socks. Your feet need to be properly supported since they absorb some of the shock from all that moving and grooving. Also, all that sweat need to be wicked away from your foot to avoid athletes foot. Anyone can get this - from football players to grandma power walking in the park.
- Hydrate your heart out: No matter who you are, how big or small you are, you need to stay hydrated. Bring a water-bottle that's huge, take adequate breaks and drinks. I don't advocate drinking any of those smoothies or whatever people do before or after a workout. Your body is made of water, not a protein shake. If you are into juicing, you should be juicing through your day, not around a workout. Gatoraid is an okay substitute but only if you are doing a serious run or weight lifting session. I'm talking those who run 2-3 miles a day or are weight training. The rest of us just need to replenish with water and healthy foods.
- Leave the old school ways in the past: Yes, there used to be a time where some would sit in a steam room or sauna in sweat pants, sweatshirt with a few layers underneath just to drop 10 pounds over the course of a few days. I know of women who still do this too but with shape=wear as well as men who practice various athletics. It's not healthy and your body does not deserve the punishment!
- Maintain Positivity: This is the most important aspect. Love yourself through the entire process, respect the skin you are in and that will help in reaching your desired goals. The moment you go negative, you are headed toward a plateau that is hard to break.