Football season is well underway, and if you’re a fan, the good times have already begun!  You’ve put on your favorite team jersey and have settled down to watch the game on your new high definition television. Or maybe you’re more hardcore. You enjoy weekend tailgating parties and hold season tickets so you can hoot and holler in the stands.

It’s about the love of the game, but part of the fun is the admiration you have for the team members—their athleticism, agility and powerful strength. You think that you could never train to be that fit. Imagine their routine, all the weights they bench press, the squats, dead lifts and intense cardio-training.

Fantasy Football to Actual Activity

You may never join your favorite team out on the field rushing passers or scoring touchdowns, but it’s time to get off the sofa and go from fantasy football to actual activity. Here are some basic ideas to help you get started.

Slow and gradual does the trick

Radical diet changes never work. Start slow. Pick one food that you know is unhealthy and slowly eliminate it from your diet. If you drink seven sodas a week, start to drink five, then three, then one, until you’re done with it.  Small lifestyle changes are what eventually yields big long-term results.

One Step at a Time

No one wakes up, rolls out of bed and starts to play professional football without any prior practice or training. So don’t hold yourself to the same expectations. If you are not a regular exerciser, it starts with easy but consistent effort.  Start small. Walk around your neighborhood and then try to run a short distance. Run from one mailbox to the next, and then stop. Keep walking until you feel ready to run again. Very slowly you will build up your stamina and walk or run longer distances without being short of breath.

Do What You Love

Many people choose not to exercise because they find it repetitive and dull. They don’t take into consideration the thousands of different ways you can move your body and get active. So get out there and experiment! But don’t go overboard and invest in an expensive hobby until you’ve first tried it out.  For instance, if you think you might enjoy kayaking, rent one and take it out on the lake before you decide to buy the equipment.

Keep it Simple

One item you will need to invest in is a reliable pair of athletic shoes.  You don’t need the $150 super deluxe shoes with all the bells and whistles. Instead, look for a pair with adequate arch support and cushioning. Ask for help from a store expert if you are uncertain about what you will need. Never allow the sales clerk to ridicule you when you’re getting started. Hold your head up and be proud. Every single one of us has started from zero and worked our way up. You can too.

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