If this is the year you make a commitment to physical fitness, there are numerous small steps you can take to ensure your journey is successful. You may not go from a curmudgeon to a bodybuilding model, but you can definitely improve your overall appearance by the end of the year. To make the most of your journey to an improved body, try to keep the following tips in mind.

– Try to incorporate a little bit of physical activity into each day. It can be something as simple as a quick walk around the block or as challenging as a hike up a nearby hillside trail. The point is to get your heart rate moving and your blood pumping. Sitting on the couch does absolutely nothing to burn calories; if you are not moving, you are not burning off those energy stores.

– The excess fat stored on your body needs help to burn off. It will not magically disappear just because you want it to. Drinking more water can help your body to flush out the extra fat. Do not just think of water as something you have to drink; think of it as something you need to drink. A vehicle does not work without fuel in the tank. Your body does not work properly without adequate water.

– Choosing to be fit is just that: it is a choice you are making. You can choose to remain out of shape or you can choose to potentially increase your longevity by building a better body. Staring in the mirror and wishing you were thinner or had a more muscular shape is not going to do you one bit of good; getting off your backside and making the choice to live a better life is what you need. It might be tough to hear, but the shape you are in is your own fault. The sooner that you accept responsibility for the shape you are in, the sooner you can start to make the changes necessary to become a better you.

Developing a svelte body and improving your heart/lung function is an exercise in self-improvement you will never regret. Fitness is an investment in better health that pays dividends far into the future. Little actions each day can provide massive benefits in the future. Are you ready to do whatever it takes to improve your physical health this year?