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How to Get Fit Fast – A Beginner’s Guide

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Here’s a question I’ve been asked regularly for the past few years: how long does it take to get fit?

While I understand the frustration, the urgency and the intent behind the question – you might as well be asking me how long a piece of string usually is.

The fact is, getting fit takes not just time, but relies on so many other things, such as:

  • Diet
  • Motivation
  • Sleep
  • Stress

…among others.

Luckily, I’ve been there and tried a million different ways of getting fit. There were the expensive gym memberships, the personal trainers and some personalized workouts.

But then, I finally found something which actually worked – thanks to my clean eating strategy too, I saw the pounds practically melting away.

And you know what the best thing is? Everything I’m going to tell you is either quick, cheap and/or free to do – all from the comfort of your own home.

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How To Get Fit Fast At Home

So here’s the deal – the thing which finally worked for me and helped me get into the shape I had been trying to get into for so long?

Fitness DVDs.

You read that correctly – fitness DVDs! Once the stuff of 1980s fitness-moms, they were literally the only thing which could help me get good muscle definition, and keep the weight I’d lost off.

But before we get into that further – here are a few things you need to know:

How to Get Fit, Fast: Some Ground Rules

Here’s the thing(s):

  • This post discusses how to get fit fast, NOT how to lose weight, at any speed. For that, you’re better off checking out my Beginner’s Guide to Clean Eating, which also did more for me weight-loss wise than any amount of exercise ever did. I even lost weight while following my Clean Eating Meal Plan – and not doing any exercise at all! This guide to getting fit fast is for people who want the health benefits of getting into shape (and there are many, which we shall shortly discuss).
  • If you want to get fit, fast or not, you’re going to have to be consistent. That means, if you say you’re going to follow your plan on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, it means you’re sticking to it. Pushing yourself to actually stick to the plan is probably the hardest part.
  • Depending on what type of plan you’re going to put into place, you are likely going to experience some muscle soreness. Now, that’s not a bad thing – it mean those muscles are working! – but it’s probably gonna hurt. At least for a bit. And that’s when it becomes more difficult to stick to your plan – but also when it becomes the most rewarding!
  • You really, truly can do it. I know, because I’ve been there and done it! Still, if you don’t believe me, start with an easier plan, or do your plan twice a week, instead of three or four times.

All good? Great! Let’s move on to:

Get Fit Fast with Sweet Clean Living's Fitness Plan

How to Get Fit Fast: 101

As I’ve mentioned above, this takes consistency. You are going to set yourself a plan, and stick to that plan, come rain or shine. Which, actually, is why I cannot recommend DVDs enough – since you will most likely watching them inside, there is no excuse not to stick to your plan, barring some massive technological fail (and even then, there’s usually a backup plan, right?).

Another important thing – do not overdo it. You will stress out your muscles, and yourself. Then, you’ll feel negative towards the idea of getting fit. Overdoing is a bad idea, period.

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Now that we’ve got all that out of the way – here’s Getting Fit Fast: 101.

Exercise which will help you get fit is made up of 3 types:

  • Cardio/Aerobic (makes you sweat)
  • Strength (makes your muscles hurt)
  • Flexibility/Balance (you know this one:P)

In order to get fit quick, you need to have a balance of all of these types – it won’t help you to stick to one type and to do it repeatedly. Think of it like a plate for food – if you ate only one thing all the time, you’d never get all of the proteins and nutrients you needed, and you’d get pretty sick of it soon. Doing one type of exercise is just like that.

So now you know the basics, let’s make you a plan!

Sweet Clean Living’s ‘Get Fit Fast’ Fitness Plan

I’m going to give you four levels of fitness plans.

I recommend that you start with the Plan 1, and if it feels too easy, try Plan 2 next time. Never go straight for Plan 3 or 4, unless you are very confident in your fitness level!  The beauty of this, is that you can choose whichever day your day 1 will be – you can even start right now!

Get Fit Fast Plan 1: Beginners

Day 1: Cardio
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Strength
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Flexibility
Day 7: Rest

Get Fit Fast Plan 2: Intermediate

Day 1: Cardio
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Strength
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Flexibility
Day 6: Strength
Day 7: Rest

Get Fit Fast Plan 3: Expert

Day 1: Cardio
Day 2: Strength
Day 3: Flexibility
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Cardio
Day 6: Strength
Day 7: Rest

Get Fit Fast Plan 4: Super Expert

Day 1: Cardio and Strength
Day 2: Strength and Flexibility
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Cardio and Strength
Day 5: Strength and Flexibility
Day 6: Cardio and Choose Your Own
Day 7: Rest

Important Note: if at any time you feel you’ve pushed yourself too hard – stop, take a breath, and if necessary, skip your workout for the day. I did this a fair few times in the beginning, and I think it saved me from a lot of negative feelings and injuries!

get Fit Fast - The Sweet Clean Living Fitness Plan

Get Fit Fast Plan: the DVDs You Need

Here we are, at the best bit – the DVDs you’ll be working with!

These DVDs are ones which I personally recommend and have used on my fitness journey – and still do. In fact, I have backup copies, in case something ever happens to my first copy.

I’ve posted a link for each DVD’s Amazon page. Let’s do this!

Cardio DVDs

10 Minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

I can’t speak highly enough of High Intensity Interval Training – other than to say it really does what it says. You do ‘bursts’- sets – of cardio exercises, designed to get your heart pumping, followed by sets of low-energy (but still keeping that heart rate up) exercises, before you’re right back at the heart pumping set. And on and on.

While HIIT is a subject for another time, all I can say is that it really works. And everyone can manage 10 minutes, right?

Top tips: 

  1. If you feel it’s getting too hard – remember the set you are doing will be over soon, and so will the DVD.
  2. If one 10 minute program isn’t enough for you – try another set of exercises from the DVD on top.

Pump It Up – the Ultimate Dance Workout

Yes, the dancers’ costumes are ridiculous (but entertaining), but – the results I got with this intense, incredibly fun and exciting – danceaerobics DVD were insane – I literally saw everything tone up in a few weeks. The instructor also uses elements of Zumba, which is always fun.

Top tips:

  1. Take it slow with this one, if you’re a beginner. Do one or max two sections at a time. You’ll thank me later, when your muscles aren’t cursing your name.
  2. Drink A LOT of water with this one.

Strength DVDs

Pilates Weight Loss For Dummies

Please don’t be put off by the name – this is my favorite of all the workouts I’ve ever done in my whole life.

The instructor is clear and supportive, demonstrating all the moves – and has the most insane body of any instructor I’ve ever seen. The moves are all incredibly easy to do, plus I’ve had fantastic results with this one, and I bust it out at least once a week, just to keep it tight.

Top tips:

  1. As the instructor says – breathe. Don’t forget to do that!
  2. Keep a mat with you for the second section.

10 Minute Solutions: Pilates

If you’re new to Pilates, it’s best to start with ‘Pilates for Dummies’, above. This is a fast-moving, intense but really effective workout. I’d probably watch it a few times before attempting any of it myself (it moves very, very fast – well, it is a ten minute workout!), but once you do, you’ll have a great time – and workout.

Top tips: 

  1. Like I said, watch each 10 minute program at least once, so you know which moves to expect. There’s no introduction to the moves!
  2. If 10 minutes isn’t enough for you, keep going through the other programs on the DVD.

Flexibility DVDs

Luscious – The Belly Dance Workout

Another of my all-time favorites – this is the introduction to belly dance I’ve seen anywhere period. And, while the workout may seem to be simple at first, you’ll be sweating out of nowhere. You’ll feel sexy (even if you have no idea what you’re doing) and there’s a great move-by-move introduction section on the DVD too.

Top tips:

  1. If this is your first time belly dancing, check out the introduction section on the DVD. It will make your workout better, and prevent any unnecessary injuries along the way.
  2. Go through the DVD section by section – you’ll feel your core getting stronger with each one!

10 Minute Solutions: Yoga

As you may have noticed, I’m really into these 10 Minute Solutions DVDs. I went through a fair few until I found the best ones, and that’s what I bring to you. Their Yoga DVD is powerful, easy to follow but challenging for your body – just what you need in a workout.

Top tips:

  1. As with all 10 Minute Solutions programs, watch this one through first. It’ll be easier to keep up.
  2. If you need more out of a workout, add another 10 minute section on top.

Get Fit Fast: The Results

So, how did it go? Tell me all about it in the comments – what you thought of my recommendations, how you feel and most importantly – did it work for you?

All the best,

Fliss


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8 Comments

  1. I like combining cardio with flexibility as muscles are nice and warm 🙂
    Running is a really easy way to get fit. You just need a decent pair of running shoes and running bra (for the ladies) and away you go.
    In terms of videos, I love Turbo Jam and P90X

  2. Wow.. so much info in one post..
    Thank you for sharing..
    Will definitely try.

  3. Fahim Bin Islam Fahim Bin Islam

    Great post

  4. Thank you so much for this post I love combining cardio with flexibility, and I thing the most important thing is to be constant! I love Pump It Up!
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  5. I love dancing and I do cardios. I have been lazy though. I am going to start and will implement your method. Thanks for sharing

  6. This means a lot to me.thanks for sharing

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