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You know exactly what you need to be fitter, right? If only you had a personal chef, a personal trainer, more money, a bigger house that could accommodate a home gym…etc., etc., etc. Right?

Think again. Do you know that, right now, you already own everything you need to get fit?

Get ready, because to be in the best shape of your life, you’ll need:

1. A Pen & Some Paper

Write it down! Whether you want to use pen and paper or your smartphone is up to you, but writing down your numbers is an essential part of getting fit.

Why? Because documenting what you’re doing raises your awareness of what you’re doing right and what you need to work harder on. It also helps track your progress – there’s nothing like a visual of just how much weight your shedding to help keep you motivated.

So…write down your weight, your workout type and duration, your daily calories consumed, and keep a food journal. Keep a list of your numbers from your doctor and see if you can improve those too—your HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol, your blood pressure and your blood glucose are just a few numbers you can track. Tracking your numbers—whether all or just a few—keeps you focused on your goals because it keeps your health on your mind.

Documenting can also turn you into your own support system. You can write down times or days when you have trouble eating right or you lose motivation to work out and see if you can identify any patterns. Or maybe you just write about how you are feeling during those moments and you get some new distinctions.

2. Music

Listen to some jams! There’s nothing like a good tune to help keep you moving.

Why? In two words: music motivates. Music can lift you up from a bad mood, make you feel like you can conquer the world.

4 Everyday Tools That Fight Fat That You Never Heard Of was originally published on BlackDoctor.org

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