Did you know that many health problems and diseases are associated with weight gain? Examples include: diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer and impotency just to name a few.

The good news is that it's never too late to get started on a fitness, health and weight loss program, the key is to forget all of those quick fix "magic pill" solutions and start making small changes in your diet and lifestyle.

If you live in Adelaide, Australia there are many gyms and fitness centres available that you can join including Adelaide Fitness First, City Gym and Next Generation - Memorial Drive, remember that the exercise program that you choose is only one aspect of your health and fitness program. Health and fitness is social and it's about having fun too because let's face it, if you are not having fun then you are not going to stick to it, in the long term.

It can be difficult to find time to exercise with work commitments, family, etc but if you make it fun by doing something that interests you then you will more likely stick to it and if it's social that means that you can invite your family and friends to join you as well.

Some examples of fun activities that are social include team sports such as netball and basketball as well as activities such as dancing, you may be surprised to know that just taking a salsa dancing class can have the same health benefits as doing an aerobics workout and if it's something that you actually enjoy you will be exercising without even realising it!

If you want to take it to the next level you can also enter competitions in your chosen activity / sport - even if you are not the best at what you do, entering a competition will help you to focus and motivate you to train harder.

If you are having a hard time getting started, maybe consider getting yourself a personal trainer, many personal trainers offer group coaching sessions and boot camps for as little as $10 per hour.

Also, don't forget to make some changes to your diet, every professional knows that the battle for weight loss is not done in the gym but in the kitchen, don't focus on making big changes, just focus on one thing and try to conquer your bad habits one at a time, it might take you 3 months to quit smoking for instance but once you've achieved that you will be a lot happier and more motivated to take on another challenge, otherwise trying to do too much at once will cause you to feel overwhelmed and you will end up not doing anything.

Remember that health, fitness and weight loss is a life-long process and small incremental changes in the long term are what you should focus on not yo-yo crash dieting!

So get out there and get physical and be sure to have some fun while you're at it!

It's time to put your fitness first!