Hello divas! I hope that your first week after the holidays is going well and you are getting ready for a fun-filled weekend. I am so excited because my doctor has released me from my boot and I now can get back to low-impact fitness and walking – which is just in time for some spring races.
As we all know, this is the time of year when resolutions and goals are made to get fit, eat better or get healthy. I have big goals as I start to slowly get back into the swing of things but, if you are like me, you might not know exactly where to start.
So today I am sharing some fitness tips to help kickstart your fitness and health in the new year.
Find your why. This is probably the most important step you can make – figuring out WHY you want to head down this health and fitness road. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get healthy and improve blood pressure, cholesterol, etc? Are you getting ready for a big event such a a wedding, possible pregnancy or high school reunion? Do you want to look good in a bikini for summer? All of these are possible reasons to get your sweat on. You just need to decide what it is you are looking for. Otherwise you probably won’t stick to a program/routine/exercise for very long. My why is to get healthy so I can live a long life. If I lose weight that would be great, but as long as I am living a fit and healthy lifestyle, I’m good.
Put the fun in fitness. Next, you need to stop thinking of fitness as a “must do” and start thinking of is as something that you LOVE to do. Make fitness (such as running) fun. Find something you like – running, dancing, swimming, biking – you name it. Get an activity tracker and invite your friends for some friendly competitions. Find something the whole family can do together. Whatever works to keep you motivated and moving is always a great thing.
Plan your nutrition. Doing a fitness activity is only part of the battle. You also have to eat enough of the right foods to fuel your body. There is an old saying that the abs are made in the kitchen. It does you no good to burn all these calories working out if you follow it up with a trip through the drive-thru. Decide on an eating plan that works for you. I love the container system that comes with all of my Beachbody programs. I learned more about nutrition by following that plan than I have the rest of my entire life. Plan your meals so that you are sure you are getting the vitamins and nutrients you need. I love my daily Shakeology because it gives me dense complete nutrition in one shake. Drink enough water. All of this will help you on your fitness journey.
Build a support network. When the going gets tough, you will need support to keep you going. This is where finding friends will help. I am lucky enough to have a hubby who is as into fitness and health as I am so he is always there to make sure I keep at it (or drag me out of bed at 5:30am for a workout lol). My best friend is also my running guru of sorts so I know that he will not only give me advice but will give me some tough love when I let my excuses get the better of me. There are all kinds of fitness groups out there from running to lifting to at home workouts. If you need help getting plugged in, I would be more than happy to guide you. I lead a Facebook virtual gym group of those that I coach where I can help you find a fitness program (or programs) that work for you, learn the ins and outs of proper nutrition, get motivation to keep you going and accountability from others who, like you, are getting started and continuing on their health and fitness journeys. If you are interested, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below with your email address and I will get you all the information.
Prioritize. I know it’s been said, but in order to reach your fitness goals, fitness has to be a priority in your life. I know that many of us (me included) lead super busy lives and it can sometimes be difficult to get your workouts and meal planning in. But if it is important to you, you will find time in your day to do so. Maybe you become a morning person and get up earlier to do a morning workout. Or maybe you hit the gym on the way home from work or do your workout as soon as you get home before anything else. Maybe you do a 30 minute run or walk during lunch. Or maybe you get your workout in after the kids are in bed. Whatever works for you is fine but you have to make sure that workouts don’t get left off the daily schedule.
Start slow. Finally, be aware that if you are just starting out or coming back after some time away, you will need to start slow. You can’t reach your goals overnight and pushing yourself too hard too fast will only lead to burnout and injury. Start simple by adding just 30 minutes of fitness into your day by things like walking or yoga. Work your way up slowly and you will find it will be much easier to maintain this new lifestyle.
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More Fitness Tips to Get You Started:
- Learn to Love Fitness
- Winter Fitness Activities to Stay in Shape This Season
- Indoor Fitness Activities for When the Weather Sucks
- Tips for Finding Time to Workout
- Reasons to Workout at Home