Fitness doesn’t have to be overly complicated, or a daily obligation imprisonment. Start small. Nothing is built overnight and you can’t push a full lifestyle change that way either. If your overweight, it will take some time. If you just had a baby? Well it took 9 months to get that..it will take sometime to get back. Regardless of your status, you need to have patience. Take pictures and measurements. Throw out the scales. Trust me on this one..the scale can be pretty taunting, especially if your going to be lifting heavy and actually lifting within a routine, you WILL gain weight. I am not talking about unhealthy weight, but you do need to know you will gain weight, muscle does weigh more than fat. I don’t know about you I rather be fit and full of muscle than, lighter weight and skinny fat any day.
For anyone starting the process, great! Congrats to you! That’s the first step. The choice, you want a better life. A healthier one for you, your family and everyone around you obviously, since a healthier you is a better way to present yourself to the world. Take each day as it is. Don’t worry about yesterday. This will not be easy, but the best things in life aren’t easy. Everyday you wake up, make the decision though you will do better. Eat one meal better than the last. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul. But understanding where you want to be and where you are will help you figure out what you need to do. If you want it bad enough, it won’t matter, you will carry your meals everywhere and eat healthy to get better results. The best bet is to really slowly empty your cabinets of the junk and don’t bring it back there. I am not saying get it once in a while, just not have it in the house tempting you. After a while it won’t even be an after thought. Myself, I don’t have any treats or soda. I just don’t. I know what will happen to a bag of chips or a candy bar, I will eat it in a binge and feel like crap right after.
Sit less. Make it a goal you will not sit a lot throughout the day. Well you ask, well I work what do I do? Well, I am in IT and I get up whenever I need a break and at lunch exercise to some degree. Brain and body both need a break. If your home, stay off the couch, and do more. Imagine how much would get accomplished if you did.
Relax outside your home. Get outdoors as much as possible. Find a hobby, walk, run, OUTSIDE. Yes outside, you know that place that is outside your door at your home? Yes that place, that place that is not your couch as well. :)~ Lookup areas to take a great afternoon hike, or head off to the local beach/lake/river/pond/pool–this is really regional, wherever your watering hole is head there. Relaxing outside, taking in the fresh air, can help in and out.
Adjusting your workouts. Okay, so you want to be healthy? You figured out the diet sorta–(pshhh DON’T EAT CRAP- that’s the secret..) Fitness end, what are you going to do for your goals? Whether it is fat loss, muscle, endurance, etc, you need to focus at hand what you want. You need a mix of certain workouts regardless in order to accomplish these goals. If your just starting out, start small, long walks, lunges here and there, squats at home. Check out some of my @ Home workouts- Listed below. Pick up some light dumbells,a yoga mat, a ball and a resistance band. No gym needed, no excuses.
Sleep. We all know that we should sleep more. I know I tend to get the worst night sleep ever, its just how I am. But you need to try to focus on getting enough sleep in order to properly allow your body to recover.
Walking. Walk MORE. Park your car far away from the store, walk around your neighborhood, walk up all stairs.. get the message? You be surprised how much this will do, but not allowing yourself to get out of NOT walking you are forcing your body to exert more energy. Stay active right?
We all tend to know what is healthy, we know what is not good for us. If you just take the step to be healthier on a daily basis, its the littel changes like this that make all the difference. By doing this you will be able to attain your fitness goals and set you up for long term results. Don’t get discouraged, everyday you do today is adding onto your results. Takes notes of how you feel, your measurements and pictures. Go by how your clothes fit. How you feel. How I felt at 145 pounds was much more satifying to myself than 120 any day in my skinny fat days.