TIPS FOR STARTING A FITNESS ROUTINE
So it’s the top of the year and you’re ready (and serious) about getting into shape. Good! Since I’ve been working on my fitness for a while I thought I’d share 4 fitness tips to consider before starting a new “diet”. Now I’m no expert, so definitely have that convo with the doc, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Let’s get to it!
1. Mind Over Matter – How you think has a huge impact on how successful you are with the goals you’ve set. Negative thinking and negative self-talk have NO room here so the first thing you need to do is rewire your brain and thoughts. Put up inspirational words or images on the fridge if you need to in order to stay positive and focused. Will it be hard? Hell yes! But keep going and keep telling yourself “you got this!” because you do.
2. Keep a Food Journal – Before you dive in head first record what you typically eat in a day. Log it all in; calories, fat, sugar, carbs etc. This is the best way to see what and how much is going into your body and the steps that need to be taken in order to reach your goals. But keeping a food journal of what you eat every day will help greatly in your fitness journey. You can choose to write it down if you want but I personally like using MyFitnessPal to track everything (get it on iTunes or Google Play). It’s incredibly easy to use and helps me see my progress throughout the day.
3. Baby Steps…Start Small – The worst thing you can do is go cold turkey on something, like suddenly cutting out carbs (which you shouldn’t do btw). Slowly eliminate or decrease the amount of soda you drink, your sugar intake, or how much fried foods you consume. On the same hand be realistic and reasonable with how much you want to lose and by when. You want to do it the healthy way so it doesn’t all come right back with some extra lb’s (been there, done that). In this way you’re developing a healthy lifestyle. Aim for 0.5-1 lbs a week if you can.
4. Bottoms Up! – I’m talking about water folks, not alcohol. Believe it or not but water plays a major role in weight loss. I didn’t want to believe it at first but after slacking on my water intake more time than I care to say, I definitely notice the difference. How much water you should be drinking depends on several factors like weight, activity level, environment etc. therefor what each person requires will vary. I aim to drink 60-100 oz a day (weight x 2/3 = water intake) and I adjust depending on how active I’ve been. Getting this much water in is hard and I rarely achieve it but I sure do try!
I really hope these tips were helpful. The important thing to remember is that you are making a lifestyle change which is why I don’t like to use the word “diet.” Take your time, listen to your body, and do what works for YOU. Everyone is different and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
This is the first post of a mini fitness series I’ll be bringing to you this week so be sure to check back tomorrow! I’m using the hashtag #SOFxFit on social media 🙂