I think sometimes the starting out is overlooked. You look around at gyms, running clubs, bootcamp or fitness studio’s and it can be a bit daunting yes? If you don’t currently have a fitness routine, the starting out can be scary. You may not be able to just walk out your door and go for a run or jump into a group fitness class at your gym. So, if you find yourself in a season where it’s time to make a change, but you just don’t know how, this post is for you. Real life Wednesdays this week is taking a fitness twist.
Not to rehash my journey, but I haven’t always been a runner. It sure as heck doesn’t come naturally and it didn’t happen over night. It was a process, but it had a beginning. Sometimes its easy to forget that we all have to start somewhere.
I think the “how” of getting started is simple, it’s the keeping it going that gets tricky. So, here are a few tips to accomplish both.
Decide to walk out your front door
I know this sounds stupid. But here’s the deal. Wether it’s heading out for a walk or heading to the gym or to a bootcamp/class, walking out your door is the first step. Once you get out there and start moving, your’e doing it. Once you get to the gym, you’ve done the getting there now make it worth your time. People tend to minimize going for a walk or doing a “lighter” workout, but we all have to start somewhere and getting your body moving is the first step. The rest will come with time.
Hire a trainer, recruit a friend, go to a group fitness class, or attend a bootcamp for accountability
When people know you want to make a change, it creates a sense of accountability which can be so powerful. Wether it’s in a group setting or just with a friend, tell someone. Hire a trainer if you have the means, if you don’t, that’s ok. There is power in numbers and in sharing your goals, so share away.
Write your goals down on paper
I’m a pen and paper girl. I LOVE paper calendars and notepads, you know, old school. Something about putting pen to paper. It makes goals come alive. I was challenged this week to do the same thing for some goals and things I’m trying to sort through. If you can see it in front of you, it makes it seem more attainable. So, sign up for a 5k, choose a goal weight, make nutrition changes. Whatever your goal may be, write it down people.
Get outside your comfortable
This is a big one for me ya’ll so listen up. Sign up for a race. Do a bootcamp that intimidates the ever living crap out of you. Go to that spin class you’ve been afraid to try. Decide you want to run a mile without stopping. Find something scary and go for it. Why not? You’ll only really fail if you never try. I’ve discovered some of the BEST forms of working out by doing things that intimidate or scare me. So dream big and allow yourself to get a little uncomfortable. You never know what you may discover.
Have Self Discipline
I know it’s easier said than done. I know I can sit here and tell you to be disciplined but it’s an entirely different thing putting it into practice. To make good habits you have to first start by making consistently good choices. Not perfect. No one said you have to be perfect or disciplined to an extreme. But, decided you are going to start something and stick to it. If you aren’t a naturally self disciplined person(I am not)then you need to decide you are going to make a change. This is something that will change your life. It doesn’t have to be rigid or something you can NEVER miss, but rather a lifestyle that you are going to adopt that will just become normal over time.
Get Some Equipment
Ok, I’m talking simplicity here. A yoga mat and a set of dumb bells. If you don’t have access to a gym, it’s ok. You don’t need it. Walk or run outdoors, workout in your driveway, garage, or living room. You can get a great workout ANYWHERE and this I know for a fact. Utilize Pinterest and blogs(with caution based on your level of fitness). Reach out to trainers or fitness enthusiasts for advice or simple workouts to start with. Whatever it is, get yourself set up with some basic tools to have on hand to allow that workout to happen. If it’s just you and your body weight in your kitchen, that works too. Lots of online tools available for the taking. Use them.
Get a hold of your nutrition
Last but certainly not least….make the necessary changes to your nutrition. I know this can be daunting and hard. So, I’m going to make it simple. I’m not perfect and I have certainly made my share of mistakes when it comes to nutrition. But, here is what I have found to work the best. Cut processed foods, sugars, fast foods and simple carbs as well as soft drinks. It’s critical. You won’t hear me pushing certain diets or eating regimens. I believe in moderation and living with a healthy relationship with food. With that said, making changes in your diet is the only way to help those physical goals get accomplished. They work hand in hand to bring your body to a healthy state. So, not only do you need discipline with your exercise, you also need it with your nutrition. Make the changes. You won’t regret it.
Ok ya’ll…I think that covers it. I’m positive there are things I’ve left out so please share your tips to starting out. If you are in this starting out season and you have any questions feel free to comment below or shoot me an email. I’d love to connect with you and help any way I can. Happy Hump Day!!!!