Getting in shape takes time and consistency. For most people it is neither easy nor something they are passionate about. Yet, one can’t deny that being fit and healthy adds to the quality of your life. If you are contemplating starting a fitness routine, make sure that you set realistic expectations and goals to match your body and your lifestyle. It will take effort, it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!
Be good to your body and remember happiness and health always come first. If you ever slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it. Here I have put together a few tips that will help you on your fitness journey:
#1 Focus on athletic gains rather than aesthetics. You must work on improving performance, strength, speed, consistency and overall wellbeing, rather than just thinking about how you look.
#2 Stop comparing yourself with others. Comparison can distract you from not just your goals but all the inner work you are doing to better yourself. It can also lead to conflict about what your real purpose for exercise is.
#3 Find a workout you love or simply mix it up. When you love what you do, it’s likely that you’ll keep doing it. You will be more committed and will find ways to enjoy what you do more.
#4 Set goals. Write down what you want to achieve. Now write down what can stop you from achieving it. When starting a fitness routine, nothing really goes right. You signed up and started at the gym and next you have to travel for two weeks. These things happen all the time. It should not deter you or make you quit. Instead embark on a plan that is really achievable for you and that you can adhere to. There are always solutions.
#5 If you hate something, don’t do it. If your fitness routine makes you unhappy, change it. Sure a boxing class sounds super cool but maybe yoga is your thing! Your fitness regimen should make you feel invigorated, not depleted.
#6 Start where you are. It could be as small as 10 minutes of spot jogging or a short walk, but do start. Your body will thank you for it as you build your strength and health, and are able to do more and more.
#7 Put the right things into your body. Choose your food and beverages consciously. Eat clean and healthy. Eat at regular meal times. Drink lots of water. Don’t confuse thirst for hunger. Make conscious food choices that are fresh and good for your body.