Here are 10 fitness tips to keep you on track:
1. SET ATTAINABLE GOALS
Focus on goals that are reachable. A ridiculous goal would be like this, “I want to lose 30 pounds in 1 month.” If you did, it would be extremely unhealthy and chances are you will gain the weight back or even more. Set your goals that make sense for you. It could be something as simple as holding a plank for 30 seconds with good form or getting 1 pull up. You never want to sell yourself short especially with your own goals
2. PLAN AHEAD
I use Sunday as my day to plan my entire week with my workouts and food. If you go to a few classes during the week, sign up for them right away! You’ve already committed to the class and should use late cancels are your motivation to show up! Remember you never regret a workout. If you look at your schedule beforehand, you can always squeeze in a workout. All you have to do it commit to it.
If you plan to go to the gym after work, bring your workout clothes all packed up with you. This will make sure you don’t have a reason to go home and change your mind. I know, I know… we’ve all done that before! If you can have that mindset of “going to the gym after work” as your driving, it will distract you from wanting to go home. Mind over matter ladies and gentlemen!
Even though meal prepping can be tedious and time consuming, it is ESSENTIAL to prep your meals especially if you’re on a tight schedule. When you don’t have the opportunity to prep, you opt to buy food outside and typically choose the unhealthy choices because they’re faster to buy. Find a day that will allow you to grocery shop and prep your food. There are other choices like order from hello fresh or purchasing meal prepped food like The Prepped Life (which I get,) Kettlebell kitchen or deliciously fit food are some options.
P.S. meal prepped food saves you money!
3. STAY HYDRATED
That is one of the most important things… drink water. There are times when I’m drinking so much coffee and forget to drink water. I automatically feel dehydrated and weak.
Bring a water bottle everywhere you go, so there’s no excuse to stay hydrated.
4. START STRENGTH TRAINING
If you know me, you know that I’m all about strength training. Cardio is great to add into your routine but majority of your body will change with strength training. If you’re looking to get fit, strength training is the answer. This will create the lean toned muscles you are searching for. The media creates this image that lifting weights will create this “bulking” female” which is incorrect to an extent. Bodybuilding have a strict diet, supplement plan and exercise program to look the way they want to. Don’t let the media have that thought that lifting weights make you “manly looking.” It’s wrong! What’s so amazing about lifting weights is that it will increase your metabolic rate in and outside of the gym. SAY WHAT?! YEP, IT’S TRUE! When you’re not in the gym your metabolism is still running.
5. FIND A WORKOUT THAT YOU ENJOY
There are so many people out there that hate exercising. Maybe because they don’t enjoy what they’re doing. Check out different workouts, see if you enjoy them. If you like their community or instructor stay with it! I have my favorite instructors and favorite workouts that motivate me.
6. RECOVERY IS KEY
We can train hard day in and day out, but recovery is key. Our body needs the rest and stretch to prevent future injuries. Overtraining is very common in fitness.
7. DECREASE ALL THE BAD $H!T
When I say that I mean food and bad energy. For your food, focus on decrease your high fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed food, MSG, alcohol, added sugar and artificial coloring food. Basically junk food. LOL. Remember it’s “decrease” your intake. If you’re able to eliminate from your diet. That’s amazing! It’s a great commitment to your health.
As for the bad energy, it can physically and mentally pull you down. Just let it go. There is no room for negativity and sadness in anyone’s life.
8. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
We get so caught up on how others look in magazines, instagram and billboards. Comparing will only set negative thoughts in your head. Know that.. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE. Some of those people don’t look like that in person. Photoshop plays a great deal of creating this “perfect image.”
Use other’s photos as inspiration. I love seeing badass females train hard to be an athlete and not for the aesthetic look. It’s hard to not get so wrapped around physical appearance as one of your goals. I believe once you truly feel happy with the way you look you can then train to your body to move and be better.
Let’s focus on pulling each other up verse comparing ourselves to others.
9. INCREASE YOUR STEPS
Don’t be lazy and choose the elevator when all you have to do is walk 2 flights of stairs! If you do have an injury, that’s when you use the elevator. I’m always looking to bring my step game up! If you’re from the city or work in the city, your step game should already be up. If you work a sedentary job, get up from your set and walk a lap around the office. If you’re not in the city and are from the suburbs, park your car far so you can use that time to walk to your destination. If you drive to places that are a few blocks away from your house. Go take that walk!
Keep your body moving!
10. NEVER GIVE UP
It’s so easy to throw the towel when you don’t see the results right away. I get it. But remember the process takes awhile. Your body doesn’t change in just 1 day. You have to give it time. TRUST THE PROCESS and NEVER GIVE UP!
Have a wonderful and productive week!