5 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Started My Fitness Journey

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Fitness Journey

 

 

If you think that living a healthy life should be easy, you couldn’t be more wrong. Of course I’m not trying to deter or scare you away from developing a healthy lifestyle. However, I do want you to have a realistic expectation when it comes to starting your fitness journey. When you convince yourself that something should be easy, you tend to persuade yourself to quit when it isn’t easy. There are times in life when your work schedule or personal life will make it harder to keep up with your healthy lifestyle. Believe me, I have made some mistakes along my health journey and assumed that it would be a piece of cake too. Here are some things I wish I would have known when I started my journey.

 

Low Calorie Diets Do Not Work

About 2 years ago I started noticing a few extra pounds. I thought it made sense to reduce the amount of calories I ate. The problem here is that when you’re on such a restrictive diet, your body starts to use muscle protein as energy. Muscle speeds up your metabolism. So, the less muscle mass you have, the harder weight loss will be. Low calorie diets especially don’t work when train. All of your hard work in the gym will be for nothing since your body will essentially be breaking down muscle. I promise food is not the enemy. The enemy is you not fueling your body. Speaking of food for fuel, if you want to try out the most recent easy recipe on my channel, go ahead and click here.

 

 

Other People Might Not Join Your Fit Life

You know your loved ones will always support you, but that doesn’t mean they are going to stop eating McDonald’s and clear out the sweets in the pantry. Needless to say there will probably be plenty of temptations around you. Your friends and family may not see health as a priority like you and that’s okay. You can’t control another person’s thoughts or actions. The best thing you can do is educate them on why you want to live a healthier life. Remember you are on this journey for you.

You only get one life, so live it for you.

 

 

Motivation Comes & Goes (You Will Mess Up)

You are not going to feel motivated to wake up in the wee hours of the morning or late at night after work. Of course, some days are better than others. Personally, I have to dig deep within me to find motivation 4 out of the 5 days I workout. It’s easy to persuade yourself that you could do something better with your time. But in reality, you really can’t. Unless you’re spending time with loved ones, or (something funny) Exercise and eating right is the greatest thing you could give to yourself.

And don’t worry, motivation won’t be the only thing standing in your way. Life happens and will throw you curve balls all day long. Maybe you have to help out a friend instead of going to the gym. Or what if you give in to those sugary cravings? Just as sure as life happens, life moves on. With that being said, you’re going to mess up and that’s okay. No one is perfect, but it’s the point that you are giving it your 100% effort to make that beautiful, foxy change.

 

 

There Are Different Ways To Live Fit

When I started my fitness journey, I knew there were other ways to exercise and eat right, but I really didn’t venture out. I played sports in high school, but after that was over, it was up to me to find physical activity. So, I started running a few times a week. It was free and I could let my dogs get some exercise. Soon enough, what little fat I did have came right off. Strangely, I was doing all this work and for some reason I wasn’t liking how my body looked.Then I found weight lifting and the rest is history. The point is there are so many ways to exercise, eat right, and rest. My advice is to try everything!

 

 

Don’t Try Everything At Once

I know you are super pumped and motivated when you start your journey. But as I mentioned before, this energy will come and go. That’s why it’s so important to create and build healthy habits in the beginning. Before you dive right in, try taking baby steps first. Start by assessing where you are now. How is your mental state? Are you stressed out a lot? If so, maybe you need to focus on practicing meditation and take some time for you. Does your diet consist of healthy whole foods or fast food? Are you drinking enough water? Then, maybe you should focus on your nutrition. The point is, don’t feel like you have to eat right, exercise, and rest in a perfect balance in the beginning. It is all a learning process and by slowly introducing these aspects in your life, you will set yourself up for success.

 

 

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Learn How To (Sorta) Enjoy Exercise

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Learn How To (Sorta) Like Exercise

 

Exercise is already hard, why would you like getting sweaty, red faced, and feeling like your heart is going to bust out of your chest? There’s so many better things to do with your time anyway, right? And there’s no way to learn how to enjoy exercise. Maybe I won’t be able to convince you to like exercise, but you might be more motivated after you read this post. You might just learn how to sorta enjoy exercise… or at least cope with it.

 

Let me know in the comments why you hate to exercise!

 

 

I don’t neccesarily like to sweep and mop multiple times a week, but I have to. If not, I’ll be stepping all over dog hair clumps the size of a small dog. Just because I like clean floors, doesn’t mean I like throwing my shoulder out every time I mop. The point is that I love the outcome, not the process. Kind of how I view exercise. I don’t always love it, but I still do it most days a week because I know it will make be feel better. Some days are harder than others, but here are some ways I cope with having to exercise.

 

Recognize The Benefits of Exercise

 

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Improves Your Mood

We all have bad days. But when you get mad at someone because they didn’t type a smiley face at the end of a good morning text, you know there’s a problem. As a woman, I know what’s it’s like to be moody and get angry at the smallest shit. But we all have to work on ourselves. And how I bring a balance to my mood is by working out. Exercise increases those endorphins, which helps you feel tingly and positive. And will help mellow you out during the stressful times of the day.

 

Help You Live Longer

The number one leading cause of death is heart disease. And guess what is the main cause of heart disease? If you said “a lack of regular habit of exercise,” then you’d be right. Being over weight or just being inactive, comes with a whole set of other problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, cancer, and many more illnesses also come with taking multiple medications every day. Wouldn’t you rather exercise 4-5 days a week than constantly have to pump your body full of pills? Make exercise a habit as if it is your medicine.

 

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Grab A Workout Buddy

Congrats if you are even considering starting your fitness journey. Now, you should find a friend that has similar goals as you and make some time to workout together a few times a week. You guys can push each other and hold each other accountable to crush every workout. Plus, maybe that’s why you don’t want to workout. Exercising alone can take up some of your social time, so grab a friend and go be social at the gym. (But get some work done while you’re there) 

 

Change It Up

Maybe you tried to jump on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then did 300 crunches 3 days in a row. You most likely never went back to the gym again. You’ve been guilty of either overtraining your muscles or not challenging yourself enough. Keep your workouts fresh. Changing up the intensity from challenging to a little easier every other workout will help you see results faster.

 

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Keep It Short And Simple

Do you know what K.I.S.S. stands for? Keep it simple stupid. But in this case, it means “keep it short and simple.” If you are already dreading the gym, you’re not going to want to stay there for an hour. Create or find workouts that are shorter, but maybe intense. HIIT circuits are an awesome way to burn calories during and after your workout. 

 

Quit Trying To Love Exercise

Quit trying to force yourself to love exercise. Not everyone feels motivated to wake up at 5 am or stay up another 3 hours after work to workout and meal prep. Most of us don’t like to sweat and feel uncomfortable. But we do it anyway. We get our satisfaction from the outcome, not the process. I know you don’t love to do laundry, but you do it. So, just exercise and feel better. 

 

 

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5 Tips To Boost Your Immune System

So, my roommate caught a cold a few weeks ago. As careful as I was, I still ended up with a sore throat and runny nose. I couldn’t understand how I got the bug when I did everything to avoid it. Never underestimate how contagious a common cold can be. No matter how healthy we are, sickness can still hit us right in the sinuses. Everyone’s immune system can use an improvement, so here’s a list of the best tips to keep you out of bed.

Probiotics:

The majority of your immune system is located in your stomach. So, common sense or a quick search will tell you to keep that gut and intestines clear of toxins. You can prevent illness and even improve your digestion by keeping your stomach and intestines clean and healthy. Yogurt contains billions of bacteria per serving, but don’t worry it’s the good kind. Your body needs these live and active cultures to help fight off disease. I love the Whips! By Yoplait. I try to eat ½ cup of yogurt as part of my breakfast.

Cold Showers:

Studies have found that people who take cold showers fall ill significantly less than those who take warmer showers. The immune system increases the amount of white blood cells when you’re taking a cold shower because your body naturally tries it warm up. Try taking a cold shower or bath for 30 days straight and tell me that you don’t feel invincible. I took a cold shower every night for two weeks straight and my body and mental thanked me for it!

Vitamin D:

People who don’t get enough sunshine are at a higher risk of illness. As you can imagine, many children, as well as adults don’t get enough sun or vitamin D thanks to modern technology. You can get your daily dose of vitamin D by eating chicken, salmon, and eggs. Spending at least half an hour outside will not only give nutrients to your body but will also give your mood a boost.

Yoga:

Stress can become chronic and cause severe health issues overtime such as depression, weight problems, and life-threatening diseases. The hormones that are released when you’re body is under stress can decrease your white blood cell count, making you more susceptible to illness. If you have worries and stress that run your mind, learn to de-stress by practicing yoga a few times a week. Yoga helps me organize my mind and priorities, which takes a lot of the stress and anxiety out of my life.

Turmeric:

Most diseases are caused by inflammation. Consequently,  turmeric is jammed packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Curcumin is the active ingredients in turmeric, which has been linked to improving cell health and immunity. Turmeric has been used to heal infections, digestive problems and much more. You can incorporate this herb in your diet by adding it to your tea or smoothies.

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Fitness Motivation to Get Started

Everyone needs a little weight loss and fitness motivation to keep on their journey. I don’t know about you but I start feeling less motivated to workout during this time of the summer. It’s hot and it’s in the middle of the year. Who wants to get sweaty? The truth is working out a few minutes a day and taking care of your body can give your health a maximum boost. I’ve put together a few tips I use to stay focused.

Keep a Journal

Writing your goals down will help you focus on exactly what you want to achieve. Whether it’s weight loss or trying to live a healthier lifestyle, you can customize your journal according to your objective. Recording workouts and diet is a great way to stay on track. Everyone has days when all they want to do is sit on the couch and binge eat on sweets. Use your notebooks as a diary and write when you feel these cravings. It’s also a good idea to document how you feel after exercising. Reviewing past entries will remind you how great your mind and body felt afterward.

Accountability Buddy

When you struggle to get off the couch, schedule a date with a friend whose fitness level is near your own. Days when you feel unmotivated to put your running shoes on, call on your workout partner. You can motivate each other and surely thank the other one later. Having someone to push your limits will help you reach your goal that much faster.

Before and After Photos

Take a full body photo or several before you start your fitness journey. (Remember, you’re not comparing yourself to others, but only yourself) This should be about your transformation. Take progress photos every week. You will be able to visibly see the improved results of your health, which will help you keep going!

Reward Yourself

You should reward yourself after each milestone you accomplish. For example, if you complete a week of ab training, buy yourself a new pair of running shoes, or a new beauty product you’ve been wanting to try. This is an incentive to give it your all every week.

Make Exercise Fun

Although working out sounds like excruciating work, it should be fun. Enjoying 30 minutes a day to yourself to be one with your body and mind is refreshing. You can put on a cute workout outfit and favorite pair of Nike’s. Your athletic wear will make you feel like you are running a marathon. Turn on some music that makes you want to dance and viola! Instant body motivation. If you’re trying to catch up on binge watching on Netflix, press play on your show and begin your workout.

Work With A Well Rested Body

All your hard work will only go to waste if you do not properly rest and hydrate your body. Typically, you need 8 hours of sleep every night and drink plenty of water. However, you don’t have to force yourself to drink 8 glasses of tasteless H2O. Try adding natural flavors to make it bearable. Fresh fruits like strawberries, cucumbers, and lemon can turn any glass of water into a tropical paradise.

 

We can all use a little motivation to get moving and stay active. If you don’t have health, what do you have? I hope you guys enjoyed the post and found some inspiration along the way. I’d love for you to share any tips for fitness motivation you have found helpful to you in the comments below.

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