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.

 

 

What is one thing you wish you knew before you got started on your journey?   

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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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