Whenever you start something new, you don’t know everything there is to know about it. You typically don’t know all the answers or everything you should do yet. The same thing applies to fitness.
Before starting my own personal weight loss journey, and April Laugh, which has helped thousands of people lose weight and get fit, I was also a novice. At the time, I was overweight and had just gotten an opportunity to join a weight loss program which I took advantage of.
Looking back now, there were a lot of things I didn’t know about losing weight, being fit and practicing a healthy lifestyle. I wrote this particular for you; you who wants to lose weight, who wants to get fit, who wants to wear a dress that once fit or wants to be confident in their own skin. I’m sharing a few tips to help you as you get started.
Let’s begin, shall we?
1) Start small; there is so much information online when it comes to fitness. There’s a lot of talk around what you should wear, what exercises you should do, how many reps you should do and just so much information, that you’re almost more confused than helped by it.
I’ll give you one piece of advice and that is star small. Don’t pick up the heaviest weight at the gym the first day you go there, or even the first week for that matter! Don’t try to do all the different exercises there are at once and please don’t force yourself to eat food you hate.
The simple trick that will help your fitness journey is starting small and then growing.
2) Just do it: there is not going to be any perfect day, it must not be on a Monday and it most definitely doesn’t have to be at any particular gym, you just need to make up your mind that you want to do this and then just start.
As a matter of fact, you can start now lol, (well, okay after you read the blog to the end). Swap the sodas in the fridge for water, take a walk, prep some veggies just do something instead of saving more Instagram workout videos.
3) Do what you enjoy; if you hate running, then don’t run. If you hate beans, then don’t eat it. One way to set up your new healthy lifestyle for success is to do the things you enjoy doing.
Find an exercise you enjoy and stick to it. Take time out to look for recipes you enjoy and cook the food you love so that you actually eat it. Remember that this is going to be a lifestyle so you need to make it work for you and not treat it like another quick diet or weight loss trick.
4) Make small changes; success is always in the little details. It can be as simple as drinking more water, adding veggies to your plate, taking the stairs at work, walking home or walking your dog.
Look for ways to incorporate your new workout or eating habits so that it is sustainable and soon enough becomes a way of life.
5) Be consistent; this is probably the most relevant point I have made so far. It’s not enough to do these things once, twice or even for one week. You need to make it a habit and a lifestyle and the only way to do that is to actually keep at it.
So keep going, keep doing and one day, you’ll wake up to the new you. Cheers!