Starting a fitness plan is daunting and confusing, right?
It’s all like…
Who can help me?
What should I be doing?
When will I get results?
Why does it never seem to work?
It’s just too much and you can’t deal with it on top of all of the other obligations in your life. I totally get that. The first step is the hardest, hands down. I can easily say that all of this is ‘easy’ for me now, it’s just a part of my life, but it wasn’t always like that. I went through this confusion phase too, but there is a way to make it a little easier.
And I am going to tell you how…
Organize Your Fitness Lifestyle in 5 Steps
Determine your goal.
Maybe this is obvious to you, but dig a little deeper. What is your goal?
You want to tone up? Okay, now why do you want to tone up?
To look good? Why do you want to look good?
To feel better about myself. Hmm, now this is getting interesting. So, you don’t feel good about yourself now, then?
Keep pushing and asking yourself WHY you want your goal. If you don’t feel good about yourself, aren’t you tired of that? Aren’t you tired of looking in the mirror everyday and not liking what you see? This, is where you find that deep motivation that will keep you going when you want to give up.
2. Seek out a good plan.
I was going to say just seek out a plan, but I really want to emphasis the ‘good’ here. Please, whatever you do, whatever you are thinking, even if it’s cheaper, DO NOT get a ‘guru crap’ plan. A plan that guarantees you’ll lose “30 inches in 30 days”… Don’t. First of all, those claims are crap and second of all, your health is the most important thing here. Whatever the plan claims, if you are doing 2 hours of cardio a day and eating 1,000 calories, you will hurt yourself. You will hurt yourself, mentally, physically, emotionally, socially… just everything. You won’t last long, you will eventually hit a wall and you will most likely bounce back because you will be so hungry and fatigued.
3. Find your golden workout time.
Don’t tell me you don’t have time to workout. You definitely do. Get up early. Sometimes, I have to wake up at 4 or 5am so that I can fit a workout in. Sometimes, I have to workout at 8pm to get my workout in. Totally NOT ideal, but it can be done. Find the time that works with your schedule and mark it on your calendar/planner. If your friend wants to hang out with you at that time, find a different time. Would you skip class, work or a meeting to hang out with your friend? Most likely not, so don’t skip your workout. That is your time to shine. Your time for you. Your time to bring you another step further to that goal of yours.
4. Organize your motivation.
What gets you going? What gets you pumped? You want to have that daily motivation to keep you feeling good. Here are few examples that I use:
- Daily reminders on my phone
- Pictures of my fitness idols on my phone and above my desk (Hey Jamie, Amanda, Kelsey, Rachel, Rita, Holly and Courtney…!)
- Dang good music. I’m into dance/pop for working out. Find whatever works for you. It’s okay to dance a little in the gym… it happens, can’t help it 😉
- Try a pre-workout. Not only does pre-workout help you get focused and energized, but also, it’s tasty! I look forward to my pre-workout drink before every workout. I drink it while listening to my pump up music. It’s a nice routine that gets me in the zone.
5. Find your hump solution.
What’s the one thing that will help you get over that hump? Maybe a new workout top or pants will help? Some new songs for your playlist? Bringing a friend along? Try out some of these things to find what works for you. It’s best to be prepared when you feel that slump coming along!
Okay, there you go. You are all set now. Print this out and keep it with you. Don’t just think ‘yeah, these are great’ and close the window on your browser. Get up, stop making excuses and get started. This is all for your benefit, right?
…And if you want to hear more of this, talk to me! I will keep you motivated, I will keep you accountable whatever your plan/goal is!