Committing To Your New Fitness Plan (Tips for Beginners)
So, you’ve decided to focus on improving your health through proper nutrition and steady exercise. But, how do you stay on board with your original plans and not become distracted by daily life? The truth is, it’s difficult as we get older because our responsibilities tend to grow while our level of commitment tends to wane. Today, I am going to discuss a few tips that should help you stay on track :-)
It’s often been stated that we prioritize what we deem important, so why is committing to an exercise plan any different? Setting aside a realistic amount of time for exercise at least 3 times a week (Ex: Mon, Weds and Fri), and a 30-45 mins exercise routine. But, first check in with your doctor to see the amount of exercise you should be getting according to your individual health needs.
Breaking Down The Exercise:
If you choose to follow a fitness video, I would recommend to choose the videos that break down exercise routines into a few minutes for warm-up, upper body (ex: 5, 10 or 15 mins), lower body and cool-down/stretch routine. This makes your exercise program more achievable by breaking down the time, I find this is especially good for starting a fitness program. Some of my favorite videos to follow are: Maddie Lymburner of MadFit and Bailey Brown (check youtube).
Develop Healthy Hobbies:
I believe balance is important in our professional and personal lives. Developing hobbies that keep us purposeful and mentally/physically stimulated helps us to gain confidence and boost our energy level. Fitness is not simply about going to the gym or exercising a few times a week, it's also about meeting all of our wellness needs and engaging the whole person.
It’s all about a “Healthier Living” and word replacement!:
I think labels such as “diet” tend to make us feel limited. Instead, it’s best to focus on living healthier by consuming the nutritious foods that benefit us and following a plan that serves your health needs. Replacing and finding enjoyable substitutes while keeping the proper portion control for your meals.
A Good Support System:
I’m a firm believer in having a tribe that is supportive of you. Whether it be family or friends and even members of a group fitness class. In most of my classes, support systems are built and strengthened through common goals that is one of the beauties of joining a group exercise program.
Finesse Your Fitness!:
Instead of choosing a fitness plan solely based on other people’s opinion. Choose a program that works for you. So, if you love the outdoors (Like I do!), you may consider joining a walking or beginners running group. You can find community walking groups and runner programs everywhere. During the pandemic, I did half of my workouts outdoors when I was no longer going to the gym. It actually helped sharpen my running skills and then decided to join a local run through the YMCA.
Create Short Term Goals:
I’m a firm believer in having realistic, short-term goals for yourself especially when it comes to fitness. So, don't jump 10 steps ahead, when you haven't gone through 1-9 first. Remember, each step will ultimately lead you where you want to go. But, first you will need to focus on the individual steps. By jumping forward too soon, you may manage to get discouraged and then ditch the whole process. So, just stay "focused"...
Last, but NOT least....Variety is Key:
Challenging our muscles through different types of exercise not only helps for strengthening and toning, but it also manages to maintain our interest. The same exercise each day is a bit like having the same meals each day, you will soon become bored of both! Create a plan that works for you, but keep it achievable, beneficial and of course....interesting!