Beginning a Healthy Lifestyle and Intro to Exercising
Some info from muffintop-less
I know that being new to eating healthy and working out can be so overwhelming. Here are some basic tips I have for those starting on a health and fitness journey!
Decide what your goals are: fat loss (notice I didn’t say “weight loss”), muscle building, reducing blood pressure, aesthetics, or general health & fitness. Write down these goals and make a plan!
Get rid of the junk food! If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it! Start making your own meals from wholesome lean proteins, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. Basically, eat as close to natural as possible! Look for ideas here.
Learn how to cook and grocery shop. If you go to the store and only buy junk food and frozen pizzas, you’re starting at a severe disadvantage. Take a look at some recipes online and just follow the directions. I’m a whiz in the kitchen and I can help you if you have questions. My grocery list is a good start!
Start exercising! The trick is to find something you enjoy so that you will actually DO IT. There are SO MANY options! Some people like to start with DVDs or videos that have thorough instructions. Many can be found here. And there are some examples here:
- Run or jog to the best of your ability 3-5 times a week for 30-45 mins
- Try Jillian Michaels or Insanity to get the hang of different exercises
- Try some workout videos from Blogilates to learn what’s out there
- Squats, and have good form
- Browse this, see what you can do
Develop patience and a positive attitude if you don’t already have them! You WILL have set-backs and losing weight/getting fit WILL take time. You will occasionally cheat on your diet, you will miss a workout, you will stumble, you will make mistakes… you’re human! Nothing worth having ever comes easily… if it WERE that easy, everyone would be in shape! Know that you are only a failure if you QUIT. So don’t quit!
You can do anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will get there!