Every day I try to become a better version of myself.
Yes, there are many ups and downs when you start a healthy lifestyle but like any champion, you must always get back up and never give up on the fight.
With this I’ve learned that being healthy is not just physical, it’s mental too. It’s important to know that you are in control of your success. There are no limits. Whether you’re just starting out or have reached your goals and are wondering what’s next, here are some principles that are helping me along the way. Remember them on your fitness journey…
1. Today is a new day: Seize the day. Forget you could have gone for a run yesterday and do it today. We interfere with our success when we put all of our energy and focus on what we didn’t do. There’s no need to worry about what can’t be changed. Yesterday is history. Today brings a new opportunity to do it right.
2. Allow yourself to be guided: You’re not alone. People are not born with perfect bodies. Everyone had a starting point where they didn’t know how to do a pushup or
what to eat. They had to seek out that knowledge, which is why a good instructor is crucial. They will help you along the way no matter what your level is. They will get to know you, your goals and what motivates you. All you have to do is walk through the door.
3. Push the limits overcome the obstacle: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals will also take some time. Each step will lead you closer to your ultimate goal. Give yourself short term goals like, “today I will do one more burpee” or “today I will drink more water”. Increase your chances at achieving those small goals by being consistent. That means taking class at least three times a week and eating healthy nutritious meals day in and day out.
Your choices will get easier to the point that you won’t even have to question if you should eat the banana over the bowl of fruity pebbles. Your new lifestyle will have you choosing the healthier option every time. Before you know it, you’ll be grateful you gave yourself the time.
4. Don’t let anything stand in your way: Let’s face it. We all have good and bad days. Some days we have personal things going on at home. Other days our bosses were complete fudge buckets at the office. On these days, we don’t want to deal with anything or anyone and we may just want to sleep it off. But that doesn’t take care of you.
You won’t be able to tackle the ups and downs of life if you don’t give your mind, body and soul some tender love and care. Bottling up stressful situations has also been linked to weight gain. Don’t do it to yourself! Let off some steam on the bag. It’s there for your annihilation. You will thank your endorphins later for the mood boost.
5. The scales do lie: Don’t you hate it when this happens… you stop eating ice cream, start working out, and when you step on the scale it says you weigh the same as
before? Don’t freak out! You probably don’t know that you have to take into consideration muscle gain and fat burn. Instead, rely on how your clothes start to fit you. You’ll be throwing your scale out the window when you fit into your “skinny” jeans again. Even if that number didn’t move as much as you thought it would.
6. Water. Water. Water: Though most of us take it for granted, water may be the closest thing to a “Diet Solution” for permanent weight loss. Drinking water, especially first thing in the morning, speeds up your metabolism. Also we might confuse hunger with actually being thirsty. It’s very difficult for the body to differentiate between the two. But if you drink enough water throughout the day you won’t ever mistake thirst for hunger again. You also won’t eat more than you really need to.
7. Fuel your body before and after class: Have you ever tried driving a car without gas? Does it go anywhere? Not really right? The same goes for your body. Your body and mind need
fuel to keep it focused and moving throughout the day. Also, eating actually helps you lose weight and burn fat. But remember, some foods are better than others. Don’t fill your body with empty calories and detrimental fats. They make you feel heavy, tired, and put you in a bad mood. So you know what that means…put that fried chicken down!
8. Allow yourself to have a good time: The best workouts are the ones where you don’t even realize you’re working out. Do a little dance. Laugh out loud and high five the person next to you because they’re feeling the same pain and satisfaction you’re feeling when sprawling down for another burpee. You have to be able to enjoy yourself. Don’t let working out be a drag.
9. Don’t forget to stretch It’s a common mistake to skip on stretches. Although common, it is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Stretching improves flexibility. This is crucial when learning new moves like a kick or punch or pushing past your comfort zone like going lower in a squat. The more flexible you are the more capable your body is to do moves without injury.
Stretching also increases blood flow throughout your body and muscles. This helps loosen tight and sore muscles that develop when working out. In a nutshell, if you enjoy the burn during class but not so much after class then stretch it out each and every time. (Pssst – did you see #6? It helps with soreness too!)
10. Be consistent and maintain results: So now that you looked nice in your sister’s wedding photos, do you go back to eating a donut every day for lunch? Is it over once you reach your goal? NNNOOOOOO NNNEEEVVVVEEERRRR. Being healthy isn’t a trend. Don’t put the time in for 6 months and then completely stop once those 6 months are up.
By yo-yoing your weight, you run the risk of making yourself hungrier, slowing your metabolism and developing other health issues. Don’t make taking care of yourself a temporary hobby. Make it a lifestyle!
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