7 Simple Ways to Kick Start Your Fitness Journey
We've all been there before. Tossing some unhealthy habits and becoming healthier is on our list of resolutions, but somehow though, it's easier said than done. It's the same challenge that prevents us from reaching most goals: a combination of lack of motivation, forgetfulness, and procrastination.
Fortunately, getting in shape and staying that way doesn't have to be overwhelming. In fact, the key is to start implementing into your everyday life easy and simple healthy habits.
Setting a clear goal may be difficult when we are constantly receiving mixed messages from health sources: "Have a low-carb diet." "Base your meals on starchy carbs, particularly the higher fiber varieties." "Switch to the carnivore diet." "Cut out meat." "Prepare more home-cooked meals." "Embark on a raw food diet journey." "Do yoga, but be gentle with your joints." "Do cardio, but don't lose muscle." "Lift, but don't go heavy."
There's a lot of helpful information out there, but, for long-term growth, you need vision and a plan. Instead of feeling guilty for taking on a big lofty goal, try these simple tips to help you focus:
1. Start with "Why"
Getting fit does not always mean dropping weight. Maybe what you want is to optimize your health, have peace of mind, more energy and feel better about yourself. If you explore and set goals for why you want to get fit and what you want to accomplish, it will motivate you to stay healthy or power through a tough workout.
2. Get Active Every Day
When you find activities that make you happy, you will be motivated to be active every day, even if it's just going for a walk. Even when you don't have time to work out you can find time to sneak in exercise. Moving your body will put you in a better place mentally and you will avoid undoing the progress of a workout routine. When you are too busy to go to the gym you can take only a few minutes for an at-home workout.
3. Eat Real Food
Instead of spending lots of time counting carbs and calories, focus on how you fuel your body. If you are eating healthy foods with as few ingredients as possible, you're taking care of your body. Great examples of this are fruits, veggies, grains, lean and clean proteins.
4. Stop Seeing Exercise as a Chore
Exercising and eating right should feel like you're giving yourself a reward, making you feel healthy and happy. Find forms of working out that you enjoy. The same goes for food, find healthy meals that you enjoy.
5. Get the Rest You Need
This might be easier said than done because when life gets busy, sleep is often the first thing to go. But chronic sleep loss can negatively affect our health and immunity. Therefore, make sleep a priority.
6. Drink Enough Water
One of the simplest ways to achieve your health goals is by drinking more water. Proper hydration is essential in digestion, workouts, keeping energy levels up, nourishing the skin and listing the benefits could go on and on. Carry a refillable water bottle as a reminder to drink more water, or keep one at your workplace.
7. Enlist the Help of a Buddy
Finding an exercise partner can be a great motivator. Exercising with a buddy can help push you on days you're not feeling your best and make the experience more fun.
The best solution to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle is the one that works for you. When you take on too many goals at once you feel overwhelmed, start thinking negatively and begin to resent the experience, so, instead, stick to the basics. Some tweaks to your routine can transform your entire fitness experience. And remember: You can actually enjoy being healthy by introducing the right balance into your life.