We all start somewhere and I believe that the right fitness journey is out there for everybody. Every individual will go through their own struggles, successes and achieve their own results but just like you, I put the excuses behind me and decided that I can do better, I can achieve the results I want but I must take action.
I know how it feels to be in your position so I’ve put together my top tips to help you start your journey, enjoy your journey and stick to your journey.
Here are my tips to help you…
- Determine your goals and what you want to acheive.
If you could be, have or do anything within the next 12 months what would it be? Make it personal to you, something that truly means something. Once decided write it down in a place you’ll see frequently. Writing beside your goal why it’s important to you will help on days when motivation might be lacking.
2.Take accountability for your excuses and start putting them into actionable steps to move you forwards.
You complaining about being tired and not having enough time is just the same as the next person. Understand and realise that these are lame excuses and in order to change, your time has to be prioritised. Start by writing down all the barriers that are in the way or stopping you from achieving your goals. Then one by one think of a way you can overcome this barrier.
I know that in the past I have used time as a barrier, I would tell myself I’m too busy or there is not enough hours in the day. So I decided to get up earlier. I now get up at the same time each morning in order to complete my workout routine.
3. Set yourself short term goals
Nobody loses 3 stone in one workout. Be realistic and set yourself weekly goals that will take you closer to your long term goal. For example, you could aim to attend the gym 3 times that week or attend a group fitness class. Write them in your dairy to help you stick to them, once you’ve completed them tick them off. This will make you feel so good! Seeing yourself moving forwards !
4.Ask for help or go with a friend
Having somebody to look up to and guide you on your journey will help increase your confidence, whilst gaining the knowledge to sustain your results. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, others will have the answers you are looking for.
Having somebody join you for workouts such as a sibling or friend is also a great way to help increase your confidence and commitment to workout out. Setting challenges with your peer group is a way to motivate all of you.
5.Be realitic with your goals
It can be inspiring and motivating to look up to athletes wanting to look like them. Remember, they are athletes for a reason, their job is to work out and they have the freedom to do just that. Be realistic when setting your fitness goals, if you’re currently not working out then setting healthier habits is a good place to start. For example, aiming to drink 2 L of water per day or waking up an hour earlier 3 times per week. After a few weeks of completing these tasks you’ll start to create a habit and this is where your progress will start to shine through.
6 .Nutrition plays a vital role too
Just as exercise, nutrition is important and will play a key role in the progress you make. Meal prep is going to be essential and planning your meals in advance . Setting a day each week to do your planning, shopping and prepping is a way to stay on track. Guidance with nutrition will make your journey easier, if this is what you’re looking for please contact me.
7. Enjoy the journey and do what you enjoy
This is YOUR journey to create and for lasting results it has to be your lifestyle.
Build habits that you are proud of, include activities you enjoy and share the journey with others. Help to inspire!
Once you start there will be no looking back! Do this for YOU!