Becoming Fit and Healthy
I've been a fairly sporty person for as long as I could remember. I can go for two hour long runs and not even realize time has gone by and my best friend is a soccer ball. However my sportiness ended the second I walked into a gym. I honestly had no idea what most of the machines in there were for and lifting a bar with my body weight above my head terrified me. So imagine my impulsivity when instead of going home after work I went to the gym and signed up for a membership. What?
It's been a year since my impulsive decision and I've never been happier for it. My gym set me up with a personal trainer who taught me everything I needed to know about the gym and how all the machines work. I walk into the gym at 5am every morning now confident and ready to conquer a workout before jump starting my day. While I am no expert I thought I'd share some tips and hacks I've learned.
Set Achievable Goals // If you've never run a day in your life don't set a goal of running a marathon in the next six months. I've learned that working out and exercise literally transforms your body and while I'm done growing, this is also another form of growing and you can't rush it. My two goals for this past year were to gain ten pounds and to be able to lift my body weight. It took a while but I gained the ten pounds and had to go buy new jeans. The lift my body weight, I'm 2/3 of the way there.
Eat Healthy // I don't believe in counting calories, I think juice cleanses are stupid and, I will never say no to a milkshake. That being said it's important to know what is going into your body and how much of it. One of my goals was to gain weight so we increased the protein I ate on a daily bases and increased how often I ate. I use to eat 2 meals a day and maybe snack in the middle, which left me drained and hangry by the time I got home. Now I eat every 2-3 hours, I have so much more energy and no midday crashes! Obviously this meal plan isn't for everyone, eating right and finding that balance is definitely the most important think you can for your body.
Be Consistent // This is probably the most challenging one for myself. We're all busy and sometimes squeezing a workout in is tough. But, even 30min a day is better than zero minutes a day. What helps me stay reliable is taking classes. They have a set time every week allowing you to carve that bit into your schedule and if you go with friends they'll pull you out of bed even if you don't want to go. My favorite classes are barre, core yoga and, kickboxing.
Be Versatile // I have very bad ADHD. My brain is always wandering off when it shouldn't be and, I get bored pretty quickly. So having an arsenal of different and fun workouts is key for myself and for you too. If you do the exact same workouts everyday with the same amount of weight or the same resistance you won't improve. So switch it up! Take a class or two, find different exercises which target the same muscles and, if you get stuck ask someone!
Don't Over Do It // In the spring/ summer months, I got really into working out. I would go to the gym six days a week and workout for about two hours everyday. I was nuts! And while I saw some results in the beginning, they plateaued off and I burned myself out. I've learned moderation is key, and to find your balance. If I go to a 90min barre class, I'm not going to go lift later that day because I don't need to. I got my workout in. Learning this was a serious lesson. And hopefully by reading this you won't do that same thing.