5 Tips to Get Started in Fitness

1. Get Moving
Even if you’re not ready to start a program, incorporate more movement into your day. Take a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, park a little farther away from your destination, start your morning going up and down your stairs at home, clean out your closet, rearrange your furniture, stretch during television commercials, turn on some music and dance (or jump around if you’re not the dancing type).  Schedule a hike or walk with your family or some friends.

2. Drink Water
Get into the habit of drinking enough water every day, even if you are not working out yet.  Drinking water leading up to your program start date can help minimize initial muscle soreness.

3. Out with the JUNK, In with the FOOD
One of my go-to health and nutrition resources, Dr. Mark Hyman, always says, “There is no junk food.  There is junk. And there is food.” Empty pantry, refrigerator, freezer, car, and secret snack stash drawer of all the junk you should not be eating.  Then, stock up with healthy food and staples that will help you create healthy meals every day. Here is a list of pantry essentials for beginners.

4. Schedule in your Workout
Decide ahead of time, when you will fit your exercise in your day and schedule it in now!  Evaluate your CURRENT schedule and make whatever adjustments you need to make sure you fit in your workout.  Find out how much time you have to spare, and be realistic.  If done correctly, you don’t need an hour to get a good workout in.  There are MANY effective workouts that you can do in 30 minutes or less. 

There is currently a new MMA program that is out that I am dying to try, however, between school, my day job, coaching, blogging, and motherhood, I KNOW there is no way I can fit in the 40-50 minute workouts.  I am doing another round of 22 Minute Hard Corps instead mixing it in with some yoga during my less busy days.  See when you can carve out 30 minutes of your schedule and use that time for your workouts.  Put the workout in YOUR PLANNER (whether it is on your phone or your paper planner… I know many of you are planner people). 

Even better- set an alarm so you know when you’re supposed to workout.

5. Find Your Why
One of my favorite fitness trainers, Tony Horton, says, “If you’re really caught up in the numbers on the scale, or the dress size, and what’s happening with the tape measure, chances are that doesn’t really motivate or inspire you. Find a new purpose. Find a new reason why. The reason why has got to be so powerful, so strong that you’re not going to quit, you’re not going to fail, and you’re going to be consistent, and show up 5-7 days a week for the rest of your life.”

Now that you are ready to get fit and healthy, it’s time to pick a program.  There are many fitness programs to choose from.  I can help match you with an effective program, and add you to my free Mission Fitness group for motivation and accountability partners to help you stay motivated on your fitness journey.

Get on track with your fitness today!  Email me to schedule a FREE confidential 30 minute video chat or phone call.

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