Making Fitness Easier for 2019
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2019. The year of crushing our fitness goals, am I right? I know that the holidays can be fun and all but they might not be the most helpful as far as our fitness journey is concerned. Of course, the new year is about starting fresh and new beginnings. I know many of you ladies will make promises to yourselves of losing those extra lbs that you’ve been trying to lose since 2018. You tell yourself that this year will be different and you will finally reach your fitness goal. However, one week into 2019 and you haven’t made any progress, you are lost and overwhelmed on what your supposed to do, or you just give up because you kind of set yourself up for failure by making TOO BIG of a goal.
I got you boo! No need to get frustrated or give up just yet. Let me help you with some tips that you can do to each your 2019 goals!
Have a plan.
Don’t go into the gym without having a plan. That is probably one of the worst things you can do. It is not easy to just “wing it” especially if you’re not very familiar with the machines. The gym can get overwhelming with all the different types of equipments, the masses of people joining the gym in January, and all the loud music. I even feel flustered at times. Go in there with a workout plan and know exactly what machine and exercises you will be doing. I can certainly help you with this in my New Year's Program which is completely affordable. Find out more here.
Set small goals.
if your goal is to look like your favorite instagram fitness celebrity the first week of training, you will definitely be disappointed. That person did not get that body overnight. She worked long and hard for it. I don’t want to sound like Debbie Downer but that is a tough goal to want to achieve in a short amount of time. The trick is to start with easier, more manageable goals first.Try something like: Getting to the gym 3x a week for a month, losing 10lbs in 3 months, or cooking all your meals for a month. This will help you stay motivated to keep on going because you’ll see that this is something you can achieve!
This goes with the above. You need to stay consistent with the game and keep your fitness regimen and nutrition on point for more than a day. (Rome wasn't built in a day) it takes time, patience and consistency to build a beautiful masterpiece. If you aren’t feeling up to going to the gym one day, try being active in other ways, i.e. going for a scenic run, walking the dogs, etc.
Try to stay away from processed foods. You can meal prep pretty much everything — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Choose lean meats, complex carbs, and fibrous veggies. You can’t out-train a bad diet. If you sign up for my newsletter I give you a 5-day detox to help start your journey.
Stay off the scale.
I am torn between this one because as I fitness expert I know that the scale is good for keeping track of your progress but I also know that the number will change daily, because our bodies change. The number on the scale reveals so many factors other than just weight. Some scales even track whether you got enough sleep, the amount of water you had the day before, the amount of sodium in your diet, your stress, menstrual cycle, etc! It all can play into that number. Ultimately, I know that many of us will still feel frustrated with the number if we consistently watch it go up and down. I suggest starting off with weighing yourself 1x a week or maybe once every 2 weeks.
Get 8 Hours of Sleep.
Your muscles need to rest in order to recover, and your body needs energy to perform.
A New Lifestyle.
Think of your fitness journey as a lifestyle change, not just a diet. Motivation is what gets you started, but habit is what keeps you going.
Hydration is key for a healthy lifestyle. Your body is a machine and it can’t function properly if it doesn’t have water- especially since it’s made up of 70% water. Drinking enough water ensures that your body can perform at its best. (metabolizing fat, and maintaining other bodily functions.)
Train with a Friend.
J and I rely on each other for motivation on the days we don’t feel like working out. Set goals with your friend for accountability! Even if you can’t work out together, motivate one another!.
Give It Your All: Just as with everything in life, give it a 110% and you’ll reap the benefits!