I know that a lot of people’s New year’s resolution is to get fit and into shape. If it’s not your resolution and you find yourself just wanting to feel better, here’s some advice and personal experience on getting fit.
I think getting fit and into shape are different for everyone. I think that’s important to note and understand before you get in the gym or changing any habits. I also think they constantly can change. Here are some of the different goals that I’ve had and currently work on.
Beginning in 2015 – Do Yoga Every day
Mid 2015 – Do all the funky yoga poses
2016 – Yoga and working out, lose weight.
Mid 2016 – Got a trainer to work on strength building
2017 – Continue to strength train and be lean
I will probably make a separate post about how I felt and what my life was like during these stepping stones, but for today, the above were just my goals I had intended for myself.
My goals started off unrealistic, and now they’ve changed to be a little bit more attainable. I also know exactly what I have to do to attain them.
So, if you start with a goal and it’s an attainable one, we can get to the action items.
How to get fit?
You have to start. It’s really a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t have to change your life drastically. I suggest starting with any combination of the following.
- Add a walk in your day. At least for 10 minutes, even if it means just walking around your office or in your bedroom.
- Think before you grab your snacks – we are so crazy in our lives that we often don’t take the time to think about things, especially snacks. But before you grab the snack just take a second to evaluate “is this healthy, do I want to eat it, is there anything better I can eat around me?
- W-A-T-E-R – I am a huge advocate for water. I drink the most amount of water at work, and when I don’t I start to feel lethargic and have a headache.
- Take note of stressors in your life and how you react to them
- Focus on achievements and not setbacks.
I think the last one is the most important for anyone in their fitness journey. It’s so easy to look at someone doing a pushup and saying “I can’t do that.” Maybe you can’t do the full expression of a pushup – yet- but you can do a modification and that is just as impressive. Persistence is the key to making anything happen. You just have to keep at it.
This brings me to my next point, results aren’t going to happen overnight. That’s discouraging for a lot of people, myself included. But I think if you know that what your doing is going to get you there – then you’re on the right track.
I will leave you with one last thing – Getting fit is about making small changes and sticking with them and eventually your whole life is different. I went from someone who hated the gym to someone who is there 4-5 times a week. I couldn’t lift 8 pounds over my head and now I hit PR’s of 50 to 60 pounds. You just have to keep it going and moving forward.
What are your personal fitness goals and how are you planning on achieving them? Maybe we can make a little forum in the comments or on my Instagram.