Have I told you all that I joined the FitFluential team as an ambassador? Yes, I did! And yes, I’m pretty excited about the opportunity–what an amazing cast of fitness characters I am joining.
Part of the FitFluential mission is to spread the word about fitness, balance, nutrition, and finding your groove. As such, many of us are offering our seven favorite tips for getting started on a healthier lifestyle.
I can tell you–20 years ago this was a foreign concept to me. I was a beer chugging, out of shape college student. But over the years, as I found fitness, I found me. And that’s what I wish for anyone–to find themselves through a healthful journey. Here then, are my top seven tips for getting started on that journey:
1. Find your thing–I truly believe that once you’ve found that activity you enjoy, the rest falls into place. But you must figure out what that is. I first began exercising in a gym, doing classes and using machines. I liked getting fit, but I didn’t really enjoy the path to get there. Once I found running and triathlon, however, all that changed. Now I look forward to my workouts, almost without fail.
2. Start slow–Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your fitness happen overnight. Jump in with both feet and you may quickly become discouraged from sore muscles, injuries, or frustration from not seeing overnight results. Make small, measurable goals and take your time achieving them.
3. Keep challenging yourself–At the same time, you need to continuously raise the bar in order to see results, keep boredom at bay, and have something to work towards. Are you now able to run 30 minutes at a stretch? Make the next run 40 minutes, and so on.
4. Don’t forget about food–All the working out in the world won’t get you to your ultimate level of fitness if you neglect nutrition. Try to move your diet in a clean, whole foods direction. Again, make small changes to start–add a new fruit or vegetable into your diet every few days. Then incorporate more healthy fats like nuts, avocados, or coconut milk. Out with the processed and in with the real foods and you’ll soon notice a difference in your energy levels.
5. Shake it up–As a runner who loves my sport, it’s easy to want to do nothing but run. But my body is better for a break here and there with activities like swimming, cycling and yoga. The more muscles you pull into use, the more well-rounded your fitness level.
6. Consider hiring a personal trainer or coach–If you’re new to an activity, having someone to provide guidance in the form of a schedule or oversight can prove invaluable. You want to train the right way, from the start, to get the most out of your time and effort.
7. Have fun with it–If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, try something new. This is your “you” time and should be something that not only gives you a physical boost, but a mental one as well.
What tips helped you start your journey to fitness?