Making the decision to improve your health, your fitness and/or your strength is a big step, and not always an easy decision to make. But if you have got to the point of searching where to start and how to make changes, congratulations - you are ready and change is coming your way!
Remember - it is not always “go hard or go home” when it comes to fitness. Small changes can lead to big results, I know it sounds cheesy BUT it is true. Most of the time we have been eating a certain way for so long and been feeling average for such a long time that we actually don’t know how good our bodies are designed to feel. Small changes can make us feel so much better, therefore leading to more changes and more results.
When getting started, here are a couple of my top tips:
1. Set yourself a goal. I want you to set yourself a goal of what you ideally would like your health and fitness to look like in 6 months time. From here, set yourself a couple of smaller goals that will help you get to where you want to be in 6 months time. A good guide when setting goals is to follow S.M.A.R.T.
S - Specific (make your goal specific)
M - Measurable (make sure you have ways of tracking your progress so you can see change)
A - Achieveable (make your goals achievable but also make them challenging)
R - Realistic and Relevant (make your goals relevant to you and what you want to achieve)
T - Time (give yourself a timeframe so that you have a target to work towards)
2. Stay hydrated. Ideally we want to consume approximately 2L of water per day (you may require more depending on your activity levels and the heat). If you have not been drinking much water, I would suggest upping your intake by two glasses of water to begin with and then increasing from there. And if you are not a fan of plain water, try infusing your water with cucumber and/or lemon, or using the water drops (available at your supermarket) to give it a flavour boost.
3. Get moving. Walking is free for everybody and an inexpensive way to get your exercise in. Aim to walk 20-30mins each day to begin with. As your fitness improves then increase your walking distance. If you are ready to take the plunge and want to try a gym or personal training, find an environment where you are comfortable to get sweaty while you train :)
4. Focus on your sleep. Good sleep does the body wonders and can help with weight-loss more than you think. Ideally we want 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you are not currently getting this, make yourself a goal of going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night. This will get your body into a routine where you wind down and relax earlier.
5. Increase your intake of vegetables and protein. See what I did there - I made it a positive instead of a negative. Focusing on what you can have and what you need to have more of works more effectively than sending messages to your brain telling yourself that you can’t have something.
Those are just a few of my tips to help you get started. If you have any questions or would like to get started with me so we can venture this journey together, send me a message today :)