August 6, 2016

Where to Start, When You Don’t Know Where to Start

 

Starting a journey to health and fitness can be way more than overwhelming. It can be so hard to know where to start when there is so much information out there. Honestly, a lot of it is really bad information out there. Which makes it hard to sort through. So I wanted to lay out some simple tips that I hope will be helpful.

Take ownership of your nutrition.

Have you ever heard that saying “give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Well sure we can all follow some crazy diet fad, juice cleanse, or weightloss gimmick. But truly understanding how nutrition works with your body starts with your ownership over the details. And really that is all about jumping in feet first and trial and error. I’m mean there are some good guides out there. I would recommend my fitness pal. If you know your calories and nutrient information, then you can truly manipulate your body composition yourself. You don’t need to follow a diet or weight loss fad.

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Track your food.

Especially if you are trying to lose weight. Seriously…track it! Just do it. Yes, it is a pain at first but honestly once you get the hang of it, it really isn’t that bad. How do you know what to change if you don’t know where you started? Knowing where you started allows you to adjust as needed, which again goes back to #1 taking ownership of your own nutrition.

Limit processed foods & sugar.

Yup, that is pretty much everything. I get it. This piece is really difficult for sure. But if you cut a little bit out at a time instead of going cold turkey it is totally doable. You can have processed food, but really limiting them will make a huge difference in your weight loss and energy levels. As a general rule of thumb if it has comes in a wrapper, sits on the shelf at a grocery, and doesn’t rot, it is processed. Unprocessed foods will go bad. Processed foods have stuff added to them to help their shelf life.

Sweat it out.

Get moving. Find something that you enjoy and keep your heart rate up! A do it a few time a week. You want to get 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise or 75 mins of high intensity exercise, if you can get more time in great.

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Moderation.

Please for the love of God do not try to lose 10lbs in a week by eating 800 calories a day. Don’t do it! It’s just bad. Bad for your health, bad for your happiness, and bad for your body. There is no need to get crazy with things. It is totally possible to lose weight and get fit without killing yourself for hours a day in the gym, and then going home to eat a few pieces of lettuce with lemons juice on them. That type of diet and lifestyle is not maintainable, and you will be miserable in the process. Learning to eat healthy and give your self treats in moderation is the key to long term success.

Get a routine.

Decide on routine or daily schedule, and stick to it until it sticks to you. Getting into a routine is hard, but once it becomes a routine it makes hard days much easier. That is what is so great about it. And the days when the motivation to go to the gym and eat healthy isn’t there, it’s the routine and day to day grind that will carry you through. So schedule yourself appointment times to go to the gym, and put alarms on your phone for meal times…and make it a priority.

Find a Plan.

If you are going to be lifting on the floor as a beginner I strongly recommend you get a plan. There are a ton of free plans online to choose from. bodybuilding.com has some great ones, and that is how I started. You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook for workouts and exercise ideas.

Try something new.

Make it a point to try new things during your workouts. Whether it is daily, weekly, or monthly is up to you. As you try new things your confidence in the gym will sky rocket, and then you will want to try more new things. Before you know it you will be so comfortable and knowledgable with all your new skills.

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