Getting started on your fitness journey means different beginning places for different people. First, you need to find out what works best for you. For some people just getting outside and walking every day is their perfect starting point. Some like more of a group setting like fitness classes, and some like having a workout partner to help encourage each other and keep each other accountable.
After you have found your starting point you need to remember that you have to keep pushing yourself to reach your fitness goals. I always recommend writing down your goals and checking in with them every four weeks. If your goals are to make appearance changes you should take “before” pictures. It’s hard to notice changes when you look for them every day, but if you look back at pictures you can see your changes.
If your choice is a gym, you want to find one that is near you. Convenience helps to get you there. Most gyms will have a trainer or staff member that can show a small circuit to get you started on machine exercises. Gyms usually have classes available if you are interested in group exercise, or you could hire a trainer for more one-on-one training. Having a trainer also makes it harder to pass on your workout because someone is waiting on you to show up.
The most important thing is to make sure you always practice safety in whatever exercise you choose. Take it slow at first and then push yourself a little each time to get better slowly.
Now that you are moving and getting your exercise in, you need to clean up your eating. At first, you can just make small changes. Cut down on any sodas or sugary juices. Cut out fried foods and sweets. This may seem like a huge challenge but there are so many alternatives today that are healthy and taste just as good or even better. With an air fryer, you can air fry chicken or french fries with no oil. There are so many recipes for healthy desserts. When you cut out bad foods it gives you energy and you will feel so much better.
I find that a combination of cardio, weight training, and clean eating is the best way to reach your fitness goals. It takes all three to get the best results. Lower weight with high reps will help to tighten everything up while you’re losing weight.
July Recipe: Crock Pot Chicken
- 4 frozen chicken breasts
- 1 large can Rotel
- 1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
- 2 cups white rice
Place frozen chicken in Crock Pot with Rotel tomatoes and a packet of taco seasoning. Cook on high until the chicken is done. Pull chicken apart with two forks. Add in cooked rice and serve.
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