Summer is coming to an end, and many of us are starting to think about getting back into a routine and fitness. Or, maybe you’ve recently had a baby, been ill, had surgery or gone through a hard time that took your attention of your regular activity. Whatever the reason, you find yourself looking at fitness options that might work for you but it is overwhelming. How do you choose and where do you start? In today’s world, the options for active living and healthy food are endless. So how do you know what is a good fit for you?
Here 10 tips to help you get started and stay committed:
- Write down what your goals are and revisit them often. Keeping a fitness log or diary is a great idea as it reminds you where you started and keeps you on track.
- Make a list of activities or the kind of exercise you enjoy doing. Exercise should be fun.
- Make a list of days and times you know you can exercise. Pre-schedule them into your calendar with reminders (and we all have time!) A worthwhile workout does not need to be 60 or 90 min long. There are plenty of 20, 30, 40, 45, 50 minute workouts that will kick butt and leave you with time to shower and get back to work or your daily commitments in under an hour.
- Decide what is more realistic and enjoyable for your life style- working out at home, following a video or program, being part of a class or group setting, or working with a trainer one on one.
- If you have a friend who can exercise with you on all or some of the days, even better. You can keep each other motivated and hold each other accountable.
- If you enjoy working out in a studio, check out studios close to home or work that makes it easier to integrate into your routine. A long commute to your workout is just another obstacle you have to negotiate with on crazy busy days. Make it easy on yourself.
- Be realistic. Meaning if you can only workout 3 times a week, don’t commit to 5 and set yourself up to fail. You don’t want to feel under pressure from week 1. You can always add sessions as you get into the swing of things or on weeks where time allows it.
- If letting go of your daily glass of wine stresses you out, decide how to deal with it. Perhaps limit it to 1-3 drinks per week and substitute sparkling water with lemon and lime in a wine glass on the other days. It works, trust me.
- Exercise is good for you and we all need to move more. Eating is where the real results lie. Again, be realistic. Make small sustainable changes. Eat fresh, watch your portion sizes, sugar and refined carbs. Focus on nutrient dense foods that feed your body.
- Always remember we are the sum of what we mostly do. Consistency is key for any real change to occur. Life happens and sometimes we are thrown off course. Don’t beat yourself up about it; get back to your goals just as soon as you can.
Wishing you all a fun and fitness filled fall season. Love the body you are in; it is your only true home.