So You Wanna Start Working Out...
Posted on September 16 2017
Somehow, someway you have come to the conclusion that you want to start working out. Whatever your reasoning may be, the desire is to live a healthier lifestyle. Making this choice is half the battle. But the war? That's figuring out where to begin this entire process. Some of the questions you might have are: Should I join a gym? Should I change my diet? How often should I work out a week? Questions about which way to go often discourage a lot of people, however, today I am going to tell you things that I did to kickstart this healthy habit.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in this field under any circumstance. I am merely explaining my experience in hopes to help others get the ball rolling.
A lot of people think they need to start things off by going to the gym immediately, however, I believe you are setting yourself up for failure by setting the bar too hard. Beginning with small goals for yourself is just enough for beginners. For myself, I began by walking just a few minutes every day. I did this particularly when I found myself eating while bored. By replacing one habit with another, I was able to channel my boredom into a more positive task. From there I made it a habit to walk thirty minutes a day, then to run/walk for thirty, then run entirely. I did this over a couple of months to get myself into a habit, setting doable goals for myself, and then running from there (pun intended).
MIX UP YOUR MEALS.
Now, I am not talking about jumping in and changing your diet entirely because you're sure to crumble. I'm talking about making tiny changes, building off of the starting small idea. In particular, try replacing one meal a day with a salad, a healthy serving of protein, and some vegetables. I typically have a meal like this after a workout when my body needs proteins and fuel for all the exercise I just did. Your muscles crave these nutrients after you workout and if you want results, you best give them what they want!
WATER WATER WATER.
With there being so many different drinks and snacks out there, one can easily forget to drink water. Drinking water is another way you can avoid unhealthy boredom snacking. When you know you want to eat and you shouldn't, grab some water. Water too boring for you? Add things like lemons, cucumbers, and various other fruits to liven up your water. Don't want to drink it? Well, there are plenty of foods like watermelon that have a high water content that you can snack on. Combined with working out, drinking more water helps you burn more calories. Who doesn't want a boost in their metabolism?
Okay, so, I don't entirely know the science behind this, but eating spicy foods help boost your metabolism. Awesome right? Maybe adding a little bit of flavor into your diet isn't so bad. I can't explain how this happens very well, so here is an article you can check out: http://www.livestrong.com/article/421532-can-spicy-food-help-you-lose-weight/
YOU DON'T NEED A GYM.
A lot of people think you have to start a gym membership to get things started but that is completely false. There is this magical thing called the internet that allows you to look up endless workout videos. I particularly like Fitness YouTuber, Rebecca Louise. She has great videos with new and exciting workouts to do that range from 5mins to 15mins. And she has plenty of workouts that don't require weights. If you do have a set of dumbbells at home, then more power to you. By working out at home, you're taking out the traveling factor with going to a gym. You have absolutely no excuse to not workout if you can do it in the comfort of your own home. However, if you do like the range of workouts that machines provide at any of your local gyms then go that route. Personally, I do just fine without machines.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
Finally, if you do decide to embrace that gym membership, don't be discouraged by others. Of course people will be able to do more than you, it's not your first day at the gym. Do not get intimidated by people who can do amazing things with their body: They have probably worked for years to get there and they most definitely didn't start there. If you work hard and be consistent, you can get there too. You just need to give your body time to get into the rhythm of things.
On that note, I hope you guys have the best of luck starting this new lifestyle. It may seem hard at first, but your body will thank you in the long run. Plus, you won't feel as guilty having that extra piece of cake since you worked out already. It's the little things that matter.
Good luck on your endeavors, lovelies.