May - Meet Yourself Where You Are!
It's May! Time 4 everyone to start taking health and fitness serious... since the summer is coming! Here begins the cycle of going hard, searching for the craziest class, the fastest fad diet, and the quickest get fit tip. When it's all said and done, most people slack off by the end of the summer and go right back to where they were.
Part of this crazy fitness cycle is that we have no patience and need instant gratification. But, true health and fitness takes patience... lots of it. You hear it all the time... health and fitness is a lifestyle, "Slow and steady wins the race."
If you're gearing up to get fit this summer, here's a tip: Meet Yourself Where You Are!
If you're a beginner, explore and try things that work for you. Don't compare yourself to others because everyone is different, and what works for some might not work for everyone.
If you are just trying on exercise for the first time, pace yourself. Don't jump out there and try to be a cross-fitter in your first workout (Although cross fit is AWESOME!). Guess what.. If you go from doing little to no exercise to some consistent exercise, you will see results - calories in versus calories out. That doesn't mean start exercising so eating can be a free for all.
With all the technology and choices of trainers, classes, and fitness centers, there are lots of tools right at your fingertip. You heard the saying, "There's an app for that". Well, it's true, You can track your meals, calories, exercise, sleep, hydration and more. But you have to find what works for you. Be consistent, be patient, be realistic. Set SMART goals, so that when you achieve them, it motivates you to do more and better. My favorite thing to challenge people (who are beginners) is to take the walking challenge. This is for anyone who wants to start exercising and does not currently have a workout regimen.
Start walking for 20-30 minutes 3 days/ week. Do this for 4 weeks. Track your progress. Notice how you feel after weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. Journal your walking and reflect on how you feel (physically and emotionally), and look. As the walking gets easier, step it up. Walk a little longer, a little stronger, and go a little farther. Add an extra day or even a jog. Celebrate your successes, milestones and be patient, but firm with yourself.