Healthy Living

How to Start Your Fitness Routine

We all start our healthy living journey with different intentions, but the one thing that keeps us connected is that we took the leap and started. 

My journey began after the birth of my daughter — Isabella back in 2007. Although my motives were not in the right place and I was only looking to become “skinny” (yes, this is the new me
judging the old me), the fitness aspect of it hasn’t changed.


Loving the sun on my face and my new Honey Athletica leggings

The hardest part in starting your fitness routine is just that… starting. I completely understand how overwhelming it can seem, especially if you are walking into a new gym without understanding all the different machines. I remember years ago, being a new mom and feeling uncomfortable to go to the gym because of my weight (new me can judge old me and shake her head at her). I stuck to fitness videos and got hooked on . It worked for me and helped set a structured plan that had me seeing amazing results within months. If I was able to do it, so can you!!

Consistency is key. Remember, if you can continue to work on yourself consistently for a minimum of 21 days, you will see a transformation that will leave you wanting to include this routine to your healthy living journey.

So, how does one start their fitness routine? What steps should be taken?

Follow these simple guidelines and remember consistency is key:

1. Take out the 80/20 Rule

We are all so conditioned to believe that for us to see results we have to consider the 80/20 focus (it’s 80% what you eat and 20% exercise). Let’s try a different approach, how about 100/100! Let’s give 100% at all levels. This mentality will help you stay consistent and focused on results.

In order to achieve something great you'll have to sacrifice something ever greater

2. Start Slow

Our bodies are built to do anything; however, we need the proper training. When we attempt to fast forward and gain results without the basics, we become prone to injuries. Start slow and listen to your body, when it’s ready to move on to the next level you will feel it. When a certain workout tends to feel too natural, I know it’s time for me to add up the heat and makes things harder (add heavier weights or speed to
your workouts).


Take it day by day

3. Find an Accountability Partner 

Knowing someone else is holding me accountable keeps me going to the gym over and over again, especially when I want to be lazy and stay home. Check out all the benefits from finding the perfect accountability partner here.

Find someone who has similar goals and will challenge you

4. Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things

Remember that your body will get stagnate if it’s not challenged continuously. To prevent that from happening, I highly recommend trying different routines weekly or at the very least monthly. If you’re doing workouts from home, look up different workouts to follow. If you’re at the gym, change it up by trying various machines. One practice I love more and more these days is Strength Training.


Test your limits daily

5. Have Fun

Think of your workout routine as your ME-TIME. Enjoy it and stay positive regardless of the results you may or may not be seeing. I promise you that if you stay consistent with your fitness routine, stick to healthy nutritious meals and give it your all; your healthy living journey will be one that you will never want to drive away from.


I hope this helps you or someone you know. Remember the hardest part of any fitness routine is getting you at the starting point. Once you passed that level, the rest will all come together gradually.

Until Next Week.

Yours,

about me

Luwam
A program analyst by day and a blogger by night; my love of fitness, healthy living, and empowering other women started...

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