I know. When you hear this phrase you may think of a small child trying to take his/her first steps. You will also know that this metaphoric phrase references to a lot of things in life!
So let’s vibe about health!
I like that saying you are not going to lose weight just by eating one salad just like you are not going to gain a hundred pounds by eating one hamburger. Losing weight and getting into shape can be tough if you allow your excuses to be bigger than your efforts. It’s important that you take Baby Steps when starting a new healthy lifestyle! If you are getting started, know that you don’t have to push yourself to the limit. A lot of people will start off exercising thinking they can run a 10k or think they can go to a gym and squat 400lbs. This can happen. However, it’s a build up of endurance and strength training. It’s weeks of hard work. Most importantly, it’s consistency.
So Baby Steps….
Start off by consulting with your doctor. It’s important to know your limits. You need to know what your body can and cannot handle. Get a good idea of the type of exercises you can do as well as a great meal plan you can follow. The hardest part is getting started but once you get into a good routine you will then be able to adjust your work out regimen and develop a clean eating plan.
Many steps you can take or start off with to begin a healthy lifestyle!
A lot of people underestimate walking. They think nothing is happening to there bodies. lol. Actually walking is a great way to get started and not to mention burns calories. Walking awakens your body’s mobility and alleviates the pressure that you put on your tendons. So get out there and walk for 30 minutes to an hour.
It’s hard. I know. Only if you make it. This is a great way to build your endurance and get your heart rate going. You don’t have to run full speed/non stop for 30 minutes. Try circuits of running/jogging 1 minute and then walking for 3 minutes. Alternate your pace. And then build each week.
I took a Piyo class which is a mixture of both exercises. BEST sweat session ever. This is a great way to utilize your body weight. Did you know you can lose around 300 calories completing 1 hour of yoga? If you are not a big fan of cardio. Give it a try. Great way to stretch out the body as well.
Light to Moderate Weights
Pick up 5-10lbs of weights and try some squats, lunges, arm curls and arm raises. High reps are just as great as low reps with more weight. Track your progress weekly. If you feel the weights are too light, then raise your weight!
Nothing like a sweaty spin class. If you enjoy the bicycle and great music, pop into a class at your local gym! You will not regret.
Group X Classes
I am an advocate for gym classes! I love being around fitness minded people and working out as a group. So BodyPump, TurboKick, Zumba, Insanity, Boot Camps and much more! Grab a friend and go have some sweaty fun! The best work outs are the ones that don’t feel like you are not working out.
Meal Prep/Eating Clean
As to your meal plan, don’t be discouraged by the fit folks that talk about macros, protein shakes, amino, enhancers, and pre/post workout supplements.
Eating clean is actually not as bad as you think. Stop thinking you HAVE to eat a salad every day. Don’t be afraid to ask a nutritionist or personal trainer on best healthy food options. Talk to some health coaches that will align you with the best workout programs that come with a meal plan already. Honestly, it’s common sense. You know donuts are not on a clean eating plan, lol, so eating clean is all about what fuels your body versus what will add more fat/calories/sugar/sodium/carbs. Listen to your body. I started off on pinterest. Finding great healthy meal options/smoothies/ and shakes to make at home.
Just know when starting off on your new lifestyle, you don’t have to be the fastest or the strongest. You will not be perfect. You will have a good days and bad days.
You just have to try. Don’y worry about anyone else but yourself. Your competition is YOU! It’s a journey! Not a destination!