Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday. If you are anything like me you threw caution to the wind and you just enjoyed the holidays and didn’t concern yourself too much with your fitness lifestyle. My normal healthy eating habits took a vacation and I enjoyed what the holiday season had to offer. However, my exercise regimen stayed pretty consistent.
Every year millions of people decide that the New Year means New fitness goals! And that’s great. However, people put unrealistic expectations on what they can do in a very short period of time. The first thing I tell my clients is that, “it didn’t take you a month to put on the weight it will take more than a month to lose it”. Here are a few things to think about when starting your fitness goals.
1) What are your goals? Decide what your goals are going to be. If it is to lose 10lbs, that’s good. But, give yourself more time then you think you need. For example give yourself eight weeks to lose the weight instead of four.
2)Allow yourself some flexibility. We all have things come up in our lives, we miss a workout because of a late night at work. Or you are too tired to to cook that healthy meal so $1 pizza it is. It happens! Don’t make it a habit, but take into consideration the plot twist life likes to throw at you just to keep things interesting.
3) Start making small changes to your diet. Be consistent. If you are a big soda drinker omit or lower your intake. Small changes make big results. Remember when you cheat, the only person you’re cheating is yourself. (I know this sounds super cliche. But it is TRUE). You won’t get the results you want. And if you have a trainer we can tell if you are cheating.
4) One of the most important things to NOT do is jump into an extreme training program. Especially if you are new to fitness. Start moderately and figure out what works best for you. If you’re a beginner a high intensity bootcamp class might not be the best option for you. A high intensity class might cause injury instead of the results you want. Start with stretching, sculpting or a TRX class. And again if you are new to the fitness game start with 25-30 mins of cardio see how you feel and go up from there.
If you keep these four things in mind you can be on your way to starting a long lasting healthy fitness lifestyle!