Getting Fit: Let’s Start With The Basics
OK, over the past few months, I’ve been trying to hold back. But if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’d know that I occasionally let a little blurb about fitness slip. I can’t help it. It has been a part of my life for like forever. So I’ve decided to cave – I’ve decided to give myself one post a week to dedicate to this topic. I may just give a tip. I may post a video. I may do some workouts that readers can do with me.
To start with, I’d like to share a few things that I learned from working in the fitness industry for fifteen years…
For most people, it is bloody hard to find time to exercise. People these days are busy and tired. If exercise it isn’t something that is already cemented into a person’s daily routine, then it’s really tough. Even for those of us who do it every day, it’s hard enough. What it comes down to is addressing one’s priorities. If you have time to watch television or cruise the internet for half an hour, then you have time to do something active. That’s the bottom line.
Fitness has to be accessible. If it takes too much effort getting to the gym, or figuring out what to do – even if it’s at home – then after a while, you are just not going to do it. Whatever routine you choose, it must be relatively easy to implement. This is especially true in the beginning, when motivation is lacking.
Fitness has to be fun, or at least, it has to have some kind of payoff. Nobody wants to do something they hate, especially if there is no reward attached. For me, the payoff comes in various forms, from how I look and feel, to getting to listen to the music that I like, to being with my friends and family, to seeing cute guys in their gym shorts. You think I’m kidding about that last one, but I’m not. I started going to the gym with a guy I liked. After that, I went because my husband played football and he lived in the gym. If I wanted to see him, that’s where I had to be. Whatever it takes, I always say LOL.
So in the coming weeks and months, I plan to address these issues. I plan to make working out as easy as turning on your computer. Sometimes, I’ll just show an exercise that I like. Sometimes, I’ll give a tip. And if I can get my act together, the plan is to start posting short videos that we can do as a collective group. Heck, I figure, I work out every day, it shouldn’t be too much trouble to tape some of it.
We’ll talk about varying your workouts, what to do to get the results you want, what to wear, what to eat, all that fun stuff.
Today, I’m going to start with my six simple rules for being the best, healthiest person you can be…
1. There are NO short cuts. Exercise and eating right take time and commitment. It infuriates me when someone promotes something to the contrary – Dr. Oz. That being said, there are tricks and tips to make exercise and eating right more palatable and doable. We’ll definitely cover these.
2. Drink water. Liquid calories are the biggest waste ever. NO pop. NO juice. NO alcohol – this should be reserved as a treat or for special occasions only. Coffee and tea should also be consumed in moderation – like one, maybe two a day max.
3. Eat often. Humans are meant to be “grazers” so a few meals with snacks thrown in should be the plan. Don’t ever think that not eating with help you to lose weight. It will do just the opposite.
4. Eat food that is as close to its natural state as possible. Me say processed food not good.
5. Plan to move. The two key words that you need to remember when planning your exercise routines are “consistency” and “intensity”. Both are important. Consistency for obvious reasons – if you are not doing something, how can it benefit you? And intensity because most people greatly (and I do mean GREATLY) underestimate what their bodies can manage. Remember: our bodies are adaptable. It’s true, so don’t be afraid to push yourself.
6. If you are not sweating, you are not working hard enough, unless of course you are in the pool, then you won’t notice the sweat, but otherwise…
I look forward to sharing this part of my life with you. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you’d like me to address, just let me know. I’m here for you guys. We are all in this together!
For now, consider this…