Want to start a new body fit plan but not sure exactly where to begin? These are the top 10 must-have tips for starting a fitness plan that the top health and fitness professionals use not only with their clients but for their own fitness regimens as well.
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Beginning a body fit plan can be extremely difficult because it is a massive lifestyle change, and there are so many factors that need to be taken into account. If you’re anything like me, prioritizing a body fit plan and trying to balance that with the other aspects of your life can seem to be nearly impossible. As someone who has worked multiple jobs at once and is very family oriented, I have compiled a list of the top 10 tips I’ve learned. These tips have been gathered from the most accredited individuals in the field of health and fitness that my colleagues, clients and I swear by and use every single day.
You will become educated on all of the tools the top health and fitness professionals use. These tips will not only help you start a body fit plan, but will also be the key to keeping your desired results year-round.
Once you’ve read all of these body fit plan tips, you are no longer going to be hesitant and stuck wondering how you will begin your journey.
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TOP 10 BODY FIT PLAN TIPS:
1. Figure out your why
I know, probably not what you were expecting, but this is number one on the list for a reason. The most common reason for people halting their fitness programs is because they don’t have a strong enough reason to continue. The good news is, if you are reading this, you are probably either in the initial stages of thinking about beginning a workout plan or you have already decided you want to pursue one and are not sure where to start. Well let me just say, this is exactly where you need to start: figure out exactly why you are choosing to begin a body fit plan in the first place. Is it for yourself, for a loved one or your family’s concern for your health? Was it recommended to you by a doctor or are you experiencing peer pressure from your friends to be more active or to appear more attractive to someone you like? Let me share a little secret with you: if the reason you are beginning a fitness program is for any other reason than for yourself, you will lose motivation and most likely won’t stick with it long term. When people decide that they want to improve their lives for themselves, the motivation is much higher, and the more likely it is that they will stick with it.
2. Identify any factors that may get in the way, and do your best to eliminate them
Just like the first tip, this may not be what you were expecting either. This also might be a lot harder than you think. Oftentimes people may be living with family members or roommates that constantly keep the fridge and cabinets full of junk food. While you can’t control what your roommates or parents buy, you can always have an open conversation with them about the goals you are trying to accomplish and and see if they will be willing to limit the amount of unhealthy foods they buy or store them in a different place. Even if they refuse to change their habits, at least you have identified that being around junk food is not helping you reach your goals and you can come up with a plan to counteract this. This could include moving out, stocking more healthy options in the fridge, posting sticky notes to not eat the junk food, or try and be out of the house or away from the people you live with when they are eating the unhealthy snacks. If you are going out in social situations with friends you know like to eat junk food, plan on packing your own meal prep or healthier snack and make a commitment to stick to that. This way you are still eating with your friends, you just won’t feel bad for giving in to the peer pressure and falling off the wagon.
3. Filter out your social media
Let’s face it, we all love our foodie accounts on Instagram where we can view people’s posts about insanely delicious food they made or went out to eat. If you are like me, or even if you’re the slightest bit human, you fall into the food trap. The trap consisting of seeing one of those pictures of gourmet pizza or an amazing dessert. Next thing you know, you’re online ordering from the exact same restaurant your friend was at or you’re looking up the recipe on how to make it yourself. Oftentimes we follow people and accounts specifically to see the food content they post. One of the best tricks I use to really develop tunnel vision and stay on track with my goals is that I go through my social media feeds , the main one being Instagram, and unfollow any food accounts that come up on my timeline and any accounts that I have followed that are related to food to avoid the unnecessary temptations. If there are friends of mine that like to cook or go out to eat a lot, I will mute their stories or temporarily unfollow them.
Tell your family and friends exactly what your goals are. This way, the people in your life understand the changes you are going to be making and can support you. This way, if some of your friends are going out for ice cream, they can either switch to a healthier option to include you or not invite you to avoid the temptation. When telling your family members, make sure to include three things: What your overall goal is, the changes you are going to be making to your daily life to reach the goal, and how you want them to support you. Upon doing so, you may find that the people closest to you may not be as supportive as you think. As the saying goes, the ones closest to you will be the first ones to try and stop you. Just remember, if anyone doesn’t support you and your body fit plan, it tells you who your real friends are.
5. Set realistic goals
When I first started my new workout routine, I knew that I wanted to lose a lot of weight. Looking back, I gave myself a very short amount of time to reach it, setting myself up for disappointment. No matter how hard I worked, there was simply no way that I was going to make that goal in time. A lot of my clients come to me the exact same way, with very unrealistic goals. I help them adjust their mindset to be more realistic. Even if you are not consulting with a nutritionist or personal trainer like myself, keep in mind that it may take a lot longer to reach your goals than you think. I know it is easier said than done, but do not get upset with yourself if you don’t meet your first goal on time. Too often do I see people give up on their goals, not because of lack of effort, but because they felt so defeated after not reaching their goal right away. To avoid this disappointment, make sure that you set SMART goals, ones that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.
6. Allow adequate recovery time
Hand in hand with the realistic goal setting, most people do not allow for adequate recovery time when beginning a new body fit plan. The truth is, you cannot just go from not working out to working out every day for weeks on end. It simply does not work that way. Your body needs proper time to rest to allow for muscle recovery, otherwise you run the risk of burnout. Burning out is another common reason for people losing motivation to stick with their workout plan, and this is exactly what we want to avoid. Rather than planning to workout every day, plan to workout only a few times the first week, taking rest days in between to allow your body to repair the muscles being used. On workout days, workout different muscles so that one muscle group or body part does not get overworked.
7. Sign up for a gym membership
While working out inside your own home is very manageable, I strongly advise against it for several reasons. Once your home and comfort space becomes the place you workout, it can be very easy to keep putting off the workouts. “My living room will always be there, I can do my workout later.” Wrong. It not only becomes very easy to put off workouts, but it also allows for distractions to come up, such as your family wanting to sit in the living room to watch TV during your workout time, or you may simply not want to have an audience when you workout. If you’re anything like me, you probably also don’t want to run the risk of anyone in the house walking in during the middle of the workout and making comments. Signing up for a gym membership forces you to get ready and physically take yourself to a place for working out. Having a space dedicated solely to working out allows your mind to more easily associate that place with working out, eliminates any distractions and allows your mind to focus on the task at hand. Going to the gym also will allow for you to meet other like-minded people. When choosing a gym, try to choose one that is relatively close to home so it is convenient to get to and has a welcoming atmosphere. If you have any friends or family members that have a gym membership, ask to join them for a day to see how different gyms are. This way you have the option of having a workout partner for extra support from time to time if needed.
8. Plan your week in advance
If possible, plan as much of your schedule in advance as possible. I recommend starting out with a week because It doesn’t take long to schedule, and at the end of each week you can assess the things you liked, did not like and can make adjustments to the next week without having to completely change your schedule around. I highly recommend using the calendar in your phone with your workouts planned for the week with reminders so you will not forget. It can be easy to forget about the yoga class you signed up for if you are someone who is not used to working out regularly.
9. Start with small changes
If you are anything like me and you’re getting really excited with the idea of starting a new body fit plan, you will want to change as many things as possible to achieve the fastest results. This may include cutting out all excess sugar, working out every day, and meal prepping every meal. The truth is, while all of these are great habits to adopt, you will be more successful and are likely to make these changes permanent if you incorporate them slowly over time as opposed to doing them all at once. When I say start small, start by changing one thing for the first few days or even the first week, then build from there. For example, one great place to start is by simply increasing your water intake. Plan on changing nothing else except for making a point to drink more water each day a day for a week. Then the following week, keep the increased water intake going and plan to do a small exercise activity a few times that week, such as going for a walk around the block. The following week, swap out one or two unhealthy foods or snacks you would normally eat with something healthy in addition to the increased water intake and walking. Changing a lot of things at once can be very overwhelming. However, when broken up into small parts, you will notice a more positive physiological response. Changing too much can actually cause too much stress on your body and can increase chance of burnout. This is what we want to avoid.
10. Consult your doctor
Last but most certainly not least, make sure to consult your doctor for proper vitamin intake to ensure your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs. This is critical. Your doctor will also be able to help you stay on track and monitor your body on a much deeper scale through lab work to monitor the changes going on inside your body to make sure you are progressing at a healthy rate.
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