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Yesterday, a good friend of mine texted me asking for some advice about getting back in the fitness game after taking about a year off from working out. It’s really hard to get back into the routine when you’ve been out of it for a while, but with the right amount of dedication, you can easily get back in the fitness groove and get to work on your goals! Here are a few tips that have helped me.
1. Commit to something you actually like.
You don’t like running? That’s fine! There are tons of other cardio options. Hate the gym? Why not try a fitness class or an online program instead?
One thing is for sure, you’ll never be able to consistently force yourself to do something you hate, so don’t even go there. Instead, try out a few things and see what sticks and what makes you feel good. Personally, I enjoy doing cardio in my apartment gym (I’m loving HIIT workouts right now) and taking barre classes. This is a combo I love doing and one that has produced great results for me.
I love doing the workouts from the girls at Tone It Up. They’re quick and easy to do with very minimal equipment. Booya Fitness and Daily Burn are other great options for at-home workouts. Class Pass is another fun way to try out classes in your area and figure out what you like to do. Also, be sure to follow my Health & Fitness board on Pinterest to get other fun workout ideas.
2. Make it a part of your daily routine.
I know for a fact that if I don’t work out first thing in the morning or right after work, it’s just not gonna happen! So, I either lay out my clothes the night before or pack my gym bag for work so I have zero excuses.
Making exercise part of your lifestyle is the only way you’ll stick with it. So find a routine that works for you and make it a priority. The results will be so worth it–not to mention all the energy you’ll have and reduced stress levels.
3. Incorporate healthy foods into your diet
Your workout is only part of the recipe. You have to fuel your body with the right foods pre and post workout to see a change. If you’re used to eating lots of unhealthy processed foods it can be really hard to make the change, so start small! Maybe swap out your usual breakfast for a healthier option like two scrambled eggs with some avocado or yogurt with fruit. Slowly, you’ll get used to eating better and you’ll be able to make healthy eating a part of your everyday life.
Personally, it helps me to plan out my meals on the weekends and do all my shopping then so I don’t get stuck hungry in a drive through later that week. Some of my favorite food blogs for new recipes are Oh She Glows, Skinnytaste, and The Minimalist Baker. Tone It Up also has great recipes on their blog and a full nutrition plan if you want something more structured.
4. Keep your goals in mind.
Whatever your reason is for wanting to get in shape, let it motivate you! Whenever I’m laying in bed at 5 am thinking about how much I want to press snooze and roll over, I think about the vacation I have coming up or the wedding I’m in soon, and I think about how I want to look and feel every day. The desire to feel confident and be healthy often will trump my desire to get another hour of sleep. Remember – even if you can only do 10 minutes, it’s better than doing nothing! And almost always, once you start your workout, it’s easy to finish, and you’ll never ever regret a workout!
5. Be kind to yourself.
Celebrate your little milestones along the way. You ran a full minute longer than usual? That’s not nothing! Be proud of each step you accomplish. You’ll only get stronger and better. And remember, if you slip up and have a couple bad days where you don’t workout or you eat like crap, you’re not undoing all of your hard work. Tomorrow is another day to start fresh, so get motivated!
I hope these tips help you get started toward your health and fitness goals! Have other ideas or tips? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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