Easing Into Exercise
Once you’ve started cleaning up your diet – eliminating unnecessary junk, sugar, calorific foods, etc – and monitoring your portion sizes / calories, you will start to lose weight quite naturally.
Your body will now be able to use clean, single ingredient foods for fuel, and a lower calorie intake will result in a guaranteed loss.
However, there is only so far you can go with a clean and lower calorie diet before you hit a bit of a plateau.
This is when you can start to look at your exercise options.
Step1 – What’s your cup of tea?
When I first started exercising, I did it because I was experiencing bad anxiety, and would often lie in bed at night wanting to run. I consequently started enjoying 30 minute jogs 3-4 days a week.
I quite regret doing that now, as a year or 2 of pounding pavement resulted in pretty bad shin splints. However, the splints are what lead to me to the gym, which was where I found a multitude of cardio machines that I grew to know and love. Cross-trainers, treadmills, steppers and climbers had me turning into a cardio bunny in no time.
My love for cardio is still going strong, but there is no denying that I didn’t realise my fitness ‘calling’ until I picked up an Olympic bar and learned how to squat. That was game over for me, and here I am today.
My best friend became so fanatical about yoga that she soon quit her job and became a fully qualified, fully active, and truly talented instructor (@hannahklumanyoga).
Another friend of mine HATED exercise in any and all forms until she found Pilates. She too quit her job and is now a very popular instructor out in Oz.
Gyms offer classes such as boxercise, aerobics, body pump, body attack, spin, circuit training and more, so there is absolutely something out there for everyone. Not to mention online plans and apps (I’m sure you’re all aware of mine by now, wink face), which ensure you don’t need to hire a PT or feel lost in the gym ever again, you can do it all on your own now.
Try something new every week until you find your niche.
Step 2 – COMMIT
Once you have found a form of exercise you enjoy, you need to get to grips with committing to it.
3-6 days a week, anywhere between 30 minutes – 2 hours, those are the min-max sessions you should be aiming for.
IT IS A HARD HABIT TO FORCE AT FIRST, YOU ABSOLUTELY DO HAVE TO FORCE IT, but by week 3, you will start to settle. By week 4, not training won’t even be an option anymore…